Not to be outdone by bacon, produce and orange juice, the price of Jif products has gone up 30 percent this month due to weak peanut crops, according to The Wall Street Journal
. Bullshit, right? Folks just can't catch a break in 2011. That is, unless you're a Kansas City Public Library borrower with fines. Today through November 13, all library branches are accepting boxed or canned nonperishable food items in exchange for a $1 reduction on existing overdue fines
. "Last year, the library forgave over $16,000 in fines and brought in over 17,000 items," says readers' services manager Kaite Stover. As long as the donations are unexpired and undamaged, you can assuage your guilty, money-owing conscience when checking out trashy Westerns or manga from the young-adult section. The holidays are upon us, so start giving. "I'd rather take a can of peas than a germy dollar any day," Stover says. All donations go to Harvesters Community Food Network. See kclibrary.org/foodforfines
for more information.