Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Library Closed For Holiday

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed Sunday, January 1, and Monday, January 2, 2012 for the New Year's Day holiday. Branches will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

This gives you a few more days to visit your local branch and stock up on some holiday entertainment to ring in the new year. Books, DVDs, CDs, and more! Search the catalog ahead of your visit so you know what's available at your branch. Did you get an eReader for Christmas? Check out the library's collection of downloadable books and audiobooks from Overdrive! You can also check the library's events calendar to see what kinds of programs will be taking place through the end of the month.

We wish all of our patrons a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Library Closed For Holiday

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed Friday, December 23 - Monday, December 26. Branches will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.

Feel free to check our Calendar of Events for any holiday themed activities that might be going on during the next few weeks.

We wish all of our patrons a very safe and happy holiday season!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Genealogy @ Your Library!

If you're interested in learning about your ancestors, or simply must know if you are related to anyone famous (or infamous!), then the upcoming holiday season can provide a great chance to start doing a little research into your family tree. Asking grandparents and great-grandparents about other family and events they remember can be a great place to start. With that information in hand and a little bit of research using some of the resources from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, you can work your way back through time, finding ancestors along the way!

HeritageQuest Online and Ancestry Library Edition are both available through the library's A-Z Database list. HeritageQuest can be used from home to search census records and family histories. To access this database, you will need the current GALILEO password, which you can find by logging into your library account with your card number and PIN, and following these directions. You will need to go to your local library branch to search Ancestry Library Edition for birth, death, and marriage records, census, military and immigration records, and much more. And of course you can check the library catalog for any print materials available that may help you with your search.

The Special Collections Department of the Central Library houses the Library System's Genealogy Collection. This collection of sources has an emphasis on Georgia, but information from other Southern states may also be found here. GALILEO has also compiled an extensive list of online databases and websites geared towards Georgia family histories, including the Digital Library of Georgia.

Good luck, and happy researching!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Best Books Of 2011

It's that time of year again when lists of the year's best books start coming out, just in time to find titles to fill in your holiday shopping! The New York Times recently put out its list of The 10 Best Books of 2011, listed below.


The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
11/22/63, by Stephen King
Swamplandia!, by Karen Russell
Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson
The Tiger's Wife, by Tea Obreht


Arguably, by Christopher Hitchens
The Boy in the Moon, by Ian Brown
Malcolm X, by Manning Marable
Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
A World on Fire, by Amanda Foreman

For more information about these titles, or to place them "On Hold," visit the library catalog here.

And for even more great book suggestions, browse a few of the following lists:

Best Sellers and Award Winners for all ages: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

100 Most Notable Books of 2011: The New York Times

Amazon's Top 100: (This list is even conveniently separated by various genres, age groups, and includes lists for both print and Kindle versions of titles!)

Top 100 Best Sellers of 2011 for all ages: Barnes and Nobel

We hope you enjoy hunting for the perfect books to give to all your friends and family this holiday season!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New eBook And eAudiobook Newsletter!

If you are one of the many patrons who are now enjoying the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's collection of downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks and would like to keep up with new titles being added to these collections, then our new eMedia Newsletter may be just the thing for you! This electronic newsletter will feature new electronic media that may be downloaded to mobile and e-reader devices like the Kindle, Nook, MP3 players, iPods, iPads, and smart phones, and will be delivered straight to the inbox of your choosing. Visit the sign-up page and enter your email address to subscribe.

If you'd like more information about how to get started with our downloadable materials, (especially if you're thinking of getting or giving an eReader this holiday season!) visit our Overdrive Downloadable collection and check out the Getting Started pages, the video guided tour, or the My Help section. And as always you can contact your local branch to speak with a librarian for more information about these resources. Happy downloading!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will close at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23, 2011. The library system will remain closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All branches will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Saturday, November 26, 2011.

Please check our events calendar for holiday activities that may be taking place at your local branch during the week!

We hope everyone has a very safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Spotlight on NoveList!

