Once a year the Library closes for the entire holiday and weekend – and that is Thanksgiving.
We close at 5:00 pm Wednesday, Nov. 21 and re-open on Monday, Nov. 26. We are very thankful for all of you. Enjoy the holiday.
We Are Grateful to All Who Voted For A New Library.
On Tuesday, November 6, Chenoa voters will have the opportunity to support a bond referendum that will provide our community with not only a new library but a facility that will serve as a center of community activity for many generations to follow. This structure will be accessible to all of our residents. After years of research, investigation, and planning, the Chenoa Library Board of Trustees is offering to our community a means to fund, build, and complete the project. The referendum has unfortunately become necessary because fundraising efforts have not met the lowest bid proposed by an area contractor.
The top priority in the planning of the new library is to have a completely accessible building for Chenoa. The new library has been designed by architect, Mr. Russel Francois, and has a 1,500 square foot children’s area, an 800 square foot community room, areas for adult reading and study, along with space for accessible shelving and technology. Due to the diligence of our director, Ms. Sheryl Siebert, the furniture has been very economically secured through transactions with other libraries.
I cannot emphasize enough to our community that our new library will not just be a “house of books”. Our new facility will truly be an active center of community learning and socializing for many, many years to come. I sincerely believe that construction of the library will create countless learning opportunities for us all – including many that we have not even considered!
We have published the figures and realize the sacrifice that we are asking. I am still convinced that a successful vote for the building of our new library will be a benefit to every resident and the community of Chenoa. I hope that you will join me in voting “Yes” on November 6th.
If you want to hear Lee Green, the solar eclipse astronomer who spoke to us last year, put Oct. 20 on your calendar. We will have child crafts at 6:30 and Lee at 7:00 pm. He will be at the library to talk about the International Night of the Moon. Guess what – HE IS BRINGING HIS TELESCOPE again.
EDP Renewables North America, owners of the recently approved Bright Stalk Wind Farm, have generously established a $10,000 matching funds grant to help with construction costs of the new Chenoa Public Library. EDPR NA will match all contributions made to the library’s building fund up to $10,000 !!
Chenoa Public Library has raised 50% of its goal !!
Due to our community’s tremendous support, as of November 2017, we have $403,000 in the bank for a new facility that has an expected cost of $800,000.
We are continuing our pledge drive to complete our mission of providing an accessible library to the citizens of Chenoa.
Please contact the library if you wish to help – 815-945-4253. THANK YOU.
Your financial promise to the Chenoa Public Library Building Fund is tremendously appreciated. *Contributions are tax deductible.
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” ~ Helen Keller
Chenoa Library is a qualified 501 (3c) and may qualify for matching funds from your employer. Check with your employer. Both State Farm Insurance and Country Companies match grants. If you work at State Farm or have retired from there, you can help us build a new library through two of their grants -
1. Good Neighbor Volunteer Grants – Volunteer with the library for 40 hours each year and we receive $500.00.
2. State Farm will match your donation to us.
Call the library for more details or check at your workplace. Thanks from Sheryl and your Chenoa Library Board of Trustees: Pat Witte, Dan Groce, Lori Carranza, Dawn Neubauer, , Nancy Adams, Steve Bury and Eulie Kight. Thanks from The Friends of the Library.