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

Food for Fines runs Monday, Jan. 7, through Sunday, March 3. To participate, library patrons can bring in nonperishable, unexpired food or new, unused toiletry items. Expired, open or used items will not be accepted. For each item donated, library patrons will receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness, including lost or damaged item fees.

To participate in the Read-a-Thon, pick up an official book log at any Fargo Public Library location beginning Monday. Readers of every age can participate. Book logs are due on or before Sunday, March 3, to be eligible for prizes and prize drawings. For every completed book log, readers can receive up to $5 in fine forgiveness.

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 more information, visit www.fargolibrary.org or call 701-241-1472.