Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Black History Month Programs

2018 Black History Month Programs 

Black History Month Book Bingo!
February. During hours of operation.
Pick up a bingo card and check out 5 books in a row from the Kirkwood Library to win prizes while supplies last! All ages.
Kirkwood Library
11 Kirkwood Road SE, Atlanta GA 30317

African American History Storytime
Wednesdays. 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
African American history stories with coinciding crafts.
Ages 3-5 Reservation required. 404-730-4779
Mechanicsville Branch Library
400 Formwalt St SW. Atlanta, GA 30312

Friday Movies at Ponce Celebrates Black History Month
Fridays. 3:00 p.m.
Join us every Friday afternoon in February for popular movies that celebrate black history. We will be showing Selma, Malcolm X, I am Ali, and A Raisin in the Sun. All movies are rated PG-13. Snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of Ponce Library.
Ponce De Leon Branch Library
980 Ponce De Leon Ave NE. Atlanta, GA 30306

Black Farmers Photography Exhibit
February 1 –March 10. 2018
View International Photographer Rahmeek Rasul’s latest commissioned photography series of Farmers of the Mississippi Delta.  All ages.
Adams Park Library
2231 Campbelton Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311

Black History Month Essay Contest
Thursday, February 1-Monday, March 5.
Participants will write a 1-2 page essay about a major figure in Black history. Complete essay contest rules and details available at branch. Ages 8-17.
Cleveland Avenue Library
47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315

Black History Symposium
Saturday, February 3. 10:30 a.m.
Renown author and preacher Dr. L. H. Whelchel, Jr., a foot soldier in the Birmingham Civil Rights Movement, shares a personal perspective on Black History.  Sponsored by Holsey Temple CME Church. Teens and Adults. Registration required for groups.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Six Eves Prevail through the Garden of Nutrition – Book Discussion
Saturday, February 3.2:00 p.m.
Six African-American nutrition professionals will share their individual stories about becoming nutritionists and dietitians during the '60s and '70s. All ages. 404.613.5771.
Southeast Atlanta Library
1463 Pryor Road. Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Dr. Andrea Lewis, Children’s Author
Monday, February 5.  10:30 a.m.
Children will listen to Dr. Lewis read her book, “Valerie’s New Friends.” Reservations required. 50 participants maximum. Ages 4-6.
College Park Library 3647 Main Street, College Park 30337

Black History Movie Monday
Monday, February 5. 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a movie on the big screen to celebrate Black History and enjoy light refreshments. All Ages. Registration is required.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Black History Month Storytime
Tuesdays, February 6 & 13. 10:30 a.m.
Interactive stories and crafts in honor of Black History Month that celebrates life, teaching and the love for humanity. Children of all ages
Buckhead Library
269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30305

African Americans in the Military
Tuesday, February 6. 4:00 p.m.
In observance of Black History Month the AUC Archives Research Center will provide a presentation and discussion about the history of African Americans in the United States military. All ages.
Southeast Atlanta Library
1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315

Freedom Stories
Wednesdays, February 7, 21,& 28.10:00 a.m.
Stories will highlight Black authors and art. Ages 3-6. Reservations required. 404.752.8760
Washington Park Library
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S. W., Atlanta 30314

Storytime with Babatunde
Wednesday, February 7. 10:30  and 11:15 am
Come out for a fun and interactive cultural experience through stories, African drums, movement and singing. Presented by Babatunde Speaks. Sponsored by Friends of East Roswell Library, Inc. Ages 2-6
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076

Auntie Fran Reads
Wednesday, February 7. 4:00 p.m.
Come and hear Auntie Fran’s newest book Noot’s in Charge. Ages 7-12. Reservations required. 404.752.8760.
Washington Park Library
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S. W., Atlanta 30314

Bead Rasta Inspired Jewelry Craft
Wednesday, February 7. 4:30 p.m.
In this simplified activity your child can make their own Rastafarian type of necklace using beads and any type of shell. Ages 7-12. Reservations required. 404.752.8760.
Washington Park Library
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S. W., Atlanta 30314

Fun, Facts and Figures for Teens
Thursday, February 8. 4:30 p.m.
Teens will be informed about popular and important facts about African American using quizzes, puzzles and activities. Teens. Reservations required. 404.752.8760
Washington Park Library
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S. W., Atlanta 30314

Celebrate Black History Month with the Johns Creek Arts Center
Thursday, February 8 at 4:30pm
Come join the NE/ Spruill Oaks Library as we celebrate the many colors of us through a special art program presented by the Johns Creek Art Center. Ages 5-9.
Northeast/ Spruill Oaks Library
9560 Spruill Rd. Johns Creek, GA 30022

Barnyard Black History Meet & Greet Celebration Honoring Sergeant W.O Smith /Tuskegee Airman
Tuesday, February 08. 5:30-6:30p.m.
February is Black History Month. Stop by the Palmetto Library and learn the story of Sergeant Smith’s life as an Airman in the USA Air Force. Light Refreshments. Families & Friends  All Ages.
Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto HWY Hwy., Palmetto GA 30268

Black Speculative Arts Movement Convention BSAM Atlanta
Afrofutures Arts Convention 
Saturday, February 10. 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Black Speculative Arts Movement, aka BSAM, is an annual Afrofuturism, black comics, and arts convention.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Movie Screening: My Friend Martin
Saturday, February 10. 10:30 a.m.
We celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. during black history month with a screening of My Friend Martin, a film highlighting the importance of his activism, words, and teachings. This film is a cartoon appropriate for ages 6+.
Martin Luther King Jr., Library409 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta 30312

Black History Film Fest
Saturdays, February 10, 17, & 24. 12:00 p.m.
Bring your family and join us for an afternoon movie of featured movies, Glory, Selma, and 42 The True Story of An American Legend.  All ages welcomed.  No registration required.
South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road. Union City, GA 30291

Saturday, February 10. 12:00 p.m.
Babatunde the Griot and his magnificent drummer Uncle Spirit will take children on a magical journey throughout the Motherland through stories and music. This program is part of Roswell Roots’ month long celebration. Ages 4-8.
Roswell Library 
115 Norcross Street. Roswell GA. 30075

Family Black History Program
Saturday, February 10. 2:00PM-5:45PM
Take a historic journey as the Eta Omega chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. presents an afternoon of reflection, honoring African American history not often told.
Wolf Creek Library
3100 Enon Road. Atlanta, GA 30331

Mike Glenn presents Frederick Douglass
Monday, February 10. 6:00 p.m.
Former NBA star Mike Glenn will discuss Frederick Douglass on the 200th birthday of this important figure of American history and present original documents from this historical figure and abolitionist leader. Descendants of Frederick Douglass will attend this program. This program is part of Roswell Roots’ month long celebration.  Reservation required. Adults.
Roswell Library 
115 Norcross Street. Roswell GA 30075

Little Known Black History Facts
Sunday, February 11. 2:30 pm
Families with children ages 6 and up. We will share information on the amazing journey of African-American in this multi-media presentation for families with a hands-on learning workshop incorporated for children. Presented by Israelite Nation History and Culture. Registration required.
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076

Divided States
Fine Art Exhibition
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Sunday, March 25, 2018
Artist Talk: 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 11.
In recognition of Black History Month (2017), the Auburn Avenue Research Library will present Divided States, a select exhibition of artwork curated by Tracy Murrell from various visual art series by renowned artist CharlyPalmer (“Tar Baby”, “White Wash”, “Stain-glass”, Eminent Domain”, “Blackness” and the most recent “Silent”). Divided States boldly chronicles the unending evolution of a profound socially consciences artistic vision, that unapologetically roots the Black experience at the center of American History. Charly Palmer’s intrepid textural brushwork, signature bold color palette and eloquent layering technique, forms a perfect union that gives voice to, we the people who continue to live in the Divided States of America.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Black History Collage Project
Monday, February 12. 4:30p.m.
Children will bring Black History memorable “Civil Rights Leaders & Freedom Riders” History alive by creating their own collage. All materials provided. Ages: 7-12.
Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto HWY, Palmetto GA 30268

