The Herrin City Library’s Annual Open House & Friends’ Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Herrin City Library. The Friends of the Herrin City Library will hold their Annual Business Meeting at 1:30 pm in the library’s “Tony Galines Memorial Meeting Room.” The theme is “Be a Star @ the Herrin City Library Centennial Celebration!” Come join us for refreshments, fun activities, prizes & more as we celebrate 100 years @ the Herrin City Library. Learn about library resources, sign up for the Summer Reading program, and receive information about joining our Friends Group. The general public is welcome and admission is free.
The Herrin City Library was established in 1917 by an ordinance passed by the Herrin City Council. The Herrin Woman’s Club requested that the city officials establish a public library to serve the residents of Herrin. The library was to be funded by an annual library tax levy on the real estate property within the corporate limits of the City of Herrin. Edith Campbell was the first Head Librarian and Mrs. Frank Murrah was the first President of the Board of Trustees of the Herrin City Library. The library was first located in a small room on the third floor of the old Herrin City Hall at the corner of Madison and North Park Avenue. The library’s collection grew and was moved in 1926 to a former private residence at the corner of 14th Street and Harrison (South of the old First Baptist Church). Mona Gosnell and later Mr. Carl Veach were Head Librarians at the 14th Street location.
This will be the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Friends which was chartered in April 1995. At the Open House & Annual Meeting, the Friends will have their Annual Business Report for 2016-2017 Fiscal Year and Election of Officers for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year. The Friends have done much for the Herrin City Library over the past twenty-two years. They have sponsored new computers, a Barcode Scanners, new books for the Children’s Collection, Large Print titles for the Adult collection, new Library Cards, and helped with the purchase of special supplies, and sponsored all the costs of the Summer Reading Program. Many thanks to the Friends of the Herrin City Library!