Friday, December 8, 2017

#ShelfLife Turns 18!

Librarians love lists, right? So, as we began making our list of Staff Favorites of 2017, we realized that today marks 18th month since we first started bringing you recommended reads and new materials in our #ShelfLife feed on Instagram.

You – all the readers, authors, and booklovers who make up our circle of friends - are what make it so much fun to search the stacks for hidden gems and rip the wrapping off freshly printed books so we can snap a shelfie.

We appreciate the time you take to visit us (virtually and IRL), to like or comment, and to read the books we share. It’s our great pleasure to share in the #ShelfLife with you.

So, let's get to it! A recap of the books we've shared this week is below. If you've found a great book, be sure to leave us a comment and your book could be featured in the #ShelfLife next week!


Librarians love lists, right? So, as we began making our list of Staff Favorites of 2017, we realized that today marks our 18th month of bringing you recommended reads and new materials in our #ShelfLife feed on Instagram. . We’re taking a moment to celebrate with you by sharing not only our first #ShelfLife and #BookFaceFriday post, but also some of our most widely viewed posts. . You – all the readers, writers, and fellow booklovers of Instagram - are what make it so much fun to search the stacks for hidden gems and rip the wrapping off freshly printed new books so we can snap a shelfie. We appreciate the time you take to visit our feed, to like or comment, and to read the books we share. It’s our great pleasure to share in the #ShelfLife with you. #ShelfLife #bookface #bookfacefriday #anniversary #18months #amreading #read #bookstagram #shelfie #readersofinstagram #writersofinstagram #bookloversofinstagram #librariesofinstagram #georgialibraries #FCPLstories #ForsythReads
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Today is National Cookie Day! It’s the perfect excuse to snuggle up to a cold mug of milk, your favorite cookie, and a good book. We’re celebrating with these sweet reads: THE CHRISTMAS COOKIE CLUB by Ann Pearlman, a novel about group of women who always come together at their annual Christmas cookie exchange with a tasty dish, a bottle of wine, and stories of their struggles and successes; THE DUCKLING GETS A COOKIE!? by Mo Willems, a storytime favorite about a duckling who asks politely for a cookie and then shares it with a friend; and TOUGH COOKIE by David Wisniewski, a comedic crime caper with cut-paper illustrations that make for a most munchable mystery. #ShelfLife #NationalCookieDay #cookies #ChristmasCookies #fiction #womensfiction #TheChristmasCookieClub #AnnPearlman @atriabooks #kidlit #childrensbooks #TheDucklingGetsACookie #MoWillems #ToughCookie #DavidWisniewski
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Library Limelight: Cynthia Newsome, Cataloging Specialist, Materials Department, 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!

Cynthia Newsome
Cataloging Specialist
Materials Department, Library Headquarters

Where is your hometown?
Westfield, Massachusetts
How long have you been at FCPL?
11 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
CSA and Acquisitions Assistant
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I love libraries and when my youngest child started kindergarten I knew the library would be a great place to spend my newfound time.
Describe your job in five words or less.
LOTS OF ATTENTION TO DETAIL!
What is unique about your job?
We, the catalogers, are the ones who get to edit, improve, hide, fix, and delete what the patrons see (or don’t see) in our catalog.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Getting to look at all of the brand new library materials first!
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I spent my junior year abroad in Paris. From there I traveled to Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Greece and Egypt.
What are your hobbies?
Card making, cooking, reading, shopping, traveling
What are you reading right now?
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
PAPER!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Staff Picks The Gift of Christmas Past (Adult Fiction)

The Gift of Christmas Past by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodmall

I was instantly drawn to the characters and their situation in this book. The depths of hurt, healing, and love are remarkable. This story has all that I look for in a book written by this author. I loved the bonus features that were included in this novel for book clubs. There are three yummy-looking recipes and thirteen discussion questions to help create a lively and inviting atmosphere for discussion. I look forward to this writing team’s next novel. This story and its characters stayed with me long after I closed the book. I highly recommend it!

Nora St.Laurent
Collection Support Aide

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Staff Picks: Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz (Adult Non Fiction)

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

There's a lot of data to be found on the internet. Perhaps you've heard the phrase "big data" or "data science" tossed around lately. But what can you do with all this data? What kinds of questions can you answer with it? A former Google data scientist, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz decided to try answering questions about human behavior using big data sources like Google search histories and Facebook likes. The answers he gets are often surprising.

Fans of Freakonomics, this is the book for you.

Nicholas Yeatman
Information Specialist


Friday, December 1, 2017

#ShelfLife - December 1, 2017

The holidays are upon us and your libraries are celebrating in so many ways. On Saturday, December 2, the Post Road Library will welcome back Jingles the scout elf. We know he's certain to make mischief in the stacks, so be sure to stop by our Facebook Page and see the photographic evidence of his antics starting next week.

If you're just here for the books, we've got you covered. You'll find a collection of our most recent #ShelfLife posts from Instagram below.

If you're shopping for the booklover in your life this season, browse for the most popular titles in our catalog, then use the Amazon Buy Your Own feature to take care of your gift giving needs (and support the library, too!).

Seasons readings, friends!


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In just a few weeks, Hampstead Stage Company will be at the Cumming Library to perform A CHRISTMAS CAROL. If you’d like to reacquaint yourself with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, and the spirits of Christmas, we’ve got the original in both print and CD Audiobook format. The tale is also included in CHARLES DICKENS’ CHRISMTAS GHOST STORIES selected and introduced by Peter Haining located on the Juvenile Fiction shelves. We’ve also got an abridged version illustrated by Mercer Mayer in the Easy section and you can place a hold on it by searching for A CHRISTMAS CAROL: BEING A GHOST STORY OF CHRISTMAS at catalog.forsythpl.org. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Hampstead Stage Company performance for ages 5 and up on Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 p.m. Free admission, arrive early for a ticket. #ShelfLife #librariesofinstagram #achristmascarol #charlesdickens #loveaudiobooks #ForsythReads #ForsythCountyGirlScouts
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Last Sunday there was a story in the AJC about Hilde Lysiak, the 10-year-old reporter who founded her own neighborhood newspaper that went viral in April 2016 by breaking the story on a homicide long before the local media. This week, we’re excited to announce that the first in a six-book series featuring Hilde will arrive on library shelves. The book, HILDE CRACKS THE CASE: HERO DOG! was written by Hilde with assistance from her dad, Matthew Lysiak, and is especially great for newly independent readers ages 5 to 8 who are ready to read on their own, but not quite ready for conventional chapter books. Place a hold on HILDE CRACKS THE CASE: HERO DOG! with your library card at catalog.forsythpl.org today! #ShelfLife #FridayReads #amreading #reporter #HildeLysiak #kidlit #childrensbooks #chapterbooks #read #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #ForsythReads #FCPLstories #goodreads
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