Library Programs Will Help You Prepare for the Solar Eclipse

Several DeKalb County Public Library branches have planned programs in August to help you prepare for the solar eclipse that will happen in the afternoon on Monday, August 21, 2017. Attend a program to learn more about this phenomenon and how to view it safely. You also can get a free pair of solar eclipse glasses when you attend a program, while supplies last.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) says DeKalb County will see a partial eclipse that will peak at about 2:36 p.m. on August 21. It stresses the importance of having the proper eye protection to view the eclipse. Sunglasses, no matter how dark, will not be sufficient. The glasses given out at library programs meet international standards for viewing a solar eclipse and are provided in partnership with STAR Library Education Network and NASA @ My Library.

New Library Film Series Highlights Acclaimed Filmmaker Haile Gerima

New Library Film Series Highlights Acclaimed Filmmaker Haile Gerima

Acclaimed filmmaker and writer Haile Gerima will screen his latest award-winning film, Teza, at the Decatur Library this fall. This will be the inaugural program for DeKalb County Public Library’s new African Films and Filmmakers series. The series is being launched by Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Branch Manager Monica Foderingham. She says its purpose is to “showcase the rich tradition of African filmmaking, which explores the diverse history and culture of the continent through the cinematic lens."

The program featuring Mr. Gerima is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in the library’s auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street, in downtown Decatur. A reception for Mr. Gerima is planned for 4:00 p.m. The film will be screened at 5:00 p.m., followed by a question and answer session with the filmmaker, a professor of film at Howard University in Washington, D.C. since 1975.

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Telephone Notifications Temporarily Suspended

The Library has temporarily suspended notifications by telephone voicemail for overdue items and holds. Our phone notification system is currently out of service. You will be notified by e-mail instead. If we do not have a current e-mail address for you, please go to My Account on the Library webpage, call or visit your neighborhood branch to provide us with this information.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Telephone notifications will resume as soon as our system is working properly. Text messages notifications are not affected.

Partnership Aimed at Strengthening Police-Community Relationships

DeKalb County Public Library and the DeKalb County Police Department are joining forces this summer to launch two special programs. The programs—Safety with a Cop and Read with a Cop—are designed to strengthen police-community relationships by bringing you and the police who serve you together.

Read with a Cop is for children. Officers will read a book and give a tour of a police car to kids who attend the activity. The purpose is to build good, trusting relationships between the officers and your children.

Safety with a Cop is an adult program. You will have an opportunity to meet police from your community in an informal atmosphere to discuss your safety concerns, find out how you can better protect yourself, your home and family, and to forge stronger ties with the officers.

Sheila O’Rear, Public Education Specialist at the Police Department’s South Precinct, helped plan the programs. “Our goal is to keep our families engaged about the importance of safety and to reinforce the relationship between community and law enforcement. I believe that interaction is always the best teacher!”

The programs are scheduled for July and August at several DeKalb library branches. For details, click here or pick up a program schedule at your neighborhood branch.

Check Out Our New Catalog—Mobile Access is Easier Than Ever

Now, you don’t need an app to access your library account from your mobile device. Our new catalog, Polaris, has a mobile-friendly site. Just use the browser on your device and go to

This should automatically take you to our mobile site. You will see:

If, however, you still see the regular website, tap the tab at the top of your device for MOBILE SITE.

Then, tap “My Account” and log in just as you always have. Please note, if you are a Bookmyne user, this app is no longer pointing to your DeKalb County Public Library patron account.

Check back here to learn more about other new “My Account” features—coming in August.

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