Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Library Receives Budget Increase for Longer Hours, Outreach Services, and Materials

Forsyth County Public Library is pleased to announce expanded weekday hours at all four of its branches, effective January 7, 2019.

Libraries will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, giving patrons both earlier and later access to materials, computers, and all library services. The library will continue to be open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

“We’ve had frequent requests to open the libraries earlier and to keep them open later, especially from adult patrons who use the public computers and from students who are doing homework, researching papers, or working on group projects,” says Library Director Anna Lyle.

Children participate in a dinosaur-themed science program at the Hampton Park Library last month. With increased funding for longer operating hours and outreach, more Forsyth residents of all ages can access library materials and services. 

The 2019 budget adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on December 6 includes funding for four additional part-time staff members that will make the expanded weekday hours possible, along with a full-time Outreach Specialist responsible for taking library programs and materials to events at local nonprofits and other organizations to serve children and adults who may not otherwise be able to visit the library.

“We’re grateful to the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners for including an increase in the 2019 budget to allow the library to provide expanded services to the Forsyth County community,” added Lyle.

In addition to adding staff for increased operating hours and outreach, the County’s 2019 allocation to the Library includes funding for increased benefits costs, a 4% merit increase for eligible employees, and $50,000 for new materials for the library’s collection to offset the end of SPLOST VI funds.

“This increase in funding will help the library serve the entire Forsyth County community, both inside and outside the physical walls of the library,” says Lyle.

For information on programs and services available at the Forsyth County Public Library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Library Limelight: Trina Schlecht, Library Trainer, Library Headquarters

Library Limelight is intended to be a quick read to help FCPL patrons get to know our librarians, staff, and volunteers. We hope you enjoy learning about the people who make our libraries great!

Trina Schlecht
Library Trainer
Administrative Headquarters


Where is your hometown?
Randolph, Massachusetts
How long have you been at FCPL?
5 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
Information Specialist at Sharon Forks
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I’ve always loved books and reading. When a job opening was posted right after my daughter started kindergarten, it seemed like a great fit.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Teaching, learning, researching, Staff Day
What is unique about your job?
I get to teach and work in the library, combining two of my passions in one job.
What is your favorite part of your job?
It’s hard to pick one thing! I love getting to work with everyone at FCPL. 
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
Last summer I traveled to Italy, Croatia, and Greece with my husband and kids. Santorini is breathtaking, but it was truly inspirational to run on the dirt track from the ancient Olympic Games.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, traveling, running, playing games with my family, and baking.
What are you reading right now?
I’m listening to In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware and I’m reading The Witch Elm by Tana French and Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak.
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
All three! I love physical books, but I will read on my Kindle if I can get a book faster in that format. I also bring my Kindle when I travel. Audiobooks help make my commute more interesting.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I absolutely love working at FCPL! We have the best people here and I am always learning new things from my coworkers.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Winter Reading is SNOW much fun!

It's almost time to register, read, and win in Forsyth County Public Library's first-ever Winter Reading Fun program!


Register Online

Between December 21, 2018 and January 7, 2019, kids ages 0 to 18 can register for Winter Reading Fun at forsythpl.beanstack.org.

Track Reading Time

Track the time you spend reading during winter break, December 21 - January 7, at forsythpl.beanstack.org.

Participants who log at least three hours of reading will earn a prize, as well as an entry in raffle drawings for passes to The Ice and an eReader donated by Zaxby’s!

Claim Your Prize

Participants must claim prizes by January 13, 2019.

Winter Reading Fun Sponsors

FCPL extends its sincere thanks to FCPL Friends & Advocates, The Ice, and Zaxby's for their generous support of the first Winter Reading Fun program. We are also grateful to the local businesses who donated prizes for Winter Reading Fun participants who reach their 3-hour reading goal.

Looking for something to read?

If you'd like help finding something to read to reach your Winter Reading Fun goal, you can request personalized reading recommendations from our staff online, visit the Ask Us desk at any FCPL branch, or shop the Friends Bookstores located inside the Cumming, Post Road, and Sharon Forks Libraries.