The Darien Library will be hosting its first blood drive partnered with American Red Cross. For Darien Library users, though, the drive comes with an extra perk, according to Alan Gray, chief administrative officer at the library.

"To show our support we decided that people who donate blood and are library users will have their outstanding fees removed," Gray said, adding that overdue fees only covers late books and does not cover missing property.

In addition to Darien Library waiving all overdue book fees, those who donate blood in August at American Red Cross blood drives in Connecticut will receive a coupon for a free 57.6 ounce container of any variety of Turkey Hill SunBrew Iced Tea.

The blood drive will run from 1 to 6:15 p.m. on Aug. 29 in the library parking lot. Users will be registered inside the library and then go into the parking lot where they will donate blood in one of the Red Cross vans. Gray is happy the library will be hosting the event and urges citizens to attend.

"We're happy to have the space we do to support it; everyone wins when the Red Cross has the blood it needs. The lack of blood donations in the nation is a critical problem," Gray said.

The shortage is so bad, in fact, that Red Cross is in emergency need for donors.

"We cannot thank enough the blood donors who have already rolled up a sleeve this summer," Donna M. Morrissey, director of communications, American Red Cross - Northeast Division said in statement. "We appreciate the support from donors in Connecticut. We're encouraging all eligible donors who didn't have a chance to give yet to step up and help patients by making an appointment, as well as those who gave earlier and are now again eligible."

Donors in Darien's blood drive will donate one pint of blood, which is about 1 percent of the blood that might be needed for a single car crash victim. The Red Cross must collect more than 17,000 pints of blood each day to meet the needs of patients are more than 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. The Red Cross is in need of all blood types to ensure an adequate blood supply for those in need. It especially urges donors with type O negative, O positive, A negative or B negative to give blood this summer.; 203-972-4407;