Wednesday, May 5, 2021

May 2021 Reading Challenge- Kids' Book Spotlight- Easy Collection

The FCPL Reading Challenge for May is to read a book published in the decade you were born or the decade you started high school. It may not be time for high school yet, but complete the challenge by reading a book to your child from the year they were born! 

Picture Books

by Peter H. Reynolds

Jerome enjoys collecting and using words that he hears, reads, or sees, and then decides to share his collection with others.

In A Jar (2020)
by Deborah Marcero

When Llewellyn, a little rabbit who collects ordinary things in jars, meets a young girl named Evelyn, he joins with her to capture the extraordinary.

by Shannon Hale & LeUyen Pham

Kitty, who looks like a kitten yet feels she is actually a unicorn, begins to doubt herself as others ridicule her, until she meets a unicorn that helps her discover and embrace who she is.

Early Readers

by Tony Dungy

When Jade does well in a track meet, her entire family is excited except Justin, who later confesses to their older brother Jordan that he wishes he were good at something for which people would cheer.

by Bill Scollon

Arlo the dinosaur is on a long journey. Will he ever find his way home?

Moana: Pua and Heihei (2017)
by Mary Tillworth

Can Pua the pig stop Heihei the rooster from causing trouble for Moana at the island feast?

You can find more books by publication date by using "More Search Options" in the FCPL Catalog or ask a Librarian for recommendations! 

Stephani Lindsey
Youth Specialist
Sharon Forks Library

Monday, May 3, 2021

Library Limelight: Brooke Rose, Information Services Supervisor, Hampton Park 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!

Ella Brooke Rose
Information Services Supervisor
Hampton Park Library

Where is your hometown?

I consider Cherokee County my hometown. We moved around a bit but mostly lived in Holly Springs and Waleska. I also spent a lot of time in Alderson, West Virginia because my mom lived there when I was growing up.

How long have you been at FCPL?

Just over 3 years.

What other jobs have you had at FCPL?

This is my first. I worked for 10 years as a Youth Coordinator in another library system.

Why did you choose to work in a library?

Growing up I was always an avid reader but did not use the library. After my first grad school adventure, I was a disenchanted anthropology student who had decided anthropology was not the career I wanted to pursue. I had a “duh” moment when my aunt said, “I always pictured you working in a library.”

Describe your job in five words or less.

Creative problem-solving: patrons, programming, schedules

What is unique about your job?

I remember a specific day that illustrates what makes my job unique. A man whom I had assisted filling out a job application on the computer came in to thank me because he had gotten the job. Later that day a woman who had been attending my knitting class came in to show me the dishcloth she had just finished. She was in tears (of happiness) because she felt that learning to knit was honoring her mother who had passed away a couple of years earlier. I get to do a little bit of everything, and these are the moments that make me love my job!

What is your favorite part of your job?

Working with the public is an adventure every day. You never know what interesting people you’ll meet, situations you’ll experience, or problems you’ll help solve. I love solving little mysteries, and we never run short of them in a library!

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

In college I went to do field research in Santa Cruz la Laguna, Guatemala on Lake Atitl├ín and ended up staying. The town was unique because you had to take a boat and climb a mountain to get there. There were no roads or cars, but I’ve seen recent pictures of little taxi scooters that will take people up the mountain now.

What are your hobbies?

Reading, knitting, taking pictures, yoga, hiking, chasing waterfalls, swimming, boating, water skiing, fishing, kayaking, scouting for loons – anything water-related!

What are you reading right now?

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – I just started it, so I don’t know whether I would recommend it or not yet, but it was recommended to me for people who love The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern….which I do!

Paper books, eBooks, or audiobooks?

Paper books are my ultimate favorite, but eBooks are convenient when you unexpectedly get stuck in a waiting room and only have your phone. I forced myself to learn how to listen to audiobooks in the car and while I’m knitting.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

FCPL Reading Challenge: May 2021

Summer is almost here and we're a little envious of all these kids getting out of school. So, this month's challenge is designed to take us all back to our youth.

May Reading Challenge

This month we challenge our staff and our patrons to read a book from the decade in which you were born or read a book from the decade when you started high school.

We'd love to hear about your experience reading from these two pivotal times in your life. What did you read? 

Leave a comment on this blog post, join our conversation on Facebook, or tag us in a photo of what you're reading on Instagram.


If you need help selecting a book for any Reading Challenge in 2021, please Email a Librarian, use our book lists for kids, teens, and adults, or visit the Ask Us desk of any Forsyth County Public Library branch.

April Reading Recap

We read poetry and plays in honor of National Poetry Month. Here are a few highlights:

We're so glad to have you reading along with us and crushing your reading goals for 2021. You're doing great!