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From September 15 through September 23, celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month by wiping your fines clean and giving back to the community! The food will be used to stock our Little Free Pantry as well as the Forest Park Food Pantry.

Cardholders may bring in up to 20 non-perishable food items.  Each item will be worth $1 in fines. For example, if you have $3.50 in fines, bring in four items and we will zero out your fines.  Even if you don’t have fines, we will gladly accept your food donations.

The library will not accept expired food, open packages, repackaged foods, homemade or home-canned foods, medications, and products not in their original packaging.

Food for Fines includes all FPPL fines (payment for items returned late). This program will not include fees (payment due for lost items) or fines from other libraries.

  • Canned fruit, vegetables, or soup

  • Boxed cereal, pasta, or rice

  • Jars of spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, or jelly

  • Canned meat or fish

  • Coffee, tea, or powdered milk

  • Baby food, formula, juice boxes, diapers, wipes, or baby shampoo

  • Toiletry items including feminine hygiene products, lotion, razors, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, body soap, and hand soap. (Unopened travel sizes are ok.)

Food should be dropped off at the Patron Services Desk. If you have questions, email us at or call 708-366-7171.






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