Thursday, May 21, 2015

Home Run Readers Will Earn Free Braves Ticket

This summer, Forsyth County Public Library is participating in the Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Program, “Home Run Readers” to help patrons in Kindergarten through 12th grade earn a free ticket to a Braves home game.

This educational outreach program is sponsored by the Atlanta Braves, the National Education Association, and the Georgia Public Library Service. Certain SUBWAY® Restaurants are also participating by awarding Home Run Readers a free Fresh Fit for Kids Meal.

To earn a free Braves game ticket, young patrons will need to read a sports-related book and complete an online reading activity. Follow these instructions to earn your ticket:

  • Home Run Readers is open only to Georgia students in grades K-12.
  • Read one (1) book on sports or sportsmanship. Check out these suggestions from the Braves or ask an FCPL librarian for a suggestion.
  • Register for the Home Run Readers program and complete the grade appropriate online reading activity.
  • Print your Home Run Readers certificate and take it to your local library to receive an offer code to be redeemed online at
  • One (1) Braves game ticket is rewarded per student. Tickets can be printed or mailed.
  • One (1) SUBWAY Restaurants Fresh Fit for Kids Meal voucher is rewarded per student that can be used at participating locations throughout Georgia. Vouchers will be mailed.

And, don’t forget that reading this sports-related book counts toward your Summer Reading Fun goal, too. Remember to enter the title and author in your summer reading log.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Literazzi Book Club

A Walk in the Woods is a change of pace for me since I usually prefer fiction (the more bizarre the better) but the book has turned me into a fan of Bill Bryson’s witty nonfiction.  Many patrons are already familiar with this memoir of two unlikely outdoorsman on the Appalachian Trail.  The book has sold millions of copies since the 1998 publication and a film adaptation starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte will be released later this summer.

While the 2100 mile Appalachian Trail is definitely arduous the book is an engaging and entertaining tribute to friendship, creature comforts and the great outdoors.  Nature attacks and tempers flare.  Bill Bryson provides wry observations on the history of the trail, conservation hits and misses, endurance, survival, ambition and folly.  Georgia makes a strong impression on award-winning author and we’ll discuss his treatment of our fair state and much more at our Literazzi Book Club on Wednesday May 20th at the Sharon Forks Library.

Newcomers are always welcome!

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Summer Reading Pays Off

For the sixth consecutive year, Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan is partnering with the Georgia Public Library Service to offer summer reading program participants across the state a chance to win $5,529 towards a Path2College 529 Plan.

One lucky child will receive the grand prize, and four others across the state will win $1,529 towards a Path2College 529 Plan.

Legal residents of the state of Georgia who are at least 21 and are the parent, legal guardian, or grandparent of a child born in 1999 or after and who is participating in the 2015 Summer Reading Program may enter for a chance to win.

To enter the sweepstakes, complete the entry form between May 1 and August 10, 2015.

Entries are limited to one entry per eligible person, per child. Official rules and prize details are available at

Registration for FCPL’s Summer Reading Program begins May 22. Patrons may register online or inside any branch. More information about the Summer Reading Program is available here, or you can view a full calendar of events at

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Summer of Superheroes Kicks off May 22

Registration for a summer of super reading fun is set to begin on Friday, May 22 at the Forsyth County Public Library. The following week, each branch will host its own Super Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival featuring Cameron’s One Man Circus, face painting, balloon art, and carnival games. The FCPL Friends & Advocates have also donated AMC movie gift cards to be raffled off at each carnival event.

Cameron’s One Man Circus performed
at the 2014 Kick-Off Carnival
at the Sharon Forks Library
The first Carnival will be held at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, May 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Hampton Park Library will host its Carnival on Thursday, May 28 and the Post Road Library will host its Carnival on Friday, May 29. Due to very large crowds, the Sharon Forks Library will be hosting its Carnival on Wednesday, May 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

“This year’s Summer Reading Fun program is focused on heroes – both the superheroes we see in comics and fiction and the everyday heroes we meet in our community,” says Laura Bradley, Program Manager.

Library patrons may register for the summer reading program between May 22 and July 31 online at, at the Kick-off Carnivals, or at any library branch. A record-breaking 5,600 patrons participated in last year’s summer reading program and more participants are expected to register this year.

Patrons who participate in Summer Reading Fun will be rewarded with an automatic entry in raffles at each branch. The youngest participants, up to preschool-age, will be entered to win a superhero kit with a cape. Readers in grades K through 5 will be entered in a drawing for a $25 Lego gift card. Teens in grades 6 through 12 have a chance to win an iPad Mini and adults have a shot at taking home a Kindle Fire HDX at the end of the summer. Winners will be drawn and notified at the conclusion of Summer Reading Fun in early August.  In addition, participating adults are eligible for weekly raffles at each of the branches all summer long.  All children and teens who set and meet a summer reading goal will receive a free paperback book donated by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

But more important than prizes is the vital support the program offers to help students maintain and even improve their reading, writing, and vocabulary skills over the summer break, says Bradley. The library’s Youth Services staff have been visiting local schools and community groups to share the excitement about becoming a super reader this summer.

“This year’s set of comic book-style themes is expected to draw in even the most reluctant readers. Children will learn that ‘Every Hero Has a Story.’ Teens will ‘Unmask!’ and adults will ‘Escape the Ordinary.’ We’ve planned nearly 500 events and storytimes to capture our patrons’ imaginations and encourage them to check out books to read at home,” says Bradley.

The number of programs represent a 64% increase over the already record-breaking summer of 2014. Events this summer will feature comic book artists, authors, magicians, puppeteers, storytellers, live animals, comedians, musicians, artists, movies, workshops, trivia contests, and more.

Library staff will also present a series of superhero-themed storytimes. Super Sidekicks (2-5 years), Caped Crusaders (4-7 years), and Superhero STEAM Camp (3rd-5th grade) programs will be offered at each branch, along with the library’s popular Books & Babies storytime for children under 24 months old.

For a complete listing of events for children, teens, and adults, please pick up a Summer Reading Fun Program Guide at your local branch or visit the library’s online calendar at

Monday, May 11, 2015

Staff Picks

A young musician is threatened by sinister forces by in this mesmerizing novel by  master storyteller Dean Koontz.   Music lovers, horror loves and fans of great fiction will enjoy this highly nuanced tale.  

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist