Thursday, October 18, 2018

Staff Picks: The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami (Adult Non Fiction)

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

After resigning his position at a law firm, Toru Okada fills his days with the mundane duties of managing a home he shares with his wife Kumiko in a Tokyo suburb. Toru's life takes a strange turn when he is tasked with locating the couple's lost cat.  Exploring his quiet neighborhood with watchful eyes Toru discovers a lonely teen, an abandoned house with a dark history and an inexplicably dry well that draws his fascination. Toru's quest for the cat also brings him into contact with a bizarre cast of characters who may hold insights into a mystery much closer to Toru's heart than the loss of a pet.  

It’s difficult to describe the plot of a Murakami novel because the elements seem so juxtaposed. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is an evocative story about modern life and loss, the mysteries of the psyche, the beginning and ending of relationships and quite a bit more.  

A mesmerizing backstory involving Japan’s conflicts with Soviet forces in World War II introduces readers to a minor but unforgettable character as nightmarish as his name suggests, Boris the Manskinner. While the novel veers well into magical realism territory and Murakami has a flair for creating vivid impossibilities, Boris' scenes take place in the all-too-real world of 20th Century wartime interrogation techniques.

Reading the novel is an immersive experience that raises many questions while answering few of them. In my opinion this is a novel worthy of multiple reads. One comes away from the story with a sense of having spent time in modern Japan and having gained a bit of insight into the worldview of uniquely artful writer.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Scheduled Maintenance on Library's Website: October 16, 2018

The library’s website will be offline for scheduled maintenance on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. We expect maintenance to begin at 1:00 p.m. and last until 3:00 p.m.

During the maintenance window library staff and patrons will not be able to access the main website at or certain electronic resources and databases. Patron accounts and the library catalog are expected to remain available at

All library branches will remain open during this maintenance. If you need any assistance, please visit the Ask Us desk at any FCPL branch.

::: UPDATE :::
::: October 16, 2018 at 1:39 p.m. :::
The scheduled maintenance is complete and the library's website is back online. Thanks for your patience during the maintenance window.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Preschoolers Will Have "Doggone" Good Time at Early Literacy Event

Leap into Literacy, a local partnership formed to help Forsyth County preschoolers develop early literacy skills for kindergarten, launches into action next week for a second year of storytime and parent education programs.

The 2018 - 2019 series begins with a visit from Biscuit, the beloved book character created by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, in the cafeteria of Cumming Elementary School on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Families with preschoolers are invited to Leap into Literacy with Biscuit to enjoy dinner provided by a local donor, stories and songs in English and Spanish, and to practice simple early literacy activities. Children will have a chance to meet Biscuit, take a photo, and even receive a free book, while supplies last.

Admission to the event is free and advance registration is not required. While the program is designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

“Leap into Literacy is partnership between Forsyth County Public Library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth that started because we recognized that local families need help preparing their children for success in kindergarten,” explains Tracy Walker, Programming Manager at the library.

The program is designed to reach families with children from birth to age five with a series of four free early literacy events each academic year. The events include a storytime or puppet show program designed for preschoolers, a nutritious meal, and education activities that give parents and caregivers the ability to continue early literacy practices at home.

Other organizations agree on the importance of early literacy in preparing children for success in kindergarten.

The library just received a Community Impact Grant from the North Georgia Community Foundation in support of Leap into Literacy. Thanks in part to the grant, the Leap into Literacy with Biscuit event on October 9 will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, and take-home materials delivered in English and Spanish.

“We want to help families understand the importance of practicing the five basic skills of early literacy - reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing - with their children. Leap into Literacy events give parents tips on how easy it is to include those skills in their everyday routines at home,” explains Walker.

Leap into Literacy partners also want to help families with young children access other free and low-cost services in Forsyth County. Information about literacy, education and health services from the library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth will also be available at Leap into Literacy with Biscuit.

For more information on upcoming early literacy events, including the next Leap into Literacy event in December, please visit