Thursday, September 21, 2017

Find Free Fall Break Fun at the Library

Parents looking for free activities to entertain their kids during Fall Break should head to the library. The Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road branches have a full slate of activities for patrons of all ages.

“We know that families are looking for fun and interesting things to do next week, so we’re hosting puppet shows, breakout games, cultural celebrations, and more,” says Assistant Director for Public Services Stephen Kight.

The Forsyth County Fire Department will teach preschoolers and elementary students what to do in a fire emergency as the Fire Safety House visits the Post Road Library at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, September 25.

A young patron uses the library’s MakeyMakey
devices to turn bananas and potatoes into a playable
piano at a Tech Playground-style program last fall.
Older students can head over to the Cumming Library at 1:30 p.m. on Monday for a Tech Playground program.

“Tweens and teens can use their tech skills to meet a range of challenges, from music to motorized robots to light shows using LittleBits modules. We’re setting up obstacle courses for the Sphero bots and participants can use the SPRK+ app to program the bot to navigate all the obstacles,” explains Kight.

For Batman fans, the Hampton Park Library is the place to be. The bat signal for Batman Training Camp will go up at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can answer the call by wearing their favorite superhero costumes, honing their spy skills, and practicing to become the greatest superheroes in town.

Tweens can also get in on the latest “Forsyth Rocks” craze at the Post Road Library on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 – 12 will paint rocks with pictures, interesting patterns, or words of inspiration and encouragement to keep for themselves or to share by hiding them around our community.

“Escape room games are popular with our patrons and the Hampton Park Library will host a special game for ages 9 and up on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.,” says Kight. “The premise of the game is that an evil hacker is trying to put a stop to our Fall Break fun, so our intrepid young patrons will have to use team work and their sharpest problem solving skills to decipher the clues, beat the villain, and save Fall Break!”

A belated birthday celebration for Roald Dahl, author of such favorites as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be held at the Cumming Library on Friday at 3:00 p.m., complete with stories, activities, and crafts for children.

Other events, including book clubs for kids and adults, board game events, movies, and the library’s popular Puppetpalooza programs are also scheduled throughout the week.

The Post Road Library will wrap up Fall Break with a Hispanic Heritage CelebraciĆ³n sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates on Sunday, October 1 beginning at 1:45 p.m.

“Patrons of all ages can celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with crafts, activities, and even taste traditional foods in the library. Lingual Kids will present a special Salsa Tales bilingual storytime and Ballet Folklorico of the Good Shepherd will perform several traditional Mexican dances,” says Kight.

For more information, or to view a full schedule of Fall Break programs at the library, please visit

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Staff Picks - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Adult Fiction)

Like so many readers, I loved Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng's debut novel. Since then, I've waited anxiously to hear from this talented author again. She does not disappoint. Little Fires Everywhere is absolutely stunning and even better than her first novel. I love how Celeste Ng brings such depth and complexity to a story, weaving sensitive, important issues seamlessly into the novel. We learn right away how the story ends on a shocking note. Then Ng takes us back to the beginning, the story-line unfolding to make sense of the seemingly senseless. Set in picture-perfect wealthy suburbia, all four Richardson children are drawn to bohemian single mom Mia, and her daughter Pearl, who rent a small house owned by the Richardsons. Matriarch, Elena Richardson, grows suspicious of Mia when a scandal erupts, causing her to suspect her tenant of hiding a secret past. Elena sets out to solve the mystery and right her ordered world again, but the results are not at all what she envisioned. This is one of those novels I will fervently recommend to library patrons. Celeste Ng is proving herself to be one of the great writers of her time.

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Staff Picks - The Progeny by Tosca Lee

The Progeny by Tosca Lee

Emily is a strong, feisty young lady who needs help navigating her current crazy situation. She doesn’t know who or where she is. She thinks, “I don’t even know what I’m running from. What propels a person to leave her life, fake her death, and start over in a tiny-town in Maine? And if it’s that bad, why didn’t I relocate to Greenland or better yet Fiji? The packet with my driver’s license and letter to myself contained 18 thousand dollars. A person can do a lot of disappearing with money like that.”

