Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mobile Job Training Unit to Visit Cumming Library

The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission (GMRC) Mobile Training Unit will return to the Cumming Library at 585 Dahlonega Road on Tuesday, September 23. The Mobile Training Unit (MTU) will be available to the public from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

The MTU is a unique bus-type vehicle that houses computers and training stations for jobseekers to write or refine their resumes, practice interviewing techniques, and take online skill and interest assessments.

“The MTUs have been operational for over a year and half and we have been able to assist over 1200 individuals,” says Micah Thomas, MTU Instructor with GMRC Workforce Development.

Thomas explains that the MTU operates on a regular schedule to visit nine different libraries in eight north Georgia counties, as well as making periodic visits to two other libraries in the 13-county area that GMRC serves.

We are always excited to visit the Cumming Library as the staff is both very professional and a pleasure to work with,” adds Thomas.

The GMRC offers the Mobile Training Unit as a free service for residents of north Georgia and no advance registration is required.

Additional scheduled visits for the Cumming Library are available at Visits scheduled at other libraries are available on the GMRC website at and on the GMRC Workforce Development Facebook Page at

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bookmarks: A Book Club for Grades 7 & up - Cumming Library - September 25th at 1:00 p.m.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Get ready for the movie by reading the book first!  This quick paced and suspenseful story is about a teenage boy, Thomas, who awakens one day with no memory.  He discovers, as he emerges from a box, that he has been brought to a bizarre village called the Glade, which is filled with other teen boys who also lack their memories.  Everything is deep with mystery, especially the large maze on the border of the Glade.  Although Thomas doesn’t know who he is, he knows he is meant to be out in the maze – even if it is riddled with scary monstrous Grievers.  The entrance of a girl, Teresa, triggers vague memories in Thomas as he discovers that he has a crucial role to play in his strange predicament…before it’s too late!    This title is the featured selection for the Bookmarks book club for teens in grades 7 and up.  This book club meets at the Cumming Library on Thursday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. and is designed for the schedule of homeschoolers, but all teens available at this time are welcome to attend.

 Registration is recommended.

Julie Boyd
Youth Services Supervisor
Cumming Library

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pageturners: A Book Club for Grades 3-5 - Cumming Library - September 25th at 4:30 PM

George Brown, Class Clown: Dance Your Pants Off! by Nancy Krulik

Have you ever wished on a star? George did but only half of his wish came true and without the other half of the wish things have become completely twisted from his original intention so when he gets that certain gurgling feeling in his stomach, mischief is sure to follow!  George and his classmates are excited to learn that their teacher, Mrs. Kelly, will appear on a televised dance show (even though they don’t think she is a very good dancer), but when they show their support for her and go to see a taping, the Super Burp proves it is not camera-shy.   This book is the featured selection for the Pageturners book club for children in grades 3-5 at the Cumming Library on Thursday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. Registration is recommended.

Holly Raus
Information Specialist - Youth Services

Friday, September 12, 2014

Library Limelight: Vanessa Cowie at Hampton Park

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!

Vanessa puts on her goggles and
lab coat for Summer Reading
Outreach at Chestatee Elementary.
Vanessa Cowie
Information Specialist, Youth Services
Hampton Park Library

Where is your hometown?
I was born here in Cumming, in a small hospital on the square, and was raised in Coal Mountain.
How long have you been at FCPL?
I worked in the Cumming branch briefly in 1992, then returned in 2001, so 13 and half years now.
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
I’ve worked in circulation, as an Information Specialist, as a supervisor, and as Programming Coordinator.
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I always loved to read, so I wanted to work in a library since childhood. But, in college, I was persuaded to become an agricultural journalist because there were more jobs available in that industry. I edited magazines and newspapers for several years, but then I had an opportunity to work part-time in a library while raising my children. 
Describe your job in five words or less.
Young People, Empower, Delight, Portal, Imagine
What is unique about your job?
I’m into amateur acting and community theatre, so it’s wonderful that I get to tell stories on the job. I enjoy the occasional odd question from a patron. And I also understand the inner workings of our bubble machine.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love matching the right person with the right book. I love the look on a child or an adult patron’s face when they get what they need, whether it’s a book, or a sticker, or giving them a chance to talk, or simply remembering their name or something they like.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I taught English for a summer in China in the 1980s. I lived in Lushan, in central China, and was surprised how much it reminded me of north Georgia. Mountains, pine trees, red clay, and misty mornings.
What are your hobbies?
I love to travel and just got back from a trip to Vancouver. I like hiking and camping, cooking, and, of course, reading. I’m involved in community theatre and have had roles in The Sound of Music and To Kill a Mockingbird at The Cumming Playhouse, as well as Steel Magnolias with the Dawson County Arts Council, and several roles at The Holly Theatre in Dahlonega.
What are you reading right now?
I always have several books going. I’m serving on the Georgia Peach Teen Book Award committee again, so some of the books I’m reading now are candidates for that honor. In the car, I’m listening to The Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer. On my iPhone, I’m listening to A Town Called Alice by Nevil Shute. I’ve got The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner on eBook from our OverDrive library and Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo in traditional book format.
Paper books or eBooks?
Both. And audiobooks.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’m grateful for our wonderful patrons and I’m enjoying the opportunity to interact with them face-to-face more often in this position than I was able to do in my last position.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Teen Team Volunteer Picks

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This heartfelt novel captivates the reader from the very beginning to the end. Green addresses an extremely relevant conflict as the teens in this book attempt to live a normal life after being diagnosed with fatal cancers. However, the author manages to write from a humorous and lighthearted angle, despite the depressing overall topic. Green does an excellent job of evoking emotion out of the reader as this story unfolds and he keeps the reader engaged with quirky metaphors and a heartwarming love story. This modern love story is crafted wonderfully by Green and is definitely worth reading.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

In this book, Fitzgerald captures the essence of the 1920s through the eyes of a newcomer in the social and economic scene of New York City. His frequent stabs at the materialistic ideals of the wealthy give the reader an alternative view to the time period than what is commonly displayed. The mystery and romance included in this book also keep it very interesting. While Fitzgerald does seem to have a more cynical view of the time period, which can become unappealing at times, this book still carries an interesting story and provides a captivating commentary on the American public of the 1920s.

Teen Team Volunteer