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Successful grand opening for library

Friday afternoon's ribbon cutting in downtown Chenoa, photo courtesy of Ellen Johnson.

Following a soft opening last year, local residents formally welcomed the new Chenoa Library to town Friday evening.

The grand opening and ribbon cutting featured Mayor Chris Wilder, library trustees and Chenoa native Eric Elder who has written over 30 books. Elder gave a presentation on his books in the community room.

“We had at least 40 to 50 people here for the ribbon cutting and then they just kept coming,” said library director Sheryl Siebert. “It has been fabulous seeing everybody.”

Siebert received comments from visitors saying the facility was big and beautiful and the architect was pleased with the way the building was furnished. 4-D did the construction work on the facility.

“They did an excellent job,” stated Siebert. “We would recommend them to anyone.”

Visitors enjoyed a scavenger hunt, giveaway, local author corner and light refreshments. They even had the chance to get a picture with the library’s celebrity pig, Hammy.

Library trustees include: President Pat Witte, Lori Carranza, Dan Groce, Dawn Neubauer, Steve Bury, Nancy Adams and Molly Wilder. Phil Harland is the accountant while Phil Lenzini is attorney. The original architect is Russell Francois and finishing architect, Paul Scharnett of Scharnett Associates.

In addition to Siebert, the staff includes: Reid Siebert, Sean Perkins, Jordan Jackson and volunteer Madyson Davis.

Siebert encourages anyone to stop by the library even if they don’t live in Chenoa as they will accept cards from other local libraries.

Chenoa Library, at 230 South Greet Street, is open Tuesday through Saturday and can be reached at 815-945-4253. More information can be found at or on Facebook.

Dan Groce, Phil Harland and Denver Rassi at the library grand opening Friday (photo provided).

Pat Witte welcoming guests and asking them to sign the guest book (photo provided).

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