The annual Food For Fines program is less than two weeks into the month and half tradition at the Uintah County Library.

The program runs Nov. 6, 2017, to Dec. 21. People can bring in donations for the Ashley Valley Food Pantry and receive a $1 off of any fines per can. The UCL (Uintah County Library) will also accept unopened packages of toiletries. The library doesn't want expired or rusted cans.

“We will make weekly deliveries of food to the food pantry through the end of the year,” Uintah County Library Director Samuel Passey said.

On Saturday, it's time for Oh Fudge, which is a celebration of holiday baking.

“This is one of our premier events where generations of families come to together to experience holiday delights,” Passey said.

The doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the event at the UCL. For more information people are encouraged to visit The event includes door prizes, samples and a lot more.

Passey said like Duchesne County, Uintah County is pushing the importance of reading 1,000 books before kindergarten.

“It's really easy, come to the library each week, check out a stack of children's picture book and read three per day with your child,” Passey added. “Reading to children is among the most important thing a parent can do.”

The library director encourages parents to use fun voices, have the children identify things in pictures.

“It's a time to build a lifelong bond with your children,” Passey said.

Each month, the UCL offers a teen lock, usually on the fourth Friday of the month from 6:30-10 p.m. The UCL is slated to have it on Friday, Nov. 17. Massey said there is a Teen Advisory Group (TAG) made up of 22 high school aged students.

The TAG works with UCL Youth Services Librarian Amber Lynch to plan library activities for other teens and volunteer to set up and run activities.

Massey gave high praise for former library Melinda Barlow who started the group about eight years ago.

“Over the years it has waxed and waned, now is probably the largest in terms of membership and attendance,” Passey said. “We of course stand on the shoulders of giants and cannot give Melinda enough credit for laying the foundation for our youth services.”

A new student library card has been installed at the library. Passey said students who bring proof of enrollment (student ID, letter from teacher, etc) can receive a library card on-the-spot. The card will allow the students to use library web resources, wi-fi and check out two items at a time without ever having overdue fines.

Students have the option of having a normal library card that has a higher checkout limit but also charges fees for late items.

“This is our first school year of offering the program,” Passey said. “It's available to home schooled students as well.”

Passey wanted to stress the UCL offers senior book/movie delivery and exchange programs at Ashley Valley Shadows senior housing, Daniels Crossing, the various Beehive homes, and the Golden Age Center upon request.

“Seniors can opt for a similar lower checkout but no late fines card,” he said.

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