Monday, July 17, 2017

Friends Bookstore Closing at Sharon Forks Library

The Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library will be closing on July 30, 2017 due to ongoing construction and renovation. The Friends Bookstore will reopen upon completion of the expansion and renovation of the Sharon Forks Library next year.

$5 Fill-A-Bag Sale

To reduce the volume of inventory in the Friends Bookstore, the FCPL Friends & Advocates (FCPLFA) will host a special $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale during the back-to-school season.

FCPL Friends & Advocates members are invited to shop the $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale at special Members-Only days on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25. If you are not yet an FCPLFA member, applications for membership will be available at the Sale.

The $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale will be open to the public Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30 during the Sharon Forks Library's regular operating hours.

Bags will be provided by the Friends Bookstores and you may fill a bag with books for just $5.

If you have questions about the $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale, please ask an FCPLFA volunteer in the Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library.

Visit Other Friends Bookstores

Following the closure of the Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library on July 30, patrons may shop for gently used books in the Friends Bookstores at the Cumming and Post Road Libraries.

The Friends Bookstore at the Cumming Library is located in the children's section. The Friends Bookstore at the Post Road Library is located near the Ask Us desk.

Friday, July 14, 2017

#ShelfLife - July 14, 2017

This week author Kristen Lepionka visited us on Instagram to show some love for our photo of her debut mystery The Last Place You Look. If you enjoy books written by Harlan Coben, Charlaine Harris, or Kathy Reichs, check it out and leave a comment below to let us know if you enjoyed it.

Also, teen author Terra Elan McVoy stopped by our Instagram feed to chat with patrons about autographed books and to comment on her upcoming appearance at the Cumming Library. Our teen patrons are looking forward to her visit and to hearing her speak on "How I Became a Real Writer."

Historical fiction was trending this week as book blogger Nora St. Laurent recommended Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green and we posted a shelfie of the book in our Large Type collection.

Clearly, our to-be-read piles got a little taller this week. How about yours? Are you making good progress on your summer reading goal?

Leave a comment below and share what you're reading this weekend and your book may be featured on Instagram next week.

Happy reading!

Martha A., from our Materials team was excited to find that THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka (@kmlwrites) is set in her hometown in Ohio. So excited, in fact, she's recommending we read this debut mystery right away! We're taking Martha's advice and multitasking this morning by reading the book and celebrating National Pecan Pie Day with a slice of the sweet stuff. About the book: Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Private investigator Roxane Weary finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, and lives depend on her cracking this case-including her own. About the author: Kristen Lepionka spent much of her youth in the mystery section of public libraries. She is also the editor of BETTY FEDORA, a feminist crime fiction magazine. #NationalPecanPieDay #yum #ShelfLife #mystery #fiction #crimefiction #amreading #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #FCPLstories #ForsythReads #summerreading #thelastplaceyoulook #bettyfedora #KristenLepionka #minotaurbooks @minotaur_books
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Author @terraelanmcvoy will explain “How I Became a Real Writer” at the Teen Writers Club Lock-in on Friday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. This special after-hours event is for teens in grades 6 – 12. Enjoy discussions about writing techniques with fellow teens, share and listen to original writing, and create a craft. About the author: Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs focusing on reading and writing, from managing an independent children’s bookstore, to teaching writing classes, and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. Terra lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her novels AFTER THE KISS, BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS, and PURE are set. She is also the author of THE SUMMER OF FIRSTS AND LASTS, CRIMINAL (an Edgar Award nominee), and IN DEEP. #ShelfLife #amwriting #amreading #summerreading #fridayreads #teens #fcplstories #fiction #yareads #teenreads #forsythreads #terraelanmcvoy
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With just a few weeks left of our summer vacation, many of us are preparing our kids for going back to school. Before making any big changes (or before undesirable habits set in), check out NURTURESHOCK: NEW THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN on our non-fiction shelves and also available as an OverDrive eBook. About the book: Award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science of child development have been overlooked. The authors discuss the inverse power of praise, why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn, why white parents don't talk about race, why kids lie, why evaluation methods for "giftedness" and accompanying programs don't work, and why siblings really fight. #ShelfLife #nonfiction #amreading #ReadingWithoutWalls #kids #education #school #bookstagram #ebook #librariesofinstagram
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THE BEST WE COULD DO by Thi Bui (@teabuoy) is an illustrated memoir that fans of Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS will enjoy and it's sliding onto our shelves this week! About the book: Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent-the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. With poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. About the author: Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and law and thought about becoming a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. #ShelfLife #memoir #nonfiction #graphicnovel #amreading #shelfie #bookstagram #summerreading #ReadingWithoutWalls #Vietnam #ThiBui #thebestwecoulddo
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lit Chicks Book Club Loved The Little Paris Bookshop

