Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Art and Author Events at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is starting the new year off with a bang! With so many interesting programs in all of our library branches it is hard to decide which ones to attend. Check out the list below and you are sure to find something for everyone in a branch near you. Book signings, author discussions, film screenings, concerts and plenty of children's activities abound! Happy New Year!

Meet Author Sister Souljah: Book Discussion and Book Signing
Saturday, January 30.  2:00 –5:00 p.m.
Join us for the discussion of A Moment of Silence (Book #3 of the Midnight Series) with the author. Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a writer, political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. Medu Bookstore will be onsite selling books. Reservations required. Adults.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1908

The Colors of My Mind: African-Americans for the Arts Exhibition
Now Through February 26. Library hours.
First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception, February 4, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In Celebration of Black History Month, a multi-media group art exhibition will be presented by members of the African-Americans for the Arts.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1745

Artist Exhibit: "Voodoo Fetish Dolls" by Keith Frutiger
Now Through March 12. Library hours.
Artist Keith Frutiger has shown throughout Atlanta and across the country. He inhabits a unique fantasy world for his paintings and has ventured into a different world for this three dimensional wall art. Sponsored by the Friends of the East Atlanta Library.
East Atlanta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
400 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta 30316
For information call 404.730.5438

Annual Ida Williams Memorial Poetry Contest
Now Through April 16. Library hours.
Children and teens enter Ida Williams Memorial poetry contest and win Barnes & Noble’s gift cards. Poetry can be free-verse or rhyming. Entries can be hand-written, typed or computer printed. Three grade categories (grades K-2, grades 3-5, and grades 6-8) with many chances to win first and second prizes in each grade category. Sponsored by the North Side Library Association. Become one of Buckhead’s famous young poets and win a prize! Several entries per person allowed. Entries must be submitted by April 16. Grades K-8.  Winners will be announced in May 2016.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For information call 404.814.3500

Family Movies and Special Guest Discussions: Dr. King, Civil Rights and Other History
Monday, February 1. 6:30 p.m.
Visits from authors Jaqueline James, author of Friends of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Series, and Velma Thomas 
Fann, author of Lest We Forget.
Cleveland Avenue Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
47 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta 30315
For information call 404.762.4116

Roswell Roots: Family Storytime With Josie Bailey
Monday, February 1.  6:30 p.m.
Josie Bailey’s original tales about real historic figures and slave times and her unique retelling of Uncle Remus favorites bring to life the experiences of our ancestors.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Travel the Path of Freedom Through Film
Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23. 3:30 p.m.
Each week will be a different Black History Month Movie. TBA. All ages.
Washington Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta 30314
For information call 404.752.8760

Children’s Author and Educator: Nikki Porter
Wednesday, February 3. 10:30 a.m.
Children’s author Nikki Porter will read her new book, Grandpa Visits London, in recognition of Children’s Authors and Illustrators Week. Ages 3-6.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

The Truth About Parenting: a Panel Discussion With Author H. Jean Gray
Wednesday, February 3. 10:30 a.m.
Author H. Jean Gray and other panelists discuss best practices for parenting and share tips on how to deal with difficult behavior in children. Parents and children.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Book Widow’s Couples Who Read Together Discussion
Wednesday, February 3. 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Four local authors discuss how to get both parties in a relationship reading. They also provide gift ideas for your favorite reader’s Valentine’s Day gift.
Milton Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
855 Mayfield Road, Milton 30009
For information call 404.613.4402

Black History Films at Your Library
Fridays, February 5, 12, 19, 26. 1:00 p.m.
In celebration of Black History Month, join us for this cinematic celebration of the past and how it affects our present. 
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Kirkwood by the Book: Author Talk
Saturdays, February 6, 20; April 2. 2:00 p.m.
Feb. 6: author Sonya Jenkins discusses her first novel, Shayla’s Catch. Adults.
Feb. 20: author, musician and Chatt Hills Municipal Court Judge Jim Barfield discusses his young adult novel, Box Cars. Ages 13 and up.
Apr. 2: author Sonya Jenkins discusses her first novel, Shayla’s Catch. Adults.
Kirkwood Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
11 Kirkwood Road, Atlanta 30317
For information call 404.377.6471

