Help hydrate the homeless and less fortunate and pay your library fines without taking a dollar out of your wallet. Just open your pantry and bring what you can.
From May 30- July 27, for every bottle of water or item of non-perishable food you bring to the Tempe Public Library, the City of Tempe will take a dollar off your tab for overdue materials. To encourage generousity, a case of water will be counted as $30.
People who don’t have fines will be entered into a drawing for prizes.
The water will go to the Tempe Community Council. The organization will use the water and food to help the homeless and less fortunate during summer months.
Here’s how it works:
Each non-perishable item is worth $1 waived from existing library fines, up to $30 or half the account balance, whichever is greater. Donations must be brought to the library, along with the user’s library card or photo ID. Donations can be made only once per account. Expired, unlabeled or homemade items cannot be accepted. Also, library items being returned must be in usable condition and not lost or damaged. Accounts in collection status are not eligible for this program. There is no monetary value in the donation if the user does not have existing fees, but those users are entered into a drawing for prizes.
Library users with overdue materials are encouraged to return them, regardless of their ability to pay their fees or contribute to the food drive. Drop boxes outside the library, including an always-open drive-up box, make it easy.
About Tempe Community Council:
Tempe Community Council, a local non-profit organization, provides:
• Services for Children & Youth
• Affordable, Independent Housing for Seniors
• Financial Literacy and Education
• Stewardship of funds to move people out of crisis and into self-sufficiency
• Human Service Referrals
• Research and Planning of Human Service Issues and Policy
• Volunteer & Advocacy Opportunities