Five first-timers came to Lit Chicks Book Blub today and helped make the discussion of The Little Paris Bookshop a lively one.

Every single person liked this Nina George novel and said they would recommend it to others and described it as a fun, easy read. One woman said she cried several times while nearing the end of the book, which is understandable since there are many touching moments dealing with relationships and their resolutions.

One of the main themes in this book is that reading can be therapeutic. The main character owns a floating bookstore called the Literary Apothecary and he is talented at prescribing just the right books for people. Our group talked about reading books that were helpful to us when we needed them.

Conversely, one woman shared that a book that had been recommended to her by a friend turned out to be a poor choice for her to read at that particular time in her life.

All the author and book references sprinkled throughout the novel only added to glee of this group of bibliophiles. If you are a Francophile or enjoy reading books set in France, this book will not disappoint you. Our book club all wanted to fly to France and travel the canals and rivers like the characters in the book. The descriptions of Paris, the rivers, and all the little towns were vivid and caused many of us to believe that this would make a beautiful movie. A romantic comedy set on the rivers of France seems like a winning idea.

Three patrons in the group listened to the audiobook, but only one finished it all the way through in that format. The audiobook was described as “sleep inducing” due to the beautifully calm tone and French accent of the narrator, so if you are a commuter audiobook listener, this selection might not work for you.

We are all looking forward to getting together next month to talk about Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel. Reserve your copy at and join us at the Post Road Library on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Staff Picks Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green (Adult Fiction)

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green 

Wedded to War swept me away into a powerful, deep and heartfelt drama. My heart ached for the cast of conflicted characters. This story is brilliantly woven from the fabric of history with characters that pulled at my heart as they endured unimaginable aspects of war. It moved me and marked my heart. This story is meant to be experienced and shared with others. With so much to discuss from cover to cover, it’s a top choice for book clubs!

Nora St. Laurent
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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Staff Picks- Food Swings by Jessica Seinfeld

Food Swings: 125+ Recipes to Enjoy Your Life of Virtue & Vice by Jessica Seinfeld with Sara Quessenberry

The cover first caught my eye with the doughnut and broccoli, then I noticed the title and just HAD to look inside! Captivated by the mouthwatering extraordinary photographs of almost every yummy dish, I wanted to make everything I saw. I also loved the fact that the recipes had easy to find ingredients with simple instructions.

When I delved into the solid blue pages, the author gave a peek at her personal life. I liked that she has a passion for creating good, simple food for busy people. She isn’t a chef and doesn’t play one on T.V. She does happen to be married to the famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld. With her past cookbooks, she tried to help motivate people to cook. I liked having "healthy" and "vice" recipes in the same book. As she puts it, “Sometimes you need to feel the wind in your hair.” She talks about eating wholesome foods, eating what your body craves, and occasionally eating treats. This way you can enjoy life and feel satisfied.

I like her philosophy about cooking. She says, “We use a few select ingredients to achieve maximum flavor at minimum cost…I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to eat or live. Like most people. I am just trying to figure out what works for me. My goal is simply to be helpful to those who share a low-key, high-quality approach.”

Here are some recipes my family loved: eggplant & cauliflower “meatballs”, veggie burgers with pickled cucumber and onion, brown rice bowl with black beans, avocado and sweet potato. These recipes are flavorful and my family asked for seconds. Amazing!

Recipes I want to try on the "vice" side are the cinnamon swirl coffee cake, creamy mushroom pasta, eggplant cutlets, and pepper jack and zucchini quesadillas. This book has over 125 recipes, and I look forward to trying each and every one.

Nora St. Laurent
Collection Support Aide