Rockin’ Your Character: A Cyberbullying Program with Author Robin Washington Banks
Saturday, February 6. 2:00 p.m.
Robin Washington Banks, great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, presents songs and poetry that will increase your ability to deal with bullying, strengthen your character and be a master of yourself. Includes an author reading and book signing of Li’l Jasmine’s Sticks & Stones a Story about character building. Ages 12 and up.
East Atlanta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
400 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta 30316
For information call 404.730.5438

How to Self-Publish
Thursday, February 11. 6:00 p.m.
Introduction to self-publishing for the new author. With ebooks, self-publishing has become more popular and more feasible than ever. Topics include: the importance of editing and rewriting; building your writer’s platform; E-book vs print; marketing and when to approach a publisher or agent. Facilitated by Simone Adams.  Adults.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For Information call 404.814.3500

The Loving Story Film Screening
Sunday, February 14. 3:00 p.m.
This film explores the dramatic love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia that changed history.
AARL Satellite Gallery
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples Street, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.730.2130

Children’s Author and Educator: Morris Mapp
Wednesday, February 17. 10:30 a.m.
Morris Mapp read his book about the Herndon family, an African-American family from Atlanta. Ages 4-6.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

What is a Writer’s Platform?
Thursday, February 18. 6:00 p.m.
A successful writer’s platform can help sell your book, build your fan base and make you credible to publishers. Topics include: what is a writer’s platform; author’s website; social media; networking; keeping statistics and how to use your data to sell your book. Facilitated by Simone Adams. Adults.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For Information call 404.814.3500

Harp Concert
Thursday, February 18. 6:30 p.m.
Nationally renowned harpist, Lisa Handman, will perform classical favorites. Ages 8 and up.
Alpharetta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
For information call 404.613.6735

Johns Creek Poetry Group   
Saturdays, February 20, March 19, May 21. 10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Learn to express yourself through poetry, improve your writing skills or just appreciate the craft. Bring 7 copies of your work to share. Ages 8-adults. Sponsored by The Friends of the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library.
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022
For information call 770.360.8820

Film Screening: Something to Cheer About: Celebration of the 1957 Crispus Attucks Tigers
Sunday, February 21. 2:00 p.m.
The inspirational documentary is a cinematic celebration of the Crispus Attucks Tigers, an Indianapolis high school basketball team that overcame racial segregation in the 1950s to become the first all-black team to win a state basketball championship.
AARL Satellite Gallery
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples Street, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.730.2130

Author’s Discussion and Book Signing: Marvin Williams, Athletic Racism and Brown vs. Board of Education
Sunday, February 21. 3:00 p.m.
Author Marvin Williams will discuss his latest publication which explores the complex historical relationship between racism, education and athletics in the United States.
AARL Satellite Gallery
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples Street, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.730.2130

Black History Month Dramatic Monologues
Tuesday, February 23. 4:00 p.m.
McClarin HS Drama students will present monologues about African-American Heroes who impacted our society.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

Children’s Author and Educator: Toni Hill
Wednesday, February 24. 10:30 a.m.
Toni Hill read his book, What if There Were No Black Folks? A Story about African-American Inventors and Pioneers in celebration of African American History Month. Ages 4-7.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

Author Deborah Wiles Writing Workshop: Exploring the Hero's Journey -- A Plot Workshop
Saturday, February 27. 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Award-winning author presents a workshop for writers ages 12-adults. Sponsored by Friends of the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library and the Southern Breeze Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022
For information call 770.360.8820

Women in Focus Photography Exhibition
February 28 – April 1. Library hours.
First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception, March 3. 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In celebration of International Women’s Month, March 2016, a photograph exhibition will be presented by Women in Focus, a non-profit artist-initiated organization of women photographers who have joined together to support and promote the photographic arts.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Community Discussion: The Past, Present and Future of Legacy African American Communities
Sunday, February 28. 3:00 p.m.
The Metropolitan Library, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library, will host this community discussion, facilitated by Dr. (Richard) Moriba Kelsey, highlighting the collaborative work of scholars, educators and community residents in preserving the collective memory and communal history of black communities and neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Metropolitan Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30327
For information call 404.613.5722

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Give A Gift That Gives Back!