She’s stumped. Someone is out to kill her. Two men want to protect her. She has to trust somebody and quick. But who?

Tosca Lee pulls out all the stops in this captivating, suspenseful story filled with rich historical detail, in a modern setting that blasts off in Maine then takes readers to Europe and introduces them to a secret society, layered with people who have paranormal gifts. I was drawn into this believable Progeny culture hook-line and sinker.

Just when Audra (and the reader) think things are figured out something happens that shakes up her circumstances and brings about a new reality. This is a riveting tale that makes for an amazing ride, filled with drama, action, and a splash of romance. Warning - you’ll be up late reading this one. This is a novel with a cliff hanger, but good news -- book two of the series Descendants of the House of Bathory, titled Firstbornis already out!

Nora St. Laurent
Collection Support Aide

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sharon Forks Library Update

The Sharon Forks Library will be closed to the public from October 2nd to 29th.  For our Sharon Forks patrons, here are some suggestions on getting by while the branch is closed.

1. Visit one of our other branches. Your library card works at all four FCPL branches so October may be the perfect time to see a bit more of the county and browse the shelves at the Cumming Library, Hampton Park Library or Post Road Library.

2. Use our e-library. Our vast collection of ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and evideos is accessible anytime from your home computer or personal device.

3. Submit a Reading Suggestion to get personalized book recommendations sent to your inbox.

4. Attend a library program at a different branch like our Diwali Celebration at Post Road Library or Ghost Hunting at Hampton Park. Check out all the events on our online event calendar. .

5. Write your own book or memoir. Check out Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott for inspiration.

6. Learn a new skill or master one with Universal Classes.

7. Release your creativity with Artistworks.

8. Join us on Goodreads to keep up with what FCPL staff and other patrons are reading.

9. Find FCPL on Facebook.

10.   Read our Bookmarked blog.

11. Tag FCPL on Instagram #ForsythReads, #FCPLstories, or #ShelfLife.

Ongoing Construction Closes Sharon Forks Library Next Month

Construction is set to begin on the second phase of the expansion and renovation of the Sharon Forks Library and will require closing the branch from Monday, October 2 through Sunday, October 29.

The branch will also begin closing an hour early Monday through Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. instead of 8:30 p.m., beginning on Monday, September 11 due to construction that will disconnect power to the street lights in the parking lot.

The library is working to keep patrons safe in the parking lot, along with balancing the requirements of ongoing construction.

“We want to keep the library open and available to patrons as much as we possibly can while construction is in progress, but we need to move everything into the new building while the older section is under renovation,” explains Branch Manager Mendy Gunter.

Movers will transport furnishings, shelving, and computers from the existing building to the new expansion section or to off-site storage. Then library staff will relocate more than 100,000 books and materials and make sure the shelves are properly labeled so patrons can locate items from the catalog.

While library staff members work inside the building, construction crews will complete a reconfiguration of the parking lot, adding a traffic circle and widening the entrance at Old Atlanta Road to include a right-turn lane. 

During the closure, patrons will not be able to access any portion of the library grounds, including the book return. The library’s popular holds service will also be suspended at the Sharon Forks branch.

“We’ll stop accepting requests for holds on materials at Sharon Forks on Monday, September 11 and patrons should pick up any existing holds before the branch closes,” explains Gunter.

Patrons that wish to pick up their holds at a different library branch should call the library at 770-781-9840 and speak to a librarian about changing their pick-up location well in advance of the branch closing.

Patrons should also check their receipts or their online accounts to confirm the due dates for materials checked out from the Sharon Forks Library. Materials currently checked out may be returned to the library’s branches at Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road. Materials checked out from the collection at Sharon Forks near the end of September will be due after the branch reopens.

“The library will reopen and resume normal operating hours at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 30 and we’ll look forward to welcoming our patrons back to the library. We truly appreciate their patience throughout this project and we can’t wait to celebrate a grand opening of the whole branch when renovations are complete in the spring,” says Gunter.

The library will continue to post progress updates on its website and social media accounts, as well as sending alerts to registered patrons via email and text message. For more information, please visit