The magic of the library is not just found in books. The DeKalb Library Foundation raises funds beyond tax dollars to enhance library programs. 

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. The DeKalb Library Foundation has funded more than 88 programs attended by more than 2600 children and adults in 2018

          Programs funded by DeKalb Library Foundation with Branch Mini-Grants in 2018:

  • Adult Yoga

  • DrumRise

  • Yoga for Kids

  • Rock-It Science Mobile Museum

  • Kids Cooking with Chef Carlin

  • Feng Shui of Life

  • Kyle Puttkammer Comics Class

  • Rock the Runway

  • The Exceptional Student Group's Improv Program

  • American Military History Mobile Museum

  • Minigolf in the Library

  • Kids Video Connection Workshop

  • Fitness Bootcamp

  • A Fascinating Tea Party

  • Magical Musical Mystery Tour

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages and supports parents to read early and often with their babies and young children. More than 10,000 families have received support materials and more than 200 have completed reading 1000 books!
  • 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 to 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.
  • ​​​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.  
  • Take the Internet Home with You provides free mobile hotspot devices to patrons without home internet access. The devices are available at five library locations: Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Flat Shoals, and Stonecrest.
  • PRIME TIME Preschool introduces children ages 3-4 and their families to literature through storytelling techniques and playtime led by trained facilitators. In September, DCPL launched PRIME TIME Preschool at four library locations - Gresham, Flat Shoals, Redan-Trotti and Wesley Chapel. Program sessions are 90 minutes long once a week in the evening for six weeks. Each session includes a nutritious meal, books, and reading activities. Thirty participating families enjoy a healthy dinner together then participate in an interactive storytime with trained facilitators. The programs run for six weeks and will occur again in the spring of 2019, the fall of 2019 and the spring of 2020. DeKalb County Public Library was awarded a $50,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to implement PRIME TIME Preschool. The DeKalb Library Foundation is charged with raising matching funds.


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.