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Chrisman Public Library holds board meetings

The January meeting for the Chrisman Public Library was held on January 13, 2022. 326 items were loaned to patrons; 282 items were loaned to other libraries and 98 items were borrowed from other libraries. 178 new items were cataloged; 33 electronic books and 14 Internet user sessions for the month of December 2021.
Cheri Oates and Beth Daily wanted to extend a thank you to Donna Malone for taking down all the Christmas decorations. “It’s a big job and she not just took them down and boxed them, she also carried them up to the attic. Another huge job,” said Oates.
The Per Capita Grant application had been submitted. The State Library has acknowledged its receipt. Surprisingly, they extended the deadline by a month. “It will be that much longer before we know the amount,” Daily said.
Rita and Joe Hoult made a generous donation to the library in memory of Rita’s cousin’s husband, Jesse T. Hummingbird. Mr. Hummingbird is a well known Indian artist who used many Cherokee themes in his paintings. He has artwork collections in the United States and abroad, including the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., and the Mansfield Collection and the James Bialac Collection at the University of Oklahoma. He is also the illustrator of some children’s books. The library is hoping to be able to purchase one of two of them.
The library also received a generous donation from John and Kathryn Rogers on behalf of Phil and Sallie Hamm. The Hamms are avid readers and supporters of libraries so they are pleased to have these funds passed on to the Chrisman Public Library. They also received a donation from Kathy Ellis and her husband, John.
The library has ordered children’s books from the Gary Mills Memorial. Thirty-six books, so far: You are my Friend; Sorry Grown-Ups; You Can’t go to School; Wild Symphony; Never Let a Unicorn Scribble; How a Seed Grows; The Black Circle; In too Deep; Beyond the Grave; The Stonekeeper; Odditorium; The Last Council; The Cloud Searchers; The Last Dogs and more.
The February meeting of the Chrisman Public Library Board was held on February 10, 2022. 196 items were loaned to patrons; 317 items were loaned to other libraries; 128 items were borrowed from other libraries; 175 new items were cataloged; 33 electronic books and 6 Internet user sessions.
The library received two free books from Heartful Children’s Foundation. They say their mission is to help children with cancer through art. They donated books to 1075 public libraries in California. Chrisman was one of the 800 libraries chosen outside of California to receive these books.
Illinois Heartland Library system has made some improvements that benefit the library. In the past, they have sent text or email notices when someone had items overdue by three days. This was inconvenient for people who had checked out multiple DVD’s at fifty cents a day fine per DVD. Now they are sending out notices three days before an item is due and some things are automatically renewed.
More people are signing up for text or email notices and more are aware that they can check their account online. Both librarians frequently give mini lessons about online accounts to anyone who is interested. The library was closed February 2nd, 3rd and 4th because of the extreme weather.
In the future, the library will be closed on May 30th- Memorial Day; July 4th- Independence Day; September 5th- Labor Day and November 24th- Thanksgiving.

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