Farmyard Children & Black History Collage Project
Monday, February 12. 4:30p.m.
Children will bring Black History memorable “Civil Rights Leaders & Freedom Riders” History alive by creating their own collage. All materials provided. Ages: 7-12. 404.613.4075
Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto  Hwy. Palmetto, Georgia 30268

Black History Movies
Tuesdays, February 13 & 27. 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Family movies about African American events and people that have had a great impact on the world today. All ages. Reservations required.
Washington Park Library
1116 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive. Atlanta, GA 30314

Black History Month Trivia Night for Teens
Tuesday, February 13. 6:00 p.m.
Do you know Black History?  Would you like to learn more about Black History in a fun way? Join us for a hands-on learning experience as teens compete in a friendly game of Black History Month Trivia.  Ages 13-18. Registration required.  404.613.3092
South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road. Union City, GA 30291

Explore African American History Databases
Wednesday, February 14. 10:00a.m.
Patrons will experience African American History through online library databases.
Mechanicsville Library
400 Formwalt St., SW, Atlanta, GA 30312

We Love Black History Month
Wednesday, February 14. 11:00 a.m.
Storytime focuses on learning about and creating crafts that relate to Black History.  Ages 3-5.  Registration is required for groups.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Movie Screening: The Fire Next Time
Friday, February 16. 4:00 p.m.
This documentary examines the life and times of one of America’s most prolific writers, James Baldwin. The film covers the impact he had on America as a renowned black author, activist and man. Ages 13+.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library 409 John Wesley Dobbs Ave., Atlanta 30312

Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court
Book Signing and Lecture
Sunday, February 18. 3:00 p.m.
The Baton Foundation, in collaboration with the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host distinguished legal historian Professor Paul Finkelman, who will discuss his latest publication, Supreme Injustice: Slavery in the Nation’s Highest Court.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Black History Month Storytime
Tuesday, February 20. 10:30 a.m.
Children will hear stories and poems about famous African-Americans and how their lives impacted the America we know today.
Adamsville-Collier Heights Library
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331

Black History Facts and Trivia
Tuesday, February 20. 2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon learning and testing your knowledge of interesting Black History facts. Ages 5-12. Registration is required for groups.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Follow the Underground Railroad
Tuesday, February 20. 4:00 p.m.
Come and learn how to map and trace the path and history of the Underground Railroad all the way to Canada using the digital library’s African American Newspaper database.
Southeast Atlanta Library
1463 Pryor Road. Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Black History Month Poetry Reading
Tuesday, February 20. 4:30 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate Black History Month with a dramatic reading of famous black poets such as Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and others. Ages 10+.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
409 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

Black History Trivia for Tweens & Teens
Tuesday, February 20. 6:30 p.m.
Tweens and Teens have the opportunity to win a prize by solving word find, cross word, and missing letter puzzles about events and people in Black History. Reservations Required. Ages: Teens/Tweens, Space is limited. 404.730.1845
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303

Documenting the Civil Rights Movement
Wednesday, February 21. 4:00 p.m.
Ms. Cynthia Lewis Patterson, Director of Archives at the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change, will present an overview of efforts to comprehensively document the modern Civil Rights Movement relevant to the African American Experience.  Adult
Hapeville Library
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354

Celebration of African-American Heritage Stories
Wednesday, February 21. 10:30 a.m.
Read stories, sing songs and learn about Innovators and Famous Figures in African-American History
Ages: 2-5
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30310

Black History Trivia
Thursday, February 22. 4:00 p.m.
Children will play a trivia game in recognition of Black History Month. Ages 6-10.
College Park Library
3647 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337

Black History Month Story Time and Crafts
Thursday, February 22. 4:00 P.M.
Let’s get together and have some treats with story time and crafts. Munch! Munch! Munch!  Martin Luther King would be proud!  Ages: Families
Hapeville Library
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354

Black History Outside the Book: Every Child Should Have a Book
Thursday, February 22. 4:30 p.m.
Teens will share their favorite picture book to little ones. Teens. Reservations required.
Washington Park Library
1116 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314

