Monday, August 10, 2020

FCPL Receives $2,000,000 for Fowler Road Library

At the August 6, 2020 meeting of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, Forsyth County's delegation to the state legislature presented a $2 million ceremonial check to Forsyth County Public Library. The funding comes from a state construction grant and will be added to funds from SPLOST 8 to finance the Fowler Road Library, which is expected to enter the planning and design phase in 2021.

Pictured above are (front row) Representative Todd Jones, Representative Sheri Gilligan, Senator Steve Gooch, Library Board Chairman Mary Helen McGruder, Library Director Anna Lyle, Library Board Secretary/Treasurer Kristin Morrissey, Library Board Member Tim Plotner, Library Board Vice-Chairman Christy Winters, and Senator Greg Dolezal and (back row) Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent, Forsyth County Commissioner Molly Cooper, Forsyth County Commission Chairman Laura Semanson, Forsyth County Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills, and Forsyth County Commissioner Dennis Brown.

Forsyth County Public Library is grateful to the Forsyth delegation for their extraordinary work advocating for the library and these funds.

Library Limelight: Kim Ottesen, Information Services Supervisor, Post Road Library

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!

Kim Ottesen
Information Services Supervisor
Post Road Library

Where is your hometown?

I was a military kid and moved frequently. Albuquerque, New Mexico is where I spent my teen and early adult years, so that is usually my go-to answer for this question.

How long have you been at FCPL?

It will be eight years in October.

What other jobs have you had at FCPL?

I was a Collection Support Aide and a Youth Specialist.

Why did you choose to work in a library?

I wholeheartedly believe in the mission and purpose of libraries. The staff who choose to work in libraries are thoughtful professionals who care about the community. I love working with all of you!

Describe your job in five words or less.

Listen, schedule, plan, program, inform

What is unique about your job?

The needs of my library often change the course of my day. 

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working collaboratively with staff

What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?

I traveled to Havana, Cuba last year and it was an amazing experience that I won’t forget.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, sewing, and planning vacations that may or may not happen

What are you reading right now?

The Girls by Emma Cline and The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

All formats

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I am curious about nearly everything. Historical travel is my favorite kind of trip and I am lucky to be married to a fellow history buff. We also like to go on food tours as a way to get to know a city. I have met three fellow librarians on food tours!

Kids' Book Spotlight- Science Fiction Picture Books and Early Readers

Looking for books that are out of this world? Check out these Science Fiction titles!

Picture Books

Grama's Hug
by Amy Nielander

May and her grandmother are a team, especially in anything related to science and flight, but when May becomes the first child astronaut, Grama fears she will leave Earth without a goodbye hug.
The Trouble with Time Travel
by Stephen W. Martin

Max and her dog Boomer accidentally break a vase, a treasured family heirloom, the only thing that Max's great-great-great-great-great-gr​e​a​t grandmother managed to save when her houseboat sank. Instead of coming clean, they decide to do the next most logical thing: build a time machine, travel back to her great-great-great-great-great-gr​e​a​t grandmother's home, and smash the vase so they can't smash it later! What could possibly go wrong? 

Alien Tomato
by Kristen Schroeder

When a mysterious red orb appears one day, the vegetables are not sure what to make of it and they decide that it must be an alien tomato, but Gopher is not convinced.

Asteroid Goldberg: Passover in Outer Space
by Briana Caplan Sayres

When Asteroid and her parents get stuck in outer space for Passover, Asteroid plans a Passover Seder for her family that is truly out of this world.

My Rainy Day Rocket Ship
by Markette Sheppard

Told in rhyming text, a young African American boy, stuck inside on a rainy day, uses his imagination to create a rocketship out of a rocking chair and takes off on an trip to a distant planet.

Early Readers

Every Day is Earth Day
by Jordan Brown

Happily celebrating Earth Day, Jet Propulsion takes his Ready Jet Go friends on an amazing ride around the world in his flying saucer while convincing them that every day should be Earth Day.

Jack Blasts Off!
by Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli

When the Lady is mad at Jack, she decides to send him and Rex on a one-way trip into outer space, and while she enjoys some peace and quiet, Jack and Rex get into trouble on a far-off moon, where they meet an alien named Zip.

Rocket Out of the Park
   by Andrea Cascardi

   Dot is at the Creative Fair, where everyone's excited about making fizz-powered rockets. 'Make your rocket ship your own!,' says Dot's mom. Dot is keen on making the fastest rocket of them all, with no decorations to weigh it down. When it's time for liftoff, Dot's rocket soars out of sight, while Ruby's snows down glitter, Nev and Dev's sprays out shaving cream, and Hal's makes a huge noise. Everyone's rockets are totally different, and it turns out they're all the best!


Nick and Nack Fly a Kite
by Brandon Budzi

Nick and his robot friend Nack fly a kite, in a book that includes hidden picture puzzles that double as story illustrations.

Come In, Zip!
by David Milgrim

Zip likes to zap. Zip likes to play. Will Zip come in at the end of the day?

Stephani Lindsey
Youth Specialist