DeKalb County Public Library is hosting an exciting, hands-on exhibit about the impact engineers and technology have on our lives that’s guaranteed to fascinate both children and adults. Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference will be on display August 27 through October 18, 2016 at the Hairston Crossing Library.
The exhibit includes multimedia components to show how engineers come up with solutions to meet human needs, develop innovations for the future, and create new technologies to solve problems. It includes a touchscreen computer kiosk that contains games that are fun and that educate the public about the challenges engineers are facing in the 21st century. Another exhibit area is designed to teach visitors about the fundamental principles of energy and its importance in modern society.
The Georgia Center for the Book has selected the works of 24 prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2016 lists of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” The lists are compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, media representatives, and individuals who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. See the titles available at DCPL.
DeKalb County Public Library has two new online resources for children that are really fun and can help them learn to read and love books. TumbleBookLibrary and Scholastic BookFlix both engage children with animated, narrated storybooks that are streamed to your computer, tablet or smartphone. As a result, all titles in both collections are always available, with no checkouts, no downloading, no apps to install and no waits. The collections are designed for children in pre-K through fifth grade to use on their own, with minimal assistance.
DeKalb County Public Library already has two participants in the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative to reach the target goal this summer. Both Saige C. and Laurel H. love books and the library. Their parents say taking part in the 1000 Books program has been fun and has played an important role in helping their children “get ready to read” and be successful in school. Click on the links to find out more about these young book lovers and about the 1000 Books program and how your child can take part.
Laurel H. completed 1000 Books Before Kindergarten less than a week behind Saige C., the Library’s first participant to reach the target goal. She won’t be three years old until August, and she’s already started on her next 1000 books! Laurel began the literacy initiative with the State of Georgia program in 2014, but reached the 1000 Books goal with DeKalb County Public Library in early June 2016.
Laurel’s father Todd says he and wife Gudrun began reading to Laurel when Gudrun was still pregnant and continue to read with her every day. The family visits the Embry Hills Library regularly and Todd and Gudrun say the visits are something Laurel enjoys and looks forward to. He says the benefits of encouraging Laurel to love books and the library already have been enormous. “It has really helped her development, reasoning and verbal skills,” he notes. “She can remember things, listens and comprehends well and follows directions well.”
Don’t think Laurel needs her parents to speak for her though. She will tell you herself how much she loves books. "A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein,” she says when asked about her favorite, providing the book’s title and author. Other favorites include One Love by Bob and Cedella Marley and I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont.