03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Donating Canned Goods To Avoid Library Fees

In the Illinois towns of Joliet and Palos Park, the economic downturn has pushed the public libraries into the grocery business, of sorts. Patrons with overdue books and hefty outstanding fines were recently given a way to clear their records: Donate canned goods or other groceries through the library to local shelters and food pantries.

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