Winter Read-a-Thon at the Fargo Library

(North Dakota Today) - The Fargo Public Library invites residents to cozy up with a good book and chase away the chill of winter by participating in the library’s annual Winter Read-a-Thon.

Participants can add mystery, adventure and a little excitement to cold winter days.

To participate, pick up an official book log at any Fargo Public Library location beginning Monday, Jan. 7. Readers of every age can participate; book logs are available for children, teens and adults. All ages are encouraged to read to earn small prizes, while they last, and chances to enter prize drawings. Book logs are due on or before Sunday, March 3, to be eligible for prizes and prize drawings.

In an effort to help clear some overdue fines and help feed the hungry in the community, the Fargo Public Library is holding a "Food for Fines" event as part of the Winter Read-a-Thon.

The “Food for Fines” program also runs Jan. 7 through March 3. To participate, library patrons can bring in non-perishable, unexpired food or new, unused toiletry items. For each item donated, library patrons will receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness, including lost or damaged item fees. In addition, for every completed book log, readers can receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness. Expired, opened or used items will not be accepted.

Fine forgiveness applies to current fines only. Credit for future fines will not be issued. Accounts that have already been sent to a collection agency are not eligible for fine forgiveness.

Items collected during the event will benefit the Great Plains Food Bank, Gladys Ray Shelter and Youthworks of North Dakota. Children’s items no longer receive overdue fines; however, children’s materials can still incur lost or damaged item fees.

For more information about the Winter Read-a-Thon or “Food for Fines” events, visit www.fargolibrary.org or call 701.241.1472.

Fargo Public Library events and programs are free and open to the public. For more information regarding the Fargo Public Library and a list of upcoming events, visit www.fargolibrary.org.