Invercargill Library offering fine amnesty for pet food donations

Invercargill City Libraries and Archives childrens librarian Mandy Stenton holds up a can of cat food which will be ...
Robyn Edie

Invercargill City Libraries and Archives childrens librarian Mandy Stenton holds up a can of cat food which will be donated to Furever Homes at the end of library week. The library is offering a fine amnesty this week where people can wipe $5 worth of overdue fines for each item of pet food or pet accessory brought into the library to give to Furever Homes.

Library users with overdue fines have a chance to wipe their debts while helping out furry friends at the library this week.

The Invercargill Public Library is offering to waive overdue fines for donations of pet food and accessories to go to pet rescue charity Furever Homes.

Invercargill City Libraries and Archives digital and communications manger Bonnie Mager said each year the library put on a series of events and competitions to celebrate New Zealand Library Week, which was being marked this week.

"Normally we celebrate what we do. This year we wanted to celebrate the people and community."

A library staff member suggested the could help out Furever Homes by offering to wave a portion of library users' overdue fines for donations of much needed pet food or pet items, Mager said.

Library staff would wipe $5 worth of overdue fines for each item of pet food or pet accessory brought into the library, she said.

People could also get any fines associated with books they had lost wiped if they brought back in the book and donated an item, Mager said.

Library staff had got the ball rolling by donating items for the cause, she said.

In 2014, the library ran a book amnesty for the Southland SPCA which saw over 400 items of pet food donated, and more than $2000 of library fines waived.

Library week runs from August 14-20 and the close off for donations is at 4pm on Sunday.

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