Pay off your library fines with a food donation during Food For Fines

National Library Week 2013 is April 14th – April 20th and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by once again helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Yes, it’s the time of year you’ve been waiting for! Come into any of 15 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 13th to April 27th with canned or non-perishable food items for St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and the library will wipe out any outstanding fines.

During “Food for Fines,” you’ll receive a 50-cent credit per canned or non-perishable food toward your library fines. This year, Phoenix Public Libraries have decided to raise the maximum total of fines that can be paid with donated food from $50 to as much as $75! Remember that “Food for Fines” does not apply to lost items or collections.

The program has collected as much as 25,000 pounds of food in past years – so we know you’ve been waiting for this chance to come correct with your favorite librarian! Library branches taking part in the “Food for Fines” program that benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance include:

Burton Barr Main Branch – 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix

Agave – 23550 North 36th Avenue, Phoenix

Cesar Chavez – 3635 West Baseline Road, Laveen

Century – 1750 East Highland Avenue, Phoenix

Cholla – 10050 Metro Parkway East, Phoenix

Desert Sage – 7602 West Encanto Boulevard, Phoenix

Harmon – 1325 South 5th Avenue, Phoenix

Ironwood – 4333 East Chandler Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ

Palo Verde – 4402 North 51st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

Saguaro – 2808 North 46th Street, Phoenix, AZ

South Mountain – 7050 S. 24th Street, Phoenix, AZ

Yucca – 5648 North 15th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

For information on “Food for Fines” or for a listing of the new Phoenix Library operating hours, log on to