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.

Star Wars Extravangaza

Star Wars Extravaganza is coming to the Library on Saturday, April 12th from 11:00am – 3:00pm!  Get your lightsabers ready and practice your Wookie yell. There will be many activities planned at both the Library and our neighbor the First United Methodist Church.

Start your journey through the Library’s Oak Street entrance for your schedule of activities and where kids can pick up their passport for the Passport Drawing and families can drop off their canned food items for a chance to win a Star Wars Party Pack.  Each canned food item is worth one raffle entry or raffle tickets can be purchased for $1.  Money and canned food will benefit the First United Methodist Church’s summer lunch program.  Kids have to participatein five specific events to qualify for the Passport Drawing.  Both the drawing and raffle winners will be announced at 2:45pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.

Kids ages 0-14 are encouraged to participate in a Star Wars Costume Contestbeginning at 1:00pm in the Library’s Meeting Room. After the costumer contest, teens and adults are encouraged to participate in the Wookie Yell Contest at 1:30pm.  There will be prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.

NIU STEM Outreach will be demonstrating their “Carbonite” demonstration at 2:00pm in the Oak Street Courtyard, weather permitting.  If it rains, it will be in the Meeting Room of the Library.  Find out how Han Solo was frozen and what would have happened if he wasn’t saved in time!

Other activities include:

  • quizzes for all ages
  • a coloring table
  • the Trash Compactor
  • an Intergalatic Photo Opportunity with R2-D2 and C3-PO
  • a Thermal Detonator Pass
  • Lightsaber training
  • Star Wars temporary tatoos
  • figting in the Clone Bubble Wars
  • Lightsaber construction (for tweens and teens only)
  • Destroy the Death Star (for tweens and teens only)
  • a children’s costume contest
  • Star Wars Yoga at 2:00pm
  • Displays by Graham Cracker Comic Books and New Game in Town

This is a completely free and family-friendly event.  Thank you to the DeKalb First United Methodist ChurchNIU STEM OutreachGraham Cracker Comic Books,New Game in TownThe Confectionary, and Star Worlds Arcade.  For more information, please contact Darcy at 815-756-9568 ext. 250 or

Seed Library Initiative

Seed Library InitiativeThe 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.

For information about the DeKalb County Community Gardens, click here. There will be a Seed Saving and Potluck on Tuesday, April 8th at 6pm in the Library’s Meeting Room.  The community is invited to bring a small dish to pass and help us sort the seeds for the Seed Library.

New Services at Library

New services at LibraryDue 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.

Jesse White Visit

Jesse White VisitSpeeches 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.

Friends of the DeKalb Public Library Fundraiser

Friends of the DeKalb Public LibraryThe 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.