DeKALB – When Dee Coover, director of the DeKalb Public Library, asked if Mary Beth Van Buer and her committee would take on the community fundraising for the library expansion, the committee eagerly agreed.
The committee decided that a Community Treasures Sale might be something they could undertake. They approached all of the clubs and organizations in the city and were pleased with the result.
One of the participating groups, the Library Whist Club, is credited with petitioning the city council in 1893 to create a public reading room, which became the DeKalb Public Library. This club still functions today.
Other organizations who are taking part in the sale are Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore, Court Immaculate Conception #996 CDA, DeKalb Women’s Club, DeKalb Public Library Community Fundraising Committee, Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, J.F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center, Kathleen Katz and the Barbed Corners Antique Club, Kiwanis Club of DeKalb, Kishwaukee Kiwanis and The Drama Club.
All of the participating organizations, in addition to paying a $25 entrance fee, are donating all monies they bring in to the library expansion project.
The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, 158 N. Fourth St. in DeKalb. The fellowship has also demonstrated its community spirit by not charging a fee for use of its building.
Aldi, Hy-Vee and Jewel are each donating 150 cloth bags for the patrons to use for their purchases.