February Calendar


February 14th @ 7:00 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting

February 16th @ 6:30 p.m. – Adult Book Club

March 2nd @ 10:30 a.m. – Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday STORYTIME

March 2nd @ 6:30 p.m. – Adult Cookbook Club

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday



Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the Kirkland Public Library


Join us on Thursday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. when Mrs. Holtapp reads

some of your favorite Dr. Seuss stories


Many thanks to the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association for providing the Kirkland Public Library with the DVD documentary barbedwirepioneers. This copy was provided to our library through grant support from the Douglas C. and Lynn M. Roberts Family Foundation and Enbridge.

BARBED WIRE PIONEERS is the story of Isaac Ellwood, Joseph Glidden and Jacob Haish as they developed and manufactured barbed wire, contributing to the growth of the DeKalb Community. It is the story of success, competition, and community spirit that set in motion events still felt today.

Weather Closings

winter-weatherIf the Hiawatha schools are closed due to winter weather, the library will be closed.  Threatening weather may make it necessary to close early on occasion.  When in doubt, phone 815-522-6260.  If you get the recorded message during business hours, we are closed.

Drop Box

Please remember the drop box is to be used only if the library is not open.  We only check it first thing when we open and it is not rechecked again until the next time we open.  Your book could sit in the box and not be checked in on time.  If we are open, please return it inside so that a fine does not accumulate.  Also, remember DVDs, audio books, and books borrowed from other libraries may not be put in the drop box — they must all be returned inside and are subject to a fine if deposited in the box.  Also, do not leave anything between the doors.


We lock our drop box over all holidays as we’ve had trash thrown in and books damaged.  Please remember this and return your items either before or after the holiday.  Do not leave anything between the doors or you will be responsible for damaged and/or lost items.

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.

Adult Cookbook Club

Let’s Get Cooking!

On Thursday, March 2nd at 6:30 p.m., the Kirkland Public Library will have the first meeting of the Adult Cookbook Club.

The idea is to critique the cookbook, not each other’s cooking.  The theme for the first meeting is “make-ahead recipes”.  Cookbooks have been borrowed from other libraries so that we will have a variety of books to give our opinion on.  Each person will check out a book, make at least one recipe from the book and share their thoughts about the book with the group.   If members want to, samples of their chosen recipe may be brought that evening so we can all enjoy.

The Adult Cookbook Club will meet on the first Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; however, unlike our other book club, we will only meet every two or three months (still to be decided).  If you’d like to join in on the fun, please register with one of our librarians.

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, Emily Lucek, Jan Miller – Librarians

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