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 “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.
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.
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.
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 this link using their library card and PIN number.
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“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.
DeKalb County Public Library now offers full, free access to the online edition of The New York Times. Follow this link, or find it under our research databases page in the future. If you’re outside a library, enter your library card number and PIN, follow the prompts, and log in or create an account. If you’re inside a library, click “Log In” on the upper right of the page, then log in or create an account. That’s all you have to do! Your access will expire after 24 hours, but you can always renew your access by clicking the link again.
During National Library Workers Day on April 10, staff posted photos on Instagram hourly of all the various tasks and programs during a typical day working at the library. We compiled all the photos and created an album on Facebook. To view a day in the #LifeatDCPL click here.
Now you can read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and thousands of other newspapers and magazines from around the word on your smartphone or tablet. Access is provided by PressReader, an electronic resource offered free to you through DeKalb County Public Library. Access the PressReader website from DCPL’s eLibrary tab or click here. Download the app for Android or iOS on the website. Then sign up by selecting “Library and Group” from the Social and Linked networks and searching for “DeKalb County Public Library.” From there, put in your library card number and PIN to sign in for free access.
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