Thursday, February 14, 2019

Staff Picks: An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin - Adult Fiction

An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin

A cunning twenty-something shoves friends, lovers and ethics aside as she manipulates her way through the New York art scene. An Object of Beauty is an interesting character study set in the world of art auctions, gallery opening and sales commissions that fine art lovers and those who enjoy stories of ruthless ambition will appreciate.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Library Limelight: Karla Rodriguez, Information Specialist, Sharon Forks Library

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

Karla Rodriguez
Information Specialist
Sharon Forks Library

Where is your hometown?
I started in Guatemala, then moved to Panama, then Colombia, then Florida, then Ohio, and now Georgia…so maybe that makes the Americas my hometown!
How long have you been at FCPL?
One year (Yay!)
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
I was an IS at Cumming for a year, but now I’m here at Sharon Forks! 
Why did you choose to work in a library?
It was through the resources available in public libraries that I was able to learn English in the first place. Naturally, I wanted to be just like my childhood heroes and become a librarian.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Every day is totally different. 
What is unique about your job?
I get to talk with people of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities. The number of things I learn in one day from everyone is staggering, but it is always fun to receive so many reminders of how big and diverse the world really is!
What is your favorite part of your job?
Libraries are one of the few places left that provide services without profit being the main focus. It always feels great to be able to help folks find solutions to their problems, no matter how big or small. 
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Through a study abroad program I was able to visit a few places in Spain and even Gibraltar. I also took a family trip to Niagara Falls a while back, but nothing can beat the very first time I went to Ohio. I had never seen snow, corn fields, deer, geese, or so much flat open land before. The whole thing felt surreal! 
What are your hobbies?
I love a good food adventure, playing video games, traveling, watching movies, working with animals, and most shocking of all…reading!
What are you reading right now?
I’m hoping to start Elevation by Stephen King soon, but currently I’m finishing up Acceptance by Jeff Vandermeer.
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
All of them! (But paper feels the most fun.) 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fulbright Scholar Begins African American History Series at Library

African American History Month begins this Friday, February 1 and Forsyth County Public Library will present a series of guest lectures and discussions for adults throughout the month.

Dr. Gnimbin A. Ouattara, a Fulbright scholar and filmmaker from the Ivory Coast of West Africa will present the first program in the Celebrating African American Heritage series at the Post Road Library on Monday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Ouattara is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Brenau University and will speak on the initial African reaction to the Transatlantic slave trade with a focus on Adahu, the first African slave mentioned by name in historical documents.

The second event in the series will bring an archivist from the Atlanta University Center to share stories and images about the accomplishments and struggles of African Americans in military service.

“Last year’s series began with a presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen by Getchel Caldwell of Clark Atlanta University and that event was so well-received that we wanted to be sure that this year’s series included a discussion on military history,” says Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

Sarah Tanner, Head of the Archives Research Center at the Atlanta University Robert W. Woodruff Library, will speak on “African Americans in Times of War” on Saturday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m. at the Sharon Forks Library.

Following the presentation, Ms. Tanner will discuss how this history is represented in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library’s Archives Research Center, how genealogists and other storytellers can access these materials, where to find digital resources, and the importance of archival material in telling this story.

At 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, Dr. J├╝rgen E. Grandt of the University of North Georgia will present “Syncopated Switzerland: Hot Jazz in the Cold Alps” at the Cumming Library.

African American in its origins and embraced by the world, jazz music has been influenced by many international cultures. Dr. Grandt will explain how and why jazz music found its way to the heart of Alpine Europe and introduce listeners to the music of two Swiss musicians whose improvisations celebrate the origins of jazz and what it means to be a citizen of the world.

Dr. Ian Afflerbach of the University of North Georgia will conclude the series with a book club-style discussion of “Recitatif,” a short story by one of the nation’s most distinguished African-American authors, Toni Morrison. The discussion will be held at the Hampton Park Library on Saturday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m.

Morrison has won the Nobel Prize, Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award for her novels, and yet during her 50-year career, she has only written one short story.

“This story may be her most captivating because it examines the lives of two women--one white, one black--as they grow from childhood to maturity. But here's the catch: Morrison refuses to tell the reader which woman is black and which is white,” explains Walker of the story’s popularity across book clubs and classroom discussions.

Morrison’s story, as Dr. Afflerbach will discuss, offers a thought-experiment about how readers "see" race and how we come to associate certain races with social, economic, or cultural behaviors from food preferences to music to religion.

Complimentary copies of “Recitatif” are available at the Ask Us desk of all four branches of the library.

Admission to each event in the Celebrating African American Heritage series is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the events calendar on the library’s website at