Lucy's Library Blast

January 11, 2016

Food for Fines Owed to the Nashville Public Library

It’s that time of year again! Nashville Public Library is holding its annual Food for Fines program, where you can donate food to waive your public library fines. This year you can bring all of your donations to school instead of a branch and you can get fines waived for lost and damaged items, too!

Here’s how it works:

  • Food for Fines runs from Jan. 9-Jan. 17.

  • Check your public library account to see if you have any fines.

  • $1.00 will be waived from your account for every non-perishable food item that you bring in.

    • Accepted food items:

      • Peanut butter

      • Canned chicken or tuna

      • Canned vegetables

      • Canned fruit

      • Canned soups

      • Cereal

      • Pasta

    • Please do NOT bring the following (NPL cannot give them to Second Harvest):

      • Glass containers

      • Opened containers or packages

      • Expired or repackaged items

  • Bring all of your donations to me in the library. I will complete a log to send to Limitless Libraries, so make sure you give me the following information:

    • Your name

    • Your library card number (your employee number if you want fines waived on your educator card)

    • Number of cans you’re donating.

Please encourage students to participate as well! Some students have large fines due to lost or damaged items, and this can really help. If you have a student with a fine so large they can’t possibly bring in enough canned food, please have them come see me. We can still work it out.

The last day to drop off food items at school is Friday, January 15. Items will still be accepted through January 17 at Nashville Public Library locations.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Database Contest from Limitless Libraries

I want to let you know about the contest Limitless Libraries has for teachers this month. It’s so easy to enter, and you could win an iPad Mini! All you need to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Access one of the databases on the Limitless Libraries website (

  2. Complete this short form detailing which database you visited.

The contest will from from January 6 until January 29. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter. One winner will be drawn from each school tier (middle and high).

All of the databases on the Limitless website are designed for middle and high school students; you just might find something you want to include in your lessons!

Please let me know if you have any questions. Hopefully someone from our school will win!

WOW! Circulation is UP UP UP!! Thanks to you!


Teachers, note that our IT guy, Lee Eck, is spending a lot of time repairing IPADS and LAPTOPS that are housed in the rolling carts. Keys are being popped off. Kids are setting alarms. Programs are being removed. The best way to avoid this abuse is to check out the items to students, making them responsible. Please develop a signup sheet. Make sure students know they will be held responsible for damage. Have them hand them back in OPEN so they can be checked before returning to the cart. This is costly and time consuming because these items are removed from use while being repaired.

Also please keep the cart in your possession in clean order. The photo at right is not a good example of caring for our technology. Teach by example. :)

Thank you for your help with this.