Press Release - Detail
For immediate release, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

 BPL CONTACT: Roy L. Williams               Jefferson County Library Contact: Pat Ryan
Director of Public Relations                        Public Libraries in Jefferson County
Birmingham Public Library                         Phone: (205) 226-3615 work
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Donate canned/boxed food, get fines waived during September at Birmingham, Jefferson County libraries
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama –If you need a new library card or owe money on overdue books, DVDs and other items, September is the time to take advantage of two special library promotions available in Birmingham and all of Jefferson County. The Birmingham Public Library (BPL) is a member of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County (PLJC), which is hosting its seventh annual Food for Fines and September Library Card Swap.
The Food for Fines program begins Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, and lasts all month until Sept. 30, 2016, in conjunction with the Public Libraries in Jefferson County September Library Card Campaign. Patrons who owe fines will have $1 in fines waived for each food item donated, up to a maximum of $10 per patron. The amount waived must apply to fines only (not replacement costs).
The food drive is open to anyone, even if they do not have overdue materials. “Our goal is to encourage users to return overdue materials while also giving back to our communities,” said Patricia Ryan, executive director of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County.
The effort comes at a time when area food banks and pantries are running low on donations. BPL and Libraries in Jefferson County hope this campaign will be the boost several nonprofit food organizations need as they approach the fall holidays. The 40 public libraries in Birmingham and elsewhere in Jefferson County plan to donate goods to nonprofit food banks including United Way Food Bank, Magic City Harvest, and Greater Urban Ministries. Individual libraries may also donate the items to a local church or charity of their choice.

Over 21,000 cans/items were collected for area food banks each of the last two years. There must be a legible expiration date visible on the can or box, and all items must be donated before the expiration date in order to be accepted. BPL and Public Libraries in Jefferson County can accept boxed and canned foods.
“Food for Fines” is held in conjunction with the annual “National Library Card Sign-up Month” in September, in which cardholders can trade in their old wallet library card for a keychain library card or get the old one replaced for a new library card at no charge, with the normal $3 replacement fee waived.
Under the Library Card Swap program, patrons can print out a coupon allowing them to see fees waived for a replacement card. The coupon is available at this link:
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT Public Libraries in Jefferson County
The Public Libraries in Jefferson County, DBA Jefferson County Library Cooperative, Inc., is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization that links the 40 public libraries throughout Jefferson County. These include 21 municipal libraries and the 19 locations of the Birmingham Public Library System. The mission of the Public Libraries in Jefferson County is to connect all citizens countywide by providing resources and community-building opportunities that inspire life-long learning. Visit our website at
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