Friday, March 30, 2021

Georgia Writers, Southern Voices

The finalists for the 2018 Townsend Prize represent the very best achievements in letters by Georgia writers over the course of the preceding two years, reflecting the prize’s celebration of the Southern voice in all its intricacies and incarnations. The finalists for the 2018 Townsend Prize for Fiction are:

The Guineveres by Sarah Domet
Over the Plain Houses by Julia Franks
The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
The Lemon Jell-O Syndrome by Man Martin
Lightning Men by Thomas Mullen
The Half Wives by Stacia Pelletier
Among the Living by Jonathan Rabb
Shadow of the Lions by Christoper Swann
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires by Daren Wang
The awards ceremony will be held 19 April!

Wednesday, March 28, 2021

"Love, Simon" Author Book Signing in Roswell

Becky Albertalli, author of "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" - American Library Association's William C. Morris Award for 2015's best debut novel written for teens - will be in Roswell for a book signing.

Albertalli will be at Aurora Cineplex in Roswell on March 31 for a special book signing and screening of “Love, Simon”. George Weinstein of the Atlanta Writers Club, “put this event together with the help of Aurora Cineplex and Bookmiser to celebrate AWC member Becky Albertalli's dream come true.”

Albertalli will sign books before and after the 7:05pm screening. She'll hold a short Q&A session prior to the second signing session.
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Library Closed

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The Atlanta Fulton Public Library System will be closed this Sunday in observance of Easter. (Sunday is also April Fools Day so be careful when you crack open your Easter eggs!)

Sunday, March 25, 2021

Changes in Library Spending

American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement on March 23 in response to President Trump signing the FY2018 omnibus spending bill:

“One year ago, the White House proposed eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and slashed millions of dollars in federal funding for libraries. Twelve months and tireless advocacy efforts later, ALA advocates have helped libraries:
win $9 million more for IMLS than it had in FY2017, including $5.7 million for the Library Services and Technology Act.
restore $27 million for the Innovative Approaches to Literacy program.
provide $350 million for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

“Congress also appropriated an unexpected $700 million for Title IV education programs, which opens doors to new funding for school libraries.

“Congress added a policy provision that has been on our advocacy agenda for years: Congressional Research Service reports will now be published online by the Library of Congress, ensuring for the first time permanent public access to valuable government information.

“To protect federal library funding, we need to keep reminding Congress that libraries bring leaders and experts together to solve difficult problems, that we deliver opportunities, from academic success to work readiness. We need to invite elected leaders into our libraries to see what we do for their constituents with a small investment of federal dollars. And we need to engage our library users and other community leaders in this important work.

“ALA’s Washington Office will continue to provide the expertise, strategy and resources that have helped make our advocacy so effective. To get involved, visit”

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 31, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join us for an egg-cellent Easter Egg Hunt!

Suggested Audiences:Elementary, Preschool
Phone: 770-360-8897

More Than a Story

Story-time is often at the core of library programming. Here's a few reasons why:
  • Your child(ren) get experience in listening to another adult
  • They learn to pay attention to someone who's not their parent
  •  How to sit quietly while they are speaking
  • Experiencing the public performance of literature
  • Kids are potentially exposed to a diverse selection of authors, cultural backgrounds and narrative styles
  • Library storytime fosters a lifelong love for the library
Learn more about the benefits - for parents, too - at Medium.

Big Blue Library

Freshta Karim wanted to give Kabul’s children the opportunity to widen their horizons. She hosted children's reading groups at her home, but was looking for a way to expand. 

“I don’t know how many of us can really forget the pain that the war has given us. Maybe children are too young to think about it, but I still feel that they realize it,” she said. “I hope a program like this can give them an opportunity to forget those things.”

Karim, 25 year old with a Master's in public policy, explained that people her age don't remember libraries.  Save the Children reports that, a third of Afghan children are unable to attend school.
The transportation ministry provided the bus, books were donated and other donations help with gasoline.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas

A color photograph of Marjory Stoneman Douglas late in her life. She is shown in profile, seated, with a cat on her lap. She is white-haired tanned and wrinkled. She wears a lapelled jacket and low-brimmed straw hat. She and the cat gaze at each other lovingly.
"Speak up. Learn to talk clearly and forcefully in public. Speak simply and not too long at a time, without over-emotion, always from sound preparation and knowledge. Be a nuisance where it counts, but don’t be a bore at any time… Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action… Be depressed, discouraged and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption and bad politics — but never give up." 

