Monday, May 18, 2015

"Every Hero Has A Story" Summer Reading Program!

Readers of all ages will explore every day heroes as the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System presents “Every Hero Has a Story,” as its 2015 Summer Reading Program theme. By joining the fun, patrons of all ages will have the power to bring science fiction to life in all of our locations with exciting programs and events. Sign up starts in all of our locations on June 1, so be sure not to miss out!

The Library System, with the sponsorship from the Goddard Foundation, is joining forces with Generation Infocus to provide extreme STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) summer programming. Each library will provide a hands-on class or program that exemplifies an element of STEAM along with many other summer reading activities. Patrons will explore their subjects further with related reading resources featured in each library.

Area teens are encouraged to participate in “Unmask!” the Library System’s teen summer library program. Teens are invited to come to their branch and read for prizes, as well as to take part in special events offered throughout the summer.

Special programs this summer will include Computer Coding for Teens, Superfood – The Vegan No Bake Experience, Every Hero Has a Story Mural, 3D Printing (3D Superheroes), Wearable Technology, and e-Textiles Superhero Design Challenge.

The 2015 Summer Reading Program runs June 1 through August 1 and is open to preschool children through young adults, with programs, prize drawings, storytimes, reading clubs and more. Several libraries are also offering an adult summer reading experience.

Sign-up for “Every Hero Has a Story” is easy, just come into any of our 34 libraries to register. Children read 10 books and teens read 5. After signing up, each person receives a reading log to keep track of books that are read during the summer. The library awards a certificate when readers complete their number of books, and their name goes into a drawing for prizes. For a full list of programs and events visit our website or call your local branch. All programs are free and open to the public. 

We can't wait to spend the summer with you!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Celebrates Its Volunteers

The value of volunteering topped $1.4 million at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System for 2014, with 1,871 volunteers donating 64,962 hours valued at $1,498,662.27 in donated services! This is the seventh year library volunteer services have topped $1 million, and the theme of this year’s event was "Volunteers Help Write Our Story."

The 25th Annual Volunteer Recognition Award Program was held Saturday, April 25, during National Volunteer Month, with over 105 people in attendance. Special guest speakers included Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, who is also former Library Board trustee and Stephanie Moody, Chair of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees.

Library volunteers serve as English as a second language (ESL) teachers, homework help aides, math tutors, computer assistants, clerical assistants, children’s program aides, tax aides, special event hosts and more – in any of the Library System’s 34 branches. Volunteers with Friends of the Library groups are active in 26 branches and served over 23,000 hours last year.

Some highlights of the volunteer year include:

An increase over the previous year, 153 volunteers donated over 100 hours in 2014, including 50 who donated over 200 hours. Four volunteers donated over 1,000 hours in 2014. Five young adults and four teens won the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Several volunteers reached milestones, including 31 volunteers who celebrated their 5-year service award, 16 volunteers who celebrated their 10-year service award, 6 volunteers who celebrated their 15-year service award, and one who celebrated 20 years of service. Fourteen volunteers received the Millennium Award for reaching a career total of over 1,000 hours!

Carol Harrison and Janice Tedford, volunteers with the Friends of the Roswell Library, both won the President’s Call to Service Award for reaching a career total of over 4,000 hours and with 1,289 of those hours being served in 2014, Carol was also the top hours volunteer with the highest hours for 2014. Additional winners included Laura Thompson who served 1,224 hours at the Sandy Springs Library, Ben Statham who served 1,216 hours and Gerrie Fornek who served 1,120 with the Friends of the Alpharetta Library.

There was also a dedication to volunteer Ben Statham who has broken every volunteer record and has served more than 20,000 hours since 1991. Twenty southern history books were purchased for the new Alpharetta Library and have book plates in honor of his service.

Four top hours’ volunteers presented a check for the $1,498,662.27 in donated services to the Interim Library Director Gayle Holloman, Board of Trustees Chair Stephanie Moody and Commissioner Joan Garner.



PHOTO CAPTIONS:
Image 1: Friends of the Alpharetta Library (FOTAL) celebrate their significant contribution in 2014 and help hold the check showing the total donation of services to the Library System of $1,498,662.27. (L to R) Linda Statham; Ben Statham; Gerrie Fornek; Heather Staniszewski, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s Volunteer Services Manager; Barbara Selwyn; Susan Fornek; and Sherry Wright (guest).  

Image 2: Friend of the Roswell Library Carol Harrison received the President’s Call to Service Award for serving 4,975 lifetime hours. Carol leads over 30 volunteers in the Friends of the Roswell Book Store and at quarterly book sales.

Image 3: Keisha Sawyer has been a Friend of the South Fulton Library since 2000 and proudly accepted her 15 year volunteer service pin.

Image 4: Kelvin Wright served 262 hours at the Southwest Library in 2014 and was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for Young Adults.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

ESL Classes At Your Library!

If you or someone you know is in need of help learning English, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is a great place to direct them! Many of our library branches offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and those that don't may know of other local organizations that can offer help in this area. Below are a few of the current classes and their locations that are being offered by the library system, but be sure and call your local branch to see if they might also be able to guide patrons in need of this service to a useful resource. 

For patrons who have access to computers with Internet access, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System also offers library card holders free access to the database MangoLanguages. Mango contains online, audio-visual, self-paced language learning courses in a variety of languages (even Pirate! argh...,) including English for Spanish Speakers. To access this database, simply follow the steps listed below and get started! 
Mango Languages logo


  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 the GALILEO icon
     and enter the password when prompted.
  4. Click the link to Databases A-Z
  5. Type Mango into the database search box, hit search, and select Mango Languages when the results pop up.
  6. Enter your library card number and start searching!


English as a Second Language (ESL) Conversation Class
Mondays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Join Terry for lower intermediate level ESL classes. No textbook or registration is necessary. All are welcome. Class follows the schedule of Fulton County Schools.
Alpharetta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009
For information call 770.740.2425

ESL – Conversational English Class
Mondays, 6:00 p.m.
Teachers: David Chesnut/Laura Powell/Literacy Volunteers of Metro Atlanta.
Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328
For information call 404.303.6130

Free ESL Classes
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Conversational English for all levels. No registration is required.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Free ESL Classes
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Intermediate and advanced. No registration is required.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Basic ESL
Saturdays, 1:00 p.m.
Teacher: Francine Cadden.
Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328

For information call 404.303.6130

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.