Many libraries around the state will be participating in Food Not Fines Week this month.

Between May 9-14, participating public libraries will excuse fines for overdue items in exchange for donations of nonperishable food. The food will be given to local food pantries.

The effort is being coordinated by the Maine State Library at a time of strong demand for food pantries. Organizers are encouraging library patrons who don’t owe fines to donate food pantry items as well.

For a list of participating libraries, go to: www.maine.gov/msl/fines.shtml