January Calendar

December 30th thru January 2nd – Kirkland Public Library closed for New Year’s Holiday

January 3rd – Library reopens at 1:00 p.m.

January 10th @ 7:00 p.m. – Board of Trustees Meeting

January 19th @ 6:30 p.m. – Adult Book Club


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.


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, Emily Lucek, Jan Miller – Librarians

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