Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Libraries to Host Diwali and Star Wars Reads Celebrations this Sunday, October 15

Sunday, October 15 will be a busy day at two Forsyth County Public Library branches. The Post Road Library will host a Diwali Celebration from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the Cumming Library will host Star Wars Reads Day from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“This is the fourth year we’ve hosted a Diwali program and our patrons seem to really enjoy learning about Hindu culture and customs through dance demonstrations, sampling traditional cuisine, and creating artwork and crafts,” says Cleo Joyce, Youth Services Supervisor at the Sharon Forks Library and the program’s organizer.

This Diwali Celebration is part of the library’s One World Forsyth series that highlights geography, cultural traditions and celebrations from around the world. The series is sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates.

Participants can expect to immerse themselves in the customs and traditions of Diwali at this year’s celebration, says Joyce.

“We’ll have crafts, samples of Indian foods, and henna tattoos set up in the library. In the meeting room, we’ve planned dance performances from Atlanta Nritya Academy at 2:00 p.m., Darshini Natyalaya School of Indian Classical Dance at 3:00 p.m., and Maya Dance at 4:00 p.m.”

Admission to the program is free and all ages and cultures are welcome.

Later in the afternoon, Star Wars fans are invited to dress up as their favorite characters and meet members of the Georgia 501st Legion at Star Wars Reads Day at the Cumming Library.

“Star Wars Reads is a month-long celebration of epic stories and galactic adventures,” says Julie Boyd, Youth Services Supervisor at the Cumming Library.

Children, teens, and adults can get in on the fun by dressing in costume, joining in Star Wars-themed games, crafts, and Sphero droid races, checking out Star Wars books or graphic novels, and jumping into a photo with costumed characters from the Georgia 501st Legion.

“The 501st Legion is a group of volunteers who participate in public events dressed in amazingly realistic costumes. Their participation in this program is exciting for our patrons and we are so pleased to welcome them back to the library this year. This is the program you’re looking for!” adds Boyd.

Admission to Star Wars Reads Day is free and all ages are welcome to attend.

For more information on these or other upcoming events at Forsyth County Public Library, please visit

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Library Limelight: Gabi Santangelo, Information Specialist, Cumming Library

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!

Gabi Santangelo
Information Specialist
Cumming Library

Where is your hometown?
Berkeley Lake, GA
How long have you been at FCPL?
4 years
What other jobs have you had at FCPL?
CSA (Collection Support Aide)
Why did you choose to work in a library?
I remember coming to the library almost every day when I was little and thought it would be wonderful to work here some day.
Describe your job in five words or less.
Can you help me print?
What is unique about your job?
I get to interact with so many different people on a daily basis.
What is your favorite part of your job?
I like that I get to incorporate my love of technology with my job. I also love getting to know our patrons so I can provide personalized service when they visit the library.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve lived or traveled?
I haven’t gotten to travel much, but I love western North Carolina. Asheville is one of my favorite cities to visit. I am planning a trip to Las Vegas next summer.
What are your hobbies?
I love cooking and anything to do with the outdoors. I enjoy fishing and horseback riding. I also have a secret passion for motorcycles, dirt bikes, and fast cars.
What are you reading right now?
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?
Paper books and eBooks.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I am almost finished with my BS in Computer Science and I’m looking forward to getting my MBA with a specialization in Technology Management.

Friday, October 6, 2017

#ShelfLife - October 6, 2017

Apparently everyone on Instagram had tacos on the brain this week!

We celebrated National Taco Day on Tuesday (naturally!) and we know one little girl who's been reading Henry Helps with Dinner on repeat all week long. Maybe her parents will bring her back to the library for National Brussel Sprouts Day or Eat Your Veggies Day and give our staff a challenge to find a book that she'll gobble up!

We're also in the prime season for scary stories and we shared a debut novel entitled In the Valley of the Sun, a scream-worthy tale of a cowboy who encounters the undead in the desert. Author Andy Davidson warns readers to enjoy his book by the light of day, just to be safe.

