NY Life Grant

The reach of the Library goes beyond books. The DeKalb Library Foun­da­tion rais­es funds beyond tax dol­lars to enhance library pro­grams that might not oth­er­wise exist. Dur­ing the pan­dem­ic, the Library was able to shift its sup­port of the com­mu­ni­ty from in-per­son pro­grams and ser­vices to vir­tu­al and con­tact-free options. Fund­ing from the DeKalb Library Foun­da­tion has allowed the Library to pur­chase equip­ment and resources to extend its vir­tu­al pro­gram­ming. In 2020, more than 500 lit­er­ary, edu­ca­tion­al, STEAM, and cul­tur­al pro­grams were accessed 45,000+ times. By using the Library’s con­tact-free ser­vices, we were able to con­tin­ue to sup­port hotspots for check-out, 1000 Books Before Kinder­garten sup­plies, and sum­mer read­ing pro­gram materials.