Sometimes it can be a downer to go back to reality after a nice holiday vacation, but here's one thing we can look forward to in the Nashville area: the annual Food for Fines program at the Nashville Public Library!

From January 10-20 you can earn $1 worth of fine credit for every can or package of food you donate to the library. Plus, you can help the NPL reach their goal of donating 48,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest Food Bank. (Learn more about this program in a story on WPLN.)

I know some people get discouraged from going to the library if they accumulate a high fine, but this program is a great way to contribute to the community and get a fresh start on your library record. I have participated in a similar program at the Central Arkansas Library System—ask a librarian at your local branch if you can give food for fines where you live.

And hey—while you're at the library, don't forget to pick up a copy of BookPage! Check here to find our locations around the country.

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