Library Opens 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 23, 2016

DeKalb County Public Library branches with regular Saturday hours will open at 11:00 a.m., January 23, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back for updates to library operating hours this weekend due to weather conditions.
 

Foundation Fundraiser a Big Success

The DeKalb Library Foundation raised more than $25,000 in support of DeKalb County Public Library at its September 24 fundraiser, A Novel Affair: Books & Bites, held at the DeKalb History Center. That included $6,500 raised for Fund-A-Need, which will support the Library's new 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative that will launch in 2016. 
 
Approximately 200 people attended the event that included a live auction, great food and a panel that talked about cooking and writing about food. The panel featured Steven Satterfield, executive chef and co-owner of Miller Union; Eddie Hernandez, chef and co-owner of Taqueria del Sol; and Susan Puckett, author of Eat Drink Delta, and was moderated by Georgia Center for the Book  Executive Director Joe Davich.

To find out more about the Foundation and how you can support its work, click here.   
 

Library Foundation Planning Special Fundraising Event for September

The DeKalb Library Foundation will host a fabulous fundraiser this fall that will benefit literacy programs at DeKalb County Public Library and fund the purchase of additional books and materials for the Library’s collection. A Novel Affair: Books and Bites will be held Thursday, September 24, 2015 at the DeKalb History Center in Decatur.

This will be a one-of-a-kind event and will include some of the best food and drinks found in DeKalb County, entertainment by food writers and an auction. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, August 10. Click here to find out more about the fundraiser and the work of the Foundation.

Welcome to Our New Website

DeKalb County Public Library welcomes you to our new website. We think you will enjoy the improvements we have made.

This new site is much more versatile and automatically adapts its format to any computer, tablet or mobile device to give you the best user experience. The design is cleaner and easier to read while being more colorful and visual at the same time. Additionally, dekalblibrary.org now is more secure and easier to update. The new platform allows staff to make changes more quickly.

A few parts of the new site are still under construction, but this will not interfere with your use. You may find that bookmarks you previously saved to certain pages will no longer work. If this is the case, you can do a search using the “Find It” box here on the homepage (top right) to access the new location. Make sure you click on the down arrow next to the “Find It” box and select “In the Library’s Website.”

Please let us know what you think about the new site. Send feedback or questions through our New Website Feedback form. Post your remarks on your social media accounts and use our hashtag, #dcplga.

Library Expands Its Collections for Children—Digitally

DeKalb County Public Library now has a separate online materials collection for children—just as it has separate sections for children in its branches. This summer, the Library began offering a digital collection through OverDrive that only includes titles for young patrons. OverDrive is the service through which patrons in the DeKalb system check out eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. You can access the new collection by clicking OverDrive eReading Room for Kids.

The new, separate collection will offer a safe environment for children to browse library materials. It also will help children find the titles they want easily and quickly.

Library staff is very enthusiastic about the new collection. “The online page has a very appealing layout and is very user-friendly. Patrons can browse by subject, interest or even reading level,” says Joyce Baker, Library Acquisitions Manager. She also notes that the service is free to patrons with a library card and available anytime, anywhere. In addition, digital titles expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees.