||PHILO PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
- P. 0. Box 199; 115 E. Washington
- Philo, IL 61864-0199
- (217) 684-2896; Fax # (217) 684-2719
- Library A Week Profile
Type of Library: Public/District
- Population Served: 1,768
- Volumes: 12,000
- Agency Code: PHN
- OCLC Code: NE0
- Reciprocal Borrowing Code: 30
- The Philo Public Library District had its beginnings in January 1962
as a project of the Philo Woman's Club. It opened in a small rented store
with donated books and volunteer staff. In the fall of 1962 a tax referendum
gave the library a tax base, and the Philo Township Public Library was
created. In 1971 the library moved to larger rented quarters with 18 open
hours per week. By January 1979 hours had been increased to 44 per week
with the librarian present 30 hours per week and assistants 14 hours. In
August of 1989 the library was forced to close when its building was sold.
While a new site and building were being sought, the library operated 27
hours per week from a stationary bookmobile with current materials available.
The Philo Township Library became the Philo Public Library District by
referendum in 1990. On July 1, 1992 the library opened in a temporary leased
facility while the search for a permanent site continued. On September
28, 1996 ground was broken for a new 4,000 square foot building, built
with an Illinois State Library Live and Learn Grant and a bond issue voted
by the citizens. The first permanent home of the Philo Public Library District
opened on July 31, 1997 and was dedicated on September 27, 1997. It is
now open 42 hours per week during the school year. Services and materials
now available are books, magazines, videos, audio books, CDs, reference,
computers, computer-searching, microfilm and microfiche readers, fax, and
Director: Don Thorsen; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director: Susan Hale; E-Mail: email@example.com
Assistant Librarian: JillAnn Abbott; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Library Clerk: Wendy Carmien; E-Mail: email@example.com
- Library Hours
Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday - 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Board Meeting
- Every month on the third Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
- President, Board of Directors
- Cyndi Clennon