Friday, September 21, 2018

Fall Break Fun Starts with Star Wars Reads Day this Sunday

Parents: Keep calm and visit the library during Fall Break. There’s so much for children and families to do!

“We know that lots of Forsyth families are looking for fun and free things to do during Fall Break. All four library branches are hosting programs each day next week, plus we have a few special events planned for the weekends, as well,” says Deputy Director Stephen Kight.

The fun begins with a busy weekend at the Sharon Forks Library.

On Saturday, children and families with special needs can enjoy a sensory-friendly storytime. Then, avid readers and aspiring writers are invited to hear Dr. Leverett Butts of the University of North Georgia speak at the third guest lecture in The Great American Read series. Dr. Butts will discuss the writing process and ways authors conduct research for fiction.

On Sunday, Star Wars fans can visit the Sharon Forks Library dressed as their favorite Star Wars character to meet members of the 501st Legion and participate in a costume parade at Star Wars Reads Day. The event is open from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and fans of all ages are welcome to participate.

“Star Wars Reads Day is a free event and we’ll have activities for all ages, including Star Wars crafts, a Jedi Training obstacle course, Star Wars escape rooms, and a scavenger hunt worthy of a galaxy far, far, away,” adds Kight.

On Monday, the Cumming Library begins a week full of animal activities as the critters from Wildlife Wonders crawl, climb, and slither their way into the library for a show at 3:00 p.m.

Animal antics continue at the Hampton Park Library on Tuesday as author Kristy Hamby hosts a special storytime at 11:30 a.m. featuring her book Chicken Lips, a charming tale about a cow on a quest to learn the meaning of his silly name.

On Wednesday, a very bad cat will visit the Post Road Library. Nick Bruel’s beloved book character Bad Kitty will present a cat-tastic storytime for all ages, complete with songs, stories, crafts, and a chance to take a photo with Bad Kitty herself!

Families will be star-struck at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday evening as we learn about the size and scale of the universe at the Astronomy for Everyone program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, a week of Fall Break fun wraps up with crafts, movies, martial arts classes, and a bit of chill time for the older students before they head back to class on Monday.

A full schedule of free Fall Break programs at the Cumming, Hampton Park, Post Road, and Sharon Forks branches of the library is available at

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Visit an Early Literacy Story Walk at Warbington Farms

If your fall plans include a visit to Warbington Farms, but sure to check out the library's story walk located near the tractor in the Family Fun Park.

We're retelling The Three Little Pigs in a shortened story walk format that is ideal for families with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Start at the welcome sign near the front of the tractor, then read the story aloud with your children.

Parents and caregivers will also find five simple tips on the story walk from the library's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program that will help you practice early literacy skills at home.

Be sure to pick up a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten flyer at the end your story walk and sign up for the program at

The Scarecrow Trail at Warbington Farms will be on display September 15 through November 3, 2018.

You can vote for your favorite scarecrows in a special Scarecrow Trail photo album on the Warbington Farms Facebook Page or you can vote in-person at the farm through November 3.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Library Limelight: Nikki Watkins, Human Resources and Finance Manager, 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!

Nikki Watkins
Human Resources and Finance Manager
Library Headquarters

Where is your hometown?
Tuscaloosa, AL
How long have you been at FCPL?
It’s hard to believe but I have been here almost two months!
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
This is my first job with FCPL.
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I really wanted to work for an organization where I could make a difference and at the same time give back to my community.   
Describe your job in five words or less.
Never a dull moment!
What is unique about your job?
I am very fortunate to have a combination of job responsibilities that include working with people and analyzing numbers at the same time. I love being in an administrative role – Support Services is an excellent fit for me.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Being part of a great team.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I have traveled some in the US, Canada, and Europe but my most interesting trip so far was to New York City. NYC has everything I like to do in one place: Broadway, museums, and sightseeing! 
What are your hobbies?
I really enjoy cooking and I love watching Chopped on the Food Network. Secretly, I would like to compete on the show, but would probably be eliminated in the first round.
What are you reading right now?
I just finished The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
I love all three!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
So far, my first two months with FCPL have been better than I could ever have imagined.