The Effingham Public Library celebrated one year in their new building on Friday. Members of the Effingham City Team, including Mayor Jeff Bloemker, attended the unveiling of the one year dedication plaque.
“Honestly, a few years ago when talk of moving the Helen Matthes Library into the old First National Bank Building started to bubble up around town, I didn’t give the notion much credibility,” said Mayor Bloemker. “It was a long shot at best. As I stand here today in the Effingham Public Library, I am once again gleefully reminded that the people of Effingham never quit. One would be well-advised to never, ever bet against the people of Effingham when they decide something is necessary for the betterment of the community. Congratulations to the Library Board of Directors and to Amanda McKay and her staff on successfully transitioning into this fantastic repository of information. Reports indicate their activity has doubled in the past year and they continue to simply knock it out of the park. Godspeed as they carry out their important mission.”
Since moving into the new building, located at 200 N. Third Street, circulation and program participation has gone up.