Monday, July 28, 2014

Bringing Back Reading Rainbow!

Reading Rainbow

When LeVar Burton announced he'd be launching a Kickstarter campaign to bring his beloved children's series Reading Rainbow to the web, no one thought it would get this much attention -- let alone reach its $1 million goal. And now that the huge campaign has come to an end, it can easily be said the joke is on us! Working together, Burton, a few famous friends (such as Family Guy creator, Seth MacFarlane,) and thousands of individual backers have raised almost $6.5 million to bring Reading Rainbow back to every child, everywhere!  Here's a few of the specifics from the Kickstarter site:

  • On Kickstarter alone, we raised $5,408,916, making us the Fifth Most Funded Kickstarter of All Time!  
  • We also received $70,000 in direct contributions outside of Kickstarter, bringing our pledge total to $5,478,916.
  • And, as promised, Seth MacFarlane has agreed to match a full $1M, bringing our actual total to $6,478,916... almost 6.5 MILLION dollars!
  • With 105,857 backers, this was a true grassroots effort. We now hold the All Time Kickstarter Record for Most Backers, with over 14,000 more backers than the next project!
"These numbers send a clear message about the breadth and depth of our shared commitment to this cause."
The goal of this campaign has been to bring the beloved children's literacy show to multiple mobile platforms, as well as providing subscriptions to thousands of underfunded schools across the country. In fact, Apple and KindleFire users can download the app now and start inspiring the next generation to "take a look, it's in a book!" Check out the App Trailer on YouTube to get a sneak peak at what it will offer, and then get reading! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

New Northwest Atlanta At Scotts Crossing Library Groundbreaking!

Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library
Come join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we break ground on the new Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library Thursday, July 17 at 11:00 a.m!

The new 25,000-square-foot library for Northwest Atlanta is part of Phase I of the Library Building Program, currently underway. The library will be located at 2489 Perry Boulevard in Northwest Atlanta.

CollinsCooper Carusi Architects, in association with The Freelon Group Architects, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. BenchMark-Brasfield & Gorrie, a joint venture, is contracted with Fulton County to provide construction management, and Heery/Russell is the program management team.

The grand opening of the Northwest Atlanta at Scotts Crossing Library is expected in the 3rd quarter of 2015. This library will replace service at the Bowen/Bankhead and Perry Homes branches.

In November 2008, Fulton County voters overwhelmingly passed the Library Bond Referendum. The plan will greatly enhance all of the county’s libraries, and includes:

  • 8 New Branch Libraries: Alpharetta, East Roswell, Milton, Northwest Atlanta, Palmetto, Southeast Atlanta, Stewart-Lakewood and Wolf Creek. You can check our website for construction updates on projects that are already underway! 

  • Two expansion projects: Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the South Fulton Library.
Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver on all of the Phase I projects. Each library will reflect the culture and interests of its community.

For more information or to R.S.V.P. please call 404-730-1972 or email laura.wright@fultoncountyga.gov. You can also stay up-to-date on the Library Building Program by visiting www.afpls.org. We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 20, 2014

It's Time For Summer Cooking!

The temperature outside has officially confirmed summer's arrival! And tomorrow, June 21, also marks the official first day of summer. For a lot of us this time of year is a perfect opportunity to gather the family every weekend around the grill or barbecue, relax in the shade, and eat some delicious meals. Why not let the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System provide you with some summer culinary inspiration! We have a host of cookbooks that are sure to titillate every palate. Check the catalog for these and other titles, put on your apron, grab your tongs, and get cooking! 


Fresh in Summer book cover
  • Fresh in Summer: Cooking with Alistair Handy, by Alistair Handy
  • 100 Grilling Recipes You Can't Live Without: [A Lifelong Companion,] by Cheryl Alters Jamison
  • Bobby Flay's Barbecue Addiction, by Bobby Flay
  • Wicked Good Barbecue:  Fearless Recipes from Two Damn Yankees Who Have Won the Biggest, Baddest BBQ Competitions in the World, by Andy Husbands
  • The Everything Grilling Cookbook : From Vegetable Skewers to Tuna Burgers-- 300 Healthy Recipes for Any Grill, by Rick Marx
And don't forget the libations!



  • Classic Summer Cocktails, by Salvatore Calabrese
  • The Backyard Bartender: 55 Cool Summer Cocktails, Nicole Aloni
  • The Ultimate Party Drink Book, by Bruce Weinstein

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Database Of The Month: Bookflix!

BookFlix homepageDon't let your child's reading skills get rusty during the summer break! Regular trips to check out books at your local branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System are a great way to keep kids engaged with reading during the season, and don't forget to sign up for the Summer Reading Program while you're there. But why not switch things up a bit by using online books and videos from Bookflix to keep them inspired and entertained! 

Bookflix has paired award-winning fiction with engaging nonfiction to help students become fluent, confident, and independent readers. The pairing of fiction and nonfiction has been shown to be an effective way to develop critical reading and comprehension skills. Fiction, with its narrative "story" structure, is often more accessible for beginning readers. It can be used to introduce a topic and provide a bridge to the informational text. This engaging resource for children in grades pre-K through 3 will help early readers develop and practice essential reading skills and introduce them to a world of knowledge and exploration.

Pairing fiction and nonfiction texts enhances readers' comprehension of a particular topic, exposes them to a wider range of vocabulary, and builds background knowledge—and therefore interest. With several topics to choose from such as Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, Music and Rhyme and more, you are sure to find several title pairings that your child will enjoy and learn from. And they will enjoy watching some of their favorite stories come to life in the animated videos!

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 Bookflix
  4. Enter the GALILEO password. (If you don't know the current password, find it by following these instructions!)
  5. Have fun reading and watching videos with your kids!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

More Summer Reading Challenges!




Atlanta sports teams are big supporters of reading, literacy, and the Georgia Public Library Service!  This summer the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks are offering up reading challenges to kids of all ages to get the chance to win free tickets to see a game. Read on to learn more about the "Home Run Readers" challenge and the "Check it out Reading Challenge." And don't forget, the Summer Reading Program at the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System kicks off June 1!

Home Run Readers: This summer, the Atlanta Braves are again partnering with Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) for the 2014 Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Program, "Home Run Readers,"presented by SUBWAY.The popular educational outreach program encourages students to build a love for reading, as well as advance their reading skills during the summer months.

Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout the state of Georgia with a free Braves ticket and a free SUBWAY "Fresh Fit For Kids Meal" for reading books and completing an online activity. Discounted tickets for accompanying family members and friends will be available for each game for as low as $12 each.

All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is serving as the Braves’ ambassador for the program's second year. Program-related events are planned at libraries and at Turner Field throughout the summer.

Reward tickets can be redeemed up to one week in advance for any of the five following games:
• Tuesday, June 3, versus the Seattle Mariners; • Tuesday, July 22, versus the Miami Marlins; • Sunday, Aug. 17, versus the Oakland Athletics; • Tuesday, Sept. 2, versus the Philadelphia Phillies; and • Tuesday, Sept. 23, versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.
We are so excited to continue this partnership between the Braves and Georgia’s public libraries," said Julie Walker, Georgia's deputy state librarian. Reading incentives such as this are a great way to help young people develop a love for reading while providing fun for the entire family. Home Run Readers and its related events will be excellent examples of our three organizations' joint commitment to communities across the state.
Home Run Readers is open to all Georgia students in grades K-12. The sign-up period runs through Aug. 24. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.braves.com/reading.

For more information, please contact:
David Baker
Director, Communications & Strategic Partnerships Georgia Public Library Service
1800 Century Place, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30345
404.235.7131 phone
404.235.7201 fax         dbaker@georgialibraries.org

Atlanta HawksCheck it out Reading Challenge: Hoops will lead to whoops this summer at Georgia’s public libraries, as the Atlanta Hawks and GPLS celebrate summer reading with the 10th annual Check-It-Out Reading Challenge (CIORC). The longest continually running program of its type, the CIORC encourages young readers to earn basketball-related rewards through reading. Designed to enhance this year’s national Fizz, Boom, Read! summer reading program, the Hawks’ 2014 CIORC will welcome young readers entering classes from pre-K to grade 12 for the 2014-15 school year.

Hawks mascot Harry will make personal appearances at libraries in Metro Atlanta to promote the program, and souvenir bookmarks promoting CIORC are now available at participating library branches across the state. Registration is now underway and will be conducted online through August 30.

Any child enrolled in grades pre-K through 12 in the state of Georgia may participate by having a parent or guardian log on to www.checkitoutreading.com, either on a home computer or a public-access computer at the library. Parents and guardians may register each child in their household for the program. As many as six participating children may attend a Hawks game together when accompanied by at least one adult who has purchased a ticket.
Check-It-Out Reading and the Atlanta Hawks are proud to announce our 10th edition of this program and to encourage students to continue reading throughout the summer months in preparation for the upcoming school year, said Eric Platte, senior manager of the Atlanta Hawks. As an avid reader myself, I'm proud of the success of this program and of watching our students flourish.
As part of their decade-long partnership with GPLS, the Hawks will sponsor a number of “Georgia Public Libraries Nights” during the 2014-15 regular season, with discounted admission for employees of the state’s public libraries and their friends and families. 
It's great to have this support for summer reading from our partners, especially in times of economic challenge, said Elaine Black, director of Youth Services for GPLS. From the beginning of our relationship — which has introduced many new families to summer reading — public libraries have benefited greatly from our connection to the Hawks.
Sports serve to inspire us in many different ways, said State Librarian Dr. Lamar Veatch, and we’re proud that Georgia’s public libraries are working together with organizations like the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Braves to motivate young readers to continue their education and have fun reading during the summer months.
For additional information on CIORC and other Hawks- and National Basketball Association-sponsored educational programs, visit www.hawks.com.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Summer Reading Program Kicks Off June 1!


Fizz Boom Read!
Children and teens are encouraged to join Atlanta-Fulton Public LibrarySystem’s Summer Reading Program and Fizz, Boom and Read through the summer! Readers of all ages will explore all things science-related during the 2014 Summer Reading Program at each library.

Summer Reading fun can be had by all ages from June 1 through August 1. Children who sign up for the reading program keep their minds active and enter school in the fall ready to learn and ready to succeed. Reading throughout the summer benefits students by helping retain skills learned during the school year.

Teens this year have their own special theme: Spark a Reaction, and there are free programs scheduled throughout the summer for the all ages including edible science experiments, magicians, visiting scientists, interactive games, nature explorations and more.
Spark A Reaction!


It’s easy to join, just come into any of our 33 libraries to register. Children must read 10 books and teens read 5 to complete the program. 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 names go into a drawing for prizes. Your librarian is also more than happy to help you find books that are just right for every age group. And you might want to check the summer reading lists from Fulton County schools to help you make your selections. Lists on this site include elementary, middle, and high school reading suggestions.

Sign-up for Fizz, Boom, Read! begins on June 1. Find a form at any branch and register. For more information call your local branch or explore more at our website. All programs are free of charge.

See below for a full list of Summer Reading Kick-Off Events! Scroll down to see what your branch has to offer!

