(Riverton, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Library System has announced a “School Supplies for Fines” program under way now through September 15th. Donations of new packaged school supplies will be collected in lieu of overdue fines at all three county libraries, in Riverton, Lander and Dubois. The program does not apply to charges for materials that have been lost or damaged.
“One of our first donations this year in Riverton was from a teenaged boy who had over $20 in fines. He went to a dollar store and brought in a bunch of things,” said Teri Wiblemo at the branch library here.
The school supplies will be distributed to area food distribution programs. In Riverton, they will go to the Christian Food Store; in Lander the supplies will be donated to the Care and Share Food Bank; and in Dubois they will go to the Opportunity Shop, all for distribution to families.
The program started last year by staff at the Fremont County Library in Riverton, and spread to the two branch libraries.
“We really need to get the word out, most people don’t know about this program yet. It’s been a slow start,” she said.
Residents who want to donate new packages (unopened) school supplies and who don’t have any book fines are welcome to bring them in as well, Wiblemo said. The drop off point at each library is the circulation desk.
For more information, call the Riverton Library at 856-3556, the Lander Library at 332-5194, or the Dubois Library at 455-2992.
A list of desired donations is copied below: