Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Hooray For Hoopla!

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Announces Hoopla Digital to Give Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, Music and More

In case you haven't already heard the good news, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is thrilled to announce public availability of thousands of free movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital!

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library card holders can now access the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS device by visiting www.afpls.org. You can find the hoopla widget (pictured below) on the front page under Books, Research & Databases, or under the eResources tab. From there patrons can register their library cards by clicking on the LogIn link in the top right corner. Select Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System from the drop down menu to sign up and begin enjoying thousands of artists and titles available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

The free content hoopla digital provides, as well as the easy-to-use interface and elimination of late fees and having to place holds on digital materials, enhances the Library System’s collection and the patron experience. Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is the third library system in Georgia to partner with hoopla digital.

About hoopla digital: hoopla digital, a service of Midwest Tape, is a category-creating service that partners with public libraries across North America to provide online and mobile access to thousands of movies, TV shows, videos, music and audiobooks. With hoopla digital, patrons can borrow, instantly stream and download free dynamic content with a valid library card. All content is accessible via hoopla digital’s mobile app and online.

About Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System: AFPLS is the largest in the state, with 34 libraries and a collection of 2.3 million items. It offers innovative programs, services and resources tailored to meet the needs of each branch's community. All ages may choose from a variety of classes, visit exhibitions, listen to authors discuss their work, check out videos, DVDs and CDs, attend book club discussions, get homework help, hear music and see live performances. Last year patrons borrowed more than 2.7 million items, made 3.4 million visits to the libraries and the website had over 7.9 million hits.


Thursday, March 26, 2015

April Art And Author Programs!

Spring is finally springing all around us! If the nicer weather and warmer temperatures have you finally ready to venture back out and about and you're looking for things to do around town, then be sure to check out your Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's free events! You're local branch likely has all kinds of programs scheduled for the coming month, from children's storytimes to financial literacy for adults (Money Smart Week is April 18-25,2015!) but if you're looking for events focused on authors or the arts then check out the list below and join us at one of our 34 locations! 

And while you're visiting your local library, why not pick up a few books, movies or CDs to take home and enjoy? Check the catalog before you come so you know just what's available. We look forward to seeing you here! 

Art Exhibit
Ongoing. Library hours.
Art work by members of the Alpha Arts Guild, an organization for North Fulton based artists.
Alpharetta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009
For information call 770.740.2425

Christopher Kuhl Art Exhibition
March 29-April 28. Library hours.
First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception. Thursday, April 2. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Exhibit is a diverse mixed-media solo exhibition by internationally known painter and photographer Christopher Kuhl.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

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

Film Screening: Howardena Pindell: Atomizing
Saturday, April 11. 3:00 p.m.
This documentary film is an intimate conversation with uncompromising artist and social critic Howardena Pindell, whose work demands an unusually aggressive and challenging process of self-examination.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.612.0487

Children’s Author Morris Mapp Teaches Children about Money
Monday, April 13. 10:30 a.m.
Morris Mapp will read his book, Coins in My Pocket, which teaches children about money. 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

Atlanta Authors Presents Sandy Berman
Saturday, April 25. 2:00 p.m.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Sandy Berman will discuss her book, 
Klara with a K.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Verses and Flows Poetry Event
Saturday, April 25. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host this community event featuring original poetry and spoken word performances.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.612.0487

Art History of the African Diaspora: Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression Film Screening
Tuesday, April 28. 1:00 p.m.
In collaboration with L and S Video, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) and Hammonds House Museum will host a screening of the documentary film, Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression. Made just a few years before his death (June 9, 2000), Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, opened his studio to documentary filmmaker, Linda Freeman, offering unique access inside the work of this great American Modernist. All ages.
West End Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.752.8740

Jazz Night Out at Wolf Creek
Wednesday, April 29. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Join award-winning vocalist LaTosha Brown as she performs a musical tribute to the legendary Nina Simone.
Wolf Creek Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3100 Enon Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.613.4255


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Database Of The Month: Biography In Context!

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System provides patrons with access to a wealth of online resources. Our selection of databases can help you prepare for major exams, learn a new skill or hobby, find the perfect literary quote or even help you get your Georgia Driver's License! But if what you're looking for is information about an individual, whether for personal interest or school research, don't rely on Google or Wikipedia! Take out your AFPLS library card, head to the nearest computer with Internet access and pull up Biography In Context!
Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.

Scope and Depth

The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history’s notables can educate and inspire students. Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 700,000 biographies designed to draw students into new perspectives on familiar topics.

Authoritative Content 

More than 170 eBook titles from Gale and its publishing partners include:
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Musicians
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography                      
  • Newsmakers
  • Writer’s Directory

News and Multimedia

  • Biography in Context bring students face-to-face with their subjects via video, audio clips and images of yesterday's and today’s most studied figures
  • Daily newspapers and newswires, including The New York Times, USA Today, Daily Mail (London), and Globe and Mail (Canada) keep students up to date
  • Web-like functionality meets the needs of today’s students and allows them to quickly become comfortable with the product
                                                                    ~ From Gale in Context Website. 