Spark a Reaction Teen Summer Reading Kick Off
Monday, June 2. 2:00 p.m.
Sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program.
AdamsPark Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2231 Campbellton Road, Atlanta 30311
For information call 404.752.8763

Fizz Into Summer – Summer Reading Kick Off
Tuesday, June 3. 10:00 a.m.
Join us for stories and fun activities to start the summer off right with a boom. Ages 2-12. Reservations for groups.
PerryHomes Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2011 Bolton Road, NW, Atlanta 30318
For information call 404.792.4994

Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading Kick Off With Kaiser Permanente
Tuesday, June 3. 10:00 a.m. 
Join us as we kick off our Summer Reading Program with a fun food presentation by Kaiser Permanente called “What’s in that Lunch Anyway?” Ages 3-12. Space is limited. Registration is required.
East Point Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2757 Main Street, East Point 30344
For information call 404.762.4842

Summer Reading Kick Off
Tuesday, June 3. 10:00 a.m.
Fizz Boom Read into reading during Summer Reading Kick Off. Face painting, crafts and an interactive workshop with Edible Science kids. Learn where soda gets its fizz from and why bubble gum is chewy and vinegar is tart. Families can register for the Summer Reading Program come and join the fun! All ages. Reservations for groups of 10 or more.
Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.699.6363

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Tuesday, June 3. 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun interactive games with the Braves Around Town B.A.T. Team; spin the wheel, get prizes and visit the Cow with Chick-fil-A; create urban forest art with Trees Atlanta and the Hammond’s House Museum; participate in an environmental art activity with the Fulton County Department of Water Resources; view an insect exhibit with the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance; hear stories with Jeremie Meadows; learn about the Affordable Care Act with the Family Health Centers of Georgia Inc.; sign up for the Summer Reading Program and more. This event is held in the library’s backyard, parking lot and meeting room. Rain moves it inside. Reservations required.
WestEnd Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.752.8740

Summer Reading Kick Off With Mr.Greggy’s Magic Show
Tuesday, June 3. 10:30 a.m.
Comedy and fun using silly magic, unique hat juggling, adorable puppetry, hilarious clown gags, colorful balloons, respectful audience participation and plenty of goofiness! Ages 3 and up.
Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328
For information call 404.303.6130

Fizz, Boom, Read, Summer Reading Kick-Off Party!
Tuesday, June 3. 10:30 a.m.
Children will enjoy listening to fun stories and playing games. Ages 4-12.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1875

Summer Reading Kick Off
Tuesday, June 3. 11:00 a.m.
Come experience a fun-filled celebration of reading with face painting, balloon art and much more. Registration required for all groups.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Fizz, Boom Read Summer Kick Off
Tuesday, June 3. 11:00 a.m. 
Sign up for the Summer Reading Program while conducting Edible Science Experiments. Reservation required for groups of 10 or more.
Adams Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2231 Campbellton Road, Atlanta 30311
For information call 404.752.8763

Fizz, Boom Read Summer Reading Registration Day
Wednesday, June 4. 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Come in register for Summer Reading and receive your packets. All ages.
Georgia Hill Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
250 Georgia Avenue, Atlanta 30312
For information call 404.730.5427

Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Kick Off
Wednesday, June 4. 11:00 a.m.
Mama Koku as Dr. Super Nova and the Solar system, promoting early literacy. Ages 3-12.
Bowen/BankheadBranch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2685 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Atlanta 30318
For information call 404.792.2646

Fizz, Boom, Read Storytime
Wednesday, June 4. 11:00 a.m.
Summer Reading will kick off with a Boom with stories and fun with bubblegum. Ages 3-8.
Fairburn Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
60 Valley View Drive, Fairburn 30213
For information call 770.306.3138

Spark a Reaction: Read
Wednesday, June 4. 3:30 p.m. 
Come out a join us as we kick off Teen Summer Reading. Teens will learn how to use Novelist to enhance their reading experience for the summer. Ages 13 and up. Registration required.  
East Point Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2757 Main Street, East Point 30344
For information call 404.762.4842

Super Summer Reading Sign-Up Day
Thursday, June 5. Library hours.
Children will celebrate signing up for the Summer Reading Program with special activities. All ages. Reservations required for groups.
Stewart-Lakewood Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
2893 Lakewood Avenue, SW, Atlanta 30315
For information call 404.762.4054