Have you ever had trouble figuring out what the next title in your favorite series is? Or been searching for a book just like the last one you read? Or maybe you've been searching for authors like the one that finally got your child to sit down and read happily for hours? Well, one of the best resources to answer all these questions (besides your local librarian, of course!) is a database called NoveList. All Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System card holders have free access to this database through the library's website, twenty-four hours a day. NoveList makes it easy to find series, title or author recommendations based on books you've previously read, or genres you particularly enjoy. Here's how you get started:

1. Go to the library's homepage at
2. Under Books, Research and Databases, click on A-Z Databases.
3. Scroll down the list and click on NoveList. Note, if you are outside of the
library you will be asked for your library card number!
4. In the search box type in your description of a book you'd like to read, or
search for specific authors, titles, and series.
5. Each result from your search will also give you 9 author read-alikes and 9 title
6. Print or save your lists and use them to search the library catalog for your next great read!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween @ Your Library!

Many branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be celebrating the fall season with programs and story times of a spooky nature in the next few weeks. Check the calendar of events to see what might be happening at a branch near you!

And while you're in the library enjoying some of our free programs, be sure and check out some more fun and spooky items just in time for Halloween! Here's a few suggestions that could be fun for the whole family:

The Halloween Handbook : 447 Costumes, by Bridie Clark

Take Back Halloween and Freak Out a Few More Neighbors, by Tom Nardone

Basic How To Halloween Makeups [DVD], by Bogdan "Don" Pecic

Bethany Lowe's Folk Art Halloween, by Bethany Lowe

Scary Sound Effects: Nightmarish Noise for Halloween [CD], by Robert C. Wayne

Dog Trick or Cat Treat : Pets Dress Up For Halloween, by Archie Klondike

The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection [DVD], by Wes Craven

Have a safe and SPOOKTACULAR Halloween!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kindle Books Now Available @ Your Library!

Great news for eBook lovers and Kindle users! You can now download free Kindle books from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System! The majority of our downloadable eBooks are now in a Kindle-friendly format that works with Kindles and all free Kindle reading apps. This means you don't even have to own a Kindle to take advantage of this opportunity. Simply download the free app to your smart phone, handheld device, or computer, set up a free account, and you're ready to start enjoying free eBooks!

To get started, visit our eMedia collection at Overdrive and start browsing for Kindle books. You will need your library card number and your PIN. Once you check out the Kindle title, you will be redirected to Amazon where you can sign in and select "Get Library Book." The next time you open your app or sync your Kindle, your title will be there waiting for you!

For more information contact your local library branch or check out Overdrive's My Help page.

Have fun Kindle users!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Library Closed Monday, October 10th

Just a friendly reminder to all of our patrons that the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed this Monday, October 10, 2011, so that we can hold our annual Staff Development Day. This annual meeting of the entire library staff helps us to better serve you through training sessions and professional development!

All branches will reopen at their regularly scheduled times on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

We appreciate your support!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrate Louisa May Alcott @ Your Library!

Author Louisa May Alcott is known around the world for her book Little Women, but few are aware of Alcott as a bold, compelling woman growing up in the innermost circles of the Transcendentalist and antislavery movements, serving as a nurse in the Civil War, and leading a secret literary life writing pulp fiction. Influenced by family friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, Alcott experienced a rich intellectual life which in turn influenced her writing.

Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we celebrate the life and historical and cultural context that inspired Louisa May Alcott's impressive body of work. Through her writing Alcott was able to express her views on social reform, from women's rights, to racial integration, to education, but her body of work also encompassed sensational thrillers, Gothic novels, fairy tales and works of domestic realism.

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to offer several events and programs during September, October and November that will highlight her career, life, and some of her lesser known works.

For a complete schedule and description of these upcoming events, visit our website here. And be sure to check our catalog for other titles by and about this incredible author.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great Cookbooks For Fall!

