June is National Caribbean American Heritage Month and DeKalb County Public Library is celebrating with programs exploring the richness, influence and diversity of Caribbean American culture. The celebration kicks off Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 4:00 p.m., at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library with a thought-provoking panel discussion on immigration and assimilation, Caribbean dishes for sampling and the opening of a photography exhibit depicting Caribbean culture in Atlanta by photographer Arthur Ratliff.
Other programs and events planned for the month include a film festival with films from Grenada, French Guiana, Antigua and Barbuda, Jamaica, and Barbados; a storytelling festival featuring traditional Anansi stories; and a spelling competition with words related to Caribbean people, places and things.
To complete the transition to Polaris, all branches will be closed on May 25. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
These changes take place May 19-25. During this time:
You can continue to check out items, but you must bring your library card to check out.
You will not be able to:
- Access your account.
- Place holds.
- Renew items in person, on the phone or online.
- Pay outstanding fines and fees.
Existing cardholders can continue to access the Library's computers and online resources, such as OverDrive, Zinio and ReferenceUSA.
No library materials will be due from May 19 to June 1. Late fees will not accrue during this period.
If you have items saved to "My List" in your current account, please print or email it to yourself. It will not transfer to the new system.
The availability of titles with late May and June publication dates will be delayed as we move orders and accounts to the new system.
Please see staff if you have questions.
On May 26, 2017, we are launching our new catalog, Polaris. The new system will allow us to provide you with improved services such as:
Easier, more powerful searching.
Enhanced account features that allow you to:
- Create a username instead of using your library card number to log in.
- Recover or reset your PIN if you forget it.
- Keep a list of items you check out in the new system.
Holds pickup for accounts that are linked together.
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.
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.”