Commemorative Unity Wreath Making Workshop
Thursday, February 22. 4:30 p.m.
The Ponce Library, in partnership with Firehouse Creative Productions, will sponsor a commemorative wreath making workshop. The wreaths will be made in honor and remembrance of our history, and as a commitment to our future. Participants are invited to display these wreaths along the funeral processional route on April 9th 2018, the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s funeral. Space is limited. Email to register.
Ponce De Leon Branch Library
980 Ponce De Leon Ave.,  NE. Atlanta, GA 30306

Black History Cinema
Thursday, February 22. 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a movie on the big screen to celebrate Black History and enjoy light refreshments . All Ages. Registration is required.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW. Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Black History Film Festival
Friday, February 23 6:00PM-8:00PM. Opening Reception
February 24 10:00AM-5:00PM. Film Festival Saturday
Join us as Commissioner Marvin Arrington, Jr. and Urban Film Review present a celebration of cinema and Black history.
Wolf Creek Library
3100 Enon Road. Atlanta, GA 30331

Sankofa Storytime
Afrocentric Tales and Activities that celebrate the Black Diaspora  
Saturday, February 24. 11:00 a.m.
Please join all the fun with books and stories, songs, movement activities and crafts celebrating the Black Diaspora.
Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Black History Film Festival
Saturday, February 24. 12:00 p.m.
The Black History Film Festival will feature films detailing both seminal moments in the civil rights movement and unheralded African-Americans who contributed to American history. All ages.
Southeast Atlanta Library
1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315

Sports Memorabilia
Sunday, February 25. 2:00 p.m.
Step back in time and view a collection of sports memorabilia from the Negro League on view courtesy of local resident and collector. This program is part of Roswell Roots’ month long celebration.  Teens and adults.
Roswell Library
115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

Farai Caldwell, Children’s Author
Monday, February 26. 10:30 a.m.
Children will listen to Farai Caldwell read his book, “Black Kids,” in recognition of Black History Month. Reservations required. 50 participants maximum. Ages 4-8.
College Park Library 3647 Main Street. College Park, GA 30337

Black History Movies
Tuesdays, February 27. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Family movies about African American events and people that have had a great impact on the world today. All ages. Reservations required. 404.752.8760.
Washington Park Library
1116 M. L. King Jr. Drive, S. W., Atlanta, GA 30314

Ian Bell, Children’s Author and Graphic Artist
Wednesday, February 28. 4:00 p.m.
Ian Bell will read his book, Mo’ and the Dudes “Time Travels Through History”, a book about middle schoolers travels through Black history of the past. Mr. Bell will also give an overview of his career as a graphic artist. Ages 8-12.
College Park Library 3647 Main Street, College Park 30337

Standing Up for Civil Rights Family Program
Saturday, March 3. 1:00 p.m.
Children are encouraged to read Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton and Raul Colon. In conjunction with the Roswell Read’s community reading event, come make posters at the library to reflect your civic engagement. Ages 3 and up.
Roswell Library
115 Norcross St., Roswell, GA 30075

Monday, December 4, 2017

Undecided on the Atlanta Mayor Runoff Election?

Are you undecided about the Atlanta Mayoral race?  Your Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is here to help!  As we close in on Election Day, we asked your final two candidates their thoughts about the library and what books are currently on their nightstands. We know you want to make the most informed decision possible for you and your family.  What better way to get to know your candidates than by seeing what they read and how they feel about your local library.  

Enjoy this quick read before heading to the polls.  

