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Library Corner: Food for Fines program

By Michael Dawber

The Rainy River Public Library is unwrapping a big box of programs for the holiday season!
From December 3 to 14, you can take advantage of our new Food for Fines program.
To help the West End Food Bank, we are taking donations of non-perishable food at the library.
For each item of food you bring, you get a credit of $1.00 against any fines on your library account.
If you’re not sure what to bring, we have a list of food suggestions at the library.
Food for Fines is offered with the help of the Northwestern Health Unit.
On Saturday, December 21, we’re having a Holiday Book Bonanza!
Kids aged 12 and under can visit the library for a free book to keep.
Limit one book per child while supplies last.
Children also get to pick a book from the Bonanza Box to donate back to the library.
Children aged eight and under must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
And on Friday, December 27, you can count the birds with your library.
Our Winter’s Here! Bird Count will kick off with a bird walk around Rainy River.
Walk leaders are Michael Dawber and Justin Wagner.
Our one-hour walk will leave from the library, 334 4th Street, at 9:30 a.m.
We’re also asking you to help count the birds wherever you are on December 27.
Pick up a Winter’s Here! Bird Count form at the library. You can also download one from our website,
Follow the instructions to count the birds, and then send your form back to the library.
We will publish our Bird Count results in the New Year.
Our Winter’s Here! Bird Count is supported by the Rainy River Recreation Committee and Ontario’s Sport and Recreation Community Fund (OSRCF).
Don’t forget: our free computer training lessons continue through December.
Call the library at 807-852-3375 or email to ask about lesson times.
All our programs are free.
For the holidays, please note the library will be closed on December 24, 25, 26, and 31, as well as January 1, 2014.
We will be open our regular hours on Friday, December 27 and Saturday, December 28.
The staff and board of the library wish you all the best for the holiday season and a prosperous 2014!