The DeKalb Public Library began a new era when it re-opened the renovated Haish Memorial Library building on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. This historic day completed the two-year, $25.3 million expansion and restoration project that began in June of 2014. Patrons crowded into the main lobby to experience the opening ceremony and witness the symbolic unveiling of the Haish building. Keynote speakers included well-known local author Sally Walker, library director Dee Coover, and State Representative Bob Pritchard. The audience was moved by an emotional speech delivered by library patron Claudia Kaiser.
After the ceremony, patrons were invited to examine the time capsule materials. The remainder of the day was dedicated to programming for all ages. The Local History Room featured two genealogy programs, “Who’s been sleeping in my house?” and “Beginning Genealogy Research.” Both programs were led by local historian Steve Bigolin and Local History librarian Teresa Iversen. The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library registered new members and sold books and other materials. The library will be sold plenty of merchandise including t-shirts, blankets, eReader covers, and much more. Princesses and Superheroes roamed the Youth Services Department telling stories, singing songs, and posing for pictures. When all was said and done, this historic day went off without a hitch and ushered the DeKalb community into an era of technology and library excellence. Over 1,500 patrons came through the library’s doors!
The Haish building houses the new Teen Room, Local History Room, KishHealth System Computer Lab, 4 adult study rooms, and the Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio. It is home to the large print, graphic novel, teen, and local history collections. The Nancy D. Castle Collaboration Studio, the most technology savvy room in the library, has three 3D printers, an Access Share system for group projects, and Vydeo, a program designed to allow for virtual interviews and conference calls.
Visit us in the new Haish Memorial Library building and the new addition, where modern meets historic, and rejoice in the completion of a new, high-tech library that serves as a cornerstone in the DeKalb community! Click here to view more images.