Grow

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library is a place to grow. The library enlight­ens and enrich­es the com­mu­ni­ty by pro­vid­ing pro­grams and ser­vices for patrons of all ages. Below are just a hand­ful of pro­grams sup­port­ed by funds from the DeKalb Library Foundation.

  • 1000 Books Before Kinder­garten encour­ages and sup­ports par­ents to read ear­ly and often with their babies and young chil­dren in order to start a life­line jour­ney of read­ing. More than 11,000 fam­i­lies have received sup­port mate­ri­als and more than 300 have com­plet­ed read­ing 1000 books!
  • Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram encour­ages youth to con­tin­ue read­ing over the sum­mer with incen­tives and spe­cial pro­gram­ming. Read­ing over the sum­mer helps stu­dents keep their skills up and reduces the chance of the sum­mer edu­ca­tion­al slide.
  • Project LIT sup­ports stu­dent-led book groups that aim to get young peo­ple excit­ed about read­ing by high­light­ing diverse, high-inter­est, and cul­tur­al­ly rel­e­vant books.
  • The Geor­gia Cen­ter for the Book pre­serves Geor­gia’s rich lit­er­ary her­itage by host­ing free author talks and spon­sor­ing lit­er­ary events and pro­grams.
  • Take the Inter­net Home with You ini­tia­tive is an effort to bridge the dig­i­tal divide in DeKalb Coun­ty by offer­ing 211 hotspot devices for check-out for patrons who may not have inter­net access in their own home.
  • Sto­ry­Walk® is a delight­ful and inno­v­a­tive way for chil­dren and adults to enjoy read­ing and the out­doors at the same time. Read a sto­ry as you stroll through park!