Friday, September 23, 2011, marks the official first day of fall. And with that first breath of cooler air many of us start to crave those warm comfort foods that go hand-in-hand with the season. Soups, stews, chili and the like are all starting to sound pretty good now that it's no longer over 100 degrees every day! So why not get a head start on filling up your recipe box this fall by checking out some wonderful cookbooks from your local library branch? Here's a few suggestions, just to get your mouth watering:

The Big Book of Soups & Stews: 262 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food, by Maryana Vollstedt

Grandma Jo's Soup Kettle: 100 Hearty and Healthy Soups, Stews, Gumbos, and Chowders, by JoAnna M Lund

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, by Nava Atlas

The Ultimate Chili Cookbook: History, Geography, Fact, and Folklore of Chili, by W.C. Jameson

Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food From the Atlantic Rim, by Jessica B. Harris

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: 700 Great Slow Cooker Recipes, by Phyllis Pellman Good

As always, you can check the library's catalog for these and other titles to check out or place on hold. Happy cooking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

10 Things You Need To Complete Your College Application

Parents and students please take advantage of these free College Preparatory workshops coming to a library near you! Brandi Rae Hicks and The Rae Of Light Foundation are touring the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System offering free workshops for parents and teens gearing up for college application season! The workshops aim to transition high school students into college and beyond through Financial Literacy, Academic Preparedness and Basic Life Skills.

Please join us at one of the following branches:

Adams Park: Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00 p.m.

Adamsville-Collier: Saturday, October 15th, 12:00 p.m.

Buckhead: Monday, September 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Avenue: Wednesday, October 5th, 4:00 p.m.

College Park: Monday, October 3rd, 6:00 p.m.

East Atlanta: Wednesday, September 28th, 6:00 p.m.

Georgia Hill: Monday, October 19th, 5:00 p.m.

Hapeville: Saturday, October 22nd, 3:00 p.m.

Northside: Saturday, September 24th, 1:15 p.m.

Ocee: Monday, October 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Peachtree: Monday, September 19th, 6:00 p.m.

Perry Homes: Saturday, September 17th, 1:00 p.m.

Southwest: Thursday, October 20th, 4:00 p.m.

Stewart-Lakewood: Thursday, September 29th, 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park: Friday, October 21st, 9:30 a.m.

For more information, please call (404)509-5797 or email

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

5K Run/Walk For Literacy!

The Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta (LAMA) will be hosting a 5K Run/Walk for Literacy on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 8 a.m. Register today to help support the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's literacy initiatives by selecting AFPLS to benefit from your registration fees! Be sure to indicate that you want your support to go to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Your donation will go to help with our many literacy programs, including GED preparation and testing, and adult tutoring.

Not able to actually attend the 5K that Saturday? No problem! You can register as a Phantom Walker and still support literacy in our communities. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 22nd, so there is still plenty of time to sign up your family and friends. We look forward to walking with you, so come join the fun, rain or shine!

5K Run/Walk for Literacy:

Start: Saturday, September 24, 2011 @ 8:00 AM

Decatur Library
215 Sycamore Street Decatur, GA

Online Registration: Individual - $20, Family - $50
Day of Registration: Individual - $25, Family - $55

Registration Closing Date
Thursday, September 22, 2011 PST

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

6th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival!

Yes, it's that time of year again. Time to celebrate this Labor Day at the 6th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival, the largest independent book festival in the nation! The fun kicks off on Saturday, September 3rd, continuing throughout the holiday weekend, and all parts of the festival are free and open to the public. Visit the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System at booth 127 on Saturday and Sunday for crafts and storytelling for children, library card sign-up, and to learn about all the great things we have going on at our 34 branches. Many of our talented librarians will be on hand to represent our library system and to answer any questions you might have.

The list of visiting authors that will descend on the downtown Decatur square is quite impressive, so you truly don't want to miss out on seeing any of them! According to the DBF website, this year's keynote speakers are Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) and acclaimed illustrator Carson Ellis, the nationally renowned pair behind a new book of bravery and adventure for families, kids, and adults alike: Wildwood.

Authors will give readings, panel discussions, book talks and signings. You can see the full list , or browse them by genre. Check the schedule ahead of time to plan out your weekend, and for all the latest updates and newsworthy tidbits, you can follow the festival on Twitter and Facebook!

