Impact Stories


Raising Reslience

The DeKalb Library Foun­da­tion enhances part­ner­ships between the library and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions. Children’s Health­care of Atlanta Strong4Life and DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library (DCPL) com­bined their strengths to pro­vide resources to help DeKalb Coun­ty fam­i­lies raise healthy, resilient kids. Through the Rais­ing Resilience pro­gram, our librar­i­ans curat­ed read­ing lists of books with resilience themes while Strong4Life’s behav­ioral and men­tal health experts pro­vid­ed care­givers with tips and tools to build resilience in kids. Con­tri­bu­tions to DeKalb Library Foun­da­tion allow DCPL to offer ini­tia­tives, pro­grams, and book clubs to build resilience in DeKalb County’s youth. Ellen, a long-time library pro­gram­mer, cre­at­ed a resilience-themed paint­ing pro­gram. First, she leads the par­tic­i­pants through a feel­ings-cen­tered sto­ry­time. Then, chil­dren are encour­aged to paint their reac­tions or feel­ings about the theme of the sto­ry. The kids are so recep­tive, even eager, to talk about their feel­ings after I’ve read,” says Ellen. Shar­ing a sto­ry cre­ates a brave space for discussion.”


Hotspot Program - Sarah

The DeKalb Library Foun­da­tion funds close to 300 hotspot devices avail­able for check out across DeKalb Coun­ty Pub­lic Library’s 23 library loca­tions. More than 2,700 patrons ben­e­fit­ted from this ser­vice over the past year. In a recent sur­vey, more than 75% of respond­ing hotspot users shared they have lim­it­ed to no inter­net access in their homes. Patrons report­ed the hotspot pro­gram is invalu­able to them. Many use the devices so their chil­dren can stay con­nect­ed to school resources. Oth­ers use them to search for and main­tain employ­ment, attend vir­tu­al health­care appoint­ments, and stay con­nect­ed to friends and fam­i­ly. Sarah explained,​“I used to have to come to the library every day to read my emails. Now I’m able to check out a hotspot and a chrome book, so I do all this at home.” Tam­my shared,​“I know peo­ple think every­one has the inter­net but there are some of us who don’t. It is real­ly help­ful for us.”


FLAT Joyous Club

The Flat Shoal Library’s Joy­ous Club brings a smile to many faces and fills a need in the com­mu­ni­ty. Glen­da, the Flat Shoals Library Branch Man­ag­er, shared how the pro­gram began, We noticed we had adults with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties vis­it­ing our library, so I want­ed to host a pro­gram to include them in our com­mu­ni­ty.” Par­tic­i­pants meet month­ly to enjoy a vari­ety of activ­i­ties, such as dec­o­rat­ing bird­hous­es, design­ing per­son­al can­vas bags, and singing karaōke!