The magic of the library is not just found in books. The DeKalb Library Foundation raises funds, beyond tax dollars, to enhance library programs. The DeKalb Library Foundation funded more than 50 programs attended by more than 1,000 children, teens, and adults in 2016.


Listed below are programs funded by the DeKalb Library Foundation.


  • The Georgia Center for the Book preserves Georgia's rich literary heritage by hosting free author talks and sponsoring literary events and programs.


  • Library Branch Mini-Grants provide program funding to library branches or for literacy outreach initiatives.


      Programs funded by DeKalb Library Foundation with Branch Mini-Grants in 2016:

  • African Rythms

  • Kids Dance

  • Cosplay

  • Tracy Tales

  • Parrot Productions

  • LEGOs

  • Victorian Dance

  • Ready Set Juggle

  • Zumba

  • Line Dancing

  • Tai Chi

  • Teen Club

  • Self Defense

  • Coloring for Stress Relief

  • Chinese Dancing

  • Builders Club ( robots)


  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages and supports parents to read early and often with their babies and young children.


  • Every Child Ready to Read involves trained youth services librarians delivering research-based instruction to parents and caregivers during library storytimes for children.


  • Project Horizon helps children who are homeless or in transitional housing improve early literacy skills and keep up with homework. 


  • Project REAP (Reading Empowers All People) assists immigrant and refugee adults and children to improve their spoken English and enhances their literacy skills.


  • Health Literacy programs provide books and reading time for children during their visits at three DeKalb County Board of Health clinics.


  • Scottdale-Tobie Grant Homework Center assists students with homework and offers educational programs. 


  • PRIME TIME Family Reading Time® engages families in the Chamblee area in a structured six-week reading, discussion, and storytelling time.


  • Summer Reading Program encourages youth to continue reading over the summer with incentives and special programming.  


  • Mobile Hotspot Devices, the Foundation is partnering with DeKalb County Public Library to provide these devices to patrons without home internet access. The devices will be available for check-out at select library locations. 



Each month DeKalb County Public Library offers a variety of free programs open to the public. Your support helps to enhance programming for our libraries.  Click HERE to check out the events calendar. There is sure to be a program of interest to you.