Clarkston Library in DeKalb County has been awarded an Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant to create a “Tine Zine” that will focus on creative writing, media and visual arts. The program will be called “Hear Us: Teen Voices From Across DeKalb.” Effuah Chisholm is one of 70 educators in 29 states who will implement a new program during the academic year ending in June 2019. Since 1987, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in this diverse culture, has awarded annual grants of up to $500 each to qualifying teachers and librarians in public schools and public libraries.The “Teen Zine” program aims to provide support and resources to help share concerns from a teen’s point of view. As a result, teens in DeKalb County will have the opportunity to become a part of a larger conversation about issues that affect them. The deadline to apply is October 3, 2018. Applications can be printed or picked up at any DCPL branch.
DeKalb County Public Library will be closed on Sunday September 2 and Monday September 3 in observance of Labor Day.
The 2018 Decatur Book Festival is around the corner and DeKalb County Public Library is proud to once again be a part of this year's festivities. A series of author talks presented by WABE will be held at the Decatur Library September 1 and 2. Book titles featured in the talks include "Frankenstein: How a Monster Became an Icon," "Collisions of Cultures in Jim Crow South" and "Border Child." The Full Schedule for the author talks can be found here.
DeKalb County Public Library now offers free access to Lynda.com, an online learning company that teaches business technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Patrons will have access to the entire collection on Lynda.com which offers over 3000 courses, including teacher professional development, web design, coding, photography and more. Subscriptions that are typically $25.00 a month will be free for DCPL cardholders. “One of the goals of our 2019-2021 strategic plan was to enhance the Library’s technology to meet the needs of DeKalb County residents. Lynda.com offers a wide-range of courses to help patrons in any career field realize their goals,” said Library Director Alison Weissinger. Patrons can access Lynda.com through this link using their library card and PIN number.
America is voting for its best-loved book and local residents now have an opportunity to cast their vote. PBS’s The Great American Read interactive traveling booth will make a stop at the Decatur Library (215 Sycamore Street) August 2-9, 2018. Patrons can cast a vote for their favorite book from a list of 100 books. The books were selected based on a poll of more than 7200 participants who named their favorite titles. DeKalb County Public Library has all 100 titles in its collection, many in ebook format. The interactive travel booth will continue to make stops at public libraries across Georgia until October and will return to the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day Weekend. For more information visit http://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/home/ .