Books are only the beginning! Our libraries are so much more than books! They are places where people of all ages gather to read, learn, connect and explore. The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation is dedicated to helping our libraries serve as cultural and intellectual centers that enrich the community and empower residents with tools for life-long learning.                                                  

Your tax-deductible gifts are needed more than ever to keep our libraries dynamic, stimulating and relevant in today's world. No matter what the amount, donations help make more opportunities possible for learning, making connections and enriching lives.  Click here to make a gift

Your library will thank you for it!

                                                   
Gratefully,   
John R. Thomas 
Chairman 

     



Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Metropolitan Library Grand Opening Celebration!

Metropolitan Library rendering
The Atlanta-FultonPublic Library System is preparing to open its seventh new library as part of Phase I of the Library Building Program with a grand opening celebration on Thursday, October 1 at 11:00 a.m. Please join us!

The new 25,000-square-foot Metropolitan Library will be located at 1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta 30310. This library will replace service at the Stewart-Lakewood Library, which will close to the public as of 6:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18, to prepare for the grand opening of the new library.

SmithDalia Architects, in association with Craig Gaulden Davis and ai3, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Winter Johnson Group, a Joint Venture, provided construction management services, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.

This opening is part of Phase I of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Library Building Program, including construction of 8 new branch libraries and 2 expansion projects. In addition to the Metropolitan Library, six libraries have already opened: Wolf Creek (September 2014), Palmetto (December 2014), East Roswell (February 2015), Northwest at Scotts Crossing (July 2015), Milton (July 2015), and Alpharetta (July 2015). The Southeast Atlanta Library, is expected to open later this year and both the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the South Fulton Library are currently closed and under construction as the two expansion projects.

Green building design and sustainability are priorities for all Phase I library projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on each project. Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community.

In November 2008, Fulton County voters overwhelmingly passed the Library Bond Referendum. The plan will greatly enhance all of the county’s libraries, and Phase I includes 8 new branch libraries, Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood, and Wolf Creek and 2 expanded libraries, the Auburn Avenue Research Library and the South Fulton Branch. 


For more information please visit our website, and click on “Your New Libraries” on the front page for updates. To RSVP for the event, please call 404-730-1977. 

We hope  to see you there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World at the Central Library

painting by Samina Quraeshi–Courtesy of Samina Quraeshi
“Wazir Khan Mosque in Reflection,”painting by Samina Quraeshi–Courtesy of Samina Quraeshi
Please join us this fall from September 8 through November when the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Central Library will take visitors on a voyage of discovery to explore the rich tapestry of Muslim poetry through Poetic Voices of the Muslim World, a travelling exhibit accompanied by poetry readings and musical performances.  

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has partnered with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta to provide complementary programming each Tuesday at noon, and some Saturdays at noon on topics such as Islamic art, architecture and calligraphy, music, film making, and children’s story time. Four special programs occur on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. between October 27 and November 17.

The first floor of the Central Library will have a display of lushly-illustrated, vibrant panels featuring photography and calligraphic masterworks, as well as the work of poets ranging from traditional to contemporary and across the globe. Poetic traditions from four major language areas — Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu —introduce poetry from Asia, Africa and diaspora communities in Europe and the United States. 

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities:  Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional support was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. Local programming and support developed and provided by the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.

All programs are free and open to the public. See below for a full list of programs related to Poetic Voices and, for more information visit our website or call 404-730-1896. All programs listed below will be held at the Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303.