An array of activities for children, teens and adults should keep the whole family entertained. From live music, cooking demos, poetry slams, children's parades and performances, and of course all the yummy food and drink vendors on hand, you really can't go wrong with this weekend celebration of books, reading and literacy. You can even bring in your own books for appraisal by the Georgia Antiquarian Booksellers Association.

We look forward to seeing you at Booth 127, so come on out and join us!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Beat The Heat @ Your Library!

The school year may be fast approaching, but the dog days of summer are just now settling in, and your local library is here to help you survive them in all kinds of ways! Check our events calendar for our wide variety of free programming for all ages and visit your local (air conditioned!) branch to participate.

While you're there you can browse for books about summer cooking, travel, or gardening. Or maybe you'll find inspiration in some craft books to keep your family entertained indoors until things cool off a bit. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Vegetable Gardening : From Planting to Picking : the Complete Guide to Creating a Bountiful Garden by Jane Courtier

Fresh in Summer : Cooking with Alastair Hendy by Alistair Hendy

Around Atlanta with Kids by Mary Jo Dilonardo

A Backyard Vegetable Garden for Kids by Amie Jane Leavitt

Best Beach Vacations in the Carolinas & Georgia by Lan Sluder

Grillin' with Gas : 150 Mouthwatering Recipes for Great Grilled Food by Fred Thompson

Fast, Fresh & Freen : More than 90 Delicious Recipes for Veggie Lovers by Susie Middleton

Boredom Blasters : Brain Bogglers, Awesome Activities, Cool Comics, Tasty Treats, and More by Helaine Becker

As always, you can check the catalog for these and other titles available from the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Enjoy the rest of your summer, and stay cool!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Database Access On The Go!

Have you ever been away from your computer and suddenly found yourself needing the answer to a reference question? Or wanted to listen to a downloaded Ebook while waiting in line at the grocery store? How about practicing your language learning skills while sipping your morning coffee at the local cafe? Well, now you can do all of these things by using library database apps on your smartphone or other mobile device! You can guarantee that there will be more of these coming out in the future, but for now, check out what you already have access to through the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and some of our database providers.

Mango Mobile - Mango Languages Library Edition on the go!

Available on the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, this free mobile language app gives you access to all of the languages and features available through the library in the palm of your hand!

OverDrive eMedia Console - OverDrive downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks on the go!

Available on the iPhone/iPad, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7, this free app will give you access to all of the titles available for download through the AFPLS collection. Anytime, anywhere access for all your favorite titles!

EbscoHost - EBSCO online research databases on the go!

Available on the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android Smartphones, Windows Smartphones, Dell Axim, Palm and Pocket PC this mobile research tool will give users all of the functionality of the databases that AFPLS has in its EBSCO collection. Popular research databases such as Academic Search Complete and MasterFile Premier can now be easily searched anytime and anywhere!

GALE Access My Library - GALE online research databases on the go!

Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android, this mobile research app uses GPS technology to locate libraries within a 10 mile radius of the user, then gives the user free and unlimited access to that library's GALE resources without even needing a library card number. Access library systems in other states while traveling!

We hope you will take advantage of these mobile tools and will take your library with you everywhere you go!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

National Black Arts Festival

The National Black Arts Festival (NBAF) is one of the premier national and international presenters of the culture, music and art of people of African descent. Their mission is to "engage, cultivate and educate diverse audiences about the arts and culture of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for artistic and creative expression."

The NBAF summer festival is now in full swing and will last through July 17, 2011, with many exhibits and shows running throughout the rest of the summer. Various events will be held during this time throughout the city of Atlanta celebrating visual art, music, dance, theatre and film produced by artists of African heritage. You can even celebrate with the library by checking out these exhibits and workshops at the Auburn Avenue Research Library.

For a complete listing of all dates and times of events, visit the NBAF website and view their calendar.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Still Time for Summer Reading!

Summer is about half over but you still have time to sign your children-or yourself!-up for Summer Reading 2011. You have until August 1 to get yourselves signed up and reading. Children, grades 5 and below, have to read 10 books to qualify. Teens, grades 6-12, have to read 5 and Adults just need to read. If you think you can do that then get yourself over to your nearest branch and sign up. If you are reading anyway, might as well get yourself in the running for prizes and free food!

Questions? Ask at your local AFPLS library.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Library Closed for Independence Day

Just a reminder that all branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed on Monday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day. Branches will reopen as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, July 5, 2011.

If you or your family is looking for some weekend activities before the 4th, check our events calendar to see what may be happening at a branch near you.

We hope everyone enjoys a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Fair and Author Signing

Ever thought about writing your own book but weren't sure where to start or how to get the completed project out there? Well, this upcoming book fair will have representatives from two publishing companies on hand for anyone who has questions about writing and getting published in today's publishing climate.

The Fulton County Employees Association is hosting a Book/Author Fair on June 30, 2011 in the Atrium of the Fulton County Government Center from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. More than 20 authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their books too. An excellent opportunity to network with other book-loving folks!

The FCGC is located at:

141 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Father's Day @ Your Library!

Don't forget that Father's Day is this Sunday, June 19th! Why not beat the heat with a family outing to your local library to get some great books or movies to enjoy with Dad? You can also find the Zoo Pass or the Georgia Parks pass checked in at a few branches. Check our Events Calendar for events or programs that may be happening at a library near you over the weekend.

Here's a few suggestions of things to check out with Dad!

All new crafts for Mother's Day and Father's Day by Kathy Ross

Father's Day crafts by Fay Robinson

Weber's charcoal grilling : the art of cooking with live fire by Jamie Purviance

Grillin' with gas : 150 mouthwatering recipes for great grilled food by Fred Thompson

The Family handyman best weekend projects by Reader's Digest Association

In the long run : a father, a son, and unintentional lessons in happiness by Jim Axelrod

The reading promise : my father and the books we shared by Alice Ozma

We wish all the fathers out there a happy, safe and fun-filled Father's Day!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Library Website Maintenance 6/11 - 6/13

All Fulton County websites, including The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, will undergo maintenance this weekend and will be unavailable from noon Saturday, June 11 until Monday, June 13 at 7 a.m. But never fear, you can still access many of the library's services, including your account and the card catalog, by bookmarking the links below! We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our patrons.

Access the Catalog

Access 'My Account' for the Catalog

Access Overdrive Downloadable e-Media

Access A-Z Databases

Access GALILEO (other databases)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Author Visits and Book Signings @ Your Library!

Some very popular and well-known authors will be visiting various Atlanta-Fulton Public Library locations over the next few weeks to discuss their latest works, and offer book signings to those in attendance. Don't miss out on a chance to meet and greet some of your favorites!

6/11: Mary Monroe discusses Mama Ruby at the Auburn Avenue Research Library

6/11: Sugar Ray Leonard discusses The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring at the West End Branch

6/16: Sister Souljah discusses Midnight and the Meaning of Love at the Central Library

Be sure to check our Events Calendar often for upcoming programs, author visits and activities throughout the system. And look here for library locations and hours. We hope to see you at an author visit soon!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Library Closed for Memorial Day

Just a friendly reminder that all branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2011 for the Memorial Day holiday, and will reopen as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Branches will be open as usual Saturday and Sunday however, so come on in and see us!

And if you're looking for activities during the long weekend, Access Atlanta has a compiled a list of festivals, music and performances around the city, and also a Memorial Day guide to other local events.

We wish everyone a fun and safe holiday weekend!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer Reading @ Your Library!

June 1, 2011 marks the kick off of this year's summer reading program for kids of all ages. The themes this year celebrate world culture and travel. Children through age 12 will read books with the theme One World, Many Stories, while teens will use You Are Here as a guide for choosing summer reads. Even Moms and Dads can join in the fun by reading books with Novel Destinations, perfect for all you armchair travelers out there!

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be participating in this even through August 1st. All you have to do is visit your local branch and sign up. Children and Teens read a certain number of books and receive prizes. There's even a grand prize drawing for both age groups, so be sure and complete the program so you can enter! Ask your librarian for more information about program details. Click here for a schedule of all the Summer Reading Kick Off Celebrations throughout the system.

