What a day for the DeKalb Public Library. Yesterday was the party to celebrate the 80 years this building has been in continuous operation. (The library was actually dedicated on February 15, 1931.) The average amount of money spent for a Carnegie library ( libraries which were built throughout the United States around 1900 by Andrew Carnegie was $15,000). This building cost $150,000!!! So a mighty thank you to Jacob Haish and his two descendants who represented him yesterday: Jeff Marshall and Jennie Marshall Cummings. Thank you to Representative Pritchard and Illinois State House of Representatives for the commemorative honor. Thank you to Mayor Povlsen who spoke eloquently about the technology needs for our citizens. Thank you to Imelda Ruiz who represented the Board of Trustees and Thank you to the five members of our NIU football team who reminded the audience that they are student athletes and reading is vital to success as a student.