Your End of Year Support Makes a Difference!
Donations to the DeKalb Library Foundation in 2022 allowed DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL) to offer more than 200 programs attended by more than 4,000 children and adults.
Visitors to the Embry Hills Library come for more than just books. One day they may go on an archaeology dig for dinosaur bones. Their next visit might include a trip to the local fire station. They may enjoy donuts with their parent or guardian or create no-sew pillows. Or they may learn how to better manage their feelings at one of the many Raising Resilience stations. Librarian Erica L. hosts these creative programs. “I plan for the entire family,” she explains. “When a child wants to come to the library, a parent wants to come too.”
DCPL continues to extend services to meet the needs of the community. Since the pandemic, librarians noticed an increase in patrons seeking assistance for housing and other services. One day a visitor to the Clarkston Library asked staff if the library provided hygiene kits for those in need. This question sparked the idea for Care More Kits, which contain personal care items and socks in a waterproof bag. “The intent is to provide community members with tools to maintain a sense of dignity,” explained Redan-Trotti Librarian Marcie H., a member of the group that assembled the 350 kits. Patrons greatly appreciate this initiative — they requested almost all the kits within a few months.
Gifts to the DeKalb Library Foundation empower DCPL librarians to creatively plan programs such as these. Please consider a gift before the end of the year to support our librarians’ 2023 programming ideas.
A gift in any amount helps. Thank you.