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 Biography in Context, 
     OR do a key word search from the search box on the bottom right-hand side of this page.
  4. Hit PROCEED on the following screen.
  5. Start searching!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Tenth Annual Roswell Reads Event!



Roswell Reads is a community-wide reading event inviting all residents to read the same book. Events, book discussions and a visit from the author of this year's selection will all be held throughout the month of March, so start marking your calendar's now! Imagine hundreds of Roswell residents sharing the experience of reading and discussing a common book and you have the essence of Roswell Reads. It is based on the "One Book...One City" community reading programs held across the country. Sponsored by the City of Roswell, the Friends of the Roswell Library and the Roswell Reads Committee, the novel selected for 2015 is The Distance Between Us by award-winning author Reyna Grande

The Distance Between Us is Reyna Grande’s personal, heart-wrenching, and ultimately triumphant memoir about her journey from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant, where she learned that the separation between a parent and child can be measured as much in emotional distance and abandonment as it can be in miles. An engaging writer with a talent for infusing her narrative with personal and affecting characterizations and stories, Grande truly offers an unprecedented look into the immigration experience and the reality that millions of people are facing each day. The Distance Between Us is an inspirational coming-of-age story about the pursuit of a better life. 

You can find copies of this title in the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System by searching our catalog. Below you will see a complete list of all the events that will be taking place. The award-winning author will talk about this book and her writing at the Roswell Reads Literary Luncheon on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, 770-641-3950.

Luncheon tickets are $20 each and are available online or may be purchased in person (no mail-ins) at the Friends of the Roswell Library Bookstore at the Roswell Library. Reserved seating for groups of six or more. We hope to see you at one or all of these fantastic literary events!

Roswell Reads The Distance Between Us
Roswell Branch115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Roswell Reads Children’s Program: Me and My Family Story
Saturday, February 28. 2:00 p.m. 
Hear the children’s Roswell Reads selection My Diary from Here to There by Amada Irma Perez read in English and Spanish. Then discuss your family history and start your own diary. Led by Vicky Jaksic and Martha Powell, Media Specialists in the Fulton County School System.

Roswell Reads Book Discussion: Sunday Afternoon with Mary Apps
Sunday, March 1. 2:00 p.m. 
Discussion of Roswell Reads 2015 book selection The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

Roswell Reads Book Discussion: Dana Barrett and FriendsTuesday, March 3. 7:00 p.m. 
Discussion of Roswell Reads 2015 book selection The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

Roswell Reads Book Discussion: East Roswell Becomes Part of Roswell Reads
Sunday, March 8. 2:00 p.m. 
Debbie Weiss leads a discussion of Roswell Reads 2015 book selection The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande.

Roswell Reads Program: Immigration Stories
Tuesday, March 10. 7:00 p.m. 
Panel discussion with local immigrants who share their stories as well as stories of immigration from the StoryCorps library. Moderated by Daniel Horowitz Garcia, Regional Manager for StoryCorps in Atlanta.

Roswell Reads Program: Writing Your Story
Friday, March 13. 10:00 a.m.
Jessica Handler, memoirist and author of Invisible Sisters and Braving the Firewill teach a class on writing your own memoir or autobiography. This program held at Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Room 220, Roswell, GA 30075.

Roswell Reads Program: Literary Luncheon Featuring Reyna Grande
Saturday, March 14. 11:30 a.m. 
Join us for a luncheon with the author of The Distance Between Us. Ms. Grande will discuss her life and work. This program will be held at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30075.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

East Roswell Library Grand Opening Celebration!

Please join us as your new East Roswell Library makes it's long anticipated debut! The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System announces the grand opening of the new East Roswell Library, which will open to the public with a celebration on Friday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m.

The new 15,000-square-foot library for East Roswell is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program. The library is located at 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell.

KHAFRA Engineering Consultants, in association with Holzheimer Bolek Meehan Architects, provided design and engineering services for the new library. Ajax Building Corporation of Georgia provided construction management services on this project, and Heery/Russell, a joint venture, is the program management team.

The East Roswell Library’s design centers around a connection with its wooded surroundings creating a functional library space within a canopy of trees. The use of natural materials such as stone and wood combined with the large expanses of glass filter the boundary between the exterior and interior spaces of the library while providing views to patrons looking out from within the building. A welcoming covered bridge entry leads visitors into the space where they are immediately presented with views through the building and into the natural landscape beyond. The community will enjoy and use its meeting room, study rooms and separate spaces for children and teens. 

An important part of each new library is its public art project. Through the Fulton County Art in Public Places Resolution, 1% of each building project budget goes toward the creation of public art. For the East Roswell Library, artist Chris Condon was selected through a community-driven selection process, and has produced a series of wood and stone sculptures of woodland animals visitors will see throughout the library entitled, New Growth Forest

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, Metropolitan and Wolf Creek and two expansion projects: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the South Fulton Library. The Library Building Program plan maintains 34 libraries, the current number of libraries in the system, by eliminating leased spaces and its oldest libraries. 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.

