Library Awarded Grant for Programming Aimed at At-Risk Teens

DeKalb County Public Library is one of 75 recipients from across the country of an American Library Association (ALA) grant for a book club program for at-risk young people. The reading and discussion program, called the Great Stories Club, will focus on teen violence and suicide. The Library received the grant in January 2017.

The first program of the grant is scheduled for Saturday, April 1 at offices of the DeKalb County Board of Health. The Library is partnering with the DeKalb County Office of Youth Services to conduct the book club. The Office of Youth Services works to help at-risk children in DeKalb and will select 25 teen girls to participate through their Girls Clubhouse program. For more information about the Girls Clubhouse and how to apply for the program, click here. The teens will read and discuss three books in which protagonists deal with teen violence, bullying and suicide.

“So many teens in our community struggle with issues of violence and suicide; and much of the time, adults are painfully unaware of what they’re going through,” said Gina Jenkins, the Library’s Youth Services Coordinator. “We think this program is a wonderful opportunity to use literature to begin important conversations with our young people about these problems and how to deal with them.”

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New Library Service Makes Internet Access Easier Than Ever

DeKalb County Public Library is offering a new service that will give you access to the internet free of charge, no matter where you are! Starting February 21, 2017, the Library begins a pilot program that will allow you to check out hotspots and take the internet home with you.

Hotspots are portable, rechargeable devices you connect to your laptop, smartphone or tablet to access the internet for free through the device’s wireless signal. Hotspots will be available to DeKalb County Public Library cardholders ages 18 and older. You will be able to borrow one for 28 days at the following library branches—Chamblee, Decatur, Flat Shoals and Stonecrest. Automation Coordinator Jenny LaJeunesse says if the pilot is a success, the Library hopes to expand the service.  “We’ll ask patrons who use the hotspots to complete a survey when they return the devices,” she said. “We’ll use the information to help us determine what the demand is and if patrons find the hotspots easy to use. If things go well, the DeKalb Library Foundation will solicit additional funding for the program.”

Ask for additional information about hotspots at any library branch. Funding for this service is provided by the DeKalb Library Foundation and DeKalb County Public Library. 

Here’s Easy-to-Access Help Using DeKalb County Public Library Electronic Resources

Need a little assistance accessing and using DeKalb County Public Library electronic collections and resources—like OverDrive, Mango Languages and TumbleBooks Library for the kids? We’ve got help for you right at your fingertips! Here on our website in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see Tutorials. Click there and you’ll find videos, with accompanying scripts, which give you easy-to-understand instructions and answer questions about specific electronic services. You can even print the scripts. The tutorials, from Niche Academy, have been provided free of charge by the Georgia Public Library Service.

Author Karin Slaughter Wins Honor for Her Work as a Library Advocate

Best-selling author Karin Slaughter has been named the 2016 Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). Ms. Slaughter, who was nominated for the award by DeKalb County Public Library, is being recognized for work as “a tireless advocate for public libraries."

Among other things, she has hosted fundraisers and donated her own time and money on behalf of DeKalb County Public Library, the Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Library Foundation. Slaughter said she is humbled to receive the award for advocacy work she feels is her duty. “Libraries are the backbone of our educational infrastructure, and I want more people to realize they are necessities, not luxuries,” she stated.

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Library Joins Other County Agencies in Annual Food Drive

DeKalb County Public Library is joining Commissioner Kathie Gannon and other county departments to help “out fox” hunger in DeKalb County this winter. The Library is taking part in the annual canned food drive which benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

The four-week food drive is planned for January 23 through February 17, 2017. All library branches will have barrels where you can put donations when you visit during branch hours. To find out about the most needed items, ask at your local branch or click here.