Friday, November 21, 2014

Hobbyists and Crafters Wanted for Hobby Share Fair - Holiday Edition

The holidays are often a busy time of year for crafters and hobbyists, but the Cumming Library is asking those talented local folks to take a moment to share their expertise with others in the community that would like to learn a new craft or hobby.

The Cumming Library will host a Hobby Share Fair – Holiday Edition on Sunday, December 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Crafters and attendees swap stories and share techniques
at the first Hobby Share Fair held at the Cumming Library in July.
Participation is free for vendors, hobbyists, and crafters that would like to display and demonstrate their work. Attendance is also free for all ages of library patrons and those interested in learning a new hobby or craft.

The Hobby Share Fair – Holiday Edition will include booth displays and demonstrations of several types of hobbies, such as spinning, knitting, jewelry making, paper crafts, dream-catchers, needlework, and crocheting.

“We’re excited to welcome the Forsyth County Rug Hookers to this special holiday Hobby Share Fair,” says Jennifer Kovac, Information Services Supervisor at the Cumming Library. “This group meets twice each month at the Sharon Forks Library and dedicates their meetings to learning about rug-making techniques and crafting beautiful rugs in pictures and patterns.”

Spinning the Moon, a local knitting and spinning organization, as well as other local fiber artists, jewelry-makers, and paper crafters are expected to participate.

Vendors will offer demonstrations and some will also be leading hands-on “make-and-take” projects in which patrons may try their hand at a particular art or craft by creating a small sample piece to take home.

“We find that patrons really enjoy doing a make-and-take mini-project with the vendors,” says Kovac. “It gives our patrons a chance to try a craft under another crafter’s experienced guidance and without having to invest so much in tools or supplies to get started.”

Aside from offering new crafters a way to learn certain skills and techniques, participating in the Hobby Share Fair – Holiday Edition allows crafters, hobbyists, and other vendors a chance to share their expertise, and their passion, with other like-minded people.

Admission to the Hobby Share Fair is free and no registration is required. Vendors and crafters should contact Jennifer Kovac at 678-513-9393 to reserve a booth or register online at

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bookmarks: A Book Club for Grades 7 & up - Cumming Library - December 4th at 1:00 p.m.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

While I enjoy almost all books about aliens and outer space, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is even more amazing in that it was written in the 1890’s.  Way ahead of its time and one of the first of its kind, this book is a classic and still in print as it continues to entertain science fiction lovers.  The story covers the invasion of Martians in England during the late 19th century.  The narrator relays the excitement of the events in first person which include his descriptions, thoughts, feelings, and struggles as he watches the fearful demise of mankind.  This book is the December selection for the Bookmarks book club at the Cumming Library. This book club is designed for homeschooled students in grades 7 and up. Other teens who are available in the early afternoon are also welcome. Refreshments, donated by the FCPL Friends & Advocates, will be provided.

Registration is recommended.

Julie Boyd
Youth Services Supervisor
Cumming Library

Page Turners: A Book Club for Grades 3-5 - Cumming Library - December 4th at 4:30 p.m

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Twelve year-old Kyle Keeley suffers from having two overachieving, yet loving older brothers. Kyle loves games, not sports or school. When the world’s most famous game maker decides to give back to his and Kyle’s home town, he designs and builds an incredible public library for the citizens of Alexandriaville, Ohio. Kyle and his classmates are encouraged to enter an essay contest to win the chance to see the library before its official opening; the twelve winners get to go to a library lock-in. Kyle is lucky enough to be one of the winners and he and they are awestruck when they actually enter the amazing space. Mr. Lemoncello has ensured that a night in the library will be rewarding in many ways: great food, wacky games, and a tour of the library. The next day, the contestants are surprised to find themselves facing the ultimate challenge: how to get out of the library! Who will work together and who will go it alone: bookworm Sierra, brainiac Miguel, teen beauty Haley, or the insufferable Charles Chillington? Roll the dice and try your hand at this adventure that pays homage to Roald Dahl and E.L. Konigsburg.  This book is the featured selection for the Page Turners book club for children in grades 3-5 at the Cumming Library on Thursday, December 4th at 4:30 p.m. Registration is recommended.

Holly Raus
Information Specialist - Youth Services
Cumming Library

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Staff Picks-Adult Graphic Novel

I just finished reading my first graphic novel and it was nothing like I expected.  Instead of the exploits of super heroes and super villains, in Jerusalem: Chronicles of a Holy City, I found an engaging look at what it’s like to live in the volatile climate of modern Jerusalem. 
I almost feel like I have visited the historic city, thanks to Guy Delise’s simple pencil drawings and the very human characters that live in the pages of this book.  I certainly know a lot more about the city and the clashes that arise between devote and non-practicing members of the three major religions that dominate Jerusalem than I did before reading this book.  

Jerusalem is rich in holy sites, customs and conflicts.  Road blocks, check points and tourists from all over the world complicate daily life.  Despite the heavy military presence, there’s also the very serious threat of terrorism and violence. 

Anyone who wants to learn more about the subject or is considering visiting the area will gain some real insight from this unique book.     

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Staff Picks - Adult Fiction

I thoroughly enjoyed Matthew Quick’s The Good Luck of Right Now, a quirky story about a man who views the world through the eyes of a child and truly shines through adversity.

The passing of Bartholomew Neil’s mother introduces him to a slew of bizarre characters including a priest in crisis, a graduate student with secrets of her own and a brother and sister pair preoccupied with alien abductions.  This unique novel is told through Bartholomew’s soul-baring letters to actor/humanitarian Richard Gere and reveals how one's perception can shape reality.  

While the story's message of courage and redemption is positive, for some readers the adult language may seem extreme.  (One character seems to suffer from anger issues as well as Tourette Syndrome.) Fans of Quick's The Silver Linings Playbook will recognize familiar characteristics and themes.

Read more about lost souls with hearts of gold in The Pleasure of My Company written by none other than the actor/comedian Steve Martin.

Narrator Daniel Pecan Cambridge lives in near-isolation due to a severe obsessive compulsive disorder but as this witty novella shows, even a man who can’t cross his own street can wind up a hero.  

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist