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.
The week of April 13th - 19th is time to celebrate your library! All week long share a picture of yourself reading your favorite material on our Facebook page or Twitter feed! We're joining a nationwide celebration of libraries.
On Wednesday, the 16th, we will be recognizing National Bookmobile Day by handing out bookmarks, coloring pages and information about our version of a bookmobile. We do not have an actual bookmobile but we do have Beatrice O'Connell, our Outreach Coordinator, who goes to all the people in DeKalb who cannot make it to the library because they are homebound. At 10:00am on this day, NIU will be presenting a puppet show for children in the Youth Services Area! They will be perfoming:
- "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
- "Strega Nona" by Tomie DePaola
- "Roar of a Snore" by Marsha Arnold
- "True Story of the 3 Little Pigs" by Jon Sciezka
Then on the 17th at 3:00pm, we are partnering up with NIU Founders Memorial Library to sign the Declaration for the Rights to Libraries at the Founders Memorial Library! The Declaration for the Rights to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA's initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special, school and public. We are declaring our right to have vibrant libraries in our community. Dr. President Doug Baker, DeKalb City Mayor John Rey, and DeKalb Public Library Director Dee Coover, will be speaking briefly about the importance and relevance of libraries in our community.
National Poetry Month Contest - Harry Dumpty
We are celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry contest of our own! Write an original poem (less than 100 words) about Harry Dumpty and submit it on or before April 30th. There will be three categories: adult, teen and children.
A winner will be chosen from each category on May 1st. Each winner will receive a personalized t-shirt with their poem on the back, a chocolate egg from The Confectionary and they will be able to read their award-winning poem during our groundbreaking event.
Please submit poems to Edith Craig via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, at the library or by fax 815-756-7837. Please include your name, age (so we can discern your category), email and/or phone number.
The DeKalb County Community Gardens has partnered up with the DeKalb Public Library (among others) to start a Seed Library. Beginning Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22nd, the library will begin to offer seeds available for "check out"!
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 will be workshops available for helpful hints and tips on how to harvest seeds successfully on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00am in the meeting room.
For information about the DeKalb County Community Gardens, click here.
New 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.