July Calendar


July 1st thru July 4th – Library Closed

July 12th @ 7:00 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting

July 16th – Completed Summer Reading Program Calendars due by 3:00 p.m.

July 21st @ 6:30 p.m. – Adult Reading Group

Thank you!

Many thanks to Altrusa International of DeKalb-Sycamore for awarding the Kirkland Public Library a literacy grant. With this grant we will be purchasing a series of thirteen books by Larry Gonick, who is Harvard educated and has been called the over-educated cartoonist. Books include Cartoon History of the Universe; Cartoon History of the Modern World; Cartoon History of the United States; Cartoon Guide to Algebra; Calculus; Chemistry; Environment; Genetics; Physics; and Statistics. This is the second year in a row that we have been awarded a literacy grant by Altrusa International and we certainly appreciate their help in expanding our collection.


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New Book Donations

Many thanks to the Milwaukee Road Historical Association for donating a coffee-table book

detailing the diesel locomotives which roamed the northern and Midwestern states over the last

fifty years.

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Also, thanks to Robert Shaw and Michael Burlingame along with the Abraham Lincoln Association — “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way : The American Lincoln Knew” and “A Day Long to Be Remembered: Lincoln in Gettysburg”. The Office of the Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White provided us with a book titled “They Call Heroes Mister: The Jesse White Story” and a DVD from the Elgin History Museum entitled “Project 231 – Two Boxcards, Three Blocks, One City”.

Stop by and look over these new additions.

July Fourth Celebration


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Wishing everyone a wonderful Fourth of July!

Enjoy all the different activities that the Kirkland Lions Club

has planned for the weekend.

Gifts and Memorials

Looking to honor a friend, remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion? Supporting the Kirkland Public Library through a monetary donation furthers the library’s mission to share the joy of reading, discovery and creativity with the community. Your gift also allows us to honor or memorialize someone special to you.

Monetary donations may be dropped off at the library during regular business hours or mailed to us at P O Box 189, Kirkland, IL 60146.


Kirkland Public Library is participating in the eRead Illinois Program, designed to increase access to e-books across Illinois. Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) have partnered with the Illinois State Library and Baker & Taylor to provide this access through Axis 360. eRead Illinois is a two-year statewide program designed to increase access to e-books for Illinois residents and grow e-book expertise among library staff, library system staff, and Illinois residents. Initial funding for eRead Illinois was provided by a grant from Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White through the Illinois State Library. The Kirkland Public Library Board of Trustees has signed on to access eRead Illinois on a one-year trial period. At the end of the 2015 calendar year, the cost of the program will be evaluated based on our patrons’ use of the system and feedback from our patrons.

Axis 360 is a digital media platform providing libraries and their patrons with a state-of-the-art system for circulating digital e-books from the eRead Illinois shared collection for Illinois libraries. Patrons at libraries participating in eRead Illinois will use the cloud-based delivery across a number of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows, NOOK® and Sony ReaderTM devices, and many more.

If you are interested in signing up for this program, please let us know. Stop in the library, send us an email (kirklandlib@hotmail.com) or leave us a phone message including your name and a phone number we can reach you at. If you are sending an email, please put eRead Illinois patron access in the subject line.

You must have a valid Kirkland Public Library card to use the service (no fines or overdue materials, no outstanding items, not expired). All residents who reside within the Village of Kirkland boundaries are eligible for a free library card. This service is also available to our patrons who have purchased a rural patron card from us.

Once you are registered, you’ll stop in the library to get your number and basic instructions on how to connect to the collections. When you have connected your device, you will check out your ebooks from home. The library staff will give you complete information as well as a link to videos about eRead Illinois, however, our staff will not download the apps to your device. We have been informed that compatible devices are: eReaders, smartphones, tablets, and computers. Compatible with Kindle Fire tablets — Not compatible with Kindle eInk eReaders.

Please note: Although the e-book service is offered through Kirkland Public Library, it is a separate service and we do not have access to see the titles you request through this service.

Family Pets

Please remember that family pets are not allowed in the library. Yes, you’re right – we did have Banjo with us; however, she was being trained to become a leader dog. As with any other public place, a service dog is certainly welcome to be in the library with the person they are assisting.

Kirkland Public Library Board of Trustees & Staff

Board of Trustees:

Lori Finkle – President

Clare Hay – Vice President

Becky Lamont – Secretary

Sally Jones – Treasurer

Jean Bauer, Wanda McMurray, Ryland Wemlinger – Trustees

Many thanks to these community members who serve the Kirkland Public Library.



Linda Fett – Director

Cindy Fisch, Christy Klein, Jan Miller – Librarians

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