Friday, January 20, 2017

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2 at the Cumming Library

Gingerbread for Liberty!: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

After being told he was not fit to fight in the war, a generous and industrious member of the Philadelphia community found a way to contribute. Travel the pages with us this month as we learn what his contribution was and about the secret mission given to him by George Washington. Children do not need to read the book prior to the program and there is no registration required.  Chatterbooks meets January 26, 2017 at 4:00 p.m at the Cumming Library and incorporates a story, book discussion and a craft.  

Lorraine Lane
Youth Specialist

#ShelfLife - January 20, 2017

This week in the #ShelfLife, we celebrated the birthday of Winnie the Pooh creator A.A. Milne. If you'd like to celebrate, too, stop by the library to check out a Pooh book or mark you calendars to attend a special Winnie the Pooh storytime at the Cumming Library on February 16.

When you have suggestions for our collections, we're listening. A patron recently asked about the possibility of adding more British police procedural novels and our fabulous materials selectors found a debut series by a new author. We hope our mystery and suspense readers enjoy The Hollow Men by Rob McCarthy.

We hear its going to be a gloomy, wet weekend. What better way to spend a rainy day than curled up with a blanket and a good book? Come into the library (or stay home and check out our eLibrary) to stock up!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Staff Picks: Another Brooklyn

Another Brooklyn my first book by Woodson, and I listened to it (my preferred “reading” method these days), rather than reading a print copy. As is so often the case in audiobooks, the narrator can make or break a title, and in this case Robin Miles complements the lyrical prose perfectly. Her tone and inflection capture the voices of Autumn and her girls as they mature from schoolgirls to young women in 1970’s Brooklyn:

If we had had jazz, would we have survived differently? If we had known our story was a blues with a refrain running through it, would we have lifted our heads, said to each other, This is memory again and again until the living made sense? Where would we be now if we had known there was a melody to our madness? Because even though Sylvia, Angela, Gigi, and I came together like a jazz improv—half notes tentatively moving toward one another until the ensemble found its footing and the music felt like it had always been playing—we didn't have jazz to know this was who we were.

Another Brooklyn tells the story of four young black women, each with her own story to tell… or not. The beauty of this book is in what is left unsaid as much as what is said, as Woodson reveals her characters in fits and starts, switching from character and time and place seemingly without warning. Funny, spare, and heartbreaking, Another Brooklyn is truly a great read.

Sarah Reynolds
Collection Development Manager

Friday, January 13, 2017

#ShelfLife - January 13, 2017

Congratulations, Forsyth County! We made it through the first snow and ice of the season!

If you're looking for a few new titles to put on your to-read list for the next time we get snowed in, check out these print and eLibrary recommendations featured in our #ShelfLife feed on Instagram:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Library Limelight: Meredith Causey, Information Services Supervisor, Sharon Forks Library

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!

Meredith on the Hidden Lake Trail,
Glacier National Park, Montana
Meredith Causey
Information Services Supervisor
Sharon Forks Library

Where is your hometown?
Snellville, GA
How long have you been at FCPL?
3.5 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
This is my only one, so far.
Why did you choose to work in a library?
From the time I was about eleven years old, I dreamed of becoming a book editor. I began my library career as a student worker while earning my undergraduate degree at UGA in Journalism. After a year working as a graphic designer/typesetter, I decided that I didn’t want to move to a large city like New York to work in the book publishing industry, and I liked the library world, so I went back to work at the UGA Library while I earned a Masters of Library and Information Science degree.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Scheduling, adult programs, and customer service.
What is unique about your job?
I have the pleasure of supervising an amazing team of co-workers while still being able to assist patrons every day.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love connecting a person with either a book they’ve been longing to read or with a new book discovery. I especially love it when I can put a book into a child’s hands that he or she wants and seeing his or her little face light up with excitement.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I’ve been fortunate to travel a bit, but I’ll say Glacier National Park since it’s the freshest in my memory. It’s such a shame that the actual glaciers are forecasted to be completely gone within my lifetime. 
What are your hobbies?
Reading, hiking, knitting, and I have a make-up collecting obsession. I own over 300 shades of eye shadow. I actually cataloged my collection for one of my library school projects, and that was over ten years ago, so it’s grown a bit since then.
What are you reading right now?
I read a variety of different things. I usually have at least four books in progress at once; one to read at home, one to read on breaks at work, one audiobook in my car, and one audiobook on my phone. I’m currently reading the new Wings of Fire: Talons of Power children’s book and I’m listening to Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly for our upcoming Book Chat and also to The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer that a patron recommended to me.
Paper books or eBooks?
AUDIOBOOKS! They keep me sane in our ever-increasing traffic. But paper. I look at a computer too much at work to use electronic devices at home. 
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’m part of FCPL’s committee, so be sure to sign up for a free Goodreads account. I absolutely love Goodreads. It’s an easy way to keep track of books you’ve read, compare your reviews with your friends, and discover new authors and titles to read.