Friday, July 31, 2015

Staff Picks

The Martian by Andy Weir

Outstanding. I loved the audio version of this book. The narrator's performance was spot-on. I loved the dry, sarcastic humor throughout the novel. The suspense had me on the edge of my seat. It does contain strong language, but it isn't gratuitous.

Meredith Bowermeister
Information Services Supervisor
Sharon Forks Library

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Staff Picks

Since I’ve gotten hooked on three action-packed television series this summer I'll highlight the books that inspired them.  

Lions, tigers and bears attack in the most unexpected ways in Zoo.   The novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is as exhilarating as the show and there aren't any commercials.
Black Crouch’s Wayward Pines series, (The Pines, Wayward, and The Last Town) caught the attention of M. Night Shymamalan who directed one of this summer’s most mind-bending shows.   Dark twists and conspiracies abound!

Those who can’t get enough of the saga in Chester’s Mill should check out Under the Dome by Stephen King.  Learn the backstories on all your favorite characters and get King’s version of what’s responsible for that crazy dome.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Monday, July 27, 2015

Staff Picks

Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

I really loved the audio version of this book. The plot was very emotional and I was always thinking about the characters and the situation they each faced. This would be an excellent book club choice for those of you looking for new selections. FCPL has already lead a book club on this one.   Be warned - you will need lots of tissues.

Meredith Bowermeister
Information Services Supervisor
Sharon Forks Library

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Library Limelight: Janice Anderson, Materials Selector

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!

Janice Anderson
Materials Selector

Where is your hometown?
Richton, Mississippi
How long have you been at FCPL?
Almost 8 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
CSA, Materials Processor, Selection Assistant
Why did you choose to work in a library?
When I started, my youngest child was soon graduate from high school. I love the library and love to read; I enjoy people, so why not work there?
Describe your job in five words or less.
Selecting and maintaining children’s materials
What is unique about your job?
The wonderful people I work with are what makes it unique.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I love associating with all the good people at the library. I love going to the branches and working with the Youth Services Supervisors. I love reviewing all the great children’s books coming out!
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
My husband took me to Hawaii for our 10th anniversary.  We’ve been five times since then; we love it.
What are your hobbies?
Reading, snorkeling, and aerobics
What are you reading right now?
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Paper books or eBooks?
I like both.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Back to School: New Science Resources for K-12

Just in time for the start of the new school year, Forsyth County Public Library will launch two new online science databases today to help students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Youth services staff from the Cumming Library
 talk about science and reading
 with students at Chattahoochee Elementary.
Today’s Science, provided by Infobase Learning for students in middle school and high school, is a complementary database to Science Online, which the Library already offers to patrons. Science Online offers a broad range of traditional science content such as definitions, biographies, diagrams and experiments. Today’s Science intended to bridge the gap between science taught in class and science in the news.

Today’s Science delivers in-depth coverage of important advances in biology, chemistry, environmental science, space, physics, and technology. It also illustrates how one scientific advance leads to another. Content in Today’s Science has the added benefit of correlating to state, national, Common Core, International Baccalaureate, and national STEM standards.

The second new database, World Almanac for Kids, is designed for elementary and middle school students. It is an excellent all-in-one resource for science and social science topics, including animals, plants, famous people, sports, career ideas, countries, states, maps and flags, space and astronomy, and holidays and celebrations.

World Almanac for Kids allows the Library’s young patrons to explore age-appropriate topics while developing online research skills with a trusted source of content. This kid-friendly database includes up-to-date articles, homework help tools, fun facts, hot topic articles, images, videos, maps, and interactive games and quizzes. World Almanac for Kids is an award-winning database that supports state, national, and Common Core standards.

To learn more about Today’s Science and World Almanac for Kids, or to use other research databases, visit your local library branch or go to