Library Ready for Release of Latest Harry Potter Story

The latest book in the famed Harry Potter series will officially be released Sunday July 31, 2016, and you can be one of the first patrons to check it out at DeKalb County Public Library.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child—Parts I and II by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany is now in the Library’s catalog, where you can place a hold—print and eBook formats. You’ll be able to get it on July 31 if…

            you are one of the first 100 people to place a hold, AND

            you select the Decatur Library as the branch where you want to pick it up

The Decatur Library, the main branch, is the only branch open on Sundays.

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Clarkston Library Part of Project to Make City of Clarkston a “City of Daffodils”

Daffodils bloomed at the Clarkston Library this spring with a special purpose far beyond just making the library building and grounds look pretty. The flowers were planted as part of “The Daffodil Project” of Am Yisrael Chai, a Holocaust education and awareness organization. The organization’s goal is to plant 1.5 million daffodils worldwide in memory of the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust during World War II and in support of children suffering in the world today because of humanitarian crises.

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Library Launches Major Literacy Program Aimed at Babies and Toddlers

DeKalb County Public Library and the DeKalb Library Foundation are launching a major program initiative this spring aimed at helping parents "build their babies’ brains" by supporting and encouraging them to read early and often with their young children. The program, called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, began with kick-off events in late April where parents were encouraged to participate. Any family who uses DeKalb County library branches can take part in the program. The Library also plans to make special outreach efforts to families in underserved areas to get them involved as well.

Research shows that when parents talk, read and sing with their young children, connections that build language, literacy and social-emotional skills are formed in their children’s brains. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten will encourage parents and caregivers to read regularly with their babies and toddlers by providing support materials--including a free starter book--reading logs, reading tips and recommendations and prize incentives. Participants also will be encouraged to get the Library’s special 1000 Books Before Kindergarten library card for young children and to attend special storytime programs, where additional support will be offered.

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Library Expands Collection to Include OneClick Digital Downloadable Audiobooks and eBooks

DeKalb County Public Library is expanding its electronic collection this March with the launch of OneClick Digital. The new collection offers Pimsleur foreign language courses in downloadable audiobook format and classic titles in both downloadable audio and eBook formats.

“We expect this collection to be very popular,” says Joyce Baker, Acquisitions Librarian. “It will be a very useful supplement to our OverDrive collection of eBooks and downloadable audiobooks.

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