Library Fine Amnesty is back!

Published on 04 November 2019

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Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne is waiving library fines in exchange for non-perishable food items this Christmas period.

All Hills Shire Libraries will waive late fees provided that library members return overdue resources and bring in an item of non-perishable food to then be donated to Anglicare – a charity that provides a range of services that promotes safety, participation and wellbeing.

Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said Christmas can be a tough time of the year and the Mayoral Library Fine Amnesty initiative will go a long way in supporting those who need it the most.

“Christmas can be a financially hard time,” Mayor Byrne said.

“Food donated to the Mayor’s Library Fine Amnesty will go to the Anglicare Pantry Van which provides grocery items at a very low cost to help those in need stretch the budget further. The Mobile Community Pantry is run in partnership with the Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Baulkham Hills and happens on a fortnightly basis.

“It is also a great opportunity to return books back to our library shelves so everyone can enjoy them,” Mayor Byrne added.

Last year, approximately 1950 items were donated and over 600 overdue items were returned to Council’s libraries, including a book which was due back in 2012.

“I encourage everyone to give generously to this worthy cause this Christmas even if you don’t have a late library book to return,” Mayor Byrne added.

The Mayor’s Library Fine Amnesty will run from the 11th November to Sunday 15th December 2019.

Acceptable non-perishable food item donations include: 

  • Christmas cake
  • Christmas pudding
  • Tinned ham 
  • Tinned Salmon 
  • Tea or Coffee 
  • Milo 
  • Packet of biscuits
  • Dried pasta 
  • Pasta sauce
  • Long-life milk, custard or cream
  • Tinned fruit and vegetables 
  • Jam