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Central Arkansas libraries replace fines with food

By Lisa Burnett

This article was published November 27, 2012 at 9:07 a.m.

The Central Arkansas Library System is giving patrons the opportunity to replace overdue library fines with nonperishable food items.

The library will hold its annual Food for Fines program from Monday through Dec. 9.

Patrons are encouraged to take at least one nonperishable boxed or canned good per overdue item to any of the 12 branches of the library system in Pulaski and Perry Counties.

The food collected during the drive will be donated to Arkansas Rice Depot's Food for Kids program, which provides backpacks and ready-to-eat food to more than 600 public schools in Arkansas, serving more than 35,000 children.

Items most needed are ravioli, peanut butter, tuna, canned fruit, pudding cups, cereal and granola bars, the library system said.

The library said the donations may not be used to cancel fines that are already on record for materials that have been returned before Food for Fines week.

More information on Food for Fines may be found at the library system's website, www.cals.org.

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Jackabbott says... November 27, 2012 at 9:23 a.m.

This is an example of a public institution that has lost track of it's fundamental duties.

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LevyRat says... November 27, 2012 at 1:38 p.m.

Jackabbott, if by "'public institution" you mean that it is open to the public then you are right. Central Arkansas Library Systems is, however, a PRIVATE nonprofit organizaton NOT A CITY, COUNTY OR STATE facility. As a private organization, you don't get to decide what its duties are. Go hate on someone else.

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Asiseeit says... November 27, 2012 at 2:33 p.m.

Actually the Library is not a private organization. It is a public entity. It receives taxpayer dollars in addition to the private donations it gets. I think the Food for Fines program is a great idea, but I did want to set the record straight about the status of the system.

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LevyRat says... November 27, 2012 at 2:54 p.m.

Asiseeit .......... Central Arkansas Library Systems does in fact receive public money but it IS NOT A PUBLIC ENTITY it is a CORPORATION THAT ANSWERS TO A BOARD OF DIRECTORS. Public entities do not have Article of Incorporations, or Bylaws or a Board of Directors. If you think I am confused visit the CALS website and see for yourself.

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NoUserName says... November 27, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.

I didn't realize I was paying property taxes to a private corporation. I'm gonna have to call up the treasurer and get that corrected. Oh, and UAMS has a board of directors. It does. Go search. It'll come up. Or would you argue that UAMS is not a public organization?

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NoUserName says... November 27, 2012 at 3:57 p.m.

Whoops. Stand corrected on UAMS . It's UAMS Family Home, which is a private entity. Nevertheless, you don't pay property taxes to a private corporation.

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