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Pima County Library to waive fines for food

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Pima County Library to waive fines for food

Patrons can donate to Food Bank and reduce overdue fines

  • Pima County Public Library

The Pima County Public Library will reduce outstanding overdue fines for a can of food.

Library patrons can donate nonperishable food items at any library branch and have their fines reduced or waived in the Food for Fines drive during National Library Week, April 19-14.

For each item of food, the library will credit $1 to accounts with outstanding fines, with a maximum donation of 10 food items, said Pima County spokeswoman Diane Luber in a press release.

All Pima County Library branches will be participating and food donations will be made to the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and its affiliates in Ajo, Arivaca, Catalina, Green Valley and Marana, Luber said.

Last year, the Community Food Bank received 11,422 food items during the Food for Fines week, Luber said.

Only overdue fines will be waived and patrons still will be responsible for other fines and fees, such as those incurred for lost or damaged materials, Luber said.

New library director chosen

A former librarian for Pinal County was named to run Pima County's public libraries.

Melinda Cervantes, who has been the county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District in California since 2002, will begin her new job as director of Pima County Public Library District on May 14, said Hank Atha, deputy Pima County administrator, in a Tuesday press release.

“Ms. Cervantes has excellent experience in both public libraries and in education, including three years of service as county librarian in Pinal County,” said Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry in the news release.

Cervantes was one of four finalists for the position that garnered 40 applicants, Huckelberry said.

“Ms. Cervantes stood out as having the most extensive experience. She is an excellent choice to carry on the work that Nancy Ledeboer did in expanding the Library service and outreach into the community," he said.

Cervantes, a graduate of Kent State and Bowling Green State universities, was named Librarian of the Year by the Arizona Library Association in 1997 and by the California Library Association in 2010.

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