Library reduces student fines in exchange for canned goods

The Pierce College library is celebrating National Library Week on campus with Food for Fines, a canned food drive with goods being donated to the West Valley Food Pantry Center located in Woodland Hills.

For every canned good donated by a student, a portion of any overdue library fees accumulated will be forgiven, deducting two dollars per canned item with a maximum of 10 items.

All canned goods must be sealed without any damage or dents and can be turned in at the circulation desk inside the Library/Learning Crossroads Building and placed in one of the large green bins provided.

Suggested items that will be accepted toward the donation will be, for example, peanut butter, baby food,  and canned meats.

Paula Paggi, the associated professor of library science, said many faculty members have heard of other districts that have involved their students in donating canned goods in return for deducting library fees.

With the library coming to its one year anniversary this month, the facility decided to celebrate and involve students with the Food for Fines event, while giving back to the community.

“We wanted to make it special and help those in need. It’s a great cause,” Paggi said.