Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Join The Big Read 2014!

The Atlanta History Center, in partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, presents The Big Read! This program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. It is the largest reading program in American history and a multi-faceted initiative uniting communities across the nation through great literature. Chances to participate abound! With book chats, lectures, storytimes, films and more being hosted at many of our branches, you are sure to find a way to get involved.

This year’s selection is Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North, a
present day quest novel set in the highly charged atmosphere of the U.S.–Mexico border region. The program encourages the public to get involved with the Big Read by reading the book, attending free programs and promoting the initiative in their community.

A list of highlighted programs being can be found below, but be sure to visit the Atlanta History Center's website for more events and other information. Reservations may be be required for most events, so call 404.814.4000 for more details. We hope all of our patrons will join in the reading and also the fun!

2014 Big Read Highlights

The Big Read: Into the Beautiful North                                          
Coming to America: Stories from Atlanta’s Immigrant Communities
Monday, September 15. 7:00 p.m.
Listen to the stories of fellow Atlantans who have emigrated from their home countries to the United States. Their stories span the past half century and around the world -- from as far away as Poland, Vietnam, and Ethiopia; to right across the border in Mexico.  

Keynote Lecture With Luis Alberto Urrea
Location: Atlanta History CenterWednesday, September 17. 7:00 p.m.
Join the Atlanta History Center for an unforgettable evening with Into the Beautiful North author, Luis Alberto Urrea, and celebrate The Big Read.

Big Read Film Festival: Location: Atlanta History CenterSunday, October 5. Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Spend an afternoon celebrating the parallels between page and screen as we showcase movies that relate to the topics and themes in Luis Alberto Urrea’s Into the Beautiful North.

12:00 p.m. - The Magnificent Seven, the 1960 John Sturge’s classic Western film that Into the Beautiful North pays homage to, in which an oppressed Mexican peasant village assembles seven gunfighters to help defend their homes. This film stars Yul Brynner, Eli Wallach, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson.

3:00 p.m. - Under the Same Moon, (La Misma Luna) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again.

The Big Read’s “Little Read” Storytime
Location: Ocee Library 
Monday, September 15. 10:30 a.m.
Join the Atlanta History Center and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for a “Little Read,” a part of a month-long celebration of reading known as The Big Read. Staff from the Atlanta History Center will present this exciting storytime for children ages 3-5.

The Big Read 2014 Author Talk: Luis Alberto Urrea
Location: Roswell Library
Wednesday, September 17. 2:00 p.m.                               
The Roswell Library will host Luis Alberto Urea, author of the book, Into the Beautiful North, the Big Read’s 2014 selection. Come meet with author and hear him discuss his book.

The Big Read Book Chat 
Location: Hapeville Library
Thursday, September 18. 2:00 p.m.
The Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System present a book chat on Into the Beautiful North, this year’s Big Read selection written by Luis Alberto Urrea. Adults.

The Big Read Book Chat 
Location Bowen/Bankhead Library
Wednesday, September 24. 12:00 p.m.
The Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System present a book chat on Into the Beautiful North, this year’s Big Read selection written by Luis Alberto Urrea. Light refreshments will be served.  Adults.

The Big Read Book Chat 
Location: Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
Wednesday, October 1. 4:30 p.m.
The Atlanta History Center and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System present a book chat on Into the Beautiful North, this year’s Big Read selection written by Luis Alberto Urrea. Light refreshments will be served. Adults.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wolf Creek Library Grand Opening!

In just a matter of days your new Wolf Creek Library will be opening its doors to the public for the very first time, and we'd love to welcome all of our patrons to join us for the grand opening celebration! Located in Southwest Atlanta at 3100 Enon Road, this branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is in a location that previously did not have library service close by. Residents will now be able to check out materials, families with small children will attend storytimes, teens will come to study and take advantage of homework help, and everyone will be able to work on the public computers, use free WiFi, enjoy author talks, and attend other great programs at this beautiful new library. 

This 25,000-square-foot library for Wolf Creek is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program. Leo A. Daly Co. provided design and engineering services for the new library, and Hogan Construction Group,LLC, provided construction management services. Heery/Russell was the program management team. 

Situated in a wooded landscape this library is truly unique with its striking copper-colored metal paneled exterior and stacked stone details. The large floor-to-ceiling windows provide an expansive view of nature, and allow tremendous natural light into the building. With access to a large meeting room area, study rooms, a music room, and separate spaces for teens and for children, the patrons of Wolf Creek are sure to be pleased! 

Other important aspects of this library and all of the others included in the Library Building Program are both the public art component and the environmentally sustainable LEED certification.Through the Fulton County Art in Public Places Resolution, 1% of each building project budget goes toward the creation of public art. Local artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, whose work can be found in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, was selected through a community-driven selection process, and has created a soaring sculpture visitors will see as they enter entitled, Strength of Heart: A Journey Project for the Community at Wolf Creek. She has also contributed several framed quilted works which are placed throughout the library. Through green building design each of these new libraries expects to achieve LEED Silver status.

Please plan a visit to this beautiful new facility and take advantage of all this state of the art library has to offer!

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. 
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
  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 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
  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 You can also stay up-to-date on the Library Building Program by visiting We hope to see you there!