Buying e-books

13 Feb

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.


Long Time

16 Jan

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.


Public Input Sessions

08 Dec

(DeKalb) – The DeKalb Public Library has scheduled six community input sessions regarding the expansion of its current building. These meetings will focus on the functions within the library and not the exterior design of the building. Fred Schlipf, the library’s building consultant, will be moderating these meetings. Nagle, Hartray and Associates, the architects involved, will be attending Tuesday night’s evening session.
The public is encouraged to attend these brainstorming sessions. These are the first of many community meetings that the library plans to hold in the upcoming months. The schedule of the first round of meet-ings, which are all in DeKalb, are as follows:
Sunday, December 11th, 1:00pm & 3:00pm (2 sessions) at the DeKalb Public Library
Monday, December 12th, 7:30am at Barb City Manor, 680 Haish Boulevard
Monday, December 12th, 7:30pm at Conexión Comunidad, 637 N. 11th Street
Tuesday, December 13th, 7:30am at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1201 Twombly
Tuesday, December 13th, 7:30pm at Huntley Middle School, 1515 S. 4th Street
“We hope to have good, solid discussion on what is needed inside the library,” remarks Dee Coover, di-rector of the library. “We have a lot of work ahead of us but the final outcome will be something that the city will be proud to call its own.”
The DeKalb City Council unanimously passed the Inter-Governmental Agreement on November 14th. The library is under a strict deadline to start preliminary plans of the building expansion. They hope to apply for a construction grant from the state that will fund up to 65% of the library’s construction costs. For more information, visit the library’s website at
The DeKalb Public Library is located at 309 Oak Street in DeKalb and is open to the public seven days a week.


Big Read Final Report

01 Dec

What a great year. The Maltese Falcon proved very popular among adults in the community but we had a lot of fun events for children as well. I just sent the final report to the granting agency for the NEA. The Big Read was either the sponsor or a partner at 46 events and the book was promoted at these events to over 25,000 citizens of the county. Thank you NIU especially for the plug at Homecoming and the ads at all home games. There were 399 discussions at the high schools, libraries and private book clubs throughout the county as well attended by 1223 people. Next year we are doing Tom Sawyer so be prepared for some fence painting!



29 Nov

I love this time of year — when I can be at home with a good book, coffee cup in hand and a warm furnace. However, like most people, I am at work and wondering how everything will get done. Planning for holiday gifts can be extremely stressful. However, your library can provide excellent gifts at a very reasonable price. Not only is the Friends of the Library book sale taking place with great buys on practically new books, we also sell t-shirts, hoodies, etc. All proceeds after cost go to the Dekalb Public Library. Shop local.



23 Nov

I am thankful that all of my children and grandchildren will be gathered at my house for the holidays. As a parent, I spent a great deal of happy time reading to the children at bedtime especially. Those experiences are still the norm according to my unscientific survey of usage in the children’s department. Over 1,000 children signed up for summer reading and that means that at least that many parents, grandparents, caregivers brought children to the library and checked out books. Makes one thankful that some things never change.



21 Nov

“Thank you” to everyone who spoke at the Planning Commission meeting and/or City Council meeting. We are preparing for public input sessions as to the functions you want in your expanded library. Our days for hearing input will be the second week in December but we are finalizing the places first. Then we work on the gratn applicaiton to the State of Illinois. We are eligible for close to 65% of construction costs.


Rainy Day

08 Nov

I am sitting in my office listening to the rain and absolutley delighted that we now have coffee for the public — and staff– to purchase. What a joy to get a cup of fresh coffee, sit in front of our fireplace with a book, magazine, or newspaper and use that time that we would have been raking leaves, etc to read. I spent the weekend getting ready for winter– cleaning the garage, putting away planters, and thinking about shopping for the holidays. I am enjoying planning for reading this fall. Dee


Big Read

24 Oct

What a wonderful month we have had learning about Dashiell Hammett and The Maltese Falcon. Yesterday was another great lecture– this time about the 3 different movie versions of the book. The talk was given by Dr. Scott Balcerzak of NIU. I can’t wait to Netflix the first 2 movies. This week we have several more programs. Be sure to check them out.


Another Chart

14 Oct

Check out the census report from 1900 to now in the link below.
Census Graph

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