Born a slave around 1820, Harriet Tubman escaped, then led many more slaves to freedom as an Underground Railroad conductor. This abolitionist and humanitarian also was a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War. We have a February 3 program that is a fascinating re-enactment of her life.
DeKalb County Public Library has been awarded a $50,000 matching grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to expand its programming aimed at young children. The Humanities Access Grant is one of 17 totaling $1.3 million awarded nationwide by NEH in December to “outstanding cultural programs for young people, communities of color and economically disadvantaged populations.”Read More
Libby is OverDrive’s new, free mobile app for checking out eBooks and audiobooks from your smartphone or tablet. Use Libby to log-in with your library card and find and check out materials, place holds, keep track of your reading history and more. Download Libby for Android at the Play Store. Download Libby for iOS at the App Store.
According to one often cited statistic, only eight percent of people are able to keep their New Year's resolutions. So what are the other 92 percent of us to do? Suggestions for staying on track include make only one resoltuion and ask for support from family and friends. The Library has resources to help, too. Check out our list.
The barbershop is an important cultural place for African-American boys, who not only get haircuts there, but also learn life lessons from the men in this male-centered space. Now DeKalb County Public Library is using the influence of the barbershop to encourage young, black boys to read more.
In partnership with a nonprofit program called Barbershop Books, the Library kicked-off a new outreach program at the ITNOJ Barbershop in Scottdale, Georgia on December 16, 2017. The shop now hosts a rack of books aimed at boys four to eight years old. Teresa Totten, the Library’s Programming and Services Coordinator, says the purpose is to encourage the children to choose a book and read. “They can read aloud or quietly to themselves while waiting to get in the barber’s chair or while getting a haircut,” she says. “We are also encouraging adults in the shop to read to the little ones.”Read More