If you have overdue books, the El Paso Public Library wants to make a deal with you.

Help them feed El Paso’s hungry via the annual citywide MLK Canned Food Drive and they’ll reduce your library fines by $1 for every can of food or nonperishable food item you donate. The Food for Fines program benefits not just your bottom line, it also helps fellow El Pasoans who struggle with hunger every day.

So if you want to save a few bucks and get your borrowing privileges reinstated, simply take your overdue items and food donations to any library branch between now and Saturday, January 18, 2020, and let the librarian know you want to trade food for a fine reduction.

They'll reduce your library fine by $1 for every can of food you donate. And unlike previous years, there's no limit to how many items you can donate at once and get credit for.

In other words, you can pay off your entire library fine while helping fellow El Pasoans who struggle with food insecurity every day. Donations can be made at any of the library locations city-wide.

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