DeKalb County Public Library Named 2018 Library of the Year

Georgia Public Library Service has announced that DeKalb County Public Library has been selected as the 2018 Georgia Public Library of the Year “for their efforts to grow meaningful engagement and impact within their diverse community.” The annual award honors the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and advocates. A collaborative effort was made with the “Read More” campaign that helped to promote the Library system as a whole while highlighting specific programs such as PRIME TIME Preschool, Fine Free Summer, the Human Library Project and more. DCPL will be recognized at the Georgia State Capital on February 13.  Check out the official announcement here.

Mike Glenn’s “Expanding Civil Rights: Women of the Movement” Exhibit Comes to Decatur Library

Mike “Stinger” Glenn is a former NBA player and current broadcaster for “Hawks Live,” the pre-game show for the Atlanta Hawks. He is also the collector of thousands of rare books, newspapers and magazines that document African American history and culture. His exhibit “Expanding Civil Rights: with a Focus on Women of the Movement” will be on display at the Decatur Library starting January 4, 2019. The exhibit will focus on women’s roles in the Civil Rights Movement and celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Shirley Chisholm’s historic election to Congress. Mr. Glenn aims to shed light on the significant contributions that women of color made to pave the way for President Obama, Hillary Clinton and others. “It is important to recognize, understand and build upon the foundation of civil and human rights that so many women helped to establish,” Glenn said.  Items in the exhibit include original obituaries, magazine articles, artwork, photographs and first edition books. The exhibit will run through January 24, 2019 during library hours. Funding for the exhibit is sponsored in part by DeKalb Library Foundation, the City of Decatur, Decatur Education Foundation and Friends of the Decatur Library.

DeKalb County Public Library Gears Up for 2018 Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival

The Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival is an annual celebration of the large diverse community that makes up DeKalb County. DeKalb County Public Library’s first African-American librarian, the late Doris K. Wells, created the festival in 1983 as a Kwanzaa Awareness Festival at the Scott Candler Library. Attendance for the first year was over 1000 patrons. The festival continued to grow over the years and was renamed the Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival. Programs throughout the months of December and January include music, dance, food, crafts and informational workshops. A full list of events can be seen here.

DeKalb County Public Library Wins a 2018 Mini-Grant Awarded by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation

Clarkston Library in DeKalb County has been awarded an Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant to create a “Tine Zine” that will focus on creative writing, media and visual arts. The program will be called “Hear Us: Teen Voices From Across DeKalb.” Effuah Chisholm is one of 70 educators in 29 states who will implement a new program during the academic year ending in June 2019. Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in this diverse culture, has awarded annual grants of up to $500 each to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and public libraries.The “Teen Zine” program aims to provide support and resources to help share concerns from a teen’s point of view. As a result, teens in DeKalb County will have the opportunity to become a part of a larger conversation about issues that affect them. The deadline to apply is October 3, 2018. Applications can be printed or picked up at any DCPL branch.