You can also access suggested summer reading titles from Fulton County Schools here, and then search the library catalog to find the ones you want. You should also check your school's website for any required summer reading lists they may have posted.

For more information about the Collaborative Summer Library Reading Program, visit the CSLP website.

Have a great summer filled with great books!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

2011 Man Booker International Prize Announced

The Man Booker International Prize , which supports the annual Man Booker Prize for fiction, is awarded every two years to a living author for a body of work that has either been published originally in English or is widely translated in the English language. Literary excellence is it's primary focus, and this year's winner is literary giant, Philip Roth. Chosen from a list of 13 prominent contenders, Roth is one of the world's most prolific writers and has been both celebrated and controversial throughout his career. He is best known for his 1969 novel, Portnay's Complaint and the Pulitzer-Prize winning American Pastoral (1997).

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System has many of Roth's novels and short stories, which you can find by searching the catalog.

For more information about this international literary award, including previous winners and the short list of current contenders, click here.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Get Caught Reading!

Did you know that May is Get Caught Reading Month? It's a great time to remind yourself just how much fun reading can be for all ages. Set aside a few moments every day for reading and let yourself get caught up in the power of written words.

Get Caught Reading Month was started in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and is supported by the likes of Laura Bush, Alicia Keys, Diane Sawyer, LL Cool J, Emma Roberts, Grant Hill and more! All you have to do to participate is pick up a book-it's that easy!

The Get Caught Reading Program also sponsors a Literacy Program with tips and information on how to improve children's reading abilities by reading to them from an early age. There are also resources for teachers as well as information on the program in Spanish.

So get out there this month and get caught reading-you'll be glad you did.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Mother's Day @ the Library!

Don't forget, tomorrow is Mother's Day! Several branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will have special programs highlighting this day, so be sure and check the events calendar to see what might be happening in a branch near you. You could also check the catalog for books that celebrate moms with special crafts, poems, activities or stories. Some suggested titles include:

Mother's day crafts by Arlene Erlbach

Ideals Mother's Day by Ideals

A miracle every day : triumph and transformation in the lives of single mothers by Marita Golden

My very own Mother's Day : a book of cooking and crafts by Robin West

Angel to angel : a mother's gift of love by Walter Dean Myers

A mother's heart, a daughter's love : poems for us to share by Joyce Carol Thomas

Happy Mother's Day to all of the fabulous mothers out there!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo, The 5th of May, is not, as many people think, Mexico's Independence Day. It actually commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle of Puebla in 1862. It is also more widely celebrated as a fun food and drink filled day in the United States than it is in Mexico!

There are a number of ways to get in on the celebration, and yes, you can even do so by visiting your local library! Check the catalog for books about the history and significance of this holiday, brush up on your Spanish by checking out some language learning CDs or by logging into the Mango Languages database from our homepage, or take home a Spanish-language film to watch with the family (with the subtitles in English for those of us who need that!) Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Cinco de Mayo : what is everybody celebrating? : the story behind Mexico's Battle of Puebla by Donald W. Miles

Cinco de Mayo crafts by Carol Gnojewski

Starting Out in Spanish (Book on CD) by Living Language

Conversational Spanish (Book on CD) by Pimsleur

Volver (Spanish Language DVD)

Flo, la mosca mentirosa (Children's Spanish Language DVD)

There are also lots of events and activites going on around Atlanta tomorrow. Follow these links for activites and Mexican food in your neighborhood.

Enjoy a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mango Visits AFPLS!

One of Mango Language's language learning specialists, Ryan Soble, recently visited a branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library to speak to students from two high schools regarding Mango and E-resources offered by the library. The visit was targeted for students who are taking a Chinese course in their school, and everyone involved learned a lot from this partnership.

AFPLS's Twana Cannon, the coordinator for the event, deserves an extra special shout out for arranging and facilitating this program!

If you're interested in learning a foreign language and are looking for a fun, interactive way to pursue your language learning goals, (all for free and from the comfort of your own home, no less!) why don't you try Mango for yourself?

