Friday, October 21, 2016

#ShelfLife - October 21, 2016

We must be feeling pretty colorful this week - nearly everything we've posted on Instagram over the last week has been blue or red.

One of our favorites (and yours, too!) was a beacon-red photo of two books that will guide you to finding your optimal time of day to be productive and how not to procrastinate on your big goals. If one of your big goals is to write a book, be sure to scroll down and check out The Magic Words.

We invite you to visit our online catalog at and be among the first to place a request for the materials featured in #ShelfLife this week. When you pick up your book, we hope you'll join the conversation by posting a picture of your own #ShelfLife on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Post Road Library to Host Diwali Celebration

The Forsyth County Public Library is thrilled to host its third annual Diwali Celebration on Sunday, October 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Post Road Library, 5010 Post Road, Cumming.

The library first offered this celebration in 2014, after receiving several patron suggestions at the Sharon Forks Library. Cleo Joyce, Youth Services Supervisor at the Sharon Forks Library, notes, “Forsyth County is lucky to be home to many cultures and diverse families. In south Forsyth we are home to a large and active Indian community. I had several patrons suggest we host a Diwali celebration, so with the help of some local community members, I was able to host our first Diwali event in 2014 and it was a huge success. Since then the program has continued to grow, and it is one of our most popular events at FCPL.”

Because the Sharon Forks Library is beginning their expansion and repurposing project and will have limited access to their meeting room, the library will host this annual program at the Post Road Library for the first time. Joyce adds, “The west Forsyth area is also home to a large Indian community, so bringing this program to Post Road was a natural choice.”

Patrons can expect to immerse themselves in Indian culture at this year’s celebration. There will be Indian food to sample, traditional Diwali crafts including decorating clay diyas, henna tattoos provided by local community volunteers, as well as dance and music performances that showcase some of the many aspects of Indian culture.

The library will feature four local arts groups at the program, all of which include students from Forsyth County. Darshini Natyalaya will open the event with a performance of beautifully choreographed classical Indian dance at 2:00 p.m. At 2:40 p.m., Maya Dance Class will perform three pieces with adult and youth dancers. Next at 3:20 p.m., attendees will be treated to classical Indian music presented by the young singers of Classical Harmonies. Lastly at 4:00 p.m., patrons will enjoy a performance from Atlanta Nritya Academy, who bring high energy performances featuring classical and Bollywood style dance.

This special celebration is part of the library’s One World Forsyth series, which highlights geography, cultural traditions and celebrations from around the world. One World Forsyth is sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates. Library staff and patrons alike look forward to the celebration. Joyce shared, “This is my favorite event of the year to host—the energy, the performances, and the positive response from the community are fabulous. Attendees will leave with a better understanding and appreciation of Indian culture and the Forsyth Indian community.”

A full schedule of Diwali Celebration activities is available online. To learn more about other programs and events at the Forsyth County Public Library, visit

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

STEAM Rollers to Read Maniac Magee

This month, STEAM Rollers book club for grades 3 - 6 will read Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.

This Newbery Medal book tells the mythical tale of a legendary hero: 12-year-old Jeffrey Magee a.k.a. Maniac Magee. An orphan with no place to call home, Maniac Magee enters Two Mills, a town sharply divided by race. Magee's athletic skills, combined with his nonjudgmental way, lead the people of Two Mills to overcome segregation, racial profiling, and ignorance.

Learn the secrets and skills behind tying useful knots from our special Boy Scout guests and test your knot-untying skills as well!

The STEAM Rollers book club for children in grades 3-6 will meet at the Cumming Library on Thursday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14, 2016

#ShelfLife - October 14, 2016

We're just a few hours away from meeting Monique Bandong, author of the new teen thriller The Girl I Never Met, at the Post Road Library.

Thrillers seem to be our theme this week, with an edge-of-your-seat story for adults in Red Right Hand. Younger readers (and maybe some of her regular grown-up readers) will want to check out Jennifer Weiner's new book for tweens, The Littlest Bigfoot.

And, for sci-fi lovers, we've got James Gleick's new mind-bending book Time Travel hitting shelves this week.

Visit our online catalog at and be among the first to place a request for the materials featured in #ShelfLife this week. When you pick up your book, we hope you'll join the conversation by posting a picture of your own #ShelfLife on Instagram.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Staff Picks

The movie adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the best-selling book by Ransom Riggs and directed by Tim Burton, is now in theaters.  If you loved the movie, but are on hold for the book, check out these titles to whet your appetite while you wait!

The Diviners by Libba Bray
A group of teens with paranormal abilities come together in 1920s New York City to save the city from a dangerous, and supernatural, serial killer. Full of fun period detail and language, and plenty of creepy scares and suspense! This book is the first in a series.

The Riverman by Aaron Starmer
When Alistair’s weird neighbor Fiona shows up at his door saying she has a story that she can only tell to Alistair, what follows is hard to believe. Has Fiona really been travelling to a magical dreamland where a scary creature named the Riverman has been stealing the souls of children? Or is there something more sinister in Alistair and Fiona’s backyard?

Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head by Lauren Oliver
Love Miss Peregrine, but not quite ready to check out teen fiction? Check out this great read-alike from our juvenile collection!  Four orphans with strange talents who reside in a museum of oddities have to band together to solve a mystery and break a curse. It's the first in a series.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Loved the creepy photos in Miss Peregrine? Check out In the Shadow of Blackbirds where early 1900s spirit photography takes center stage. Set during the Spanish Influenza outbreak of 1918, Mary Shelley Black uses her supernatural powers to communicate with ghosts and solve the mystery of a friend’s sudden death.

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children the Graphic Novel by Ransom Riggs
Did you know the first two books in the Miss Peregrine series also come in graphic novel format?  Check them out here!

Cleo Joyce
Youth Services Supervisor