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.

Library Closing Due to Weather

All DeKalb County Library locations will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12, 2017 due to inclement weather. All items due on September 11 and 12 will be due on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. All items on hold that are set to expire on September 11 and 12 will expire on Thursday, September 14. For safety updates from DeKalb County Government, please visit the Hurricane Irma update page.

New Resource Offers Access to Thousands of Newspapers and Magazines

Want to know how the Atlanta Journal-Constitution is covering the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey? Interested in the latest reports from the Washington Post into the federal probe of President Trump’s business dealings with Russia?  Like to get U.S. News and World Report delivered right to your mobile device or computer? Then try PressReader, a new service offered free to you through DeKalb County Public Library. Access it from the icon in the upper right corner of this page.

At home, you’ll be able to log in to PressReader with your library card or by downloading the PressReader app. Get same-day delivery to your mobile device or computer of the AJC or any of more than 7,000 other newspapers and magazines. You’ll find publications from more than 120 countries and in more than 60 languages.

Stream articles or publications to your computer or download to your mobile device. Set your favorite publications to download automatically. Listen, share, get translations or comment on articles. PressReader’s robust search features also will allow you to pull articles of interest from across all publications and save your results.