She was a journalist, author, women's suffrage & civil rights advocate, and conservationist.  AFPLS has several of her books.

Friday, March 23, 2021

Runway Mommies

Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman and Justin Henry in the 1979 film adaptation of Avery Corman’s novel Kramer vs Kramer.Crave the thrill of reading about something we know we’ll never do? The Guardian has 10 books about runaway mommies. Here's a few-
Ladder of Years-Anne Tyler
The Women’s Room-Marilyn French
Kramer vs Kramer-Avery Corman
Where’d You Go, Bernadette-M Semple

the Patronus

"Dragging myself through another bout of severe depression and re-reading the 'Harry Potter' series to strengthen my Patronus. A million thanks to J.K. Rowling for the magical escape that's always there when it's needed",  a fan wrote on twitter. 

"Those stories saved their author, too. Nothing makes me happier than to think that they went out into the world to do the same for other people. Keep that Patronus powerful" replied Rowling.

Rowling said her experiences with depression inspired the idea of Dementors — dark, soul-sucking beings that drain their victims of all hope. "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed — never. What’s there to be ashamed of?"

If you need help, don't suffer in silence. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or visit their website for more information.

Anne, Charlotte, Emily

“If she were more perfect, she would be less interesting.” —Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

“It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior.” —Anne Brontë, Agnes Grey

I am not an angel, and I will not be one till I die: I will be myself.” —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free…Why am I so changed?” —Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

“I remembered that the real world was wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had the courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.” —Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Peace Corps

Peace Corps Information Session
Saturday: March 31. 11 am - noon

Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime.  A former volunteer will be at this information session to share hands-on volunteer experiences. You will be able to ask questions about service this service and gain tips to guide you through the application process. No registration required. Teens and Adults.

Wednesday, March 14, 2021

Stephen Hawking 1942-2018

❝One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don't throw it away❞ - Interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer, June 2010

❝My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus❞ - Interview. New York Times, December 2004

❝We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special❞ - Interview, Der Spiegel, October 1988

Search the AFPLS catalogue for more by & about Professor Hawking

Kids Vote for Your Favorite Author!

The Milner Award encourages children to read by empowering them to select their favorite authors and then bring them to Atlanta for the Milner Award Program each year. School children and their teachers and media specialists have the opportunity to come to the free program to meet the author in person and hear them speak. The winning author is chosen by votes gathered both in the elementary schools and in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System branches. Kids can vote here!

Be the Change

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Monday, March 12, 2021

Mommy and Me Yoga class

Mommy and Me Yoga class 
Begins March 7. Wednesdays 11:30 am- noon 
The class is open to parents with pre-schoolers. 
Bring yoga mats and wear comfortable clothes. 

small, Small World Preschool Art

small, Small World Preschool Art
Tuesdays: March 20, April 17, May 15. 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Grab your passports and join us as we travel the globe as part of the John Creek Art Centers learning adventure. small, Small World is a multi-sensory learning experience for children. Each session participants will embark on a 40-minute journey to far-off locales where they learn about children around the world through music, movement, art, and literature. This is a free program funded by the City of Johns Creek. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Advance registration is required. Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk. Ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers.

Music for Preschoolers

Music for Preschoolers
Tuesday March 13. 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Preschoolers and their parents are invited to attend entertaining and educational programs. Learn how music teaches your child early literacy skills, improves motor function and deepens the bond between preschooler and parent. Ages 2 and above with caregiver.

Friday, March 2, 2021

Library Renovations - please attend

Public meetings will be held to gather community input and recommendations for the construction/design team. 

Libraries included in Group 2:
  •  Ocee (public meeting scheduled for March 8, 2021)
  • Northeast/Spruill Oaks (public meeting scheduled for March 27, 2021)
  • Northside (public meeting scheduled for March 20, 2021)
  • Mechanicsville (public meeting scheduled for April 2, 2021)
  • Buckhead (March 14, 2021)