Update on the Library open hours

We are opening at 4 pm today now that the town has water.

We will be open July 3 from 1-5 pm. We will be closed July 4.

We will be open Friday, July 5 at our usual time 10 am – 6 pm.

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Johnny Burgin Concert 06/22/24 at the Lib

A Blues Concert is a perfect way to spend a Saturday Night This summer.

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Dan Ford Magic show at the Library

A perfect way to start the summer at the library. This is the first program that will be handing out tickets for a raffle to win prizes during this season.

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RSAcat Mobile App Is Back Online

The RSAcat Mobile App is back online for both Android and iOS.

Complete functionality including search, holds, bill pay, and viewing accounts on the mobile app on Android and iOS has been restored. If patrons uninstalled the app, they will have to reinstall it to begin using it. Links to download the app are below and are already posted to everyone’s RSAcat homepage’s sidebar.

Patrons that did not uninstall the app will have it working again as soon as they open the app. The app will have saved the previous login state, so if the patron had logged off, then they will have to login again. If they remained logged in, then no new login should be necessary.

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Boundless is replacing Axis 360 !

One of our eRead Illinois App’s is being replaced compliments of the Developers.

Accessing Axis 360 will now send you to the Boundless App automatically.

All our Library Users will be able to use Boundless and its newer Features.

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New Service for Chenoa Library Cardholders – America’s News from Newsbank !!

America’s News


Explore and stay informed on local and national topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, jobs and careers, political and social issues and more.  Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources spanning the U.S. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device. To link terms or names for more specific searches, use quotation marks around the phrase or name.

The Pantagraph Collection

Explore Bloomington history through local news, events and people with The Pantagraph Collection. Search current and archived issues with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.


Plus more newspapers. These can also be linked from the menu on the left under America’s News from Newsbank.

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Blind Date with a Book

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Let us help you find your next favorite book

New books at the library that are really good –

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Great New Book Available Soon at the Library

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Thanksgiving Hours

Chenoa Library will close on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 5:00 pm and re-open at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 29.  Happy Thanksgiving to All.  We are grateful for you.

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Running for Library Board Trustee April 4, 2023

Candidate packets for Library Trustee may be picked up at the Library during normal business hours. Filing dates will be Dec. 12-19, 2022. The election will be held on April 4, 2023. Lori Carranza will be at the library from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Dec. 15, 2022 to accept candidate packets for the Consolidated Election to be held on April 4, 2023 for the following offices. 

Trustee- Library Board – 4-year full term

Trustee- Library Board – 4-year full term

Trustee- Library Board – 4-year full term

Trustee- Library Board – 2-year unexpired term

Trustee- Library Board – 2-year unexpired term

Trustee- Library Board – 2-year unexpired term

Trustee- Library Board – 2-year unexpired term

Lori Carranza, Secretary , Chenoa Public Library District  

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Movies at the Library

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Wellness On The Web and Your Phone Oct. 4 & 11 for Older Adults

The web is a great place to learn about maintaining your health and
managing illness. Apps connected to mobile devices can really help
track progress toward goals and motivate activity. This course will
help you introduce a wide range of possibilities and steer you away
from less credible sites as well.

Ravi Singhal will teach the course in 2 sessions from 6-7 p.m.
on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11 at the library.

This course is an introduction to the types of web-based resources
there are to discover health information and use that information to
improve ones health. Sample websites from government, nonprofit, educational and research facilities, and blogs are introduced, as are alternative and healthy eating sites. The course includes several mobile apps that the student can use to track fitness activities and food reference, and YouTube where one can find lots of videos to work out with.

Call the library at 815-945-4253 to reserve your space or email
at chenoapl@frontier.com.
Walk-ins will be accepted providing we
have room.

Mennonite College of Nursing

This Oasis Connections class is provided to you through a federal grant awarded to Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University.

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Seniors Join Us Sept. 20

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Story Time

Pre-school and early grade school children are invited to story time at the Library every Saturday from 10:30 to 11:00 am. Children under 8 must be accompanied by caretakers. We will read books, do a craft occasionally and have fun. We start August 27.

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Funeral Pre-Planning Session

Join us for a Funeral Pre-Planning Program with Randy McCullouh from Duffy-Pils Memorial Homes Tuesday, August 16 from 6:00-7:00.  This free, no-obligation event is at the Library.

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Thanks Pat !!

Thanks for leading the way for our new library. You can thank Pat in person today, August 5 from 5-7

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Thanksgiving Closings

The Library will close at 5:00 pm on Wed., November 24. We will be closed all day on Thursday and Friday, November 25 and 26.

We will re-open on Saturday November 27 at 10:00 am.

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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.

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New Hours Tuesday – Saturday Starting May 1

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Book Donation Rules

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Inline imageWe 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.
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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!!!!

Covid Rules for New Library 

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New Library Construction Picture Nov. 20, 2019

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Board meeting at the Library, Oct. 17 at 7:00 pm

Agenda Regular library board October 2019

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Board Meeting Sept. 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Library

Agenda Regular library board Sept. 17, 2019

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Closed on Labor Day, Sept. 2.

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Blues Guitarist, Monday, August 5

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.


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Board Meeting July 18 at Library

Agenda Regular library board July 2019

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Agenda Board Meeting June 20, 2019

Agenda Regular library board meeting June 2019

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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.

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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


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Join Us May 7

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Please let us know if you need special accomadations.

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Join us Saturday, April 27

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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!


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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

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Constitution Club Dec 12 at 7:00

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.


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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.

Image may contain: one or more peopleWe Are Also Grateful To All Who Voted For A New Library.

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We thank everyone who voted for a new library.

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Vote YES for a New Library – from Dan

Dear Chenoans, 

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.

Dan Groce

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See the Moon through a Telescope and Hear Astronomer Lee Green

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.
International Observe the Moon Night
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You can borrow a fishing pole at the library? Whaaat?

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.

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Special Meeting for New Library

Special meeting notice 9-5-18

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Thanks to EDP Renewables and Please Match Them

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 !!

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Thanks WMBD and WYZZ for helping us as we work to get a new library


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HALFWAY TO A NEW LIBRARY !! But we still need your help, please

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

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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.


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