Friday, July 22, 2016

#ShelfLife - July 22, 2016

This week's selections include a book that illuminates the secret strengths of "quiet" kids, two titles for the same story, crafty crochet characters (say that three times fast), road trip reading for teens, and BIG news about our Large Type collection.

Visit our online catalog at and be among the first to place a request for these new materials. When you pick up your book, we hope you'll join the conversation by posting a picture of your own #ShelfLife on Instagram.

Stuck in the car this weekend? OverDrive is awesome for road trips! #libraryinmyhand #TeenReads #librariesofinstagram #roadtripreading

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Summer Reading Ends with 8 Magic Shows

Nationally acclaimed magician Ken Scott will perform eight free shows at local libraries next week.

Summer Reading finale week begins at the Post Road Library on Monday, July 25 with Ken Scott performing his interactive magic show at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. He will then perform at the Sharon Forks Library at 7:00 p.m.

Scott will perform two shows at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, July 26 at 11:00 a.m. and on Thursday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. Two more shows will be presented at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Scott will also perform at the Hampton Park Library on Thursday, July 28 at 2:00 p.m.

All ages are welcome and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Hand stamps for admission will be given to patrons in line 30 minutes before each program begins.

“Our patrons love Ken Scott,” says Program Manager Laura Bradley. “He is a wonderfully talented performer and he’s toured all over the country – including The White House – entertaining crowds of all ages.”

Attending a Summer Reading finale show is also a great opportunity for kids and teens who have set and reached their goal for the library’s Summer Reading Fun program to select their prize books. Anyone interested in the Summer Reading Fun program must register by July 31. Readers should log the books they finish in the Summer Reading Fun online tracker and all prize books should be claimed by August 6.

“The prize books were generously donated by the FCPL Friends & Advocates,” explains Bradley. “The Friends also donated raffle prizes for participants that will be drawn at each library branch during the week of August 7. Registered adults have a chance to win an Apple iPad mini, teens could win a movie gift basket, and kids could win a Stars & Strikes gift basket.”

And, even if summer vacation is coming to an end, there are still a number of programs for all ages at the library in August. The Cumming Library will host a Coding for Kids series beginning August 16. Students from the Corina Brito Violin Studio will perform The Adventures of Egbert for children at the Post Road Library on August 20 and genealogy expert Kristin Harms will speak to adults on August 18.

FCPL will also celebrate its 20th anniversary on Thursday, August 25 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. As part of the celebration, the library will provide a special bilingual storytime and appearance of Anna Dewdney’s beloved children’s book character, Llama Llama.

To participate in Summer Reading Fun, or to learn more about upcoming programs, please visit

Monday, July 18, 2016

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2

Chatterbooks is a book club designed for children in grades K-2 that incorporates a story, book discussion and a craft. This month we will be discussing two books from the I Like Inventors! series:

Who Invented Television? by Mary Kay Carson

 Who Invented Video Games? by Mary Kay Carson

Television and video games are found in almost every American home today. We will learn about the men and women behind these ever-changing inventions and, hopefully, inspire some future inventors.

Chatterbooks will meet at the Cumming Library on Thursday, August 18 at 4:00 p.m. Visit for more information.

Lorraine Lane
Information Specialist - Youth Services
Cumming Library

Friday, July 15, 2016

Local Librarian Launches Little Free Library

Perhaps you have seen little wooden structures resembling birdhouses in neighborhoods or public spaces that are filled with books and have wondered what they are. They are Little Free Libraries which first began in Hudson, Wisconsin in 2009 when Todd Mol erected one in his front yard in tribute to his mother who was a book lover and school teacher.

These mini libraries revolve around the concept of “Take a Book, Leave a Book,” encouraging borrowers to keep up the supply of books. Thanks to one Forsyth County Public Library staff member, there’s a new Little Free Library in Alpharetta.

“I asked my family to help me set up a Little Free Library for our neighborhood as my Christmas gift last year,” explains Holly Raus, a member of the youth services staff at the Cumming Library.

“My husband ordered an unfinished model from Etsy and he painted it, painstakingly glued tiny cedar shake shingles on the roof, gave it a picket fence, and wallpapered the inside to look like a room full of bookshelves with a wooden parquet floor, thus turning it into a charming cottage.”

Once the Little Free Library structure was ready, the family contributed an initial collection of books.

“My son bought me several copies of classic novels to start off the book rotation and my daughter painted old bricks to look like books that I have placed in the small garden surrounding my library. It sits in front of our house near the street for easy access to neighbors passing by on power walks or dog walks,” says Raus.

Raus also shops at the Forsyth County Public Library Friends and Advocates Bookstore at the Cumming Library to keep her Little Free Library stocked.

“Since children’s literacy is very close to my heart, I keep my library stocked with books for all ages including board books, picture books, juvenile, teen and adult fiction. The Friends Bookstore has been a valuable resource for my start up collection.”

At a time when many parents are worried that their kids get too much screen time, Little Free Libraries offer a chance to get out of the house and meet other booklovers.

“My Little Free Library has been well received by my neighbors and the best endorsement was seeing a little girl sitting on one of the stepping stones that lead to the library and leaning against its post as she read a book,” says Raus.

#ShelfLife - July 15, 2016

This week's selections include several teen reads and a bit of historical fiction from the author of Queen of the South, now adapted as a series drama airing on USA Network.

Visit our online catalog at and be among the first to place a request for these new materials. When you pick up your book, we hope you'll join the conversation by posting a picture of your own #ShelfLife on Instagram.