First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special — participate.

As part of its observance of National Library Week, Loutit District Library is again offering patrons the opportunity to exchange Food for Fines. From April 8 through April 14, patrons can bring in non-perishable food or personal hygiene products for donation to Love in Action of the Tri-Cities and receive a waiver of $1.00 per item (up to a maximum of $5.00) off current overdue fines. The food items most needed by Love in Action include canned meals and spaghetti, “Helper” and other meals in boxes, canned tuna and meats, and pancake mixes. Personal hygiene products, such as toilet paper, shampoo and conditioner, diapers (all sizes) and wipes, laundry detergent, soap, shaving cream, razors and deodorant, are needed as well.  Overdue fines are not a prerequisite. Drop items off at the Checkout Desk on the Upper Level.