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.

Friday, May 28, 2021

AAPI Books

For Asian American Pacific Islander Month, BookRiot features several AAPI owned bookstores and their favorite AAPI-authored book recommendations. Most are in the western US, but offer on-line ordering. 

Atlanta's Maomi Bookstore (and cafe) also made thier list! Additionally, they sell stationery/calligraphy supplies, coffee, and tea. Many of the books are written in Chinese, but if you want to learn the language, you’ll find the books and supplements.

Palaces for the People

At the US Book Show, sociologist Eric Klinenberg, author of the bestselling book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life thanked librarians for their work and stressed that as the nation seeks to recover from a tumultuous year, we will need our public libraries now more than ever before.

“I don’t know all the ways we’re going to have to build and invest...” Klinenberg told librarians. “But I will say that, as we start to rebuild, there is probably no better place to begin, there’s no better site, there is no better public works project, there is no better social infrastructure that expresses who we are and what we want to be than the library.”

Klinenberg called libraries “the best exemplars” of our collective life, and sought to reframe the message of “social distancing” that emerged in the wake of the Covid-19.

“I knew what health officials were trying to tell us, which is to regard each other more carefully,” Klinenberg said. “But I realized the truth was, from the beginning of the pandemic, what we really needed was something more like social solidarity—some real way of thinking more considerately about each other… So what I was thinking from the beginning of the pandemic is that the real message needed to have been ‘physical distance, social solidarity,’ not social distance.”

View his closing keynote here.

Eric Carle and Shmoo

Children's author/illustrator  Eric Carle died this week at age 91. Over 55 million of his stories ("The VeryHungry Caterpillar") have been sold in 66 languages. 

On hearing of the author's passing, a former neighborhood resident of Carle shared a story of her own. She recalled the kindness he showed her during a stressful time. You'll be glad you took a few minutes to read this sweet tribute to the author

Reopening - Phase 2

During this second phase of the Library’s reopening plan, all 32 branch libraries, as well as the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History and Culture will open full time for in-person services. In-person services will be available on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Wednesdays - Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Computer use will continue to be available to all patrons for one hour per day, six days a week.

During this phase of the Library’s reopening, the Library would like to remind patrons of some important changes:

· Curbside Services will no longer be available.

· Meeting, conference and study rooms will remain closed.

· Patrons are asked to wear masks (regardless of vaccination status) and maintain social distancing.

· Self-serve options will remain in place and are recommended for in-branch services like self-checkout machines for paying fines and fees.


Sunday, May 23, 2021

Library Hours/ In-person Services

Reminder, the library is offering In-Person Services on Tuesdays (10 AM - 7 PM) and Saturdays (10 AM - 6 PM).  Curbside Service will remain available on Mondays and Wednesdays-Fridays. Closed Sundays.

FulcoLibrary is pleased to offer in-branch browsing and use of our computer labs at all 32 library branches. Here are a few tips for patrons:
  • In-branch browsing and borrowing includes browsing shelves and using self-check machines for completing as many transactions as possible, like paying fines (with a credit card, no cash accepted at this time) or checking out a book (or 20!) ** PLEASE NOTE: To use the self-checkout machines, you must know your PIN. If you do not know your PIN or never set one up, please see a member of our staff for assistance.
  • Patrons will be allowed one hour per day for in-branch browsing and borrowing, so please plan accordingly. We want everyone to have the opportunity to come back inside!
  • Patrons can use our self-serve copying/printing services while visiting the branch.
  • Patrons will also be able to get in-person assistance at the information desk (including assistance with locating materials in the branch, assisting with new library cards, or other questions).
  • Patrons will also be permitted one hour per day for computer lab use. Those using the lab will receive a disposable keyboard and mouse protector for their time at the computer.