For the second year the Great Bend Public Library held its "Food for Fines" program to benefit the Barton County Food Bank.
This year 270 items were collected from Dec. 1-20. Those with overdue materials could return the items to the library and bring food to replace the fines. Also, those with fines on their account could bring food items and have the fines removed.
According to head of circulation Marilyn Malbrough, "Besides helping those in the community in need of food this program also helped the library get overdue materials returned.
"Some of the people who traded food for fines had their account cleared so they can again use the library’s computers and check out items. In addition to those who had their fines removed, members of the community also donated items for the food bank. This was a total win, win program."