1. Start by visiting the library's homepage.
2. Under Search Options, select A-Z Database Search from the dropdown menu.
3. Scroll down and click on Mango Languages (Remote Access).
4. Enter your library card number.
5. Set up your free account and get started!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Public Input for New Libraries!

Have you voiced your opinions yet? Your ideas about what you'd like to see happen in your new library branches is both valued and necessary! The design process begins this year on the 8 new libraries and 2 expanded libraries that make up Phase I of the Library Building Program. Community engagement has been the cornerstone of our Facility Master Plan, and we would like to hear more from our patrons!

Click here to take our online survey and share your opinions.

Suggestions and recommendations can also be made in the following ways:

Fax: 404-335-9251
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchel Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Thursday, April 21, 2011

2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners

This week the Pulitzer Prizes, an institution that has been awarding excellence in journalism and the arts since 1917, were announced for the current year. This year's winners are no less diverse or deserving than in years past and include some of the following:

FICTION - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

HISTORY - The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner

BIOGRAPHY - Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

POETRY - The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan

DRAMA - Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris

For the complete list of current winners in all areas and links to the winning photographs, cartoons and stories, and bios and photos of winners, visit the Pulitzer Prize website.

And as always, you can check the AFPLS catalog to search for winners past and present!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Final Public Input Session for New Libraries

This evening marks the final Public Input Session for patrons and library supporters to tell us what they would like to see in their new libraries. The design process begins this year on the 8 new libraries and 2 expanded libraries that make up Phase I of the Library Building Program. Community engagement has been the cornerstone of our Facility Master Plan, and we would like to hear more from our patrons!

Join us tonight, Tuesday, April 19th, at the Auburn Avenue Research Library downtown at 7 pm.

And if you can't make it tonight you can reach us in several other ways. By clicking this link you can fill out our online survey and share your opinions.

Recommendations and suggestions can also be submitted via the following:

Fax: 404-335-9251
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchel Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Library Closed for Easter Holiday

All branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be closed this Sunday, April 24, 2011, to celebrate the Easter Holiday. Branches will reopen as regularly scheduled on Monday, April 25th.

Happy egg hunting!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Final Public Input Sessions for New Libraries!

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System wants to hear from you! The final public input sessions for new libraries are coming up this week and next, so mark your calendar, come out, and let us know what you would like to see in your new libraries. The design process begins this year on the 8 new libraries and 2 expanded libraries that make up Phase I of the Library Building Program. Community engagement has been the cornerstone of our Facility Master Plan, and we would like to hear more from our patrons! The final sessions will be held:

Tues, 4/12 @ 7 pm, Milton Court Room (Milton)
Thurs, 4/14 @ 7 pm, South Fulton Library (South Fulton)
Tues, 4/19 @ 7 pm, Auburn Avenue Research Library (Downtown)

If you can't make it to one of these public forums, don't worry, your voice can still be heard! Click this link to participate in our online survey and voice your opinions.

Recommendations and suggestions can also be submitted via the following:

Fax: 404-335-5291
Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchel Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Earth Day @ Your Library!

So we know that technically Earth Day isn't until April 22, 2011, but by checking out books, movies, and CDs like the ones listed below, you could actually celebrate all month long! Want to be even more green by saving gas and not driving to a branch? Visit our OverDrive database and download audiobooks or ebooks from the comfort of your own home! You can also check the library’s events calendar for activities and events taking place in all the branches throughout the month of April that have Earth Day themes. We hope to see you there!

For more information on Earth Day, it's history, and ways to get involved, visit the official website.

As always, you can check the AFPLS Catalog for all the titles here, and many more on this topic.

