During December the San Mateo County Library is accepting non-perishable food as payment for library fines.
Patrons may take any amount of boxed or canned food to any of the county's 12 branches (including in Atherton, Portola Valley and Woodside) during business hours and all fines will be waived.
The food will be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank.
Note: An earlier version of this story said the Menlo Park Library is participating in this program. That's not correct. The Menlo Park Library is not part of the county's library system.