September Designated as Library Card Sign Up Month

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning. All month long DCPL has been highlighting services that are offered for patrons to enjoy such as access to the New York Times, foreign language classes, eBooks, audiobooks, WiFi hot spots and more. Not a cardholder? Find out how to become one here.

DCPL Reduces Overdue Fines for DVDs, Extends Renewals

DeKalb County Public Library card holders can now renew items three times instead of two. This applies to physical items such as books, CDs, & DVDs. This does not apply to passes or eBooks. Overdue fines for DVDs have been reduced to .15 cents per day with a max of $7.50 (previously .50 cents). These are just a few of many ways DCPL is making it more convenient to enjoy items that are checked out. 

PRIME TIME Preschool Returns This Fall

Beginning October 8, 2019, DeKalb County Public Library will start the 3rd round of PRIME TIME Preschool (PTPS), an early literacy program specifically designed for 3 and 4 year olds.  The goals of PTPS are to deliver high quality humanities-based family programming, increase school readiness of preschoolers and to enhance parent/caretaker skills for facilitating school readiness. In 2018, DCPL added PRIME TIME Preschool after securing a $50,000 matching grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The weekly sessions include storytelling, reading, and center based exploration featuring award-winning children’s books conducted by early childhood trained facilitators. Families of three and four year olds can attend one of six sessions offered at the Flat Shoals, Redan-Trotti, Scott Candler or Wesley Chapel Library locations. Get more details here. 

 

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DeKalb County Public Library Adds New Attraction Passes to Catalog

Patrons can now check out passes to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum and the Chattahoochee Nature Center. The passes are being made available through a partnership with Georgia Public Library Service. The passes will checkout for seven days and allow up to four visitors to be admitted to each attraction free of charge. Currently patrons can checkout passes for the Center for Puppetry Arts, the Go Fish Education Center, Zoo Atlanta, Georgia State Parks, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and the Southeastern Railway Museum. A Macon Museum pass has also been added which includes admission to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Museum of Arts and Sciences and the Tubman Museum. Adult patrons with a valid DeKalb County Public Library card may checkout passes at any branch. For more information please visit the Passes and Devices page.