Wednesday, April 16, 2014

2014 Eisner Award Nominees Announced

March: Book 1 cover pageHey Atlanta Comic Con fans and lovers of graphic novels, listen up! This post may interest you particularly...

There's a good reason that we here at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System are excited about the list of nominees for this year's Eisner Awards. Considered the "Oscars" of the comic book industry, this award named after renowned cartoonist Will Eisner (creator of "The Spirit" and pioneer of the graphic novel) is given out in more than twenty-four categories and includes the best publications and artists from the previous year. March: Book One, which hit the shelves last summer is the first in a trilogy based on the life, struggles, and heroism of Atlanta's own Civil Rights pioneer, Representative John Lewis. And for the creative team behind the endeavor, writers John Lewis himself, Andrew Aydin (who is also an aide to Lewis and native Atlantan) and artist Nate Powell, things just keep looking up. The books is nominated for three categories: Best Publication for Teens (13-17,) Best Reality-Based Work, and Powell is also nominated for Best Penciller/Inker. Powell is a previous Eisner winner for his 2009 original graphic novel Swallow Me Whole.        

This series has already proven in many educational and library circles to be a great way to introduce teaching about the Civil Rights movement, it's intensity and importance, to young people in a format that keeps them interested, engaged, and entertained all at the same time. So even if you don't consider yourself an avid fan, or even a reader of, graphic novels, you should definitely give this one a try. Check the library catalog and place a hold on a copy today! 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fulton County Job Fair

Fulton County Job Fair
Employers who expect to hire within the next 90 days will participate in a Job Fair sponsored by the Fulton County Office of Workforce Development on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Job Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Atrium of the Fulton County Government Center located at 141 Pryor Street in Atlanta. Job seekers are urged to dress for success and bring their resumes for the Job Fair initiated by Fulton County District 6 Commissioner Joan P. Garner.

To help citizens prepare to enhance their chances of landing a position, Fulton County will host three Job Readiness Prep Workshops on Tuesday, April 15, Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Neighborhood Union Health Center. The three-hour workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day. Neighborhood Union is located at 186 Sunset Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30314. The deadline to register is Friday, April 11, 2014, and registration is free. And don't forget about the free Job Resources available to you from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

Individuals who plan to attend the Job Fair are urged to take MARTA to Underground Atlanta for convenience and reduced costs that would be associated with parking and identifying available parking near the Government Center.

For more information, call 404-613-6381. The Office of Workforce Development is a division of the Housing and Human Services Department.

Citizens in need of reasonable accommodations due to a disability including communications in an alternative format should contact Nell Kapple in the Housing and Human Services Department at (404) 613-7944. For Georgia Relay Access, dial 711.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nonprofit Fundraising Help At Your Library!

The Foundation Center’s Atlanta office moved out of the Hurt Building and will reopen in the Georgia Pacific Building on May 6. Until then, Foundation Center staff are conducting classes at branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. As always, all library programs are free and open to the public, and the Foundation Center staff also hold walk-in hours at the Central Library to provide one-on-one assistance to patrons. Those hours are Tuesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. through May 6, 2014, on the second floor of the Central Library.  If all of this isn't enough, check out some of the truly excellent free webinars, as well as live chat assistance, that are also available through Grantspace. Even more Grant Resources are available through our Grant Resources page. For a full list of the programs taking place in the coming months at many of our branch libraries, see the dates and times below. We hope all of our patrons will be interested in taking advantage of these wonderful resources! 

Grantseeking Basics 
Tuesday, April 1 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
at the Bowen/Bankhead Branch
Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources. Register >> 

Finding Foundation Support for Your Education
Saturday, April 5 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm
at the Sandy Springs Branch
Learn about tools and techniques for seeking financial support for higher education. Register »

Introduction to Finding Funders
Wednesday, April 9 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm
at Central Library
Get hands-on computer training in using the Foundation Directory Online and other online resources to find matches for your nonprofit’s funding needs. Seating is limited. Register »

How to Start a Nonprofit
Wednesday, April 23 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
at the East Atlanta Branch
This class will explore the characteristics of effective nonprofits and demonstrate how to transform your idea for a charitable program or service into a fully-fledged organization. Register >>

Proposal Writing Basics
Tuesday, June 10 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm
at the Bowen/Bankhead Branch
Teaches newbies the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Learn how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process and provides tips and samples. Register>>

Grantseeking Basics
Wednesday, June 11 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources. Register>>

Proposal Writing Basics
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at the Fairburn Branch 
Teaches newbies the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Learn how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process and provides tips.Register>>

How to Start a Nonprofit
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
at the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch
This class will explore the characteristics of effective nonprofits and demonstrate how to transform your idea for a charitable program or service into a fully-fledged organization. Register>>

Proposal Writing Basics
Monday, July 21, 2014 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
at the East Atlanta Branch 
Teaches newbies the key components of a proposal to a foundation. Learn how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process and provides tips and samples. Register>> 









Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Alpharetta Library Ground Breaking!

New Alpharetta LibraryThe Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will break ground on the new Alpharetta Library Tuesday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. and we'd love to see you there!

