Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Comic Book Writer to Talk with Tweens at Hampton Park Library

Young fans of comic books, graphic novels, and Percy Jackson are invited to meet author Robert Venditti at a special event for rising 4th through 8th graders on Wednesday, July 15 at the Hampton Park Library.

Venditti will read excerpts from his latest book and talk with participants about writing for novels and graphic novels at 4:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the event and attendees may bring their own copies or purchase books at the event. Admission to the event is free and advance registration is not required.

He may be most widely known for his graphic novel adaptations of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series, but Venditti is also the New York Times best-selling author of The Homeland Directive, a graphic novel for adults.

In 2009, Venditti’s 5-issue comic book limited series The Surrogates was adapted into a feature film starring Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames. His current work includes three monthly comic book series for two major distributors: X-O Manowar for Valiant Entertainment and Green Lantern and The Flash for DC Comics.

During this visit to the library, Venditti will discuss his debut children’s novel, Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape: Attack of the Alien Horde. The book was published by Simon & Schuster in June and tween-age readers will enjoy following Miles as he enters 7th grade at a new school. When he unexpectedly inherits a golden cape with superpowers, he also becomes responsible for saving Earth from alien invaders.

Rick Riordan praised the story, saying the book is “[c]lever and funny with an irresistible premise, this middle grade adventure/comic book hybrid will engage even the most reluctant reader. Somebody get me a golden cape, stat!”

“Miles Taylor and the Golden Cape fits perfectly with this year’s superhero-focused summer reading theme,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager. “Many of our tween and teen patrons know Venditti’s work the Percy Jackson series and it will be a special treat to see him in person.”

If you’re not familiar with graphic novels and want to check out some of Venditti’s books, several are available in the library’s collection, says Bradley. “Patrons may use their library card account to place a request for Venditti’s graphic novels online, or they can visit any library branch to browse our collection of graphic novels for children, teens, and adults.”

For more information on this and other Summer Reading Fun programs, please visit

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Library Limelight: Beth Moore, Information Specialist

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!

Beth relaxes outdoors.
Beth Moore
Information Specialist
Hampton Park Library

Where is your hometown?
Minden, Nebraska, but I’ve lived in Georgia since 1966. I grew up in Decatur, and moved to Forsyth County in 1987 when I got married.
How long have you been at FCPL?
I started in September of 2003, so almost 12 years.
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
Circulation Assistant, Human Resources Representative, and Information Specialist
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I started bringing my triplets to the “new” Cumming library when it opened in 1992 and it was truthfully one of the only places where staff/employees seemed genuinely happy to see me walk in with triplet boys! 
I never forgot that, so it was the one place I always aimed to work when I got the chance. I was teaching Special Education full-time in 2003, but my boys were still young, and I was finding it impossible to juggle everything and still find time to sleep. I saw the job opening and am very lucky it worked out.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Librarians are the great equalizers.
What is unique about your job?
Probably that I actually really enjoy my job. Not everyone can say that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I won’t lie, one of the best perks of this job is seeing all the new books come through and reading, reading, reading! I also get a kick out of talking with my “regulars” about books when they come in. You develop relationships and sometimes we’re the only place they go where they get service with a smile. It means a lot to people.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
When I was a senior in high school, I fled the New England winter and worked at the Bermuda Biological Station for three months doing research on the effects of pollution on marine life in the Sargasso Sea. I had always wanted to be a Marine Biologist, but I quickly headed in a different direction upon learning how much math and science I’d need to take in college! 
What are your hobbies?
Reading, swimming, snorkeling and spoiling my dog, a 14 year old rescue Collie mix.
What are you reading right now?
I’m finishing A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson, starting Finders Keepers by Stephen King, and listening to In the Woods by Harlen Coben, because I’ll listen to anything Scott Brick narrates. I am also reading my first graphic novel, March: Book 1 by Congressman John Lewis, whom I’ve always admired.
Paper books or eBooks?
Both, and audio for my commute.

Staff Picks

Financial problems lead to legal ones for an out-of-work poet on the brink of divorce in The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter.  This humorous morality tale offers commentary on modern life, often in stanza and verse.

Poetry lovers and fans of the HBO series Breaking Bad will appreciate how things go from bad to worse when trying to make a profit from the illegal drug market.

In Brock Clarke’s An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, Sam Pulsifer serves his sentence for burning the historic Emily Dickinson home then becomes the main suspect in a bizarre crime spree when the homes of other famous authors go up in flames.

You don’t need to be a lit major to enjoy the twists in these dark comedies.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Monday, June 15, 2015

Staff Picks

With secrets, betrayals and three unreliable (and unlikable) narrators, The Girl on the Train is a psychological thriller that’s being compared to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

This intriguing story is set in London where the chronically drunk Rachel spends a daily commute obsessing over her ex-husband and imagining a perfect life-- not for herself but for a younger couple that lives in her former neighborhood.  As in Gone Girl Rachel’s narrative and that of her romantic rival just don’t add up.  Throw in the perspective of the new young woman on the block and the ride really gets interesting-- especially when one of the narrators goes missing.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist