Berkshire Athenaeum "Food for Fines" campaign: April 8-13

As part of its celebration of National Library Week, the Berkshire Athenaeum is offering a modified fines amnesty from Monday, April 8, through Saturday, April 13. During this week, the library will accept non-perishable food items in lieu of paying fines for overdue books.

The food-for-fines program, now in its 24th year, provides a fun and meaningful way for overdue library materials to be returned. Food is accepted for payment of overdue fines for items currently in circulation as well as outstanding overdue fines from other transactions. The replacement costs of lost or damaged materials may not be resolved by donated food.

Collection boxes will be located at the Adult Circulation Desk and at the Children’s Service Desk. When “paying” a fine with donated food items, please notify a staff member before placing the donation in a box. 

During the amnesty period, in addition to food brought in lieu of fines, the athenaeum will also accept general donations of food not associated with overdue library books. All donated food will be distributed to food pantries in Pittsfield.

The athenaeum is located at 1 Wendell Ave. For more information, please call 413-499-9480.