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Why Libraries? Reason #6

July 10th, 2015
Categories: News

July 10th, 2015

Why Libraries?

The library hosts a variety of programming, outreach activities, events, and resources for the residents of DeKalb. The success of these activities depend a lot on the partners that the library fosters. These partners allow us to mutually share in the goal of spreading literacy throughout the community.

We have won the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read grant for nine consecutive years, a feat that keeps the library in high esteem as one of three organizations nationwide to receive this honor. However, we credit the support of the community and the strong steering committee, which consists of Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, Northern Illinois University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming, Kishwaukee College Family Literacy Program, School District #428, and honorary chairperson, Representative Robert Pritchard, for the success of this program. With the help of these groups, we have been able to distribute over 37,000 free books, hold over 400 programs, raise over $150,000 in matching funds within those eight annual Big Read months. The upcoming ninth Big Read will be held in March 2016 and will be focusing on In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. The lasting effects of the Big Read ring throughout all the corners of the city and the county.

The library continues to focus on reasons why the DeKalb Public Library is essential to the community. In July we’d like to recognize and thank Dr. Doug Moeller and Dr. Jennie Huber from School District #428, Mark Pietrowski from NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming, and Carla Raynor from Kishwaukee College Family Literacy Program for helping us put the spotlight on the importance of working together. Look for other strong reasons why you should support the DeKalb Public Library in the upcoming months and beyond.

For more information on the “Why Libraries” campaign visit and click on the “Why Libraries” web banner.  Consider donating to the DeKalb Public Library’s capital campaign.