DeKalb County Public Library Offering Fine Forgiveness in April

Are fines and fees on overdue, lost and damaged materials keeping you from enjoying the great resources at DeKalb County Public Library? In advance of its move to a new and improved catalog, the Library is offering a Fine Forgiveness program this April you’ll want to participate in. The amnesty is an opportunity for you to clear your library record and for the Library to recover overdue materials.

The Library Board of Trustees has approved the Fine Forgiveness program for three weeks--Monday, April 3 through Sunday April 23, 2017. Library Director Alison Weissinger urges patrons to take advantage of the opportunity. “Don’t be embarrassed to bring in those long overdue books, CDs, DVDs and other items--even if they are old,” she says. “Many long overdue materials are still valuable and can be put back into the collection and used again.”

The Fine Forgiveness program includes a waiver on the first $10.00 owed and a 50-percent discount on the remaining balance for patrons owing $100 or less. Patrons owing more than $100 are asked to call Library Administration at 404.508.7190, where assistance in clearing their accounts will be available.  For complete details about the program, click here.

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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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.