DOVER (Tusco TV) - The Dover Public Library is giving patrons a chance to pay off their overdue fines with food. 

Director Jim Gill the library will waive up to $1 in fines for each non-perishable food item donated during the week-long Food For Fines collection. It starts tomorrow and runs through next Saturday, and donations benefit T4C’s Share-A-Christmas program.  

"On December 9th, we will take all the food collected and we’ll take it over to Tuscora Park. That’s where they have all the volunteers and the students from high schools across the valley sort it, and it will be distributed to the various T4C food pantries," he says.

Gill says the library will waive up to $5 in overdue fees per day, so it's an easy way for people to get their balance paid off. 

"We love to get our patrons’ cards working again, and that’s what a lot of this is. There is a big movement in libraries going fine free and we are not fine free but we are certainly open to working with people to get their cards in good, standing order," he says. 

Gill says people can donate things like pasta, mac and cheese, or any type of canned good as long as they're unexpired, unopened and in their original packaging.