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DeKalb and NIU Students need new local bookstore

By Faith Mellenthin | February 11, 2016

NIU and DeKalb residents are in need of a local bookstore. After the closing of the local Barnes & Noble, DeKalb is left with no major bookstores that sell more than educational textbooks.Before Barnes & Noble closed in December 2014, there was...

Library to host beam signing

By Northern Star staff | January 14, 2015

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., will host a beam signing 9 a.m. Jan. 21, celebrating the completion of the library extension's steel frame.Construction of the extension, a 47,000-square-foot area that will include a three-story building and more...

Library to add teen program

By Mitchell Spence | April 20, 2014

The DeKalb Public Library will introduce a Teen Reader category to its annual summer reading program to draw in more teens.The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., joins libraries across the nation to hold a reading program to promote literacy. The reading...

Historian, actress discusses Mary Lincoln’s spiritualism

Historian, actress discusses Mary Lincoln’s spiritualism

By Lark Lewis | March 25, 2014

Locals were able to learn more about Abraham Lincoln’s wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, through stories of her involvement with spiritualism Monday at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.To bring Women’s History Month to a close, actress and historian Valerie...

Task force tackles hot spots in city

By Lark Lewis | February 6, 2014

With temperatures dropping below zero this winter, a city-wide task force is making plans for permanent warming centers.Dave Miller, the Family Service Agency’s executive director, is the head of the task force that will join local organizations to...

Public library adds technology options

By Northern Star Staff | January 21, 2014

The DeKalb Public Library has added faxing, scanning and sending documents to email addresses and flash drives to the list of services it provides.Guests will also be able to send documents to Sky Drive, Google Drive or their smartphone. The services...

Library receives grant for remodeling

By Keisha Howerth | January 20, 2014

The DeKalb Public Library has secured additional funds for its remodeling project, which is set to begin construction in the spring.The project will begin with the construction of a new building. Once construction is completed, renovations will begin...

Library awaits contest results

By Keisha Howerth | January 15, 2014

DeKalb Library staff members hope their Christmas crafting and creativity land them a visit from author Alexander McCall Smith.The staff had to enter photos of a holiday display they created to win the contest. Samantha Hathaway, the library’s public...

Historian ties barbed wire to ‘Grit’

By Erin Kolb | October 15, 2013

Barbed wire history was part of Big Read activities on Tuesday night.Historian Gerald Brauer presented The Story of Barbed Wire: An American Invention, at the Ellwood House Visitor’s Center, 509 N. First St. He talked about the history of barbed wire,...

Amy Timberlake, author of One Came Home, reads a snippet from her book Tuesday at the Ellwood House Visitors Center, 509 N. 1st St., as part of the Big Read True Grit event sponsored by the DeKalb Public Library. Timberlakes book centers around a Western mystery and adventure. The library will hold Western-themed events all through October.

‘Grit’ comes to DeKalb

By Keisha Howerth | October 2, 2013

The DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St., plans to spend a national grant on Big Read events throughout October for the seventh year in a row.The National Endowment for the Arts awarded the DeKalb Public Library a $15,000 grant to promote literacy through...

Library ‘frees’ banned books

By Lark Lewis | September 26, 2013

The DeKalb Public Library celebrated reading freedom on a grander level this year by bringing the adult section in on Banned Book Week.Activities for the library’s Banned Book Week included plays, children’s storytime and checking out banned books.“When...

Library to host square dance and pie baking contest as a finale to the Big Read

By Samantha Brockett | October 24, 2012

The DeKalb Public Library will be hosting a square dance and pie baking contest at 6 p.m. Saturday. The event will be held at Hopkins Park Shelter, 1403 Sycamore Road. During the event, participants have a chance to enter a pie baking contest. The deadline...