Programming Information:

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Art
Tuesday, September 8. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dr. Sandra Bird, Professor of Art Education at Kennesaw State University, presents an introduction to Islamic Art.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Art
Tuesday, September 22. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Multimedia artist Kelly Izdihar Crosby delves into the varied artistic styles of the Islamic world.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Children’s Story Time
Saturday, September 26. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Jelena presents stories from across the Muslim world.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1896

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: The Power of Moving Images
Tuesday, September 29. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Ameer Muhammad presents a program on film, film making and shooting with different types of cameras.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Architecture
Saturday, October 3. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Amin Tomeh presents a program on the beautiful architecture of the Islamic world.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Rap with Ameer
Tuesday, October 6. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Ameer Muhammad discusses rap lyrics and the history of Muslim influence on rap.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Arabic Language and Calligraphy
Saturday, October 20. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come and learn about this beautiful language and art and get your name written in Arabic.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Children’s Story Time
Saturday, October 24. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Jelena returns with more stories from across the Muslim world.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Painting and Calligraphy
Tuesday, October 27. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Multimedia artist Kelly Izdihar Crosby demonstrates the beautiful arts of painting and calligraphy.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1896

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Worlds of the Ghazal
Tuesday, October 27. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Syed Akbar Hyder presents a discussion and readings of Ghazal. Then singer Kiran Ahluwalia and accompanist Rez Abbasi performs a contemporary styling of this timeless poetic form.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: The Traveling Word: A West African Epic
Tuesday, November 3. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Poet and storyteller Kewulay Kamara and West African Jali musicians tell the story of preserving an ancient oral epic after Sierra Leone's Civil War.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islam and the Blues
Tuesday, November 10. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, presents a discussion of the Islamic origins of the Blues.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Poetry Reading and Discussion
Tuesday November 17. 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Poet and author Kazim Ali presents readings of his poems, a view from the vantage point of a Muslim and an American.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Children’s Story Time
Saturday, November 21. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join us as Jelena returns with more stories from across the Muslim World.



Wednesday, August 12, 2015

September Art And Author Programs!

Art and Author programs abound during the month of September at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System! The list below is a long one (which is a good thing!) so take the time to scroll through and see what might be happening at your local library next month. All programs are free an open to the public, but may require reserving a spot ahead of time. Don't wait! Find an event to attend and reserve your seat today! Book talks, art exhibits, film screenings, concerts and more!

Celebrate the Future: Atlanta Artists Center Members Exhibition
Through September 18. Library hours.
The Atlanta Artists Center members will present a multimedia group art exhibition. This non-profit organization, founded in 1954 by a group of local artists, is one of the largest member artists’ organizations in Georgia. The mission is to support the growth and education of emerging artists and to bring art education into the community.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1749

September Exhibit: Atlanta Artists Center Art Collection
Tuesday, September 1-30. Library hours.
Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs 30328
For information call 404.303.6130

Sankofa Film Festival Finale
Tuesday, September 1. 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The Southwest Branch, in collaboration with the Hammonds House Museum, will host the Sankoka Film Festival Finale. This film series celebrates the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of African Americans through film ends. Join us for a closing discussion to the film series. All ages.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta 30310.
For information call 404.699.6363

Film Screening: Looking for Langston
Thursday, September 3. 7:00 p.m.
In recognition of Atlanta Black Gay Pride (2015), the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host a screening of this acclaimed art house documentary. Black British filmmaker Isaac Julien`s film is a lyrical and poetic consideration of the life of revered Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. This film (60 minutes) contains adult themes and images and is not suitable for children.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
For information call 404.612.0487 

Teen Photography Contest
Due September 4. Library hours.
Third annual photo contest for teens! Submit an original 8x10 photo taken during your summer vacation. Photo must be mailed or hand delivered in an envelope with your name, email, or local phone number by September 4. One entry per person. Photos will be on display as part of the annual photography exhibit. Prizes include gift cards to Binders, Barnes and Noble and Michaels. If you want your photo returned, pick it up at the library.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For information call 404.814.3500

An Afternoon of Jazz With Rosemary Rainey and John Robertson
Saturdays, September 5, October 3, December 5. 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy some of the great jazz standards. For over 20 years John Robertson and Rosemary Rainey were the headliners at Dante’s Down the Hatch (now closed). Ms. Rainey is sure to take you down memory lane as she sings some of the great standards accompanied by her husband Mr. Robertson. They are students and enthusiasts of jazz. 
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For information call 404.814.3500

