Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back To School With NoveList!

GALILEO users now have access to NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 Plus, but what has been added?

NoveList has been the premier readers advisory tool for fiction. This database has tools to help users and librarians match fiction titles and authors to readers’ interests, and to help educators integrate fiction into the curriculum. Now users will find additional tools and content covering nonfiction titles and audiobooks. 

The nonfiction included in NoveList Plus is meant to appeal to readers reading for pleasure and includes biographies, narrative nonfiction, real-life adventure, true crime, and other creative nonfiction; not included are text books and how-to books.

New features in NoveList Plus and NoveList Plus K-8
·     Recommended reading lists on such topics as Adventure Travel, Growing Up Around the World, Animals in Our Lives, Historical Scandals, Scientific Discoveries, Women in Sports, and more! 
      You can also use the  Dewey Number Browse to find recommended titles by Dewey number or the Advanced Search features for audio and nonficton search refinement. 
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Other features still available
  • ·         Author, title, and series read-alikes
  • ·         Lexile level assignments
  • ·         Robust awards and notable books lists
  • ·         Book discussion guides
  • ·         Picture book extenders
  • ·         Common Core resources

This resource is free to all library card holders and can be accessed through our website. Simply follow the steps below and get started!
  1. Go to www.afpls.org
  2. Click on the link to A-Z Databases on the right hand side of the page under Books, Research & Databases. 
  3. Click on the link to GALILEO and enter the password. (If you don't know the current password, find it by following these instructions!)
  4. Click on Databases A-Z and type in NoveList Plus.
  5. Start searching and get reading!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Southeast Atlanta Library Community Meeting

Please join us for a project update on the new Southeast Atlanta Library!



New Southeast Atlanta Library Update – Thursday, August 28: 7:00 p.m.
Arthur B. Langford Recreation Center, 1614 Arthur B. Langford Place, SE, Atlanta 30315

The meeting will include a preview of the new building design with architects present to answer questions. The community is invited to meet members of the architectural and engineering team for this project from Stanley Love-Stanley, P.C., in association with Craig Gaulden Davis, along with library team members.

Please attend the meeting and help us in letting others know about this update opportunity!
Community engagement has been the cornerstone of Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Building Program, and we want to update residents about the status of the new library.

If you are not able to attend, questions or comments can be submitted in the following ways:
Please feel free to contact 404-730-1972 or laura.wright@fultoncountyga.gov if you have any questions. And for more information and updates about the Library Building Program, check our website often! We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Database Of The Month: Literature Resource Center!

It's back to school season, which means back to homework season as well. But the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is here to help give you and your grades a boost! Not only can you seek assistance from any of our librarians in our 34 branches, we also have a ton of free databases available 24/7 that will provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Literature Resource Center is an essential one-stop-shop experience for students or researchers in English and Literature. Need to find literary criticisms of Gone With the Wind? How about a biography of Hemingway? Or maybe you wanted to listen to that NPR interview you missed with Tina Fey when she talked about her book Bossypants? Well, you're in luck! Literature Resource Center can find all of this and much, much more.

Literature Resource Center screen shot
The world’s most current, comprehensive and reliableonline literature database, Literature Resource Center is uniquely relevant to today’s researcher. Its rich critical, biographical and contextual content supports interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy and the development of critical-thinking skills. 

In this database you will find full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works of poems, essays and stories, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Students and researchers at all levels will find the information they need, with content covering all genres and disciplines, all time periods and all parts of the world. And as with many of our other databases, Literature Resource Center makes your research even easier by offering the ability to save, print, email and cite the articles you use. You can even listen to the article being read and download the MP3! 
This resource is free to all library card holders and can be accessed through our website. Simply follow the steps below and get started!
  1. Go to www.afpls.org
  2. Click on the link to A-Z Databases on the right hand side of the page under Books, Research & Databases. 
  3. Click on the icon for Literature Resource Center LRC logo
  4. Enter the GALILEO password. (If you don't know the current password, find it by following these instructions!)
  5. Start searching!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bringing Back Reading Rainbow!

