What's Happening at the Library
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Join us on Friday nights as Dee Coover's infamous library tour picks back up again. Every Friday at 6:30pm, Dee will take you through the history of the library, a full tour of every aspect of the Haish Memorial Library, and show you where the new building will join with the old. Find where the original reference librarian's desk is located, look into the secret staircase that was used for the art gallery and discover much more. Take these tours before construction starts!
These free tours begin at 6:30pm and last about an hour. Please enter through the Oak Street entrance. Groups are welcome!
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 email 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 smartphone. 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.
Jesse White Visit
Speeches were given, pictures were taken, and well wishes were received at the library on January 13th where Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White presented an $11.6 million dollar check to the DeKalb Public Library. This is the largest state grant awarded to any library in Illinois. Representatives of many parts of the community showed their support by speaking at the event: the City of DeKalb, our Illinois Representative, Northern Illinois University, School District #428, the Commission of Disability Council of the city of DeKalb, and our three of our local banks, Castle Bank, NB&T and Resource Bank. District #428 sent a class from Jefferson Elementary School as the district's representative.
It was a day that had made dreams into a reality as Board members, staff and supporters of the DeKalb Public Library watched Jesse White give this check to the Library Board President and Library Director. This grant award signified the most important step into expanding the library. Without it, the dream would stay a dream for many more years.
Many thanks to the community and the state for placing a high value on our library.
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.
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".