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 Here you can keep up with the latest and greatest things happening at DeKalb County Public Library!  News articles are sorted reverse chronologically, with the latest news on top.

Lithonia-Davidson Library has Re-Opened; Work to Re-Open the Wesley-Chapel Branch Continues Print E-mail

The Lithonia-Davidson Library re-opened October 6 with regular hours. Work continues on the installation of new air conditioning/heating units, but that work is nearly complete and will not affect the operation of the branch.

Meanwhile, the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library remains closed as work continues on installing a new air conditioning/heating unit there. The library system is working with the contractor to set a target date before the end of October to complete the work and re-open the branch. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please visit us at nearby branches and check back regularly for updates at

Literacy Run/Walk Scheduled for Piedmont Park November 15 Print E-mail

Support literacy programs and initiatives throughout Metro Atlanta this November and have some fun, too. Participate in the 4th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Literacy, Saturday November 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. in Piedmont Park, 1320 Monroe Drive, NE in Atlanta. The Run/Walk is sponsored by the Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta (LAMA), a coalition of more than 30 organizations, including DeKalb County Public Library, seeking to achieve 100% literacy for the adults and families they serve. Register online at Please choose DeKalb County Public Library when you register and the Library will receive 50% of your fee.

New Lists of Books All Georgians Should Read Print E-mail

The Georgia Center for the Book (GCB) at DeKalb County Public Library has selected 20 works by prize-winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for its 2014 lists of Books All Georgians Should Read and Books All Young Georgians Should Read. The prestigious lists include topnotch works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature by contemporary Georgia writers and artists. They were compiled by writers, educators, librarians and media representatives from the GCB Advisory Board.

Library Expands Its Collections for Children--Digitally Print E-mail

DeKalb County Public Library now has a separate online materials collection for children—just as it has separate sections for children in its branches. This summer, the Library began offering a digital collection through OverDrive that only includes titles for young patrons. OverDrive is the service through which patrons in the DeKalb system check out eBooks and downloadable audiobooks. You can access the new collection by clicking OverDrive eReading Room for Kids.

The new, separate collection will offer a safe environment for children to browse library materials. It also will help children find the titles they want easily and quickly.

Library staff is very enthusiastic about the new collection. “The online page has a very appealing layout and is very user-friendly. Patrons can browse by subject, interest or even reading level,” says Joyce Baker, Library Acquisitions Manager. She also notes that the service is free to patrons with a library card and available anytime, anywhere. In addition, digital titles expire automatically, so there is no need to worry about late fees.

Clarkston Library Exploring Many Faiths Found in Clarkston Community Print E-mail

Find out more about the Baha’i faith at a program at the Clarkston Library on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Gregory Watson, an expert on the topic, and Baha’i Faith member Atieno Samandari will present an introduction to the tenets of this faith and answer questions. The program is the second in a series called “One City, Many Faiths” that will run through the rest of the year. It is being sponsored by the Clarkston Library and the Clarkston Interfaith Group.

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