This holiday season, the West Chester Library Teen Young Adult Board will be sponsoring a giving tree to benefit the Animal Friends Humane Society of Butler County.
Library patrons will be encouraged to participate in the charity drive, which begins Friday and ends Dec. 22.
For more information, contact the Children’s Desk of the West Chester Library or by calling 513-777-3131.
The Teen Young Adult Board members volunteer with multiple children’s programming events at the library and meet monthly to plan teen events. The group is open to students in seventh grade through high school.
Furthermore, the Middletown Public Library System will be sponsoring a “Food For Fines” program starting Monday and running through Dec. 31. For each non-perishable item a patron donates, one dollar of outstanding fines will be forgiven.
“This program is a wonderful way for our users to eliminate their fines, while contributing to a worthy cause,” Library Director Anita Carroll said.
The Middletown Public Library System will be distributing the contributions throughout their service area to multiple food pantries and charitable organizations. Among these is Reach Out Lakota, an organization that has seen a 20 percent increase in the number of families requiring assistance as the holiday season approaches.
“The Food For Fines program will provide much needed canned meats, canned fruits and cereal among other items to be distributed and consumed during the coming months. We are very grateful to library patrons and staff for their generosity,” said Lourdes A. Ward, executive director of Reach Out Lakota.
Canned goods, boxed mixes, toiletries and paper goods are all welcome donations. Donated items can be used for up to five dollars worth of fines. Fees for lost or damaged materials cannot be forgiven through this program.
The West Chester Library is located at 9363 Centre Pointe Drive.