Published: Oct 25, 2011 3:12 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 25, 2011 3:52 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Penalties for overdue Library materials can add up fast. Lori White says it was her kids who racked up quite a bill for her family. She came into the Library today to take advantage of an amnesty program that allowed her to erase a $78 fine. 

"It's awesome because if I had to come up with $78 it would hurt- $78 can pay a light bill," said White

But it's not as simple as wiping the slate clean. In order to qualify for amnesty you have to bing in a consumable item which the library will in turn donate to charity. Librarian Anne Shepherd says the idea of the program is to offer relief to patrons who need the services at the library the most while helping out local charities and animal shelters.

"It's a win-win for everybody in the county you can clear up your fines you can pay for your lost books and you can help our community in a big way," said Shepherd.

The Library will accept just about about any non perrishable item including toiletries and pet food in trade for your fines.  But you will want to hurry because the amnesty program ends at the end of October.