Fines amnesty helps food bank

Angus libraries are hoping to turn fines into food with a month long initiative that started on Saturday to mark National Libraries day.

The local facilities have announced a four week fine amnesty for people with overdue books.

Library members who present their overdue books at Arbroath, Carnoustie or Monifieth library or mobile library until Saturday, March 8 will have their overdue charges waived in exchange for a donation of food for the Angus Foodbank.

Members who have already returned their books previously but have outstanding overdue charges will also have these fees waived in exchange for a donation of food.

The council’s vice-convener of communities Jeanette Gaul is hoping people take advantage of the scheme.

She explained: “Library members who have overdue book fees will not only leave the library with a cleared account, but also with the great feeling of helping others.

“Libraries in Angus give people so much more than just a good read.

“A library is the community hub – a place for everyone to connect, learn and enjoy.

“Saturday marked National Libraries Day, so what a wonderful time to welcome people back to our libraries.”