Keisha Lance Bottoms
What are you reading? 
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (available for checkout and download)
Nature Shock (available for download in Overdrive)

Why do you think the library is so important to our community? 
"Libraries are important for several reasons.  For me a book is not just words on a screen.  A book is a tactile experience, too.  I want the joy of holding a book, touching the binding, smelling the pages, and turning the pages to that next adventure or bit of knowledge waiting for me on the other side of the page.  Even in 2017, with the technological advances that libraries utilize, the simple act of seeing, holding and reading real books is something a library provides for anyone. And that leads me to my second point.  Libraries provide access to knowledge, and adventure, and creativity, and different worlds, to anyone for free.  In a sense, the entire world is available in a library.  Any child, any family, regardless of background and situation, has all of that at their fingertips only because libraries exist.  This critical mission must be protected, and that is why I will always support and fight for our public libraries." - submitted by Keisha Lance Bottoms' office

Mary Norwood

What are you reading?
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth (available for checkout and download)
City on the Verge: Mike Pendergrast (available for checkout and download)
Governing by Network: The New Shape of the Public Sector

Why do you think the library is so important to our community? 
"Know that Mary is an avid reader.  Reading is fundamental and she is supportive of and determined to see that children by age 7-8 years be reading at a 3rd grade level by the 3rd grade.  Research has proven the significance/ importance of this goal.  Mary Norwood is all about youth empowerment, youth employment, etc and reading is the first necessary step in securing their futures.  

As an aside, Mary recently hosted Librarians from across the country at the Annual American Librarian Association - Black Caucus National Conference Opening Reception in August, 2017 through Retired Fulton County Librarian Carolyn Garnes and the Local Arrangements Committee of the organization.

Mary also sponsored a collaboration with you all - Fulton County - and the Shriners with the RED Fez Reading Program competition.  Participant Winners were treated to a day of festivities at a Circus/ Carnival and more.   So, she is involved in and truly supportive of Library services."
- submitted by Mary Norwood's office

Please note:  all answers are printed as submitted by each candidate.  The opinions expressed here are not necessarily the opinions of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Are You Ready to Step Through the Door to Exit West?

We’re kicking off our second online book discussion on Facebook!  The book we are reading is Exit West by Mohsin Hamid and anyone is invited to join the conversation!

Exit West is about a young couple that meets during turbulent times in their small city in a foreign land.  As their relationship grows, so do the conflicts around them until they are forced to face the realities of war.  Oh yeah, and there are mysterious doors.  This is a quick read, perfect for this hectic time of year.  Seriously, I finished it in one sitting.  Mohsin Hamid, author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, writes with a casual yet beautiful voice.  It’s like your really smart friend is telling you about an interesting couple she knows. 

And we’d love to hear what you think!  Who was your favorite character?  Did you like the ending?  What’s up with the doors?!  Join us now on our Facebook page and see what everyone is talking about!

What is an online book discussion, and what does it have to do with Sarah Jessica Parker? (

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Are Your Atlanta Mayoral Candidates Reading?

If you live in the City of Atlanta, today is a big day!  You will choose your next Atlanta Mayor (or at least narrow down the pool of candidates) and we know that you put a lot of effort into researching the best choice for you and your families.

But have you thought about what books your candidates keep on their nightstands?  We have!  And in a last minute effort to help you make the most informed choice possible, we have compiled that list for your hear today.  We also asked our candidates to share the title of the book they were reading and why they might recommend this book and their thoughts about why the library is important to them.  
We hope you'll enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed collecting it.  As of press time (7 am on election day) these are the candidates that responded, in order by the Dewey Decimal code of each of their favorite books, of course.

Kwanza Hall
Last Book Read: 
Regarding books I’m reading: the Bible, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta and of course my internal polling because that’s a nonfiction epic in and of itself.
(interesting side note: The Bible has a Dewey call number.  it is a 220 number and includes all versions of the Bible and even the Bible as read by James Earl Jones!) 

Why are libraries important?
Libraries were a safe haven for me as a child. I would spend most of my afternoons and weekends at the Adams Park, Greenbriar, Downtown and other libraries. Libraries are critical to the communities they serve, especially for people that may not have access to the internet. I am committed to Atlanta Public Libraries and want to re-engage the community to make the library a place for people of all ages to congregate and learn together in the library of the future.

