There are three members of the staff who are Notary Publics. This is a free service of the library. Call first to make sure one is on duty when you need to have something notarized.
Did you know that you can register to vote here at the library? We have several staff members who are authorized to be voter registrars. So if you need to register, re-register or know someone who needs to register, send that person to the library.
At the end of the year, many people are looking for charitable organizations to fund through a tax sheltered gift. The DeKalb Public Library is a municipal organization but relies on donations as well for materials and programming. Please consider making a gift through our website, by mail, or calling and asking what the best method is to give to the library. Recently we had a major gift from an anonymous husband and wife who want to reward the front line staff for the courteous service they have received for the last twenty years. We also welcome monetary donations for a book in someone’s memory. Your gift will be appreciated and used by all of the ciitzens of DeKalb.
I am reading the new book by Laura Hillenbrand. She wrote Seabiscuit. This time, she turns her attention to a man who was an Olympian in track–a miler– in the 1936 Olypmics. Then Pearl Harbor and he was drafted. I am only half way through the book and he has already survived a bomb attack, the longest surviving raft experience known, and now he is POW in a notorius Japanese prioson camp. Wow , what a life.
Our end ofthe month numbers are even more astounding than usual. We had a 6% increase in circulation in November and a 16% increase in the door count. Over
28,351 people came through our doors! Welcome to one and all.
Yesterday, all of the Directors of PALS met in Mendota. The library systems are merging but the bottom line is… what will be the individual libraries bottom line? The state of Illinois has paid for delivery of items between libraries for 40 years. Will they continue. Metropolitan Library System has already decided to outsource delivery. What will that mean for us in dollars and cents?
Recently, a patron visited the Dominican Republic on a family vacation and stated that there was very little in the public libraries. In fact, here is a comment from an encyclopedia:
In general, public library collections are few and small, mostly containing only a few hundred books. Exceptions are the public library in Santo Domingo, with holdings of about 35,000 volumes, and in Baní with 38,000 volumes.
The President of the American Library Association has recently met with the Predident of the Domincan Republic to try to establish a superior public library system in that country. We are very fortunate to have good public library service throughout the United States serving all of the citizens.
Read more: Libraries and museums – Dominican Republic – located http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Americas/Dominican-Republic-LIBRARIES-AND-MUSEUMS.html#ixzz16ybfpdei
We reviewed our circulation policies on DVDs. We need more room and you need more time to view your selections. Therefore, we have increased the limit to 15 titles per patron and decreased the overdue fine to .50 per day instead of the previous $1.00 per day. The check out period will increase to 3 weeks for most DVDs. We will keep the new ones limited to a one week circulation so more patrons can access them. Everyone wins.
Tomorrow, the Directors of the libraries in DeKalb County will meet at the Malta Public Library to continue our county wide meetings discussing the future of library services in Illinois. To no one’s surprise, the State of Illinois has not paid the library systems all of the money they were allotted in 2010. What does the future hold if they do not get the promised payment in December?
Well, we know that the five northern systems are in the process of merging. They will merge by July 1, 2011. Again, what does this mean?
We know that future of delivery is shaky but what about the on-line catalogs and other services? No one knows but the future will definitely be different than it is now. The libraries in the county are continuing to monitor the merger and will communicate all changes to our patrons.
The Board of Trustees took final action in open session on Wednesday October 13 to terminate the contract with the DeKalb Clinic because of the results of the Phase 2 environmental studies. The previous resolution of the Board still stands:
The DeKalb Public Library, as the cornerstone of a growing and dynamic community, provides easily accessible information and a welcoming environment to all its patrons. In order to extend this standard of service, the Library’s Board of Trustees has resolved unanimously to expand and improve the Library’s services and facilities.