Looking ahead to next week, we've got two big announcements:

  1. All FCPL branches will be closed on Monday, October 9 for staff training. We'll come back with new ways to help you connect with knowledge and imagination on Tuesday, but be sure to visit the eLibrary at if you'd like to download a book or magazine.
  2. We're hosting three book club discussions of Bless Me, Ultima, the official UNG Reads book selection next week. Learn more about the book, book clubs, and a screening of the film later this month on the library's website.

Finally, brace yourselves, readers. We may be in for some stormy weather next week, so head into the library this weekend and restock your to-be-read pile!

Author @theandydavidson told @guestparking to read IN THE VALLEY OF THE SUN only in the daylight and we suggest you take his advice. We won’t even make fun of you if you scream a little while you read…but seriously, read it in the light of day. About the book: Travis Stillwell spends his nights searching out women in West Texas honky-tonks. What he does with them doesn’t make him proud, just quiets the demons for a little while. But his nights soon take a terrifying turn in a desert cantina, where Travis crosses paths with a mysterious pale-skinned girl in red boots. Come the morning, he wakes weak and bloodied in his cabover camper, no sign of a girl, no memory of the night before. Reserve your copy at #ShelfLife #amreading #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #readersofinstagram #booksofinstagram #GeorgiaLibraries #debutnovel #horror #suspense #thriller #vampires #Texas #inthevalleyofthesun #andydavidson @skyhorsepub
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The University of North Georgia (UNG) will collaborate with local libraries, youth organizations, nonprofit groups, and businesses to promote a love of reading in our community with the launch of UNG Reads from September 30 through November 4. This year’s book selection is BLESS ME, ULTIMA by Rudolfo Anaya. The book is set in rural New Mexico in the 1940s and tells the story of a Mexican-American boy, Anthony, who learns to navigate the changing American landscape during World War II. He gets help from Ultima, a curandera (female faith healer) who guides him through the cultural, religious, and moral conflicts he faces in his community. Forsyth County Public Library will host three book club discussions and a screening of the film adaptation of the novel. Patrons are also invited to share a bit of their own wisdom or words of encouragement on Tree of Wisdom displays at the Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road Libraries during the month of October. #ShelfLife #UNGReads #BlessMeUltima #RudolfoAnaya #nationalhispanicheritagemonth #MexicanAmerican #WWII #historicalfiction #filmadaptation #bookstomovies #communityreads #FCPLstories #ForsythReads @georgialibraries @ung_news
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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Scarecrow Festival and Fall Storywalk at Cumming Library

The Fourth Annual Scarecrow Festival and Fall Storywalk is now open and ready for patrons to visit in The Secret Garden, located behind the Cumming Library.

A Storywalk allows garden visitors to read a children’s book page-by-page as they stroll through the garden and look at each mounted page staggered throughout the space. Storywalks encourage literacy and outdoor family time.

The current featured book is Pick a Circle, Gather Squares: A Fall Harvest of Shapes by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky. The book depicts a harvest hayride at pumpkin farm, where a family finds circles, squares, ovals, and other shapes all around. The story promotes interactive counting and searching for the different shapes within each illustration.

The FCPL Friends and Advocates have once again contributed an adorable scarecrow scene and the Forsyth Master Gardeners participate each year by beautifully decorating The Secret Garden for fall with pumpkins, corn, and mums. The Master Gardeners also build a scarecrow to join those designed and constructed by the Youth Services team.

Stop by and visit our lovely garden with its spirit of autumn displays!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Staff Picks - Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout (Adult Fiction)

I loved My Name is Lucy Barton, so I couldn't wait to read Anything is Possible, which expounds on Lucy's story. The book takes us back to Amgash, Illinois with interconnected stories that focus on people who were a part of Lucy's life growing up. Characters are flawed, relationships are strained, and daily life sometimes unbearable. But there is always hope at the end of the day. Elizabeth Strout's books are a warm blanket, a cup of tea, and a few tissues for your tears. 

Beth Moore
Information Specialist