Reading Rainbow

When LeVar Burton announced he'd be launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring his beloved children's series Reading Rainbow to the web, no one thought it would get this much attention -- let alone reach its $1 million goal. And now that the huge campaign has come to an end, it can easily be said the joke is on us! Working together, Burton, a few famous friends (such as Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane,) and thousands of individual backers have raised almost $6.5 million to bring Reading Rainbow back to every child, everywhere!  Here's a few of the specifics from the Kickstarter site:

  • On Kickstarter alone, we raised $5,408,916, making us the Fifth Most Funded Kickstarter of All Time!  
  • We also received $70,000 in direct contributions outside of Kickstarter, bringing our pledge total to $5,478,916.
  • And, as promised, Seth MacFarlane has agreed to match a full $1M, bringing our actual total to $6,478,916... almost 6.5 MILLION dollars!
  • With 105,857 backers, this was a true grassroots effort. We now hold the All Time Kickstarter Record for Most Backers, with over 14,000 more backers than the next project!
"These numbers send a clear message about the breadth and depth of our shared commitment to this cause."
The goal of this campaign has been to bring the beloved children's literacy show to multiple mobile platforms, as well as providing subscriptions to thousands of underfunded schools across the country. In fact, Apple and KindleFire users can download the app now and start inspiring the next generation to "take a look, it's in a book!" Check out the App Trailer on YouTube to get a sneak peak at what it will offer, and then get reading! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Northwest Atlanta At Scotts Crossing Library Groundbreaking!

Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library
Come join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we break ground on the new Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m!

The new 25,000-square-foot library for Northwest Atlanta is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program, currently underway. The library will be located at 2489 Perry Boulevard in Northwest Atlanta.

CollinsCooper Carusi Architects, in association with The Freelon Group Architects, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. BenchMark-Brasfield & Gorrie, a joint venture, is contracted with Fulton County to provide construction management, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.

The grand opening of the Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library is expected in the 3rd quarter of 2015. This library will replace service at the Bowen/Bankhead and Perry Homes branches.

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. You can check our website for construction updates on projects that are already underway! 

  • 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 www.afpls.org. We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Time For Summer Cooking!

The temperature outside has officially confirmed summer's arrival! And tomorrow, June 21, also marks the official first day of summer. For a lot of us this time of year is a perfect opportunity to gather the family every weekend around the grill or barbecue, relax in the shade, and eat some delicious meals. Why not let the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System provide you with some summer culinary inspiration! We have a host of cookbooks that are sure to titillate every palate. Check the catalog for these and other titles, put on your apron, grab your tongs, and get cooking! 


Fresh in Summer book cover
  • Fresh in Summer: Cooking with Alistair Handy, by Alistair Handy
  • 100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without: [A Lifelong Companion,] by Cheryl Alters Jamison
  • Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction, by Bobby Flay
  • Wicked Good Barbecue:  Fearless Recipes from Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competitions in the World, by Andy Husbands
  • The Everything Grilling Cookbook : From Vegetable Skewers to Tuna Burgers-- 300 Healthy Recipes for Any Grill, by Rick Marx
And don't forget the libations!



  • Classic Summer Cocktails, by Salvatore Calabrese
  • The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails, Nicole Aloni
  • The Ultimate Party Drink Book, by Bruce Weinstein

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Database Of The Month: Bookflix!

BookFlix homepageDon't let your child's reading skills get rusty during the summer break! Regular trips to check out books at your local branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System are a great way to keep kids engaged with reading during the season, and don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program while you're there. But why not switch things up a bit by using online books and videos from Bookflix to keep them inspired and entertained! 

Bookflix has paired award-winning fiction with engaging nonfiction to help students become fluent, confident, and independent readers. The pairing of fiction and nonfiction has been shown to be an effective way to develop critical reading and comprehension skills. Fiction, with its narrative "story" structure, is often more accessible for beginning readers. It can be used to introduce a topic and provide a bridge to the informational text. This engaging resource for children in grades pre-K through 3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduce them to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Pairing fiction and nonfiction texts enhances readers' comprehension of a particular topic, exposes them to a wider range of vocabulary, and builds background knowledge—and therefore interest. With several topics to choose from such as Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, Music and Rhyme and more, you are sure to find several title pairings that your child will enjoy and learn from. And they will enjoy watching some of their favorite stories come to life in the animated videos!

This resource is free to all library card holders and can be accessed through our website. Simply follow the steps below and get started!

  1. Go to www.afpls.org
  2. Click on the link to A-Z Databases on the right hand side of the page under Books, Research & Databases. 
  3. Click on the icon for Bookflix
  4. Enter the GALILEO password. (If you don't know the current password, find it by following these instructions!)
  5. Have fun reading and watching videos with your kids!