Thursday, June 10, 2021

Big Summer Book List

LitHub has taken all the best of summer reads lists (38 lists and 522 books!) and counted how many times books appeared on each list to compile the "Ultimate Summer Reading List". I don't want to give anything away, so you'll find links to all the lists and the book that appeared on 21 of the lists here. Check the library for availability or shop Bookshop (which supports local indie bookstores).

Tails and Tales

This year's summer reading program theme is "Tails and Tales". Visit  to register and to find out what events are being offered.

Monday, May 31, 2021

The Crosses

The Crosses
William H. McRaven 

This poem is dedicated to all the men and women, regardless of faith, who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation.

I have stood before the crosses
as we laid a soldier down.
They cast a simple shadow
upon the upturned ground.
The bugler sounds taps
as each cross its witness bears
to the journey of a soldier
released from earthly cares.

I have stood before the crosses
and prayed a lonely prayer,
in hopes of some redemption
as I struggled to compare
My life of long contentment
with the soldier’s hallowed call
to warrant with his dying breath
a better world for all.

I have stood before the upturned ground
and struggled to compare
my courage and my character
with the man or woman there.
Would I have died a valiant death
in a foreign land,
upon a distant battlefield,
to save my fellow man?

I have stood before the crosses
as the sun was going down,
watching as the shadows faded
upon the upturned ground.
I have looked upon the hillside of
the crosses, row on row,
upon the young and brave of heart
never to grow old.

I have knelt before the crosses
at night, before I sleep,
and made upon my bended knee
a covenant I keep:
To live a life of service,
to honor all our losses,
for those who went before us,
those beneath the crosses.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Get Wild!

The UK's Wildlife Trusts' annual 30 Days Wild campaign starts 1 June. People are encouraged to get out and experience nature every day for a month. A survey of last year’s participants has revealed the UK's favourite 'random acts of wildness'.

  • Listening to birdsong 
  • Exercising outdoors
  • Eating outdoors / picnic
  • Identifying wildflowers
  • Planting wildflower seeds
  • Going on a bug hunt
  • Making a wildlife home (birdbox, bee hotel)
  • Sketching, drawing or painting nature
This sounds like a fantastic idea where ever you live! Visit the library for identification guides, nature craft how-to, and family passes to Georgia State Parks or the Atlanta Zoo. A new section of the Greenway is opening, too!

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Reasons to Remember

"In our (Memorial Day) gatherings this year, as the wave of grief crests and rolls through, let's also celebrate the opportunity to reunite. Grief and joy can be experienced at the same time. Those who fight for our freedoms take pleasure in seeing us celebrate these freedoms, as long as we do this while also paying respect in a sincere and authentic way to those who have fallen." - Shauna Springer

Library Closing

Fulton County libraries, goverment offices, as well as their COVID-19 vaccination & testing sites will be closed Monday 31 May in observance of Memorial Day. All will re-open on Tuesday.