The DeKalb County School System has a new online library catalog called Destiny. If you have a child that attends public school in DeKalb County, you may already be familiar with it. You can access it directly from the school system’s homepage. Once you click on the Destiny link, you will then select your child’s school. That takes you directly to the library catalog that searches only books in that particular school. You can search for books by author, title, series, subject and keyword.
Schools are also encouraging children to know their Lexile Measure and read books in that Lexile range. (You can read more about Lexile Levels here.) Destiny allows you to input Lexile numbers and find books by authors or subjects that fall into that Lexile range.
With Destiny you can also:
- Search for award winning books. You can search by national awards (i.e. Newbery, Caldecott) or by state awards (i.e. Georgia Book Awards.)
- Search for books in certain categories. There is a tab at the top of the screen labeled Visual. It brings up 8 popular subjects (holiday, sports, etc.) and lists books in those areas.
- Search for books by AR (Accelerated Reader) level.
- Search for books by call number. For example, if you type in 641, it will pull up all the books at that school with that call number. This may be most useful when writing reports as it lets you see all the books related to that topic.
With the schools closed for the summer, you won’t be able to get books from your media center. But you can get them from us. Once you find a title on Destiny, head on over to our catalog to see where the book is in our system. You can drive to a branch to pick it up or put it on hold and have it sent to your closest branch. You can pick it up when it arrives.