• DHS Library Learning Commons 101 - Click here for the beginning of the year DHS Library Learning Commons presentation. 


    Decatur High School Learning Commons 

    The Decatur High School (DHS) Library Learning Commons includes a robust collection of books, eBooks,  audio-book, computers, and audio-visual equipment. Library commons faculty collaborate with teachers and administrators to create, enhance, and deliver instruction and support students personal and professional growth needs. DHS Library Learning Commons spaces are available for use by the DHS community during posted hours.

  • The Decatur High School (DHS) Library receives Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 3/4/2019


    The Decatur High School (DHS) Library receives Great Stories Club grant from the American Library Association


    The Decatur High School (DHS) Library Learning Commons has been selected as one of 70 libraries nationwide to take part in the Great Stories Club, a reading and discussion program for underserved teens. This competitive grant is offered by the American Library Association (ALA) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


    As part of the Great Stories Club series on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation, the Librarian will work with students to read and discuss stories that explore questions of race, equity, identity, history, institutional change, and social justice.


    The books — curated for the theme “Deeper than Our Skins: The Present Is a Conversation with the Past” will include “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates; “The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano” by Sonia Manzano; “Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale; “The Shadow Hero” by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Sonny Liew; “Mother of the Sea” by Zetta Elliott; and “Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.” by Luis J. Rodriguez.


    The titles were selected to inspire young people — especially those facing difficult circumstances or challenges — to consider "big questions" about the world around them and their place in it. Participating teens and library staff will also take part in racial healing sessions, where they will discuss questions of race and identity.


    The DHS Library also received a $1200 programming grant and 11 copies of each of the selected books, which will be gifted to the book club participants. The DHS Library will also receive resources and training, including travel and accommodations for an orientation workshop in Chicago in February 2019. The workshop will include dialogue facilitation training led by consultants to Everyday Democracy and program modeling led by national project scholar Maria Sachiko Cecire (Bard College).


    Gatherings of the Great Stories Club at DHS Library will begin in July 2019.  For more information contact Ifeude Hill (School Librarian Media Specialist) at ihill@csdecatur.net


    Since 2006, ALA’s Great Stories Club has helped libraries engage young adults with accessible, thought-provoking literature. The current series is part of the Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation efforts, a comprehensive, national and community-based process to plan for and bring about transformational and sustainable change and to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. 


    About the American Library Association


    The American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, the ALA has been the trusted voice for academic, public, school, government and special libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.

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  • New GALE databases!

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 3/4/2019


    DHS students and teachers now have access to Student Resources in Context, Opposing Viewpoints and Cameron's Collection ~ 


    Student Resources In Context offers hundreds of thousands of trustworthy sources that make searching and citing a breeze. Get started!

    Opposing Viewpoints In Context delivers credible content from all sides of the argument. Additionally, this resource integrates with Google, allowing users to save, share and download content from anywhere and on any device through G Suite for Education including Gmail, Classroom, Drive, Docs and more.

    Cameron's Collection - "With nearly 40 titles, this curated collection offers content on issues related to teen mental health and wellness, with topics that include: teen depression, anxiety, stress, suicide, self-injury, bullying and more. It also includes targeted resources and guidance about how friends, teachers, and family members can provide support to those struggling". 

    For additional information or support please email us at dhslibrary@csdecatur.net



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  • DHS goes to Washington DC!

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 3/4/2019

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  • Native American Heritage Month

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 11/6/2018
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  • Its' Teen Read Week!

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 10/9/2018

    “It’s Written in the Stars: READ” during Teen Read Week, October 7-13. 


    Drop by the DHS Learning Commons/ library today! Pick up a book and just read for your enjoyment! Teen Read Week(TRW) is Sponsored by the American Library Association's Young Adult Library Services Association. Stop by the DeKalb County Public Library and check out their "Teen Read Week" activities and displays. 

    Click here to see the 2018 Teen's Top Reads booklist

    Vote Now for the 2018 Teens' Top Ten!

    Also, check out this TRW writing challenge...

    Win a “Peculiar Writing Workshop” with Ransom Riggs for you and your fellow writers in the Decatur High School Library!


    Happy Reading! 

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  • On September 4th ...get the school year off to the best possible start, sign up for a DCPL #library card!

    Posted by Ifeude Hill on 8/27/2018

    What’s the most important school supply that doesn’t cost a penny?

    A #library card!

    Get one on Tuesday, September 4th in the Decatur High School Learning Commons.

    Decatur Branch Librarians will be on site to give you a DeKalb County Public Library (DCPL)card.  #LibraryCardSignUpMonth

    Click here to print out a DCPL library card application.

    Complete the application and stop by the Learning Commons on September 4th, 9 am - 1:00 pm to get your DCPL library card.

    *All students and employees of City Schools of Decatur are eligible for a free DeKalb County Public Library Card*

    You will not need to bring in proof of residency as Learning Commons staff will confirm your identity/employment on site.

    Please email us at dhslibrary@csdecatur.net if you have any questions :) 

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