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.
On May 6th, communities across the country will be participating in the Give Local American fundraising campaign. Over 40 nonprofits here in DeKalb County will be promoting this day. Our community will be encouraged to go to www.givelocaldekalbcounty.org on May 6 and donate to their favorite nonprofit.
The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library will be participating on this day. If you have wanted to give to the Library or the Friends and haven't had the opportunity, now is your chance.
The DeKalb County Community Foundation will provide $20,000 in local match funds in honor of its 20th anniversary as a community foundation. The $20,000 will be distributed proportionately to nonprofit organization participating in Give Local DeKalb County based upon the amount of donations each organization receives on May 6.
You can visit the Give Local site for more detailed information. On May 6, go online here and donate to the Friends.
National Poetry Month Contest - Harry Dumpty
We are celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry contest of our own! Write an original poem (less than 100 words) about Harry Dumpty and submit it on or before April 30th. There will be three categories: adult, teen and children.
A winner will be chosen from each category on May 1st. Each winner will receive a personalized t-shirt with their poem on the back, a chocolate egg from The Confectionary and they will be able to read their award-winning poem during our groundbreaking event.
Please submit poems to Edith Craig via email at email@example.com, at the library or by fax 815-756-7837. Please include your name, age (so we can discern your category), email and/or phone number.
The 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 on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00am in the meeting room.
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.