Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Literazzi Book Club for Adults - Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City
One Step at a Time by Mark Adams

Join us at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 p.m. as we discuss Mark Adams' travelogue of his adventures as he re-traces Hiram Bingham's exploration of Peru and ultimate "discovery" of Machu Picchu. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook version. If you're a fan of Bill Bryson, you'll love Mark Adams! Adams does a brilliant job balancing the historical aspects with his own journeys through Peru. You'll long to lace up your own hiking boots by the end of the book.

Meredith Causey
Information Services Supervisor

Friday, December 2, 2016

#ShelfLife - December 2, 2016

December is finally here! Thanks to local Girl Scouts, all our branches have lovely trees decorated with handmade ornaments. Check out photos of their handiwork on Facebook.

The Post Road Library received a special visitor after Thanksgiving to help us celebrate the season: our very own Elf on the Shelf! Photos of our clever Elf's antics will appear on Instagram and you'll find pictures from our Elf on the Shelf Welcome Parties on Facebook.

We hope you're all finding a moment to escape the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and snuggle up with a good book. Not sure what to read next? Take a look at what's happening in the #ShelfLife this week...

Visit our online catalog at www.forsythpl.org and place a request for the materials featured in #ShelfLife this week. Seasons Readings!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free Holiday Events for Families at the Library

Escape the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations and enjoy some time with the family at your local library. Throughout the month of December, Forsyth County Public Library will host free holiday-themed storytimes, movies, craft sessions, and activities for patrons of all ages.

Photo Credit: Richards Studio
Sensitive Santa

“Sitting on Santa’s lap can be uncomfortable or scary for children with special needs, as well as frustrating for their parents who just want to give their child a positive experience with such a beloved part of the holiday season,” says Program Manager Laura Bradley. “This is the third year we’re offering Sensitive Santa events where the lights are dim, voices are quiet, and children can enjoy a visit with Santa at a slower pace.”

Parents or caregivers may take as many photos of their child with Santa as they like. Advance registration is required to participate. Events will be held on Saturday, December 10 starting at 10:30 a.m. at the Cumming Library and at 2:00 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. The program will be hosted at the Post Road Library on Sunday, December 18 starting at
1:45 p.m. Please visit the library’s website to learn more about these special programs and about how to register to attend.

Special Character Visit

Fans of Laura Numeroff’s If You Give a Mouse a Cookie can meet Cookie Mouse at a series of special events promoting the library’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

Listen to holiday stories, sing, dance, make a special Cookie Mouse craft, and take a picture with Cookie Mouse on Thursday, December 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Cumming Library and on Thursday, December 15 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. The Post Road Library will host events on Friday, December 9 at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. and Saturday, December 10 at 11:15 a.m.

“The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program helps parents understand the importance of reading aloud with children from birth to age five,” explains Bradley. “The library offers special recognition to children as they meet 100-book milestones on their way to reading 1,000 books to encourage their language development and to foster a love of reading.”

Popular Polar Express Storytimes Return

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg is a favorite holiday story and the library will host several events to get families into the spirit of the season. Children are invited to wear their pajamas and listen to The Polar Express and make crafts. A special visitor from the North Pole may also stop by! This program is sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

The Polar Express storytimes will be held at the Hampton Park Library on Tuesdays, December 6 and 13 at 6:00 p.m, at the Post Road Library on Monday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 17 at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:15 p.m., at the Cumming Library on Monday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 14 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

For more information on these and other December events at the library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Library Limelight: Jinhee Yang, DBA/Webmaster, Library Headquarters

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians and staff.  We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

Jinhee Yang
Library Headquarters

Where is your hometown?
Seoul, South Korea
How long have you been at FCPL?
It has been almost 4 months.
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
This is my first job at FCPL.
Why did you choose to work in a library?
Since we’ve moved to Georgia, one of my most favorite things is visiting FCPL with my kids, looking around bookshelves and finding fancy and interesting books. Working at the library as a DBA/Webmaster is playing with big data related to books and people who love books.
Describe your job in five words or less.
All about the data.
What is unique about your job?
Everything starts and ends with a computer.
What is your favorite part of your job?
This job is technical and creative at the same time.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Prague. It was so beautiful and unique.
What are your hobbies?
Playing piano
What are you reading right now?
Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
Paper books or eBooks?
Paper books 
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
There are so many delicious Korean restaurants in Duluth. I recommend trying them!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Author Scott Vaughan Speaks on Second Novel

Scott Douglas Vaughan, author of the National Indie Excellence Awards finalist Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home, will return to the Cumming Library on Sunday, December 4 at 3:00 p.m. to speak and sign copies of his second novel, Elm Street.

The event is free and open to the public with no registration required.

Elm Street is scheduled to publish in late November and Douglas expects to have advance copies of the book available for purchase and signing at the event. The book will also be available for checkout from the library’s collection.

Elm Street picks up just where Brookwood Road ended and follows the story of Frank Wilcox as he and his friends attend primary school in rural north Georgia.

“Frank gets his first look at the world beyond the family farm,” explains Vaughan. “With the support of his parents, other relatives, and wonderful teachers he learns how to dream big and pursue his goals.”

Though the book is a work of fiction, Vaughan draws heavily on experiences from his own childhood in Forsyth County. Elm Street includes “obsessing over school spankings, exploring an old house with Cub Scout friends, confronting a school bully, struggling with the cursed honor roll, [and] ushering at Georgia Bulldogs football games,” says Vaughan.

Vaughan will discuss how these experiences influenced his writing and the course of his career. He is also expected to share a few stories about life in Forsyth County before the first Walmarts and shopping malls replaced the area’s rural pastures and forests.

Copies of Vaughan’s first novel, Brookwood Road, are available for purchase at Humpus Bumpus Books in Cumming and online at Amazon.com. Copies of Elm Street are also expected to be available for purchase at those locations in time for holiday gift giving.

To learn more about Vaughan’s books, please visit www.brookwoodroad.com and www.elmstreetmemories.com.

For more information on this author talk or other upcoming events at the library this holiday season, please visit www.forsythpl.org.