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Christmas Council Library Amnesty Food Appeal

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Published December 5th 2017
Helping to feed the hungry this Christmas
Photo courtesy Brisbane City Council libraries

What is a weekend or summer holiday without a good book in hand, right? In Brisbane, we are spoilt with some well-stocked local libraries with a bountiful selection of books, audios and magazines to borrow free of charge. But what happens when you forget to return it on time and are faced with overdue fees.

Brisbane Council libraries are once again spreading joy and getting into the season of giving at his Christmas by re-introducing the library amnesty.

Step inside and donate

For the month of December, bring a tin of canned food to your local library and Council will waive outstanding fees on your library card. Unfortunately, perishable food items cannot be accepted and lost library items are not covered by the amnesty. Residents without outstanding library fees are also welcome to provide donations of canned food and goods at their local library to help spread Christmas cheer to those in need.

One of Council's 33 libraries

All donations will be sent to Foodbank Queensland Ltd to assist those in need. Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.

Picture courtesy of Foodbank

Foodbank aims to achieve an Australia without hunger by working with the entire food and grocery industries to source nutritious, wholesome meals for vulnerable Australians in need. It was first established in 1992 in NSW and now has a presence in every state and the Northern Territory with distribution centres in all state capitals as well as a number of regional centres.

Brisbane City Council has 33 libraries located across Brisbane. Whether writing off fees, bringing along a food donation or selecting your holiday reading, join in the spirit of giving this Christmas at your local public library.

Drop off your books and a food donation

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Why? Helping Feed the Hungry this Christmas
When: Check Council website for Library opening hours
Where: Brisbane Council Libraries
Cost: Free
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