New Library Service Makes Internet Access Easier Than Ever

New Library Service Makes Internet Access Easier Than Ever

DeKalb County Public Library is offering a new service that will give you access to the internet free of charge, no matter where you are! Starting February 21, 2017, the Library begins a pilot program that will allow you to check out hotspots and take the internet home with you.

Hotspots are portable, rechargeable devices you connect to your laptop, smartphone or tablet to access the internet for free through the device’s wireless signal. Hotspots will be available to DeKalb County Public Library cardholders ages 13 and older. You will be able to borrow one for 28 days at the following library branches—Chamblee, Decatur, Flat Shoals and Stonecrest. Automation Coordinator Jenny LaJeunesse says if the pilot is a success, the Library hopes to expand the service.  “We’ll ask patrons who use the hotspots to complete a survey when they return the devices,” she said. “We’ll use the information to help us determine what the demand is and if patrons find the hotspots easy to use. If things go well, the DeKalb Library Foundation will solicit additional funding for the program.”

Ask for additional information about hotspots at any library branch. Funding for this service is provided by the DeKalb Library Foundation and DeKalb County Public Library. 

Here’s Easy-to-Access Help Using DeKalb County Public Library Electronic Resources

Need a little assistance accessing and using DeKalb County Public Library electronic collections and resources—like OverDrive, Mango Languages and TumbleBooks Library for the kids? We’ve got help for you right at your fingertips! Here on our website in the upper right-hand corner, you’ll see Tutorials. Click there and you’ll find videos, with accompanying scripts, which give you easy-to-understand instructions and answer questions about specific electronic services. You can even print the scripts. The tutorials, from Niche Academy, have been provided free of charge by the Georgia Public Library Service.

Author Karin Slaughter Wins Honor for Her Work as a Library Advocate
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Author Karin Slaughter with State Librarian Julie Walker.

Author Karin Slaughter Wins Honor for Her Work as a Library Advocate

Best-selling author Karin Slaughter has been named the 2016 Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). Ms. Slaughter, who was nominated for the award by DeKalb County Public Library, is being recognized for work as “a tireless advocate for public libraries."

Among other things, she has hosted fundraisers and donated her own time and money on behalf of DeKalb County Public Library, the Georgia Center for the Book and the DeKalb Library Foundation. Slaughter said she is humbled to receive the award for advocacy work she feels is her duty. “Libraries are the backbone of our educational infrastructure, and I want more people to realize they are necessities, not luxuries,” she stated.

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Library to Offer Longer Operating Hours Beginning in January 2017
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The Covington Library is one of 17 branches that will have longer operating hours beginning January 3, 2017.

Library to Offer Longer Operating Hours Beginning in January 2017

DeKalb County Public Library is adding more than 100 additional operating hours each week beginning January 3, 2017. Additional funding from DeKalb County is making it possible for the Library to restore weekend and evening hours cut at many branches in 2011 due to budget shortfalls. Director Alison Weissinger says because of the additional funds, the Library has been able to hire enough staff to restore 111 operating hours per week to the system. The County increased the Library’s mid-year budget by $490,733. Seventeen branches will get longer operating hours.

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DCPLive: Are You Looking For A Great Book To Read?

How many of you check magazines and newspapers for the next best read?   Such as Red Book, Real Simple, Glamour, or USA Today?  These lists usually comprise what is currently the hottest books in the market.  I myself usually find these lists...

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