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May 30 2014

Don’t Forget…

by Dea Anne M

…about the Adult Vacation Reading program! After all, many of us recognize how important sustained summer reading can be for children and teens in instilling a love of reading and fostering an appreciation of libraries. Well, we adults who love reading can participate too.

asr_posterScience is the theme for VRP 2014. Find out more about the “Literary Elements” program for adults here or visit any branch of DCPL. You only have to participate in three activities to complete an entry form: read a book, listen to an audiobook or download an online item from DCPL’s collection, or participate in one of DCPL’s book discussions. Remember, you can do any activity more than once. You must be 18 or older to enter and must have a DeKalb County Public Library card. (DCPL staff are not eligible for Adult VRP prize drawings.) Enter by August 4, 2014. Branch prizes are a VRP tote bag which includes a notepad and pen set and sticky flags. Systemwide drawings will be held for gift cards to area restaurants and a booklover’s tote bag. Pick up an entry form or enter online and get started reading today!


May 23 2012

Dream Big—READ!

by Nancy M

I know I am not alone when I say I cannot believe this school year is over already! But what a year it was and another summer is upon us—so gather up your kids and let’s make it a great one! This could be the summer your child meets renowned author Carmen Deedy, or is inspired by the storytelling skills of Barry Stewart Mann. This could be the summer you encourage your child’s love of snakes, while your own reptilian fears manifest in new and disturbing ways. Or maybe, just maybe, this is the summer where your child wins the Path2College sweepstakes, over $5,000 that goes towards his or her future college education.  One thing is for sure, we have worked hard to make this the best summer yet and with so many fun, free and educational programs being offered, DeKalb County Public Library is the place to be!

This summer’s Vacation Reading Program, Dream Big—READ! begins on Saturday, May 26 and continues through July 31. This reading incentive program is a great way to keep kids reading through the summer. Sign up online or at any DeKalb County Public Library branch. The teen program, Own the Night, is for teens ages 13-17 years old. Visit the teen page for more information. And who says kids have all the fun? DCPL is offering an adult reading program, Between the Covers, from May 29-September 4. You can pick up the guidelines at any of our branches, or sign up online.

We will be kicking off the summer at the Tucker, Stonecrest and Decatur branches with a magic show by Ken Scott as well as crafts and other activities fun for the whole family. A list of dates and times can be found here.


May 19 2010

2010 Vacation Reading Program

by Nancy M

School might be out and summer vacation here, but that doesn’t mean your child should be taking a hiatus from reading and learning.  Yes, summer can be filled with camp, vacations, the pool, movies and sheer laziness (oh, how I miss those days) but kids who neglect reading for 3 months start off the next school year a lot worse off than those who don’t.

But do not fret, DeKalb County Public Libraries are here for you and your children! Every summer DCPL, along with libraries all across the country, offer the Vacation Reading Program. This year’s theme is Make a Splash—Read! and it is a  reading incentive program for children of all ages. Sign up begins on Saturday, May 22 and will continue through July 31. Visit any DeKalb County Public Library branch to sign up. You can view sign-up instructions and rules here.

Teens can get in on the action too by signing up for Make Waves @ Your Library, the Vacation Reading Program for young adults ages 13-17 years old. Sign up and keep track of your reading online here.

To kick off the Vacation Reading Program, we will host parties at the Dunwoody Library, Wesley-Chapel Library and Decatur Library. We will have fun activities for the whole family, including a magic show by Mr. Greggy! More information and a list of dates and times can be found on the Vacation Reading Program page.

Don’t forget to check out this summer’s FREE programs for children and teens in the events calendar.


Jul 22 2009

Summer is not over yet!

by Nancy M

poster20color1The countdown is on with only 10 days left of the Vacation Reading Program! If you haven’t returned your reading logs for your prizes and raffle tickets, don’t fret, you have until closing on July 31st to do so.

Feeling the back to school blues creeping up on you? DeKalb County Public Libraries are still offering plenty of programs for children and teens. There is nothing like attending a Tween Chocolate Party, attending a magic show, or catching a free movie to lift those spirits! You can see a full list of programs offered through July here.

expressyourselfposterFor teens there is still time to enter Express Yourself contests, such as the digital photo contest at the Dunwoody Library, or the Lithonia-Davidson Library art contest. And don’t forget to log your reading hours online.

Enjoy the rest of summer!


May 22 2009

Be Creative @ Your Library!

by Nancy M

becreativeAt last, summer vacation is finally here! Now, there are loads of ways to spend your 3 months off, but participating in this year’s Vacation Reading Program has to be one of the best ways to use that time. Yes, I am a children’s librarian, so it’s my job to say that, but studies show that children who don’t read over the summer lose a wealth of knowledge. Participating in the summer reading program is not only a great way to ensure that kids will be ready to start back at school in the fall, but it’s also a lot of fun!

We have reading programs for all ages including Wee Reader for children ages 0-2, Be Creative @ Your Library for 3-12 year olds and Express Yourself @ Your Library for teens ages 13-17. You can view the rules here.

Signup begins Saturday, May 23rd, and continues through Friday, July 31st. You can sign up at any DeKalb County Public Library. This year, teens are going green by signing up and keeping track of their reading hours online. Teen information and signup can be accessed here.

Havana Son will be performing at this summer’s Vacation Reading Program kick-offs, held at the Dunwoody Library, Decatur Library and Wesley-Chapel Library. The kick-offs are open to all ages and will include crafts and fun activities.

And don’t forget to check out our great summer program schedule for children and teens!