Ground Breaking Ceremony Held for New Ellenwood Library

Enthusiastic residents of the Ellenwood community joined DeKalb County officials, DeKalb County Public Library administrators, trustees and staff on Monday, December 12, 2016 for a ground breaking ceremony for the new Ellenwood Library. The ceremony was held at the site for the new branch, 4331 River Road in Ellenwood, in the southern part of the county.

Construction on the new facility begins in January and it is expected to open in the late spring of 2018. It will be the first new or replacement library to open in the county since the Scott Candler branch opened in 2012. Residents of the area say they are thrilled to see work moving forward on a library for their community.

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Library to Offer Longer Operating Hours Beginning in January 2017

DeKalb County Public Library is adding more than 100 additional operating hours each week beginning January 3, 2017. Additional funding from DeKalb County is making it possible for the Library to restore weekend and evening hours cut at many branches in 2011 due to budget shortfalls. Director Alison Weissinger says because of the additional funds, the Library has been able to hire enough staff to restore 111 operating hours per week to the system. The County increased the Library’s mid-year budget by $490,733. Seventeen branches will get longer operating hours.

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Library Branches to Host Workshops Aimed at Teaching Teens Communications and Media Literacy Skills

DeKalb County Public Library is partnering with Kids Video Connection (KVC) to offer teens free video production and media literacy workshops next year. During the workshops, participants will be introduced to media literacy concepts, camera operation and careers in media as they write and produce a video project. The purpose is to help prepare the students to excel in 21st century careers demanding technology and communications skills. KVC is an educational media arts organization that teaches young people communications skills and media literacy.

At a reception November 12, 2016 at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, KVC received a $8,750 community grant from the Best Buy Foundation to help fund the workshops. The first 10-session will be held at the Tucker branch on Saturdays from January 21 through March 25, 2017. A second 10-week workshop will be held at the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library in the spring, dates to be announced. A third session is planned for the Exchange Park Recreation Center.

KVC also is receiving funds and workshop support from Emory University’s Department of Film and Media Literacy to aid in the teaching of media literacy. Each 10-week session will be open to up to 16 students. Registration for the workshop at the Tucker branch is open now.

2016 Library Card Sign-Up Campaign Exceeds Goals with Help of DeKalb Schools

DeKalb County Public Library exceeded its library card sign-up goals during its annual Library Card Sign-Up Campaign in September and October 2016. During the period, the Library registered more than 8,000 new card holders, many of them students in the DeKalb County School District or in county daycare centers.

The Library partnered with the school system to register as many students, parents and school staff members for library cards as possible. Library Director Alison Weissinger says the partnership was a huge success.

“More than 2,000 students, family members and staff got cards during the campaign,” she notes. “We want to thank Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green, school librarians, teachers and staff for partnering with us and promoting the importance of everyone having a library card.”

Coordinating with school system personnel, DeKalb library staff visited numerous schools and school events to tell students about the benefits of having a card and to sign them up for one. Weissinger said that although this year’s campaign has ended, the Library plans to continue to partner with DeKalb schools to encourage students to visit and take advantage of library services.

Michael C. Carlos Museum Partners with Georgia Public Library Service to Offer New Family Pass

ATLANTA – Thanks to a new partnership between the Michael C. Carlos Museum and Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), Georgia families are now able to visit one of the most revered institutions in the state, free of charge.

Renowned for its collections of art from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, Africa, the Americas and Asia, as well as works on paper from the Renaissance to the present, the Michael C. Carlos Museum is providing public libraries in Georgia with a pass that is valid for up to six free admissions — a potential savings of $48 per family. The pass became available October 1, 2016. Click here for details about checking out the pass at DeKalb County Public Library.

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