John Eaves:
Last book read: 
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (305.8009)

Why I loved this book: 
The Color of Law provides an in-depth analysis of how federal, state, and locals laws adopted in the early 20th century led to segregated neighborhoods in many cities across America - the effects of which are overtly apparent today. Atlanta is not exempt from this analysis. For example, the book explains how: 1) zoning ordinances and school placement policies in Atlanta have resulted in segregated schools and neighborhoods; 2) how federal lending laws prevent minority groups from obtaining loans and integrating certain communities; and 3) it further explains how such laws impacted the current wealth and racial demography of every urban city in the US.

I recommend Rothstein's book to anyone who wants to understand the historical drivers of affordability, residential property values, gentrification, transient resident patterns, and racial divides across our great city. Atlanta has a tremendous opportunity for growth and needs a leader that comprehensively understands why targeted neighborhood revitalization is morally and fiscally critical to move forward. While Rothstein's book explains how Atlanta has become a segregated city, I am committed as Atlanta's next mayor to reverse the trend and move our city forward.

Cathy Woolard:
Last book read: 
Woolard offered us a photo of her actual nightstand and shared "I'm not reading as much consistently as I usually do.  I have loved reading since I was a kid!"  Here are the titles of Candidate Woolard's books, in order as they appear in the photo below: 

Obedient Father (FICTION: SHARMA) 
Where We Want to Live (307.1216)
For the Love of Cities (307.76)
The Color of Law (305.8009)
America's Moment (303.4833)
City on the Verge (307.3416)
Atlas Obscura (910.41)
The Organized Mind (153.42)
Happy City: transforming our lives through urban design (307.1216)

Peter Aman
Last Book Read: 
I just finished reading City on the Verge (Dewey code: 307.3416) by Mark Pendergrast, which is an excellent book that I recommend to everyone. Pendergrast expertly captures the spirit of this moment in Atlanta. The city’s population is booming and we are developing at a clip. Yet displacement, neighborhood integrity, and poverty worsen by the day. We are on the verge of something as a city. With the right leadership, I’m confident that something could be achieving our greatest aspirations.

Why are Libraries important? 
An informed electorate is the basis for a sound government. That starts with available access to books and learning. A strong library system helps people young and old spark their learning and ignite their communities.

Caesar Mitchell
Last book read:
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise; illustrations by Clement Hurd 
Little Professor Sky: Favorite Things, by Munson Steed 
(Children's/Juvenile books do not have dewey codes, but kudos on reading to the little ones!)

Bedtime reading with my daughters Canon and Czarya is important to me, so the last book I’ve read is actually one of their favorites, Goodnight Moon. It’s an old classic even though it gets pulled off the shelf most often, they’re always attentive and excited like it’s our first time reading it. I think the bright illustrations are the secret sauce! Personally, I enjoy the book’s simplicity and the fact that we can improvise without losing the essence of the storyline… “Goodnight Atlanta.”

Why are libraries important?
The library is not simply important, I believe it is essential to our community. In many ways, the library is our original world wide web. It’s a place where you can pick up a book and travel anywhere – real or imagined -- through pages and pictures. As an APS student and the son of a schoolteacher, the library provided respite throughout my childhood. Even as a student at Morehouse College, the library always served as a haven for more than just studying. It was the ultimate destination for bonding and making lifelong friends. The library is the brick-and-mortar version of social networking!

Our libraries also ensure Atlantans of all ages— from parents and students to entrepreneurs and retirees— have the resources they need to succeed at their fingertips. As mayor, I will continue to support policies and initiatives that improve our library system.  I believe that every citizen, especially our children, should have access to culture, art, events, and special programming that keep neighborhoods connected, informed and inspired.

Vincent Fort: (did not respond)
Keisha Lance Bottoms: (did not respond)
Mary Norwood: (did not respond)

Friday, October 27, 2017

This Month We Have Boos and Books

Celebrate Halloween with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and you'll get plenty of tricks, treats and so much more! 

Each year, the Library System gets into the spooky spirit with programs, crafts and even trick or treating for our patrons.  This year is no different.  With dozens of events happening throughout our 34 libraries, one of these is bound to inspire.  

Don't forget to share your photos from all of our events with us on social media.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag us in your photos, using #afpls #boosandbooks 

Here is a list of some of the great things happening this weekend, through Tuesday, October 31.  

