November 2019 Calendar


Tuesday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m.  — Board of Trustees Meeting

Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. — Joint presentation with the Kirkland Historical Society at Olson’s Chapel, 309 South Fifth Street Prohibition in the US: How a Wet Nation Went Dry

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00 p.m. — Book Club

Wednesday & Thursday, November 27 and 28 — CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Saturday, November 30 — reopen at 9:00 a.m.


Please do not drop books that you no longer want in our Book Drop. Our space is very limited and we do not have room for these books. Please consider contacting another library to see if they would be interested in them or donating them to a woman’s shelter, assisted living facility, or to a church for their rummage sale. I would love to have every book on our shelves, but it’s just not possible.

Closed – Thanksgiving Wednesday and Thursday, November 27 and 28 DROP BOX LOCKED

Kirkland Public Library will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday, November 27 and 28 in observance of Thanksgiving.

Our drop box will be locked beginning Tuesday, November 26th at 1:00 p.m. If you need to renew an item, please leave a message at 815-522-6260. The Kirkland Public Library will reopen the drop box on Monday, December 2nd.


Leader Dog in Training

Please understand that Darby is not here to play.

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Leader Dogs for the BlindDarby is in training with the goal that she will become a trusted companion of a person who is blind or visually impaired.

Adult Book Club

Adult Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month. All are welcome. If you’d like to join us on November 21st, let me know so I can get you a copy of our selection.


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 PO Box 189, Kirkland, IL 60146.

Adult Cookbook Club

Let’s Get Cooking!

The idea is to critique the cookbook, not each other’s cooking.    Cookbooks will be 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 original Adult Cookbook Club will usually meet on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.; however, unlike our other book club, we will only meet every two months.  This has been such a popular addition, we are now taking names to start a second group. If you’d like to join in on the fun, please get on the waiting list 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, Michelle Burger – Trustees

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


Linda Fett – Director

Cindy Fisch, Jan Miller, Debbie Rehn, Martha Valasek – Librarians