Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Bookmarks Book Club April 23rd at the Cumming Library

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

If you liked the movie, you will LOVE the book!  Filled with witty and hilarious quips, the book version of this fairy tale adventure has added details (plus a few interesting differences) that make the story extra special.  Wesley's "as you wish" lines are so romantic, Inigo's determination is inspiring, Fezzik's kind-hearted enormity is heroic, and Vizzini is just plain "inconceivable!" A definite fun read.  Have fun storming the castle!  This swashbuckling tale is the selection for Bookmarks book club for teens in grades 7 and up.  This book club meets at the Cumming Library on Thursday, April 23rd at 1:00 p.m. and is designed for the schedule of homeschoolers, but all teens available at this time are welcome to attend.  Registration is recommended.

Julie Boyd
Youth Services Supervisor

Monday, April 13, 2015

Page Turners: A Book Club for Grades 3-5 - Cumming Library – April 23 at 4:00 p.m

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Red headed and pig tailed Pippi Longstocking is as fresh, inventive, and irrepressible as ever. This classic tale from Award winning Swedish children’s book author Astrid Lindgren has been translated into 60 languages and remains as much fun as ever. Every reader wonders what it would be like to be nine years old and be your own boss living alone in Villa Villekula with a pet monkey and horse on the front porch. Pippi has no time for school and has travelled far and wide on her father’s ship and these experiences prompt many a tall tale that exasperate grown ups and amuse her friends.  Pippi Longstocking is the featured selection for the Page Turners book club for children in grades 3-5 at the Cumming Library on Thursday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. Registration is recommended.

Holly Raus
Information Specialist-Youth Services
Cumming Library

Celebrate National Library Week

The Forsyth County Public Library is celebrating the joy and unlimited possibilities of reading as part of National Library Week, happening April 12 – 18.

National Library Week was first sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958 and is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. National Library Week is also a time to promote use of our local libraries by all members of our community.

Celebrate by Finding a Great Book

“We’re excited to announce that the Forsyth County Public Library is launching our very own readers’ group on, a popular book recommendation website, in conjunction with our National Library Week activities,” says Stephen Kight, Assistant Director for Public Services.

Best-selling author David Baldacci is serving as the Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2015. Baldacci has written 30 novels for adults and 4 novels for young readers. While he won’t be visiting the Atlanta area until after National Library Week, the library is honoring Baldacci’s efforts to support family and adult literacy by creating a special bookshelf on its new Goodreads group where users can find links to his books in the library’s collection.

In addition to this special shelf dedicated to National Library Week and David Baldacci, library staff members continue to post and rate their favorite books in nearly two dozen genres and categories, such as mystery, urban fantasy, romance, thrillers and suspense, chick lit and non-fiction.

“Many of our patrons already use to keep track of the books they’ve read and to look for new reading material. Now, those users can join the Library’s group and find out which books our staff are reading and recommending, see book reviews from real readers, and participate in discussions about the books that matter most to them,” adds Kight.

The library’s Goodreads group will also have a special section devoted to new and upcoming books that will soon be arriving in the library’s collection.

“We think this is a perfect opportunity to give our patrons a sneak peek at the new material being published by their favorite authors that they’ll soon be able to check out. It also gives patrons a chance to learn about new authors and books that are perhaps a departure from what they normally like to read,” says Kight. “Goodreads is simply one more way we can connect with patrons and help them find even more books to love.”

Celebrate by Discussing a Great Book

The library is also celebrating National Library Week with several book discussion events for adults, teens, and children.

The Coffee Talk book club will meet at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, April 14 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible.

The Lit Chicks book club will meet at the Post Road Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 10:15 a.m. to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Childcare will be provided by the library’s youth services staff, so advance registration is requested.

The Literazzi book club will meet at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 2:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Sister by Rosamund Lupton.

Teens in grades 6 and up who love to write poetry, short stories, articles, or other long-format pieces are invited to join in the Teen Writing Club meeting at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. Participants will learn tips for writing and may share samples of their work.

Teens who love to read should head over to the Post Road Library on Wednesday, April 15 at 5:30 p.m. for the Pizza and Books book club meeting. Papa John’s will donate pizza for participants to snack on while they share what they’re reading with the group.

Young readers in grades K through 2 are invited to participate in the Chatterbooks reading group at the Sharon Forks Library on Thursday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. The group will be completing crafts and activities related to The Dot, a story of how one child’s simple dot turned into a real work of art.

Students in grades 3 through 5 will enjoy S.T.E.A.M. Reads, a group dedicated to discovering science, technology, engineering, art, and math through the joy of reading. The group will also meet at the Sharon Forks Library on Thursday, April 16 to work on activities and experiments related to The 8th Continent, a story of two children that want to turn a floating garbage patch into new continent.

“The library gives our community a free and convenient way to explore unlimited possibilities through special programs, workshops, job-seeking resources, and the power of reading,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager. “Celebrating National Library Week with these book discussion events and the launch of our Goodreads group is a special way to connect our patrons with the services and information they want and need.”

More information on each of these National Library Week events, as well as the new readers’ group on, is available at

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Popular Readalikes

Inferno by Dan Brown was one of the 
most checked out books at FCPL in 2014.
If you enjoy history, thrillers, puzzles and mystery
check out The Atlantis Code by Charles Brokaw.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reading Rules: A Book Club for Grades 3-6 - Cumming Library - April 23 at 1:00 p.m.

Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia
by Barbara O'Connor

Reading Rules is a book club designed for homeschooled students in grades 3 through 6. Other children who are available in the early afternoon are also welcome. This month, we'll focus on the book Fame and Glory in Freedom, Georgia by Barbara O'Connor. All her life Bird has had two goals. One is to get noticed in her small town and the other to go to Disney World. To accomplish these goals, Bird plans on winning the state spelling bee. Bird finds a spelling bee partner in Harlem Tate, the guy in town that no one wants anything to do with. Learning to be a friend can be a challenge,  but Bird is up to the test.

Lorraine Lane
Information Specialist-Youth Services