Those attending the event are asked to park in the front parking lot of East Roswell Park, located at 9000 Fouts Road, Roswell, and a shuttle will take attendees from this location to the ceremony; there is no parking available at the site the morning of the event.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. please call 404-730-1977 or email zenobia.claxton@fultoncountyga.gov. To keep up-to-date on the Library Building Program or other library events, visit our website. We hope to see a lot of our patrons on this exciting day!

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is the largest in the state, with 34 libraries and a collection of more than 2.3 million items. It offers innovative programs, services and virtual resources tailored to meet the needs of each branch's community. Children, teens and adults may choose from a variety of classes, visit exhibitions, listen to authors discuss their work, check out videos, DVDs and CDs, attend book club discussions, get homework help, hear music and see live performances. Last year patrons borrowed more than 2.7 million items, made 3.4 million visits to the libraries and our website had over 7.9 million hits.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Continuing Education Resolutions for 2015!

eCampus ResourcesFront line librarians at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. spend a lot of time touting the benefits of our library system’s free databases to our patrons and the public in general, and while I do actually use many of them myself while manning the reference desk, I have never actually enrolled in an online course through the continuing education databases that we make available. I hope to change that in 2015! With so many varied class topics to choose from in either personal or professional development, it seems foolish to continue to allow these opportunities to pass me by. And what better way to sell these resources to our users than to become familiar with the process myself?

While we offer several test preparation databases as well that are also very useful for those interested in furthering either education or career (See all eCampus Resources,) the two continuing education databases we subscribe to at AFPLS are Gale Courses and Universal Class. Both are free to library card holders in good standing and both offer a wide array of highly interactive, instructor led courses.

Gale Courses: Courses available through this database run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. This is a certificate program geared towards professionals, including CEU (Continuing Education Units) and PLU (Professional Learning Units)-granting courses, and online GED, SAT/ACT Prep courses. Enrolling is a simple process that only requires the user to have a library card and email address to create a free account. Once enrolled students must log in and view the first two lessons within 13 days after the start date of the course to avoid being automatically dropped. If dropped, you do have the ability to enroll in the course during a later session. When a course selection is clicked on, users will be given an overview, syllabus, instructor information and requirements for enrolling. Clearly this is not an entirely self-paced set of courses as each session takes place within a six week time frame, however with classes ranging from Accounting and Finance to Writing and Publishing, users from all backgrounds are sure to find value in the classes offered here. An award of completion will be given after a passing final score.

Universal Class: While this database definitely offers courses that would be beneficial to professionals, it also offers hundreds of courses, all instructor-led, on almost any topic imaginable. This resources boasts over 500 online self-paced continuing education classes for adults in a range of subjects related to skills, jobs or personal growth. Face Painting, Weight Training, Flower Arranging, even a Beginner’s Guide to Wine class are all examples of the personal continuing education resources you will find here. When library card holders choose a course they will be taken to a page with a full course description, syllabus, information about the instructor and number of CEUs the class provides. Another feature of this database I liked was the recommended related classes that are also listed for the user when a course is selected. Signing up for that wine class? Maybe you’d like to pair that with Italian Cooking 101! Classes are self-paced here, which may be both a blessing and a curse. It’s wonderful to have the flexibility to take a class at any time of day or night that suits your schedule, however with no completion deadline I can see how a lot of users might start something they never finish.

Both of these offer users so much variety in terms of the range of topics covered. For someone like me just looking to find something fun it’s almost overwhelming! Still, I am excited to discover something new and to accomplish my goal of completing one of these classes in the near future. As the day winds down that wine class is sounding better and better all the time…

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Atlanta Housing Authority Choice Voucher Program

The Atlanta Housing Authority has opened its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) today, January 6, 2015, through next Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Instructions for registration can be found on the website in both Spanish and English and there is also a 1-800 Hotline you can call for assistance. All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and many other sites around the city are available to accommodate applicants who need computer access, and these sites have been provided with some information to help applicants get started. Registration is FREE and pre-applications will NOT be accepted at any AHA office or property. If you are selected you will be notified via email at the email address you provide at registration, or applicants can call the Hotline or log onto the Website for updates. 

To submit a pre-application, registrants must be 18 years of age or older or an emancipated minor as defined by law. Registrants who submit a pre-application and are selected as applicants to be on the official HCVP Waiting List must meet HCVP eligibility criteria and other requirements at the time they are drawn from the HCVP Waiting List for voucher assistance.

Applicants must meet HUD's Very Low-Income Limits published during the period in which they are drawn from the waiting list, and applicants must reside in the city of Atlanta during their first year on the program. For more information on HCVP eligibility criteria, click HERE.

Don't let this deadline pass you by!