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.
Check back here often for updates as they happen!
- Third Street between Oak and Pine Streets is officially closed.
- The Children's (Youth Services) entrance will be closed temporarily beginning Monday, July 28th through Thursday, August 14th. We will be accomodating and bring up some Youth materials to the main floor but please be patient while a new ramp entrance is built. This temporary entrance will be throughout construction.
- Begninning Tuesday, July 29th, the Children's courtyard will be demolished. Rest assured that Harry, the commemorative bricks and memorials will be saved to be placed in the new courtyard.
- Parking is available in all city lots. Please click here for a map of public lots throughout downtown DeKalb.
Join us in celebrating our groundbreaking occasion on Saturday, July 26th at 10:00 a.m. here at the library. We will start with recognition and appreciation followed by picture opportunities in the courtyard. There will be games, refreshments, and music by The Barb City Stompers. There will be limited parking due to this event, please plan accordingly if you plan to visit the library this day.
Third Street will be officially closed in order to make way for our new building. Temporary parking for patrons will be the two lots across the street from the construction site on Oak. The public city lots are also available and close to the library. Click here for a copy of the public parking lot map.
For more information about our expansion, please go to www.supportdkpl.org. Thank you to our sponsors, the DeKalb Public Library Fundraising Committee, Kishwaukee Kiwanis, McDonalds, Tim Ball, HyVee, Schnucks, DeKalb Park District, Ellwood House Museum, the Hovis Family, the First United Methodist Church, and Banner Up Signs.
"Paws to Read" this Summer
The DeKalb Public Library's summer reading program, "Paws to Read", will begin Monday, June 16th through Sunday, August 10th.
There will be a program for children, teens, and adults. Prizes and summer reading challenges will be different for each level. Visit our Summer Reading page for more information about events, categories and more.
The DeKalb County Community Gardens has partnered up with the DeKalb Public Library (among others) to start a Seed Library.
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 are brochures available near the Seed Library that highlights ways to save your seeds.
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.