Library a Partner in New County Glass Recycling Program

Five DeKalb library branches are drop-off sites for DeKalb County’s new glass recycling program. Beginning Monday, July 17, 2017, the County wants you to drop-off your glass at one of 16 locations, rather than mix it with other materials you put out for curbside pick-up. Officials at the Sanitation Department say this will help ensure the recycled glass is the high quality manufacturers require to re-use it.

The five library branches where you will find glass recycling containers are Dunwoody, Flat Shoals, Hairston Crossing, Salem-Panola and Stonecrest. Library Director Alison Weissinger says the Library is pleased to take part in a program that can help reduce our use of raw materials and conserve natural resources.

Other drop-off sites include parks and recreation centers and a fire station. For the complete list of sites and more information about the program, click here.

Partnership Aimed at Strengthening Police-Community Relationships

DeKalb County Public Library and the DeKalb County Police Department are joining forces this summer to launch two special programs. The programs—Safety with a Cop and Read with a Cop—are designed to strengthen police-community relationships by bringing you and the police who serve you together.

Read with a Cop is for children. Officers will read a book and give a tour of a police car to kids who attend the activity. The purpose is to build good, trusting relationships between the officers and your children.

Safety with a Cop is an adult program. You will have an opportunity to meet police from your community in an informal atmosphere to discuss your safety concerns, find out how you can better protect yourself, your home and family, and to forge stronger ties with the officers.

Sheila O’Rear, Public Education Specialist at the Police Department’s South Precinct, helped plan the programs. “Our goal is to keep our families engaged about the importance of safety and to reinforce the relationship between community and law enforcement. I believe that interaction is always the best teacher!”

The programs are scheduled for July and August at several DeKalb library branches. For details, click here or pick up a program schedule at your neighborhood branch.

Check Out Our New Catalog—Mobile Access is Easier Than Ever

Now, you don’t need an app to access your library account from your mobile device. Our new catalog, Polaris, has a mobile-friendly site. Just use the browser on your device and go to http://dekalb.polarislibrary.com/polaris/

This should automatically take you to our mobile site. You will see:

If, however, you still see the regular website, tap the tab at the top of your device for MOBILE SITE.

Then, tap “My Account” and log in just as you always have. Please note, if you are a Bookmyne user, this app is no longer pointing to your DeKalb County Public Library patron account.

Check back here to learn more about other new “My Account” features—coming in August.

Check Out Our New Catalog and its Great Features

Our new catalog, Polaris, is now live and offers the best ever access to the nearly one million items in our collection.  One of this catalog’s new features is it can keep a history of the items you check out.

Here is how to use it:

Click the “My Account” button here on the home page.

Log in with your library card and PIN.

Click on “Contact Information and Preferences.”

Scroll down to the Preferences section, and check the box that says “Maintain reading history.”
 

That’s all it takes. Please note that the reading history begins when you turn on this feature. A history of checkouts made before this time is not available.

Check back here to learn more about other new “My Account” features—coming soon.

Explore Caribbean American Culture During June at DeKalb County Public Library

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.

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