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Art
Tuesday, September 8. 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Sandra Bird, Professor of Art Education at Kennesaw State University, presents an introduction to Islamic Art.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

An Evening of Spoken Word and Poetry
Tuesday, September 8. 5:00 p.m.
Participants will share original spoken word and poetry. Tweens/teens. Registration required.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Southwest Poetry Club
Tuesdays, September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1. 6:00–7:45 p.m.
Come and experience the enlightenment and prose of some wonderful poetry.  Share and recite some of your poetry. It’s for the poet who is new to poetry events and the experienced poet. Poetry can be read or recited. All ages.
Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.6363

Author’s Spotlight: Robert Jones, We All Have 4 Downs
Tuesday, September 8. 6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
If life is like a football game, there are four downs. Robert Jones will share his book and lead the discussion about the four downs of life. Part of the author’s spot light series. Adults.
Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.6363

Author Deborah Wiles: Turning Your Personal History into Published Material
Saturday, September 12. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Come hear award-winning author Deborah Wiles talk about how to access your personal narrative -- your own life history --and turn it into story in picture books, poetry and novels. We'll work with specific techniques and models. Bring notebooks and a WIP if you like. *This workshop is suggested for adults and for youths 12 years of age and older. Registration required. Sponsored by The Friends of the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library. 
For registration call 770.360.8820 email karen.swenson@fultoncountyga.gov
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022
For information call 770.360.8820

Artist Meet and Greet: Geinene Carson
Saturday, September 12. 3:00 p.m.
Join the Friends of the East Atlanta Library for an artist meet and greet with Grant Park artist Geinene Carson. 
East Atlanta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
400 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta 30316
For information call 404.730.5438

Divine Feminine: Photographic Exhibit by Linda Costa Cheranichit
Sunday, September 13-Sunday, November 1. Library hours.
Opening Event and Artist’s Talk: Sunday, September 13. 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with Hammonds House Museum, will host this exhibition by light painting photographer Linda Costa Cheranichit. Inspired by Ifa, the African traditional belief system of the Yourba peoples, also known as Candomble in the artist’s native country Brazil, Cheranichit shares her artistic interpretation of the divine found in everyday women of color. This exhibition will be on display in the AARL
Satellite Gallery at the Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples Street, Atlanta 30310.
For information call 404.612.0487 

Buckhead Writers’ Group
Mondays, September 14, 28; October 26; November 9, 23; December 14, 28. 10:30 a.m.
Do you have the desire to write a novel or play? The Buckhead Writers Group might be of interest to you. Novice to experienced. Share your writings with other participants. Give and receive critiques. Share information regarding the writing and publishing industry. Facilitated by Anita Lovely.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For information call 404.814.3500

Author’s Spotlight: Dr. B. Ross, Teaching to Transform From the Inside Out
Tuesday, September 15.  6:00 p.m.-7:45 p.m.
Dr. B. Ross takes a poignant look at our educational system today and the student teacher relationship. Adults.
Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.6363

Book Signing and Community Lecture: The Untold Story About a Place Called Black Hollywood
Tuesday, September 15. 7:00 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the African American Cinema Gallery, and Hammonds House Museum, will host Len Gibson, President of African American Cinema Gallery, who will discuss his latest publication, which features intimate interviews with a broad cross section of film and television insiders and explores how African Americans continue to make a place for themselves in an industry that originally had no place for them.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta 30310      
For information call 404.612.0487 

Beyond Life Satisfaction: A Workshop With Dr. Rachel Elahee
Wednesday, September 16. 5:45–7:45 pm.
Workshop designed to implement positive psychology on strategies for effectively improving levels of life satisfaction. This workshop will provide practical approaches adapted from Dr. Rachel Mitchum Elahee's latest book, Choose You! Reignite Your Passion for Life, for those looking for a little more interest and excitement in life.
Peachtree Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1315 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta 30309
For information call 404.885.7830

