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Coeur d'Alene Library accepting food for fines
Coeur d'Alene Library accepting food for fines

During September the Coeur d’Alene Public Library wants you to sign up for a library card or to clear out old fines so you can use the card you already have.

A donation of nonperishable food for people or pets will be accepted at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., as payment in full for overdue fines Sept. 1-30. Lost library cards can also be replaced by bringing in a food donation. Replacing lost cards normally costs a dollar. Food for Fines cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged.

“Normally if patrons owe $3 or more in overdue fines they are not able to check out books or use the library computers,” said Library Director Bette Ammon. “We want to give our patrons the opportunity to resume using the library and this is one of the best ways we can do that.”

September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, Ammon said, and a library card is an essential back-to-school item for every child – and adult.

“The library is an important homework resource and we know that students who read for fun also do better in school,” she said. “We want everyone to be able to use the library to the fullest.”

New Cooperative Information Network library cards are free. To apply for a card bring a photo ID and something with your current address on it to a library near you. The card application for patrons younger than 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian with identification and proof of address.

Nonresidents with a current library card from another library can receive a free CIN card. Nonresidents who do not have another card can receive a CIN card for $25.

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