Please join us. The ribbon-cutting is at 4:00 pm. Eric Elder will provide beautiful music. We look forward to seeing you.
On Friday, August 6 from 4-7 pm, the Library Board will host an official grand opening of the new Chenoa Library.
Pastor Jefferson Williams will join us on First Friday, June 4 at Chenoa Library at 5:00 pm. He will read and sing to the kids. All are welcome. Jefferson is the Pastor at First Baptist Chenoa.
We know you are generous, but –
Please do not put book donations in the book drop at the library. All donations must be approved by the Library Director.
We are not having book sales at this time. During COVID-19 days, we are particularly careful. We quarantine all our materials for 5 days to protect you.
If you have a book that is newer and in excellent shape, we will consider adding it to our collection. We do accept older DVDs and Blu-Rays if they are in excellent condition and are approved by the director. We are not accepting magazines.
Thank you for your cooperation and your generosity of spirit.
We know our community has been waiting for the opportunity to see the inside of the new library !!!!
We will open with COVID-19 safety guidelines in place starting July 28. Please see safety guidelines below to help keep employees and guests of the library safer. We look forward to seeing you!!!!
All adults and children join us Monday, August 5 at 7:30 at the City Park Pavillion by the library to hear the great blues guitarist Johnny Burgin. He joined us 4 years ago for summer reading and he was great. He will be here solo with his guitar and harmonica and great voice. The kids loved him.
THIS EVENT IS FREE. You might want to bring a comfy lawn chair. Picnic benches will be available.
Out-of-towners welcome – Library is at 211 South Division, Chenoa, IL. Pavillion is across the parking lot.
Chenoa Library is a Member
What is Explore More Illinois?
Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that provides instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues. It’s at https://exploremoreillinois.org/
How do I get a Pass?
Log in with your library card credentials and browse for passes by date or attractions. Make your reservation and print or download your pass shortly before your visit. You can have two active reservations per library card. Please cancel your reservation(s) if unable to attend, otherwise the reservation will count as being used. Remember that once you print or download your pass you cannot cancel your reservation.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is offering passes here. They have a Lego art exhibit this summer.
New Library Coming Soon – Click on the Picture to See our Accountant Phil Harland, Our Mayor Chris Wilder, Our Builder Denver Rassi of 4D Construction, Our Volunteer Reid and Our Library Board
Visit the Chenoa Library on Saturday, April 27th as part of our Celebrate Area Nature & History! event! There will be a live presentation from 9-9:45 am about the Weston Cemetery Prairie Nature Preserve.
Dr. Roger Anderson, Emeritus Restoration Ecologist with ParkLands Foundation, will present a “lost world” through the window of 3.83 acres just outside of Chenoa! Over 70 native plants species are protected here. This is the only remaining prairie preserved in all of McLean County!
Stop by for refreshments between 9 am and noon (while supplies last). The library closes at noon. Hope to see you there!
This is a reminder that some changes are coming to eRead Illinois also called Axis 360.
To maximize the availability of popular materials in the Axis 360 collection, we are changing the length of time items can be checked out from 21 days to 14 days. The hold pickup period will also change from 3 days to 2 days. These changes will take effect January 2, 2019.
What will these changes do?
- Enable your patrons to get their holds faster
- Allow you to provide more popular content to your patrons
- Maximize the use of eRead Illinois collection development funds
Patrons who have items checked out prior to the switch will still have those items for the remainder of the 21 day checkout period.
Thank you for being a part of eRead Illinois!
The eRead Illinois Team
The Constitution Club is hosting Tom Bennett, State Representative, at the library Dec. 12 at 7:00 pm. Tom is back by popular demand after talking to us 2 years ago. He filled us in on what was going on in Springfield. If you live in Pike Township he is your representative. Even if you live elsewhere you will learn a lot from him.
Tom has served as the Illinois State Representative for the 106th Representative District since 2015 and serves all or parts of Livingston, Iroquois, Woodford, Vermilion and Ford Counties. He is very knowledgeable and friendly.
Everyone is welcome. If you wish to attend and can’t manage the stairs, call us and we will move the venue – 815-945-4253.
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 Also 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.
We have 3 fishing poles at the library that can be checked out for the fishing derby on Sunday, Sept. 9. We thank Ed Straw for getting the fishing poles ready. Catch us by noon on Saturday to borrow a pole.
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.