Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel - Adult Fiction

Only a couple of ladies came to our Lit Chicks book club on Wednesday morning, August 9th. It could have been the weather. Perhaps it was the book. While both ladies were happy to have read the book, only one said she would recommend it, and that recommendation would only be for someone “who reads a lot of books."

Frankel’s novel is about a computer service called RePose that uses the social media logs of the deceased to create projections that are able to mimic the deceased in a way that the living can interact with to find closure. The group felt that while this service is fictional now, it could be a possibility in the future. Both of the attendees have been widowed; one recently and one shortly after she was married many years ago. I asked both women if they would use RePose if it was a real service and they both said no. Not only did they think that RePose would keep them from “moving on”, they both doubted if their deceased husbands would have enough of a social media footprint to create a believable projection. We then talked about our own social media use and wondered how a RePose projection might reflect us just based on our emails, texts, and other accounts.

Goodbye For Now has a fascinating premise with a sweet love story. The high-tech business created by the characters in this book is explained just enough to appear plausible and did not put off the non-techie of the group. The book does deal with loss; so much loss! For this reason, it may not be appropriate or desirable for someone who is grieving.

Kim Ottesen
Information Services Supervisor

Library Changes Perceptions of Aging with Virtual Dementia Tour

Sometimes it is difficult to empathize with an aging parent or family member as they age or suffer the effects of dementia. Those changes are hard to imagine if you haven’t actually experienced them for yourself.

Now you can, when you experience the Virtual Dementia Tour presented by Second Wind Dreams at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday, September 14.

Participation in the Virtual Dementia Tour is free and patrons should register online for a 20-minute simulation session at goo.gl/ccFhLK.

“The Virtual Dementia Tour gives caregivers and others that aid elderly patients an opportunity to walk in someone else’s shoes – to feel what it’s like to lose your vision or depth perception, and how those factors combine with diminished motor skills to make even simple tasks more complicated,” explains Program Manager Laura Bradley.

Created in 2002 by geriatric psychologist P.K. Beville, founder of Second Wind Dreams, the Virtual Dementia Tour is an evidence-based and clinically proven simulation of the effects of aging and dementia. Over two million physicians, nurses, first responders and caregivers in 20 countries have experienced the Virtual Dementia Tour.

Second Wind Dreams is a charitable organization dedicated to changing the perception of aging through the fulfillment of dreams and the offering of educational programs including the Virtual Dementia Tour as its flagship sensitivity training.

“Staff from Second Wind Dreams will lead participants through hands-on simulations that use glasses, gloves, headphones, and slippers or special shoes,” adds Bradley.

The program simulates the loss of vision acuity, color differentiation, depth perception, motor skills, and hearing, as well as presenting new aches and pains with an overall sensation of discomfort.

Health care and residential facilities frequently use the Virtual Dementia Tour to train and create empathy in those who will be working with and caring for elderly patients. Family members who are caretakers for elderly relatives may also benefit from an increased awareness of the challenges their loved ones face as they grow older.

“Patrons can register online or by contacting the library to participate in this free simulation. It takes about 20 minutes to complete a simulation and elder care experts from Second Wind Dreams will be available to answer questions about aging, geriatric health, and dementia as participants finish the tour.

For more information, or to register, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Staff Picks: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka (Adult Fiction)

I was in the mood for a short, quick read and this fit the bill. A YAish coming-of-age story touted as a mystery/thriller, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka grabbed my attention right away. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did based on some other reviews. For a debut novel, I thought it was pretty impressive. Was there anything really new that we haven't seen before? Not really. But I liked the fact that it was sort of strange, with characters that were misfits, and some voyeurism thrown in for good measure. Who killed Lucinda Hayes? Was it the jealous girl, the boy who worshiped her from afar, or someone off the radar completely? The mystery is solved at the end, making for a satisfying, tidy read.

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cumming and Post Road Libraries to Host Solar Eclipse Programs

We’re just 14 days away from being in the path of a solar eclipse! The sight is expected to be incredible, even though Forsyth County is just outside the path of totality.

Forsyth County Schools are delaying the release of students on Monday, August 21 until the eclipse passes, but two FCPL branches will also be hosting programs for patrons of all ages to gain a better understanding and viewing of this amazing natural phenomenon.

Total Eclipse of the Sun Celebration at the Post Road Library

Patrons of all ages are invited to the Post Road Library at 1:30 p.m. on August 21 to view educational displays, make eclipse-themed crafts, and watch a live stream of the eclipse in the library’s Hot Spot. At 2:15 p.m., step outside to watch the eclipse with special safety glasses (provided by the library, while supplies last).

Updated August 15, 2017: Tickets for glasses will be given out at 1:00 p.m. and glasses at 1:30 p.m. One pair of glasses will be given per family or group.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Cumming Library

Patrons of all ages may also visit the Cumming Library at 2:00 p.m. on August 21 to watch solar science videos, see educational displays, and make eclipse-themed crafts. At 2:20 p.m., step outside to watch the eclipse with special safety glasses (provided by the library, while supplies last).

Free Eclipse Glasses No Longer Available 

With support from Google and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Space Science Institute's STAR_Net initiative distributed ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses to libraries all across the U.S. and Forsyth County Public Library received a limited supply of eclipse glasses to distribute to patrons and to use at programs on the day of the eclipse.

Our supply of glasses for the general public has been exhausted and the only way to receive glasses from the library now is to attend one of the programs listed above at the Cumming and Post Road Libraries.

Finding Eclipse Glasses

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, as we’ll experience locally. If you’d like to purchase your own eclipse glasses, NASA and the American Astronomical Society warn consumers that only eclipse glasses verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard are safe to use.

The American Astronomical Society provides a list of reputable manufacturers and retailers of eclipse glasses and solar filters for telescopes, binoculars, and cameras. STAR_Net also lists other safe ways of viewing the eclipse.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2 at the Cumming Library

Chatterbooks is a book club designed for children in grades K-2 that incorporates a story, book discussion and a craft.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty is this month’s selection. Rosie is an inventor of gizmos and gadgets, who dreams of one day becoming an engineer. When her great-great- Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes to visit and mentions her one goal is to fly, Rosie sets to work on a flying contraption. Much to her dismay the contraption only hovers, and Rosie thinks the invention is a failure. Her great-great Aunt Rose shares with her that you can only truly fail if you quit.

Children do not need to read the book prior to the program which will be held on August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. No registration required.

Lorraine Lane
Information Specialist – Youth Services