Summer Reading Kick Off
Thursday, June 5. 10:00 a.m.
The Summer Reading Program will kick off with funfair and music with Rapper Tariq.
Dogwood Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1838 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, Atlanta 30318
For information call 404.792.4961 

Fizz, Boom, READ: Juggling, Magic and More by Aaron
Thursday, June 5. 10:30 a.m.
A fun, engaging, interactive juggling and magic show by Aaron Antonich. Ages 3-12. Groups of 5 or more must register and must be accompanied by caregiver.
Buckhead Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta 30305
For information call 404.814.3500

Summer Reading Kick Off “Fizz, Boom, Read”
Thursday, June 5. 11:00 a.m.
Join us for our annual kick off with the College Park Fire Department, Colgate Bright Smiles and the MARTA K-9 Police Dog. Families and day care groups are invited to attend. Fun and prizes for everyone.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

Zap! Boom! Reading Kick Off
Thursday, June 5. 1:00 p.m.
Come register. Games, storytelling, face painting and prizes. Parents encouraged to participate with children.
All ages.
Thomasville Heights Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
1700 Thomasville Drive, SE, Atlanta 30315
For information call 404.624.0620

Fizz, Boom, Read! Summer Reading Kick Off With D’Avante Parks
Thursday, June 5. 2:00 p.m.
Children of all ages will enjoy magic tricks and jokes with this high-energy performance by D’Avante Parks. Welcome to Summer Reading with Fizz, Bang Read! Reservations required.
Hapeville Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville 30354
For information call 404.762.4065

Teen Summer Reading Kick Off: Encaustic Art
Thursday, June 5. 2:30 p.m.
Encaustic art is richly colored art made with hot colored wax. Learn how to turn melted crayons into amazing art! Information regarding the Summer Reading Program will also be provided. Ages 13-18.
Ocee Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30005
For information call 770.360.8897

Summer Reading Kick-Off Party
Saturday, June 7. 12:00 p.m.
Join us for fun, food, games and stories at our Summer Reading kick-off party. We’ll have a bounce house, snow cone machine and snacks on the grill. All ages. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
East Atlanta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
400 Flat Shoals Avenue, Atlanta 30316
For information call 404.730.5438
Summer Reading Kick Off at Kirkwood!
Monday, June 9. 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Join the Kirkwood Branch for its Summer Reading Kick Off.  Children, teens and adults will be able to sign up for Summer Reading Program. Children can also learn about fire safety, enjoy story time and craft activities. Come on out and spark a reaction through literary elements for a Fizz, Booming summer of reading!
Kirkwood Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
11 Kirkwood Road, Atlanta 30317
For information call 404.377.6471

Fizz Boom Read Summer Reading Kick Off
Wednesday, June 11. 10:00 a.m.
Enjoy a magic show, face painting, crafts and moonwalk. Ages 3-12. Reservations required.
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 Summer Reading Kick Off: Fizz, Boom, Read With Todd Key
Wednesday, June 11. 2:00 p.m.
Join us for our children’s Summer Reading Program kick off featuring a fun-filled juggling show based on our theme of Fizz, Boom, Read! Space is limited to first 75 attendees. Ages 4-12 only. Tickets will be given out 1 hour prior to start of program.
Ocee Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30005
For information call 770.360.8897

Fizz, Sizzle, Pop, Boom Celebrating Summer Reading is Always Cool
Thursday, June 12. 12:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Community partners join with area families to celebrate the beginning of the summer reading experience. Exposure to great books and interactive learning activities highlight this event. Children, teens and adults will have the opportunity to sign-up for Summer Reading, sign-up for library cards and check out library materials and services.
Mechanicsville Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
400 Formwalt Street SW, Atlanta 30312

For information call 404.730.4779