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WETHERSFIELD, Conn. - People who owe overdue fines to the Wethersfield Library can pay them off with pasta, canned foods or items such as toothpaste.

The library is collecting food and toiletries needed for the food bank in exchange for forgiving fines on overdue books and materials.

"It's a win, win for everybody. People make a tangible donation that helps somebody and at the same time erase their fines," Laurel Goodgion, the library's director, said Monday.

During the library's Food for Fines campaign, which began this month, several bags of food and toiletry items have been collected.

Fines for overdue books currently are 5 cents a day or $1 a day for DVDs and videos.

Goodgion says food and toiletry donations are good for all fines, even dating back a year ago. However, people will still have to use cash to pay for a lost or damaged book.

"We need the materials back or the money to replace those lost items and we can't do that with a can of tuna," Goodgion said.

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