Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Local Authors and Historians to Present Fall Genealogy Series

Fall is just around the corner and as we begin planning family gatherings during the holidays, many of us also begin to wonder about our roots. Where did our family come from? Who were our great-great-grandparents?

Three local authors, two archivists, and a digital librarian will present six events designed to help both amateur and experienced family genealogists discover their own histories as part of the Forsyth County Public Library Fall Genealogy Series.

The series kicks off with local historian Don Shadburn presenting the seminar “Forsyth County History and Genealogy Research” on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. Shadburn is recognized as a leading research authority on Georgia families of Cherokee blood. He will share tips for using basic research resources available on Forsyth County history and genealogy.

Those who are curious about their ancestors but don’t have any experience in genealogy or research should join Atlanta History Center Senior archivist Sue VerHoef for “Life in the Past Lane – Beginning Genealogy” on Thursday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Hampton Park Library. VerHoef will introduce tips and resources to help participants embark on their own ancestral journey.

Digital Projects Librarian Mandy Mastrovita will present the “Digital Library of Georgia” workshop at the Sharon Forks Library on Monday, October 20 at 2:00 p.m. Mastrovita will introduce workshop participants to collections in the Digital Library of Georgia that are helpful to genealogical researchers, such as historical newspapers, tax records, marriage records, death certificates and photo collections. All these resources are available online and may be used free of charge.

Archivist and librarian Angela Stanley will present “Navigating the Genealogy Heavyweights – Ancestry and FamilySearch” on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Post Road Library. In this informative classroom-style presentation, Stanley will answer questions on how to access Ancestry and FamilySearch and how to use either resource to discover your family history online.

If you’re interested in local history, you won’t want to miss Atlanta author Joe Dabney as he discusses his book Mountain Spirits on Wednesday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. The folklore of moonshine whiskey is full of fact and fiction, but the real characters tell stories even more humorous and exciting. Dabney will share interviews about actual moonshiners to help illuminate the origins and development of the art of making whiskey.

But such law-breaking wasn’t just limited to the mountains. Join author Laurel-Ann Dooley as she discusses the underworld of Atlanta’s past from her latest book, Wicked Atlanta. Dooley will take you on a journey through the past as you learn about kidnapping, bribery, wives hiring hit men, and all sorts of criminal debauchery in the city. “Wicked Atlanta – Author Talk with Laurel-Ann Dooley” will be held at the Sharon Forks Library on Saturday, October 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Each event in the Fall Genealogy Series is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information, or to register, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Staff Picks

Bullied by the neighborhood drug addict and losing his mind to dementia, ninety-one-year old Ptolemy Grey exists on canned sardines and 24 hour news in a rundown apartment filled with memories and debris.   But the sudden death of Ptolemy’s caregiver and an unlikely encounter with a seventeen-year-old girl stir up memories of a lost treasure that the old man would do anything to recover – even if he has to make a bargain with the devil himself!   

Even with his mind and body betraying him, Ptolemy remains a powerful force to be reckoned with -- for both family and foe alike.  The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey is an unforgettable story of love, loss, hope and tragedy from master storyteller and award winning writer, Walter Mosley.
Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Investing Expert to Speak at Sharon Forks Library

If you have purchased a stock, bond, or mutual fund and are not sure what your next step should be, then mark your calendar to attend “Beyond Stocks, Bonds and Mutual Funds – Advanced Investment Concepts” on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharon Forks Library.

Chris Hardy, a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and owner of Paramount Investment Advisors, Inc., will help patrons dig deeper into advanced investing concepts, such as proper portfolio structure, making tax efficient investments, and avoiding the seven most common mistakes individual investors make.

Hardy has been guiding businesses and individuals in making decisions about investments, insurance, mortgages, taxes, and financial planning for over 18 years. He holds several professional designations, including Chartered Financial Consultant and Chartered Life Underwriter.

Hardy is also an Enrolled Agent for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and has earned the right to represent taxpayers before all administrative levels of the IRS. Beyond that designation, Hardy is recognized for becoming a Fellow of the National Tax Practice Institute and has completed coursework covering all variances of examinations, audits, collections, and appeals to aid taxpayers in working with the IRS.

Participation in the seminar is free, but registration is requested. To register, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Staff Picks

In Boy, Snow, Bird a young woman finds herself cast into the role of the wicked stepmother of myths.   I love Helen Oyeyemi’s unique style of Magical Realism in this atmospheric story set in 1950’s New England.  

Family secrets (and the lengths that individuals go to protect them) lie at the heart of this intriguing novel.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2 meets at the Cumming Library on September 25th at 4:30 p.m.  

The Most Magnificent Thing is about a little girl perfectionist and her best friend, a dog. One day she has a wonderful idea to build a contraption, the most MAGNIFICENT thing. She sets out collecting her items and starts tinkering with them. Frustration sets in, as things just aren't turning out like she planned. In steps her best friend to help give her a new and fresh perspective. A great picture book about persevering, friendship and the end result. This book is the featured selection for the new Chatterbooks book club. Registration is recommended.

Lorraine Lane
Information Specialist Youth Services