Friends of the NIU Libraries: Activities & Programs

2017 Programs


Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

You are cordially invited

Faculty Book Reception
Come help us celebrate
2016 NIU faculty book publications

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Founders Memorial Library
Staff Lounge

RSVP not required
For further information, please call 753-5290 or email Kathy Ladell.

Please Join Us!

Save the dates! April 24th & 25th, 2017

New York Times Bestseller Jeff VanderMeer
Borne Reading, Q&A, book signing

Monday, April 24, 2017, 7:30 pm
Yusunas Meeting Room
DeKalb Public Library
309 Oak Street, DeKalb

This event is free and open to the public. Copies of Borne will be on sale thanks to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.
Co-sponsored by NIU STEM Read, with thanks to the DeKalb Public Library for the use of their space.

Friday, May 5, 2017, 3-5 pm

Ice Cream Social and Annual Meeting

Please join us in Rare Books and Special Collections (Founders Library 402) for frozen custard from Ollie’s with all the trimmings, and the world’s shortest annual business meeting.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Midwest's Largest Outdoor Literary Festival
Friends of Friends Co-Sponsored Trip to Printers Row Lit Fest

The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, The Friends of the University Libraries, and the Friends of the NIU Art Museum are coming together for a trip to Chicago’s 32nd Annual Printers Row Lit Fest (formerly Printers Row Book Fair). This two-day celebration of all things literary includes an outdoor book fair with over 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and a literature festival jam packed with readings, discussions and presentations by almost as many authors and publicists. The Printers Row Lit Fest takes place over five city blocks of historic Dearborn Avenue, between Congress and Polk. Plenty of food vendors and local eateries.  Get up close to hear your favorite authors.  The Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest free literary event in the Midwest drawing over 120,000 book-lovers to the two day celebration.  Let’s get a large group of our local bibliophiles together so we can get a big comfy bus! RSVP by 5/23.

Departure: 8:30 a.m.
Expected Return: 8:30 p.m.
Price: Member of two or more Friends’ Programs $20; Member of one Friends’ Program $25; Non-Member $30.
(Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included.)
Three pick up locations: NIU Campus, DeKalb Public Library, and Fox Valley.

Become a Member – Become a Friend - and help support your local and University Libraries and Art Museum.

To reserve your seat on the bus, please contact the NIU Art Museum office, 815-753-1936 or email Education Coordinator Stuart Henn. Please be sure to provide a phone number where you can be reached, if necessary, on the day of the trip.
Payment may be made by check, cash or credit (Visa, American Express, Discover and Mastercard) and must be made in advance to guarantee your seat. Individuals who pay upon boarding the bus should pay with cash in the exact amount due (we cannot provide change), or with a check made out to NIU.


2016 Programs


Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7-8 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th floor
Dr. Tin Laing Win, Associate Professor in History, Mandalay University
“The Art of Cartography in Ancient Burma”
Co-sponsored with the Center for Burma Studies, the NIU Libraries Southeast Asia Collection, and the NIU Art Museum


Free parking in the Visitor's Lot and the Parking Garage is available beginning after 7:00 pm. Click here for a map of Founders Memorial Library and parking lots in the central NIU Campus area.

For more information, please call (815) 753-9838 or email. Thank you for your generous support!

Contact Us

Dean Fred Barnhart

Phone: (815) 753-1094

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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