Dr. Sarwan Singh Randhawa

Pay Langley library fines with food

Fraser Valley Regional libraries are accepting food donations for the fine foregiveness program.

by Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press


It’s that time of year again, where people reflect on the past and look to a fresh start for the new year.

Fraser Valley Regional Libraries [FVRL] is giving clients a chance to start 2016 with a zero balance in their library accounts with its annual Food for Fines campaign.

The rules are simple, bring a non-perishable food item to any FVRL network library until Jan. 17 and $2 will dissapear from fines owed.

Up to $30 in fines and fees per account can be paid in food items.

The food will be donated to the local food bank near the different library locations throughout the Fraser Valley.

Last year, the Walnut Grove library waived $1,024.20 in customer fines, Walnut Grove librarian supervisor Patrick Kincaid said.

“We have a regular stream of generous customers who offer more than the fines they owe, because it is for a such an important cause,” Kincaid added.

Last year, the campaign ran from Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, “and in turn [FVRL] waived approximately $21,000 worth of fines,” Heather Scoular, FVRL’s Director of Customer Experience, said.

All FVRL sites are partcipating, including Fort Langley, Brookswood, Muriel Arnason (Willoughby), Langley City, Aldergrove, Murrayville and Walnut Grove. For Kincaid, the campaign is beneficial in two ways: collecting food for the “local community that so desperately needs it,” and reducing barriers to library borrowing.

“It is a win-win for everybody,” Kincaid said.

Just Posted

Free ‘hoops’ fun brings Aldergrove youths together

Aldergrove Basketball Club revives the sport at Aldergrove Secondary

Aldergrove grad students prepare ‘spooktacular’ event

‘Haunted House’ event Oct. 27-28 will benefit Aldergrove Secondary ‘dry grad’

ELECTION: Langley Township council candidate Gary Hee

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

ELECTION: Langley Township council candidate Phyllis Heppner

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

ELECTION: Langley Township council candidate Jonathan Houweling

A Voter’s Guide to key election questions.

Langley dropped, covered and held for annual earthquake drill

The Great B.C. Shakeout was Thursday morning.

Aldergrove Kodiaks hit rut at home

Aldergrove Junior B hockey team falls 2-4 to White Rock Whalers

Driving with dope: Police talk rules on cannabis in the car

Even though pot is legal, you can’t smoke in the car

B.C. NDP retreats again on empty-home tax for urban areas

Rate reduced for all Canadians, dissident mayors to get annual meeting

B.C. teens fined for possession of pot on legalization day

The pair received $230 fines for smoking pot in public

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nurses deliver 24,000 anti-violence postcards to B.C. Health Minister

Nurses delivered thousands of postcards to the front steps of the B.C. legislature, each carrying a message for violence prevention

Openly gay, female priest of B.C. church defying norms

Andrea Brennan serves Fernie at pivotal time in church’s history

Nova Scotia works to stop underage online cannabis sales

The government cannabis retailer moves to prevent workaround of online-age verification

Most Read