The Fairfield Public Library will sponsor a "Food for Fines" drive from Feb. 14 to 20, when overdue fines will be waived in exchange for a donation of food or health-care items.

The program will benefit the Operation Hope food pantry.

For each nonperishable food or health care item a patron brings in to the Fairfield Public Library or Fairfield Woods Branch Library, the accrued fines on one overdue item returned that day will be waived. Overdue museum passes or Little Learners Circle Time Totes are not eligible. Food items may not be used to negate fines already on a patron's record for materials that have been returned prior to Food for Fines week. Fees for lost or damaged materials will not be waived.

Additionally, donations will be welcomed from those without overdue library materials. Only nonperishable food and health-care items that are not expired and are in good condition will be accepted. Candy and items in glass jars and plastic bags are prohibited. All donations must be in their original packaging and are subject to approval of the library staff.

For information, contact Susan Balla at or call 203-256-3155.