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.
Eight Countries in One Day!
On Saturday, September 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., join us on a trip from Costa Rica to Peru! From Australia to Egypt! From Ukraine to Ireland, Madagascar, and Bhutan...without ever leaving DeKalb! Learn about the culture, taste the food, and even create the crafts of each of these eight countries as you "travel" throughout the library! Remember to have your passport stamped at each location for your chance to win a beautiful globe for your home.
Here are other activities you will encounter this day:
- participate in a Pysansky egg demonstration
- eat Australian Lamingtons
- make a working boomerang
- listen to music of Madagascar
- try banana fritters or some traditional borsch
- dress up a decorative llama
- learn how to tie a celtic knot
- make an Egyptian collar
- create a Ukrainian flower headdress
- enjoy some Bhutanese red rice
- and much more
You DO NOT want to miss this engaging and enlightening experience. No registration is required.
An encore event will be at Kishwaukee College on November 19th from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
This event is co-sponsored by the Brian D. Slavenas Center for Cross-Cultural Understanding, DeKalb Public Library, Kishwaukee College Library, International Education Committee, and Continuing Education.
Nooks and Crannies Returns!
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 email@example.com to do so.
The DeKalb County Community Gardens has partnered up with the DeKalb Public Library (among others) to start a Seed Library.
The community can come to the library (open to all, not just DeKalb Library users), look through the seed collection and choose the seeds they would like to plant for the year. There will be informational materials and guidelines that will help you determine how many different seeds you need for your size garden. Once you have your seeds, your are asked to "check out" at the main circulation desk where you will be asked for minimal information to take the seeds.
We ask that you harvest the new seeds from the same vegetables that were planted from the original seeds taken from the library. There are brochures 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.