Hispanic Heritage Film Fest 2015
Thursday, September 17.  5:30 p.m.
Cesar Chavez (2014) PG13. A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Absolute Chong: Photographic Works, Sculpture and Installation Art by Albert Chong
Friday, September 18 –Sunday, December 20. Library hours.
Artist’s Talk: Sunday, October 11. 2:00 p.m.
In recognition of Atlanta Celebrates Photography (2015), Hammonds House Museum will present this exhibition by Albert Chong, an artist of African and Chinese descent who uses art to explore his ancestry and identity, earning critical recognition for its contribution to the multiculturalism movement in the visual arts. During this period Chong will also participate in a photographic group exhibition at Arnika Dawkins Gallery titled “On Being Black.”
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta 30310.   
For information call 404.612.0487 

Author Talk and Book Signing: H. Jean Gray
Saturday, September 19. 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Ms. Gray will sign and discuss her book, The Truth about Parenting – a Universal Manual for Parenting Step by Step.  The author is local resident of the Adamsville/Collier Heights community, so come out and support your neighbor.
Adamsville/Collier Heights Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3424 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.4206

Prodigies of Music: Concert and Master Class Jazz Concert
Saturdays, September 19, October 17, November 21, December 19. 1:00–4:45 p.m.
Join us for a jazz concert and master class featuring prodigies of music.  Hosted by Rosemary Robertson and presented by COMAS Music Group. Adults.
Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.6363

Passport to China: Arthur Ratliff ACP 2015
September 20–October 30. Library hours.
First Thursday Opening Reception, Thursday, October 1. 5:00-7:00 p.m.
In this Atlanta Celebrates Photography exhibition, photographer Arthur Ratliff presents visitors with a passport to see China, visiting the small towns where time has stood still and ancient culture still prevails, as well as encountering the explosive growth of Shanghi, the world’s largest and fastest growing city.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Islamic Art
Tuesday, September 22. 12:00–1:00 p.m.
Multimedia artist Kelly Izdihar Crosby delves into the varied artistic styles of the Islamic world.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Author Talk and Book Signing: Cornelius Smith
Tuesday, September 22. 1:00 p.m.
Local author Cornelius Smith will discuss and sign copies of Sleeping In Sin: A Trilogy. Adults. Reservations required.
Thomasville Heights Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1700 Thomasville Drive, SE, Atlanta 30315
For information call 404.624.0620

Book Discussion and Signing African & American: West Africans in Post-Civil Rights America
Thursday, September 24. 5:00 p.m.
Auburn Avenue Research Library and the Central Library host Dr. Violet Showers Johnson, Professor of History and Director of Africana Studies at Texas A&M University, and Dr. Marilyn Halter, Professor of History and American Studies at Boston University, who will discuss their latest publication which explores issues of cultural identity formation and socioeconomic incorporation of 1st and 2nd generation West African immigrants and refugees in the U.S. during the last 40 years.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Hispanic Heritage Film Fest 2015
Thursday, September 24.  5:30 p.m.
Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, Secret Soldier of the American Civil War. Velazquez, an educated Cuban-born teenager, fought as an officer in the battle of First Bull Run, was wounded at Shiloh, and served as a secret agent for the Confederacy.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Children’s Storytime
Saturdays, September 26, October 24, November 21. 12:00 p.m.
Join us as Jelena presents stories from across the Muslim world.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Transatlantic Blackness on Film: The Cinematic Black Experience in the United Kingdom
Saturday, September 26. 3:00 p.m.: Sapphire; 5:00 p.m.: Burning an Illusion (95 minutes)
Bridging the Diasporic Divide between Black America and Black Britain, Hammonds House Museum, in collaboration with Auburn Avenue Research Library and Narrative Eye, host this event exploring how blackness and racial identities are represented in film created by and for Black Britains in the United Kingdom. Sapphire, (92 min.) portrays Scotland Yard detectives investigating the murder of a young black woman who had been passing for white; Burning an Illusion, (95 min.) is an intimate coming of age story tracing the emotional and political growth of a young British-born black woman in Margaret Thatcher's London.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St. SW, Atlanta 30310.
For information call 404.612.0487 

