Archive for December, 2011

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!