What's Happening at the Library
Get the latest library news and information here! Find out what's new, what's coming up, and what's being improved at your public library. If you are interested in finding out more about the expansion, click on the 'From Barbed Wire to Fully Wired' icon in the left tool bar.
Check back here often for updates as they happen!
- The entrance to the Youth Services department in the lower level is open! There is ramp that leads down into the department.
- Third Street between Oak and Pine Streets is closed.
- Parking is available in all city lots. Please click here for a map of public lots throughout downtown DeKalb.
A Very Magical Big Read!
The Big Read of DeKalb County is coming back for another year! This is our eighth consecutive grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. We received $15,000 to read and celebrate "A Wizard of Earthsea" by Ursula K. LeGuin!
Visit our Big Read web page for more information about this program, sponsors, and all the events during October. This is a matching grant from the NEA, if you would like to give a monetary or in-kind donation, please email email@example.com for more information.
Our kick-off event will be Saturday, October 4th from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the DeKalb High School. We will have a grand Fantasy Festival with interactive exhibits, demonstrations from NIU STEM, music from Dan the Bard, mystical face painting and of course, free giveaways of our Big Read book.
All of this construction around here is cementing our dream of a bigger library. But with this new library, parts of the Haish Memorial Library building will be gone forever to make way for some beautiful renovations.
Dee Coover, director of the library, will be starting her infamous Nooks and Crannies Tour beginning Friday, Septemer 5th at 6:30 p.m. These tours will happen every Friday night until November. Take the historic tour of the Haish building while you still can.
Enter through the Oak Street main entrance and meet at the fireplace by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy this in-depth tour. This tour will last about an hour, depending on how many questions you have about the library.
There is no need to sign-up for this FREE event, just drop-in! If you would like to schedule a group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to do so.
The DeKalb County Community Gardens partnered up with the DeKalb & Sycamore Public Libraries ) to start a Seed Libraries.
This past Spring, community members "checked-out" seeds from our Seed Library. It is now that time of year to harvest the seeds of the best vegetables that you planted. We ask that you bring them back in a clean, dry envelope or plastic sandwich bag clearly marked with the type of seed labeled.
There are brochures and books available near the Seed Library that highlights ways to save your seeds.
For information about the DeKalb County Community Gardens, click here.
Services at Library
Due to the constant demand for fax services and the evolvement of technology needs, the DeKalb Public Library has added a new feature to its menu of regular services. Patrons and guests can now fax, send and scan documents to traditional destinations like e-mail or a flash drive. However, this new system also has the capability to scan and send documents to a guest’s Sky Drive, Google Drive or smart phone. There is a minimal fee of $.05 per page to scan/send documents and $1.00 per page to fax documents. Staff members are ready to help to answer any questions and to show guests how to use these new services.
Besides loaning out books, video games, DVDs, music, e-books, e-readers, and magazines the library has other services on their menu. These include free notary, registrar and inter-library loan services, copy machines and printers, free Wi-Fi and internet stations, CD cleaning services, online databases and much more. The library hosts the non-profit Philanthropy Center, the Illinois Self-Help Legal Aid center and the Brian Slavenas Center for Cross Cultural Understanding.