(Left to Right: Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker and Library Director Amanda McKay)
The Effingham City Council recently continued its support of the Helen Matthes Library.
Mayor Jeff Bloemker presented a check for $100,000 to Library Director Amanda McKay in the nearly finished new library building on Third Street.
Mayor Bloemker noted, “The Helen Matthes Library has been a faithful and shining beacon of information for the citizens of Effingham for decades and for several generations of regional families. We wish them Godspeed in their critical mission as they transition into a fabulous new location as the Effingham Public Library.”
On August 3rd the library will begin moving from its current location at 100 E Market. Basic library functions will be set up in the Effingham City Council Chambers for the next four to six weeks. As of August the Helen Matthes Library will change its name to Effingham Public Library .
“Thanks to the leadership of the City for this donation of TIF dollars in combination with the original donation of the building, we will soon be able to welcome the public into our new library. The City and the library have had a long and fruitful partnership, and we’re so happy to be a piece of the larger picture that makes Effingham a great place to live and work,” said Library Director and Illinois Librarian of the Year, Amanda McKay.