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‘Fines for F.I.S.H.’ planned at McHenry library

McHENRY – “Fines for F.I.S.H.” starts Nov. 25 and runs through Dec. 8 at the McHenry Public Library, 809 N. Front St.

Library patrons can scrounge up overdue library books, movies and CDs and bring them back to the library to pay just half of the fines.

Fines collected will go to the local F.I.S.H. Food Pantry to help families in need during the holidays.

“Last year’s half-price fines program was such a success we decided to offer it again this year,” said Mary Amstadt, circulation manager for the McHenry Public Library District.

Amstadt pointed out that only overdue items are eligible for the program; lost or damaged items are not eligible, nor are accounts in collection. Only McHenry Public Library fines are eligible.

Andrea Franzen, co-director of F.I.S.H., said the pantry can use the money to buy food vouchers from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, and that cash goes further and buys more food per pound than donated food.

“The timing of Fines for F.I.S.H. is great, since it’s after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, a time when food pantry inventory can run low,” Franzen said in a news release.

For information, visit or call 815-385-0036.


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