I was very pleased with all of the organization and comments at yesterday” downtown summit. I know the library contributes to the numbers coming downtown and using the shopping opportunities as well as dining oppotunities. Parking is certainly always on my mind because until recently, we did not have any parking. Now we have a lot for our staff to park and our patrons. We leave it open at all times for others to park there at night and on Sunday morning. Is parking important to you? Dee
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Finished A Casual Vacancy last night. This is the new novel by the author of the Harry Potter books. You would not imagine that the same person wrote this book as well as Harry Potter. I am impressed. Although this book was dark, I was so captivated by the writing that I continued on. I heartily recommend it. Dee
Our beloved collegue Marge Dumsdorf has passed away. The library will be closed Friday morning so we can attend the funeral which will be Ronan Moore Finch across the street at 10:30 am. Dee
I am not a diarist or a journal keeper — always a reader– so I have not kept up the blog as I should. However, we now have so much good news that I will try to update this site at least weekly and maybe more often.
The Illinois State Library has given us an enormous gift, challenge, incentive– however we look at it. The amount of money they have committed to our expansion project is $8 and 1/2 million dollars!!
To put that into perspective, there was “only” $50 million for the whole state for capital improvements to libraries in this one time only captial improvement bill. Chicago Public Library got $10 million off the top. So… the Illinois State Library has awarded us $8 and 1/2 million of the rest. I think this is a testament to our project and to the community who has supported their library since 1893. Dee
We have some holiday shopping ideas right here at the library. We have aprons, blankets, t-shirts, copies of Wired. And the very popular chocolate bars from The Confectionary which have a picture of the library. Part of each sale benefits the library so please consider doing some shopping right here.
Every now and then I so love a book that I do want to shout it out. At Home by Bill Bryson fascinates in every word. He gives the history of each area of the home but in such incredible detail that one hardly can take it all in. Highly recommended. Dee
Amazingly, our website is now over 3 years old. We still love the look but… new things come up all of the time and where do we put them? Also, the world is becoming icnreasingly mobile and the website needs to recognize that. Although we won’t change the look, we will be investigating changing some of b ack end.
We recently had an arborist go over all of our trees in the “old” property and the “new” property. Many trees are in dead or dying states. Certainly our trees in the parkway are dying. We have had three trees fall in the new property. The arborist said “girding ” roots were the casue of a lot of the damage but there were fungal cankers and signs of serious disease in several of the trees. We have talked to the City of DeKalb about removal of some of the parkway trees. The arborist said there is much discussion about what trees to plant in urban locations. Everyone thought ash trees were great until ash borer bugs appeared.
There are two spruces that are not native that are full of disease and of course, box elder trees which are going to have to go. Our work is cut out for us to preserve some valuable “heritage” trees.
Someone has divided their hostas and planted them in the new property. Thank you –but –the arborist said– especially in this year of drought– that the trees are fighting for moisture agains the grass, etc around the roots. We will try to move them. Dee
Last weekend was a typical weekend in DeKalb– too much to do– Sycamore Film Festival showing our own Wired documentary about deKalb, Fiesta downtown, NIU playing Army plus lots of other fall activities. start planning now for the month of October– Big Read month. Adventures of Tom Sawyer, one of “lighter” of Mark Twain’s descriptions of America. We will start on September 30 with a fence painting, of course. The focus of the month will be Why Read Mark Twain? We hope to see lots of the community at our events. Dee
The Friends of the Library collect books all year long and have a sale every other month. The proceeds support our youth summer reading programs. When I arrived this morning to work on a grant, there were several bags of books outside and some inside. Thank you so much for your support of the library.
I am working on a grant to increase usage and knowledge of broadband in our community. Very exciting project. Dee