National Library Week is April 11th – 17th and the Phoenix Public Libraries is celebrating by helping you get out of debt – at least when it comes to overdue books.

Come into any of the 15 Phoenix Public Library locations from April 12th to April 24th 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. A maximum of $50 can be paid with donated food. “Food for Fines” does not apply to lost items or collections.

The program has collected as much as 24,000 pounds in past years – which would provide more than 160,000 meals to the hungry of Arizona. Libraries taking part in the “Food for Fines” program 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

*Ocotillo – 102 West Southern Ave, Phoenix, AZ

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

*Saguaro – 2808 North 46th 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 that take effect on April 5. 2010, log on to a


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