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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 some of the programs funded by the DeKalb Library Foundation.

  • PRIME TIME Preschool introduces children ages 3-4 and their families to literature through storytelling techniques and play time led by trained facilitators. Program sessions are six weeks long and offered twice a year. The sessions occur one evening a week in four library locations in DeKalb County: Scott Candler, Flat Shoals, Redan-Trotti, and the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Libraries. Each session includes a nutritious meal, books, reading activities, and playtime. The 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.
     
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages and supports parents to read early and often with their babies and young children. More than 11,000 families have received support materials and more than 300 have completed reading 1000 books! For more information, click here.
     
  • Take the Internet Home with You is an effort to bridge the digital divide for citizens in DeKalb County who may not have internet access in their home. Two hundred mobile hotspot devices are available for check-out at 19 library locations.
     
  • Summer Reading Program encourages youth to continue reading over the summer with incentives and special programming. Many of the special programs are funded through our Library Branch Mini-Grants.
     
  • Library Branch Mini-Grants provide program funding to library branches or for literacy outreach initiatives. In 2019, the DeKalb Library Foundation funded more than 300 programs attended by approximately 7,400 patrons of all ages.  Below are some recent initiatives.
 
  • STEAM programs
  • Magic, comedy, and puppet shows
  • Storytimes and book clubs
  • Dance and yoga classes
  • Wildlife and reptile demonstrations
  • Movie screenings and filmmaking classes
  • Greeting card making and floral arrangement classes
  • Book and author talks
  • Jewelry making and sewing classes
  • Games and crafts
  • Dog and parrot shows
  • Mobile petting zoo
  • Painting and comic strip making classes
  • Cooking challenges and journal clubs
  • The Georgia Center for the Book preserves Georgia's rich literary heritage by hosting free author talks and sponsoring literary events and programs.
     
  • PRIME TIME Family Reading Time engages families in the Chamblee area in a structured six-week reading, discussion, and storytelling time.

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.