Back when I was a kid, school started the day after Labor Day. Now I know they start early. Many teachers assign summer reading but for those who are getting ready to start dring to colleges and applying for colleges, we will have a large display of classics to jumpstart the college planning.
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The anual report will soon be posted on the website but I want to share one number with you.
The door count has jumped — in 5 years– from 205,597 to 320,822. Amazing.
We are already seeing an upsurge in new card registration as NIU gets back in session. Everyone who lives within the city limits is enetitled to a free library card. A library card gives you access to books, magazines, DVDs, CDs as wll as Internet access, professional librarian help with searching and a lovely building. This morning, when I came to work, I noticed someone reading at one of our new picnic tables in the “grove” as we call it. Enjoy!
Almost 200 adults and over 1,000 children signed up for summer reading. The adult program is over and prizes will soon be distributed. The children’s prize store opens next week. Congratulations to all of those folks who made literacy and reading part of their summer plans.
Have you tried the new catalog? Some great new features. I like the uncluttered look. I was uncertain about placing a hold– where to put my whole barcode. Would that little box take all of the numbers. Of course it did. Let us know how you like it. Dee
We miss our dog. If anyone hears of a clue, please let the DeKalb police department know. We just want it back.
The DeKalb Public Library has submitted the Illinois State Public Library Construction grant. We’ll wait and see. In the meantime, we continue to expand our services to the community. We will be having a ‘tween librarian starting this summer to program for the middle grades and buy material suitable for them. We are excited.
Writing the grant for the expansion of the lbirary makes me think about other grants that I have written or members of my staff have written. We have a good track record of applying for and receiving grants. Recently we were awarded a grant to get science materials from an associaiton of electrical engineers. The Samll Business Council has awarded us a grant for a tablet to circulate. We just finished The Big Read application for next year. There are other opportunites for grants and we try to apply for all of them. Grant writing takes time but we can do more projects than with our working budget.
Although we circulate e-books, we are having a difficult time buying them. More and more publsihers just do not sell to libraries. Soemhow they think thatthey won’t make as much money if buyers can read them from the lbirary. Most library users however buy books as well. I wonder how this will shake out.
I apologize for the long delay. I am in the midst of applying for two grants. The first is to the National Endowment for the Arats for the next Big Read grant– due Feb 1 for next October. We are going to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The second grant is the Illinois Public Library Construction Grant — due on April 1. More on that one later. Wish us luck in the writing of detailed grants.