2019 Summer Reading Kickoffs

2019 Summer Reading Kickoffs

It's that time of year again! Time to get in gear for Summer Reading! This year DeKalb County Public Library will host four Summer Reading Kickoff programs Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30. The theme for 2019 is "A Universe of Stories." Kickoff programs will be held at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer, Stonecrest, Decatur and County Line-Ellenwood branches featuring an Out of This World Magic Show with Jeff McClure of Got Magic! Kids and parents can pick up reading logs and calendars of events and learn about the fun and exciting activities happening in our libraries this summer. For more details visit our Summer Reading Program page.

No Overdue Fines for Kids and Teens During Fine Free Summer

June 1-August 31, DeKalb County Public Library will waive any overdue fines for materials in the children’s and teen’s collections during “Fine-Free Summer.” The initiative is designed to encourage reading and remove any barriers so kids and teens will read more during the summer months. The DCPL Board of Trustees approved Fine-Free Summer for the second year after a successful summer in 2018.  Fees will still be assessed on lost or damaged items and normal checkout periods will still apply.

DeKalb County to Open New Ellenwood Library

DeKalb County Public Library will open its new County Line-Ellenwood Branch on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 11 a.m. The new DeKalb County Public Library branch is located at 4331 River Road Ellenwood, Georgia 30294. Patrons, Friends of the Library and county officials will be on hand for the ribbon cutting event. "We are pleased to open another library branch in DeKalb County that will embrace the county's diversity through public programming," said DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond. 

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DeKalb County Public Library Team Wins Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

DeKalb County Public Library Team Wins Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl is an annual statewide reading competition that is open to students in grades 4-12. Students are quizzed on Georgia Book Award Nominees and Georgia Peach Teen Book Award Nominees. On Saturday, January 26, DeKalb County Public Library competed with three teams in the levels of elementary, middle school and high school. The high school team won first place and will move on to the next round that will take place at Clayton State in two weeks. DCPL is the first public library to enter a team into the HRRB. Library staff who coached the teams include: Mia Manekofsky, Lauren Tennyson, Shelley Thompson, Jonathan Myers and Elizabeth Harris. Check out more information on the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl here.

DeKalb County Public Library Named 2018 Library of the Year

DeKalb County Public Library Named 2018 Library of the Year

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.

App Offers Access to Thousands of Newspapers and Magazines

App Offers Access to Thousands of Newspapers and Magazines

Now you can read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and thousands of other newspapers and magazines from around the world 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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DCPLive: Hungry Yet? Great Cookbooks from 2018

It’s inevitable that you will one day tire of what you are now cooking – the recipes you now rely on will eventually fail to thrill, the staples that once provoked extreme satisfaction from family and friends will instead elicit...

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