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The DeKalb Public Library welcomes its new director this week -- Emily Faulkner.

It follows a recent wrap-up of a multi-year, multi-million dollar makeover. Faulkner's favorite part of the renovation is the children's room; the DeKalb-native says the Lego walls and view through the windows makes her feel like she's in a treehouse. 

She's taking the place of retiring director Dee Coover. 

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Colorful skulls adorn the walls of a room in the DeKalb Public Library. That's because teenagers chose the design of the “teen room” in the library’s renovation.

The Haish Building has been getting a makeover for the past six months. An extension opened earlier this year.

Some changes include removal of different levels to increase accessibility and technological upgrades.

There’s a full computer lab, 3-D printers, and more meeting rooms.

Jenna Dooley

The DeKalb Public Library re-opened to the public Monday morning beginning with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. 

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The theme of the day is "Community." 

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Library Director Dee Coover says the expansion focuses on more than books.

Jenna Dooley

The DeKalb Public Library will re-open to the public on Monday, January 18th at 9:00 a.m. beginning with a grand opening ceremony and ribbon-cutting. 

According to a release, at 10:00 a.m., there will be a strolling magician and students from NIU’s Black Male Initiative group reading to children in the Children’s department.

At 11:00 a.m. in the Zimmerman Room, DeKalb’s Police Chief Lowery, Dan Kenney, Pastor Joe Mitchell, and a representative from Safe Passage will be a part of a panel discussion to talk about non-violence in the community. 

DeKalb Library Closes For Six Weeks

Dec 2, 2015
DeKalb Public Library

The DeKalb Library's new addition will be open for business January 18, 2016. Pastor Leroy Mitchell and Library Director Dee Coover will speak at the soft opening ceremony, with a day of activities planned. A magician will perform and members of the Black Male Initiative at Northern Illinois University will read to the children throughout the day.