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DeKalb Library to Launch Contact-free Pickup Service and Accept Returns



Introducing DwellSocial. A new way to save money and support the North Briarcliff community

The North Briarcliff Civic Association is proud to introduce a new opportunity for residents in our area to save money on home improvement projects.   A portion of every dollar you spend will go to Hawthorne Elementary School Foundation.

DwellSocial brings savings to NBCA residents by aggregating demand for common home services and leverages the power of the group to get discounted pricing from the best service professionals in our area.   Service professionals are recommended by your local friends and neighbors.   DwellSocial will invest a portion of its proceeds to the Hawthorne Elementary School Foundation.   Local Residents…Local Providers…Local Charity!

To learn more about DwellSocial, please see their info graphic or go to and stay tuned to the North Briarcliff Civic Association Facebook page for upcoming opportunities to save.

DwellSocial Infographic





Community Meeting for Echo Lake Drainage Project

Echo/Greely/Simmons Lakes Drainage Project and Briarlake Turn Lane Project Community Meeting

When:  January 29, 2020  5:00pm – 8:00pm

Where: DeKalb County Public Library, Northlake-Barbara Loar Branch  (3772 LaVista Road Tucker, GA 30084)






DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs to Hire for Seasonal Summer Employment

The DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs is accepting applications for seasonal summer employment opportunities such as food monitors, camp counselors, recreation assistants and bus drivers until March 29.

Applicants must be 18 or older unless applying for lifeguard or pool manager positions. Lifeguards and pool managers are required to be 16 or older. Proof of current certification from American Red Cross or other nationally recognized aquatic training programs is required for all aquatic positions. All applicants selected will be required to successfully complete a drug and alcohol screening and criminal background check prior to employment.

To view available positions or complete an application, visit DeKalb County’s job search portal here or visit, select “How Do I,” then select “Apply for Jobs.”

For more information, contact LaShanda Davis, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs public education specialist, at 404-371-3643 or


DeKalb County Public Library Named Library of the Year 2018

DeKalb County Public Library Named Library of the Year

DECATUR, Ga. – The Georgia Public Library Service has named the DeKalb County Public Library as Georgia’s Public Library of the Year. DeKalb was recognized for offering public programming that embraces the county’s diverse community.

“DeKalb County is extremely proud of our public library system and the critical role it plays in promoting lifelong learning,” said CEO Michael Thurmond. “Under the outstanding leadership of the Library Board of Trustees, Library Director Alison Weissinger and her staff, the county provides exceptional services, programs and resources to our residents.”

In 2018, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved CEO Thurmond’s budget increasing funding for libraries by $2.2 million. County leadership also raised the minimum wage to $14 an hour, affecting 90 library employees.

“DeKalb County Public Library is a system of individual library locations serving diverse interests and needs,” said Director Weissinger. “We created the Read More Campaign to coalesce all 22 library locations under a common goal of promotion, outreach and unity.”

The campaign included promotional items such as Read More staff t-shirts, car magnets and signage, as well as integrated outreach efforts. The slogan “Read More. Think More. Play More. Make More. Get More.” highlights the many ways the community can engage with the library.

Additional innovative efforts included:

PRIME TIME Preschool: Introduced children ages 3-4 to literature through storytelling techniques and playtime led by trained facilitators.

Fine Free Summer:  Exempted all overdue juvenile materials from overdue fees from June to September 2018. The program encouraged parents and children to check out books to prevent summer learning loss.

Human Library Project: Involved human “books” sharing life experiences with participants in one-on-one conversations.

DeKalb County Public Library also hosts the Georgia Center for the Book, one of the library’s most visible and popular programs. The program was created to preserve Georgia’s rich literary heritage by providing free author talks and sponsoring other literary engagement events such as the annual list of 10 Books All Georgians Should Read and the Book as Art exhibits.

The Public Library of the Year Award is one of five annual Georgia Public Library Awards, honoring the outstanding service and achievements of Georgia’s public libraries, librarians and advocates during the past year. For more information, visit