DCPLive is a blog by library staff at the DeKalb County Public Library!


Oct 15 2008

What happened to Wednesday?

by Nolan R

If you’re a regular DCPLive reader, you probably know that we normally post Monday through Thursday, with a different blogger posting each day.  We’ve recently decided to make a few changes, which we hope will bring a little more variety and interest to the blog.

We’ll be welcoming two new bloggers to our team, and starting an alternating schedule.  We’ll have six bloggers and they’ll post every other week on a Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday schedule.  So if you’re used to reading Ginny’s posts on Wednesdays about kids’ books, for example, look for her posts now to appear  every other Thursday.  We also hope to add blogger bios soon, so you can learn a little more about our team!

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to let us know!


Oct 6 2008

Grammar Pet Peeves

by Nolan R

Do randomly placed apostrophes get under your skin?  Does it drive you crazy when someone uses a word that’s not really a word?  Would the phrase All “Natural” on a sign make you a bit uncertain?  If so, then check out the following blogs.  They’re a great place to commiserate with others for grammar transgressions–and you can even send in your own bad grammar finds!

If you’d like some tips on improving your grammar, check out Doc Durden’s Guide to Good Grammar, About.com’s Grammar & Composition Archive, or go straight to the Grammar Girl herself.


Sep 2 2008

What’s on your card?

by Heather S

I have been seeing pictures of “to be read” stacks popping up around the blogosphere, which totally fascinates me.  I have decided to join in the fun of sharing. Since I am an avid library user (as well as employee), my stack is all library books.  I also included all the other stuff that I have checked out for full disclosure.  Behold all that’s checked out on my library card!  

So, what’s on your card?

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Aug 19 2008

George Orwell = Blogger?

by Heather S

George Orwell has a blogThe Orwell Prize, which is a British prize rewarding political writing, is publishing Orwell’s diaries online seventy years to the day later. With the initial post on August 9th, Orwell writes of his daily life, such as picking blackberries.  And, his political musings will be posted starting on September 7th.

If you like his blog, be sure to check out:


Feb 29 2008

Words to Live By

by Myguail C

As February 29 nears and the national celebration of Black History Month ends, I feel it only fitting to dedicate this blog post to the power of words from our ancestors, parents and world leaders.  After reading please share with us your favorite quote!

May the following quotes and the input from DeKalb Library users words live from generation to generation.

“Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.”

“The (word) of a friend makes you cry; the (word) of an enemy makes you laugh.”

“Patience can cook a stone”

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation).”
– Fanti

“If you understand the beginning well, the end will not trouble you.”

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
-Maya Angelou

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.”
-Frederick Douglass

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Feb 28 2008



I stumbled upon blackpast.org the other day and found it to be a very useful resource.  In their own words:

“This site is dedicated to providing reference materials to the general
public on six centuries of African American history. It includes an
online encyclopedia of hundreds of famous and lesser known figures in
African America, full text primary documents and major speeches of
black activists and leaders from the 18th Century to the present. There
are also links to hundreds of websites that address the history of
African Americans including major black museums and archival research
centers in the United States and Canada.”

For many more African-American resources and websites, see this post.


Jan 25 2008

Blog, Blog, Blog, Blog

by Amanda L

What is a blog?

I didn’t really know what a blog was
until we began creating one for DCPL. Our director talked about what a blog is
in our first blog entry.  Since first hearing about
blogs, I have been doing some exploring and experimenting with them. There are
several sites that allow you to create your own blog for free. Some of the most
popular sites are bloggerwordpress, and livejournal.  I
currently write two blogs for my own personal enjoyment. One is a way to share
my life with my distant family and friends. The second is documenting my family
stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. You can add
pictures and videos to share with your audience. This allows many family members
to feel like they are participating in your life in a more dynamic way. If you
are interested in learning how to blog, the library has several books. Here is
a sampling: Blogging for Dummies, The Corporate Blogging Book, and We blog: publishing online with weblogs.

I have started finding blogs out there to keep up with the library
profession and other types of blogs to help me perform my current job better. I
found many of my first blogs by word of mouth and then most bloggers will list
their favorite blogs on their sites. Recently, I have been using an online tool
called bloglines.com to keep up with the numerous blogs I am interested in. This
site allows you to catch new blog entries without typing the address of each
blog. The site also allows you to search for other blogs using keywords.  So if
you are interested in blogs concerning Atlanta you can search for either entries about Atlanta or blogs with a direct focus on Atlanta..
Some of my favorite library related blogs are Librarycrunch, David Lee King, and Tame The Web.  Other blogs that I
check out frequently are Coaching Tip: The Leadership blog, The Practice of Leadership, and Metroblogging Atlanta.

Are you blogging? What are some of your favorite blogs (beside DCPLive of