Author Talk and Book Signing: AlTonya Washington
Sunday, September 27. 3:30-5:30 p.m.
AlTonya Washington will discuss her long-running Ramsey Tesano series which will soon conclude. The audience will be challenged to guess the title the passage comes from. Attendees have the chance to win prizes. Adults.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

Prozi Ramphal, Film and Television Costume Designer, Guest Storyteller
Wednesday, September 30. 10:30 a.m.
Film and television costume designer Prozi Ramphal will serve as a guest storyteller and read books to children in recognition of Library Card Sign-Up Month. Ages 4-6. Reservations required.

College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Alpharetta Library Grand Opening Celebration!


The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System announces the grand opening of the new 25,000-square-foot Alpharetta Library, which will open to the public with a celebration on Thursday, July 30 at 11:00 a.m. Please join us!

This is the sixth library to open as part of Phase I of the Library Building Program. Cooper Carry, in association with Vines Architecture, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Moss & Associates provided construction management services, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.

The beautiful two-level library creates a defining front porch to the Alpharetta City Center and embraces the park-like setting as it welcomes patrons to the variety of spaces and places within. The two levels of the building both feature public entries, and are connected internally by an open central stair. The library features convenient access to upper level collections, computer areas, reading, meeting, study and conference rooms. The lower level includes a variety of children’s program space, an auditorium, lobby and support spaces accessible through a central plaza entry. The brick exterior, cast stone features, large windows and extensive landscaping create a welcoming environment consistent with the ongoing growth of Alpharetta City Center.

In November 2008, Fulton County voters passed the Library Bond Referendum which will greatly enhance all of the county’s libraries, and includes 8 new branch libraries and 2 expansion projects.

We would love to see as many of our patrons there as possible so please come join in the festivities or just come to check out some brand new books, movies and music all day long!

WHEN:           Thursday, July 30, 2015

 11:00 a.m.

WHERE:        Alpharetta Library

10 Park Plaza

Alpharetta, GA 30009

Monday, July 13, 2015

Georgia Author Of The Year Award Announced!


Novelist and Atlanta native, David Darracott, has been named 2015 Georgia Author of the Year for his suspense novel, Wasted, in the detective/mystery category.  The GeorgiaWriters Association announced winners on Saturday June 27, 2015 at its annual banquet at Kennesaw State University.

A resident of Forsyth County and frequent speaker at libraries and literary gatherings, Darracott said he was gratified and appreciative to receive such an honor. “I’m extremely pleased,” he said, because “we writers often toil in the dark with little reward or recognition for the work we do or the arduous careers we lead, so it is particularly gratifying when we win tribute from our fellow writers.”

In her comments about his winning entry, the judge, Melanie Sumner, wrote: 
 
Darracott writes this suspenseful story with tight, polished prose, allowing his characters to reveal themselves with authentic, controlled dialogue.  The carefully chosen details of his settings, such as the protagonist’s old Triumph and his modest house outside of Decatur, Georgia, with an inch of pine needles on the roof, and a cracked concrete driveway, bring the reader smack into the middle of the story.  More exotic scenes on the Caribbean are illustrated in detail that is both exquisite and essential to the plot . . . the characters of Player and Sharpe are well-portrayed . . . a brilliant ending reveals the subtle satire . . .  and with that Wasted becomes a profound novel, as well as a good read.


In its 51 year history, Georgia Author of the Year has been granted to some of the state’s most distinguished writers of fiction, nonfiction, and specialty books.  Philip Lee Williams of Athens received the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his many contributions to the field. 

Darracott is a native of Atlanta and a graduate of Emory University.  A longtime writer of nonfiction for magazines, television, and film productions, his parallel career in fiction is “why I keep writing." He is also author of the novel Internal Security as well as some short stories. He holds a Masters degree in English and received a Hambidge Fellowship in 2009-2010. Though fiction is his passion—first, last, and always—fly fishing and golf run a close second. You can learn more about his work on his website and locate his books at amazon.com.