BELMAR, NJ — Do you have overdue books or movies borrowed from the Belmar Public Library? By returning them by today, December 29, all fines will be forgiven with one catch — make sure to bring a nonperishable food item with you.

For this year’s Food for Fines program, the library is partnering with the Food Pantry at the Belmar Community Center and Library Annex at 503 Seventh Avenue.

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Because the library holds many of its exercise and leisure activities at the annex, selecting the food pantry for the amnesty program was “an obvious choice and a way to get our books back painlessly,” said library assistant Peggy O’Connor. “Many people donate even if they don’t have late fines, and we appreciate their generosity.”

All books, DVDs —and food donations — can be dropped off at the circulation desk of the library’s main building at 517 10th Avenue. Make sure to speak with a library representative who will clear your account of all fines with your food donation.

The library is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, call the library at 732-681-0775 or visit to send a message.

For updates on the library’s various programs and services, visits its Facebook page.

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