Did you know that October is Bat Appreciation Month? So, come out and learn about bats, see live bats, hear a great story, trick or treat and much more on Halloween at East Roswell Library! It’s going to be bat-tastic!

Central Library, Children's Department
Bootastic Storytime 
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.  
The Children’s Dept. is ready for thrills and chills with this dancing skeleton craft and a very spooky storytime.  Bring the family down for some fun in the morning, before hitting the streets for Halloween night.

Boo at the Library
Monday, October 30, 2017 2 6:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Avenue Branch is hosting their second annual Boo at the Library.  A safe family gathering where simple treats, movies, costume contest, storytelling, games and more.

Storytime with Mama Koku
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m.
Mama Koku will celebrate the Halloween holiday with stories, drama and pumpkin activities. 
Families, Child Care services, and caregivers are all invited.

East Atlanta Library
Halloween Tiny Tots Storytime 
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
East Atlanta Branch Library, 400 Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E., Atlanta, GA
For more information, e-mail

MLK Library
Not So -Spooky Storytime!
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Come and listen to stories and participate in crafts about trick or treat . Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell would be among the stories read. Registration required
For more information, e-mail or call 404-730-1185.

The staff of the Ponce Library recommends this classic read for October and in honor of Halloween.

Book of the Month: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Trick-or-treaters join the creepy and fantastic Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud as they follow their friend Pipkin through time and space, learning the origins of Halloween and how death, ghosts, and spirits play a role in shaping culture and civilization. In honor of The Halloween Tree patrons have drawn self-portraits on pumpkin cutouts for our pumpkin patch on the window. We love when our patrons join in the decorating fun with us!
Patron Self-Portrait Pumpkin Patch

Halloween Displays by Library Staff

"Unearth buried and forgotten books"
Anne Vagts, Branch Manager
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis
"Fall into a Spooky Book"
Haley Sheehy
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis

Gladys S. Denard Library @ South Fulton
Spooktacular Game Night
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
We’re celebrating Halloween and International Games Day at once. Join us for a Spooktacular Game Night. Wear your favorite costume for the costume contest and play fun board and electronic games. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcomed.

Assistant Manager, Liane Wagner

My favorite is Spooky spooky spooky by Cathy MacLennan. This is a great book for preschool and younger— there is rhyming and a repetitive phrase throughout the book (you guessed it: “spooky spooky spooky”). Little ones love to help read this cute and spooky picture book! 

Northwest Library @ Scott’sCrossing
Northwest Library Library Mascot, Ted got in on the Halloween fun this week when he dressedup as a crossing guard.  Meanwhile, the Furry Four got into character as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Who says librarians aren't any fun?

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
Branch Manager, Ginny Collier, shares her pick for Halloween frights.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
There are scary books whose horror comes from ghosts and the undead, which are much too scary for me. And there are scary books where the chills come from secrets and psychological suspense. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the latter. 

Youth Services Librarian, Annette Jenkins shared a list of her favorite Fall/Halloween themed books for children.  Check out one of these great titles for your little one this weekend and get in the holiday spirit! 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This book is a action repetitive story where children can help tell the story and participate in the repetive action. This story is GREAT for large and small groups.  Good for older and younger children ages 2-10.

The Big Pumpkin by Eric Silverman
The text is rhymic and repetitive making this an especially great read for storytime and or read alouds. You can make this story into a puppet show for kids. This story also have some lessons that can be learned such as helping one another, sharing and no matter what size  you are, everyone has something to offer.

Click Clack Boo!A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
This story is a barnyard tale about Farmer Brown who does not love halloween. He hides under his bed scared of the halloween spooks. The farm animals wear different scary costumes and the light-hearted illustrations make the story fun and whimsical. Great for a bedtime storytime.

Go Away! Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Ed Emberly’s story is fun and action pack, as kids turn the pages of this book and watch the Big Green Monster grow and grow and grow. Illustrations are large and colorful, which makes this a very exciting read aloud for everyone.

Spooky Stories for Download

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