DeKalb County Public Library Gears Up for 2018 Decatur Book Festival

The 2018 Decatur Book Festival is around the corner and DeKalb County Public Library is proud to once again be a part of this year's festivities. A series of author talks presented by WABE will be held at the Decatur Library September 1 and 2. Book titles featured in the talks include "Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon," "Collisions of Cultures in Jim Crow South" and "Border Child." The Full Schedule for the author talks can be found here

DeKalb County Public Library Offers Free Access to Lynda.com to Library Cardholders

DeKalb County Public Library now offers free access to Lynda.com, an online learning company that teaches business technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Patrons will have access to the entire collection on Lynda.com which offers over 3000 courses, including teacher professional development, web design, coding, photography and more. Subscriptions that are typically $25.00 a month will be free for DCPL cardholders. “One of the goals of our 2019-2021 strategic plan was to enhance the Library’s technology to meet the needs of DeKalb County residents. Lynda.com offers a wide-range of courses to help patrons in any career field realize their goals,” said Library Director Alison Weissinger. Patrons can access Lynda.com through the link on dekalblibrary.org using their library card and PIN number.

PBS’s Great American Read Comes to DeKalb County Public Library

America is voting for its best-loved book and local residents now have an opportunity to cast their vote. PBS’s The Great American Read interactive traveling booth will make a stop at the Decatur Library (215 Sycamore Street) August 2-9, 2018. Patrons can cast a vote for their favorite book from a list of 100 books. The books were selected based on a poll of more than 7200 participants who named their favorite titles. DeKalb County Public Library has all 100 titles in its collection, many in ebook format. The interactive travel booth will continue to make stops at public libraries across Georgia until October and will return to the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day Weekend. For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ .

DeKalb County Public Library Announces 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

“Spaces, Stories and Services” is the theme for DeKalb County Public Library’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2021.  The plan was developed with input from the community. Library Strategies, Inc. assisted DCPL with an extensive survey and daylong community retreat to ensure the plan reflected community needs.  Based on public input, the plan aims to provide safe, welcoming spaces to encourage community connectedness, tell the Library’s story through marketing and community engagement, and enhance the Library’s services to better meet the needs of DeKalb County residents. “We want to be sure that we are consistently working to provide the best services for our patrons.” said Library Director Alison Weissinger. Click here to see the full plan.