Wednesday, August 24, 2011


BookLamp is a just launched book recommendation website with a unique twist - a computer does all the recommending.

Researchers from several universities scanned in thousands of books and then broke them down into their thematic elements (for example, 'travel' or 'pregnancy' or even 'rocky terrain'), so computers can analyze what elements are present in the books you like, and then match those same elements with books to be recommended.

It can be a bit hit-or-miss as far as its recommendations go, but there's no denying it's an interesting approach.  You can read more about it here in an interesting article by Laura Miller on

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Walk for Literacy

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System invites you to the first Walk for Literacy on Saturday, September 24. It is sponsored by the Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta (LAMA), a newly formed alliance of advocates for adult literacy. AFPLS has assisted in the formation of this group and is an active member.
Did you know that nearly 900,000 people in metro Atlanta are functionally illiterate? That is 28% of the population!  It impacts our community in significant ways from employment to crime statistics. It contributes to homelessness, negative health outcomes and poor economic development.
Please help us support adult literacy in our community by registering for the Literacy Walk. Go to The cost is $20 (plus $3.75 administration fee) for a 5K walk/run. When you register, please choose Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as your choice for support. Don't want to walk or run? You can still make a gift that counts! Simply go to the web site and choose "phantom walker."
Our GED and adult education services will benefit from your choice--70% of all proceeds from those who register to support AFPLS go directly to our GED and related services. Now is the time to get on this bandwagon.
Talk to your neighbors, friends, relatives, and everyone you know to encourage them to sign up for this inaugural event. Thanks for your support of the Library System. See you on September 24!