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.
DeKalb Women's Club Honors Members
The DeKalb Women's Club donated funds to the Library to honor and remember two of their past members, Isabella Cash and Dorothy Larson. The funds were used to purchase library materials in each of their names.
The book purchased in memory of Isabella is "Jump-Starting Boys" by Pam Withers and Cynthia Gill. To remember Larson, the library purchased "Miss Manners Minds Your Business" by Judith Martin and Nicholas Ivor Martin. The DeKalb Women's Club supports the library and literacy by making meaningful contributions to remember those lost. Pictured here is Pat Moeller of the DeKalb Women's Club and Library Director, Dee Coover.
The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library are offering a bus trip to Washington D.C. from April 10 - 15, 2014.
This is an opportunity to experience Washington D.C. and participate in the nation’s celebration of the cherry trees in bloom there as the culmination of the National Cherry Blossom Festival is on April 12.
Travelers will enjoy two full-day guided tours of Washington D.C. plus an evening guided memorial and monuments tour. The trip is designed especially for The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library and their guests. The trip includes eight meals, five nights lodging and a private tour of the Library of Congress.
Tours feature the World War II Memorial, Capitol Hill, Embassy Row, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, Smithsonian, Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial and more. The group also will visit Baltimore Inner Harbor, a historic seaport.
The trip cost is $549 per person, double occupancy. Space is limited. Proceeds support activities of the Friends of the DeKalb Public Library.
For information and reservations, call Steven Johnson at Carder Travel at 815-756-1547.
Community Member Donates to Expansion
Helen M. Yusunas loved the library. Since her passing, her sister, Barbara J. Yusunas, is honoring Helen's memory by donating $75,000 to the library's expansion.
It took Dee Coover, Executive Director of the library, by surprise when she received the initial phone call. "We feel privileged that Ms. Yusunas has chosen the library expansion project as a tribute to her sister," she says. "The dedication of this community is strong and we hope to make the new library indispensible to our society."
The library would like to thank Ms. Yusunas for her gracious donation.
Castle Bank Donates to Expansion
Castle Bank has boosted the DKPL's expansion by generously donating $120,000. Frank H. Roberts, Executive Vice President, for Castle Bank was present during the Library's Board of Trustee's meeting on Wednesday, October 9th to announce the donation.
"We [Castle Bank] hope that, by making this gift, we will encourage others in the community to join the fundraising effort needed to complete this unprecedented initiative," says Roberts. "We have a unique treausre in our community that is DeKalb Public Library and Castle Bank is thrilled to support this critical effort to not only renew but expand this beautiful building."
The library thanks Castle Bank for all of their support. "Castle Bank has been a steadfast supporter in all the library's efforts and we immensely value their dedication to us and the community," states Clark Neher, President of the Library's Board of Trustees.
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The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association have chosen DeKalb Public Library as one of the recipients of their grant, Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys. The program aims to familiarize public audiences in the United States with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world.
Included in this grant are a variety of books and films on subjects ranging from religion to literature, art, and history. The books and films on display are located on the library's main floor near the fireplace. There will be a series of events coming up. Click here for a current list of events for these "Muslim Journeys".