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Avoid Collections

Does your household have overdue library materials?  The time to return them fine-free is November 14 through December 30 during the one-time-only Food for Fines period. Patron accounts with outstanding overdues remaining after that time will be sent to collections.

Food for Fines offers the opportunity to return overdue books in good condition with no questions asked. Each book returned must be accompanied by a non-perishable food item, for instance, a can of soup, vegetables, or fruit. Cans or boxes should be newly purchased and non-expired.

Accumulated fines may also be excused with the donation of one food item for each $5 in fines.

The object of Food for Fines is to get materials returned so they will be available for other users. Overdue materials which have been lost and billed cannot be excused with this program.

Food collected will be given to local food pantries.

Beginning in January, accounts with materials overdue 6 weeks or longer will be turned over to a collection agency. This could negatively affect an individual’s credit rating, so it is in one’s best interest to participate in Food for Fines to clear all records. Parents are reminded that they are responsible for materials borrowed on a child’s card. All patrons are reminded that they are responsible for any use made of their card.

Diabetes Month

November is Diabetes Month. On first thought, it may seem cruel to set this observance at holiday time. On second thought, though, it could save a life if the reminder prevents overindulgence in the wrong kinds of food.

Diabetes is America’s biggest epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control report that 26 million Americans have diagnosed diabetes, and 1 in 3 are at risk for the disease by 2050. Diabetes is a serious disease and, if not managed, can lead to heart attack, stroke, amputation, blindness, kidney failure, and nerve damage.

The Library offers a number of books to help patients and their families negotiate the tricky maze that diabetes can be, from guides to eating, meal planning and cooking, to lifestyle management. The latest acquisition is the American Diabetes Association Complete Guide to Diabetes, published this year.

Scholarship Month

November is also Scholarship Month, as it begins the primary scholarship application season.

Parents and students will want to consult Paying for College without Going Broke by Kalman A. Chany. Also investigate Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center, an online tool located on the TCPL website under Electronic Resources. The Financial Aid section has extensive information on a variety of aid options and sources.

For more information about Food for Fines and other topics, visit or call 988-2541.

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