The new 25,000-square-foot library for Alpharetta is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program, currently underway. The library will be located in the Alpharetta City Center project in downtown Alpharetta, near the corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Thompson Street.

Cooper Carry, in association with Vines Architecture, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. Peter R. Brown/Moss Construction, Inc., is contracted to provide construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.

The grand opening of the Alpharetta Library is expected in the 2nd quarter of 2015.

In November 2008, Fulton County voters overwhelmingly passed the Library Bond Referendum. The plan will greatly enhance all of the county’s libraries, and includes: 
  • 8 New Branch Libraries: Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek.
  • Two expansion projects: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the South Fulton Library.
Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on all of the Phase I projects. Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. please call 404-730-1972 or email laura.wright@fultoncountyga.gov

You can also stay up-to-date on the Library Building Program by visiting http://www.afpls.org/building-for-the-future.

Monday, March 17, 2014

eBooks From The Federal Government

Federal Depository eBook Banner


THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS E-BOOKS TOO!

The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is now making eBooks available in the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP). These titles are joining the growing number of online resources that have been a vital part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) for over 20 years.
Users can download GPO-provided files of eBooks free of charge, for use on various eBook reading devices.  eBook titles are available in EPUB and MOBI formats, as well as PDF. For technical assistance the Federal Depository Library Program also offers an FAQ page

PDF and HTML versions of many U.S. government publications also are linked from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System catalog. And for more information about The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's role as a U.S. Federal Depository Library and the Ivan Allen Reference Department, visit our website.

There is an eBook search box on the GPO’s eBooks page.


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Palmetto Library Groundbreaking!


The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is once again breaking ground on what will soon be the new Palmetto Library! Please join us for the Groundbreaking Event on Thursday, January 30 at 11:00 a.m. The address of the future library is 9111 Cascade Palmetto Highway, Palmetto, GA 30268. Interested attendees should RSVP to: 404-730-1972 or laura.wright@fultoncountyga.gov by Friday, January 24. We certainly hope to see you there! 


And for continuing updates to our Library Building Program, be sure and check the website often and click the "Your New Libraries - News and Updates" link at the top of the page. 



The Library System is engaged in a $275 million building program, funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008. The project is divided into two phases.
Phase I of the Library Building Program consists of 10 projects, 8 new libraries – Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek – and 2 expanded libraries – Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and South Fulton – with a total budget of $167 million; these dollars include everything from design and construction to funding for collections.  

Follow our progress as we move forward and build for the future! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ring In The New Year With eCampus!

You don't have to be a student to appreciate access to life long learning! The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has an array of online databases that are designed for learners of all ages, backgrounds, and in a variety of subjects. The best part about eCampus? It's free for library card holders and can be used anywhere you have an Internet connection! If you haven't explored any of these resources yet, why not make it your New Year's resolution to give them a try and learn a new skill in 2014? Whether you're trying to pass the GED, want to take a photography or flower arranging class, have a desire to learn Mandarin, or need some extra tutoring in Algebra, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library's eCampus is here to help! Classes that explore these resources will be given throughout the year at many of our locations, starting with Top 10 Ways Students Can Use eCampus at the Southwest Branch this month! Register now to ensure you have a seat, and don't forget your flash drives!

eCampus resources and their descriptions can be found below. And you can always visit our web page and click on the eCampus link in the middle of the screen to access any of these wonderful resources at your own convenience. 

Visit eCampus Resources

eCampus is Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s online learning suite of FREE resources. eCampus supports the empowerment of patrons through eight unique databases strategically designed to support: test preparation and educational resources for all ages – K-adult; continuing education and GED resources, and career and employment resources. eCampus databases are accessible via the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System library card.
The eCampus databases are:

BookFlix (Home access): Online literacy resource for Pre-K through 3rdGrade that offers a unique way to link fact and fiction through online read-along.

Tutor.com: Live online one-on-one tutoring sessions and homework help in academic subjects. Access to resources and links for basic learning skills, homework help, GED preparation and career assistance.

ePrep: Online standardized test preparation for the PSAT, SSAT, SAT, ACT and PLAN. Test prep includes video based instruction.

Testing & Education Reference CenterUnlimited access to college prep tools, scholarship search, preparation and skill building for GED and other tests for technical school and vocational occupations, plus informative career information.

LearningExpress Library: Provides practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, testing resources for all ages -- K-12, undergraduate and graduate, vocational and GED. Career and employment resources are available also.

Mángo LanguagesLearn a new language with an interactive database that provides step-by-step lesson plans including ESL lessons for patrons.

Universal Class: Over 500 online self-paced continuing education classes for adults in a range of subjects related to skills, jobs or personal growth.

Learn4Life: Online continuing education certificate program for professionals, including CEU and PLU-granting courses, online GED, SAT/ACT Prep courses. Click here for more information.

For more information regarding AFPLS eCampus resources, contact Ms. Jurée Hall, Project Coordinator at juree.hall@fultoncountyga.gov or visit www.afpls.org/ecampus.