Valerie Boyd Appointed to the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees

Acclaimed author, scholar and journalist Valerie Boyd is the newest member of the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved Ms. Boyd’s appointment as a Library Trustee at their November meeting.

She is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston, considered the definitive biography of Hurston. The book was a winner of the Southern Book Award and was recognized as a Notable Book by the American Library Association. Currently, Ms. Boyd is editing Gathering Blossoms Under Fire: the Journals of Alice Walker, scheduled for publication in 2018. The collection of personal journals by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Walker spans more than 50 years.

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Telephone Notifications Now Available

Telephone notification about holds and overdue items is working again. Please see staff if you would like to receive these automated voice notices.

Library Launches New Resource to Help Patrons in Need

Librarians expect lots of questions from patrons about where to find a book or DVD they are looking for and what online resource is best for information about car repair.  However, librarians at DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) realized they were also getting questions that were much more difficult to answer—like “Where do I go if I’m being evicted?” So they decided to do something about it.

This October, the New Librarians Committee, made up of librarians who have been with DCPL for less than a year, launched a web site they developed for patrons who need help beyond what the library can provide. The DCPL HelpPages is a directory of community resources and facilities for people in need. It provides information for people looking for assistance finding shelters, employment, legal aid, food pantries, transportation and more.

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Library Branches Closing at 7:00 p.m. Today

Because of poor road conditions in many areas and continued power outages, all DeKalb County Public Library branches that normally close at 8:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. will close at 7:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, September 13, 2017. Please drive safely.

Check back here Thursday morning, September 14, 2017 for updates.
 

Library Open Today, Except Branches Without Power

DeKalb County Public Library branches are open during regular hours today, Wednesday September 13, 2017, except those without power. Power has been restored at the Lithonia-Davidson and Embry HIlls branches and they open at 2:00 p.m. today. Branches still without power are Salem-Panola and Tucker-Reid H. Cofer.  However, you may still want to check the status of your neighborhood branch before visiting if there are power outages in your area. Also check back for updates here.

All items due on September 11, 12 and 13, 2017 are now due on Thursday, September 14, 2017. Items on hold that are set to expire on September 11, 12 and 13, 2017 will now expire on Thursday, September 14, 2017.