  • Greenjobs : a guide to eco-friendly employment, by Bronwyn A. Llewellyn

  • Going green : a kid's handbook to saving the planet, by John Elkington

  • All New Crafts for Earth Day, by Kathy Ross

  • Paul Chadwick’s Concrete 5. Think Like a Mountain [graphic novel], by Paul Chadwick

  • The American Environmental Movement, by Rebecca Steffoff

  • An Inconvenient Truth [sound recording]: the planetary emergency of global warming, and what we can do about it, by Albert Gore

  • Earth [video recording], by Walt Disney Studios

  • Beyond Earth Day: Fulfilling the Promise, by Nelson Gaylord

  • The Official Earth Day Guide to Planet Repair, by Denis Hayes

  • The Morning After Earth Day: Practical Environmental Politics, by Mary Graham

  • Going to Green [DVD series, Volumes 1-5], by Beverly Baroff

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Break @ Your Library

Next week lots of area schools, including Fulton County and City of Atlanta, will be on Spring Break, and we want you to know the library is prepared! In addition to checking out loads of books, DVD's and CD's, come on in and check out all of the programs that will be taking place throughtout the week at all the branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. There are programs for all ages that range in activities from gaming to storytelling and pilates to videography. Check the calendar to see what kinds of things are taking place in your local branch. Take advantage of these opportunities to learn something new, or just to relax in a quiet spot with a good book. We hope to see you next week!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Become A Facebook Fan Of AFPLS!

If you're already a regular Facebook user, or even if you're just signing up for the first time, you can find the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library's Facebook page and become a fan. Once you "like" our page you'll get all the latest updates from the library system. Anything from library events and branch programs, to helpful hints for searching databases and suggested websites for book lovers of all ages. There are all kinds of interesting tidbits to be found, so be sure and check us out today!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Public Input Sessions For New Libraries

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System wants to hear from you about what you would like to see in your new libraries. The design process begins this year on the 8 new libraries and 2 expanded libraries that make up Phase I of the Library Building Program. Community engagement has been the cornerstone of our Facility Master Plan, and we would like to hear more from our patrons! Public input sessions are being held at various locations throughout March and April. Click here to find information on locations, dates and times of these gatherings.

But if you can't make it to one of these sessions, your voice can still be heard. Click this link to take our online survey and let us know what you'd like out of your new libraries!

Recommendations and suggestions can also be submitted via the following:

- Email:
- Fax: 404-335-5291
- Mail: Branch Services, Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA 30303

Tuesday, March 15, 2011


Did you know that you can sign up to receive various e-newsletters from the library delivered right to your inbox? Never miss another library event or new book again! Visit the Bookletters page on our website and follow the three easy steps to start receiving e-newsletters.

1. Click on the check box next to each e-newsletter you want to receive.
2. Enter your e-mail address in the box provided at the bottom of the page.
3. Click on the Subscribe button at the bottom of the page.

Newletter topics range in scope from new Children's and Teen titles, to the latest hot titles in Mystery or Romance, the newest DVD releases, and programs happening at all the branches and the Auburn Avenue Research Library. Sign up today and start taking advantage of this great free service!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Help Rebuild Cairo's Public Libraries

The recent uprisings in Egypt have brought about many changes for the Egyptian people, but unfortunately not all of these have been positive. Two of Cairo's public libraries were destroyed and burned during the riots, leaving a significant group of people without access to the information and opportunities that public libraries provide. The destruction of a public library is a blow felt by all, but if we rally together and show support for these institutions, we can help open their doors once more. For more information on how to help or donate funds visit this website from the Queens Library in New York.

You can also visit this site from CNN for more information on the unrest in the Middle East and Africa.

Thank you for showing your support for libraries across the globe!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Read Across America!

Every year the National Education Association brings us Read Across America Day to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday on March 2nd. This year there are several ways to participate in all the reading fun. Many branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be hosting activities throughout the week, and you can also check out Seussville, an online resource page featuring a teacher's guide, activities, games and much more!

And don't forget you can always make your own family fun at home by checking out materials from your local library. Check the AFPLS catalog for books, videos and audiobooks featuring all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Or check out this family "literacy bag" of activities for the story Green Eggs and Ham, brought to you by the organization, Reading Rockets.

Parents and children can visit the Read Across America pledge site and make their promise to get reading!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

All the News That's Fit to View

Many of our patrons come into the library looking for old newspaper articles. Old is often only a few days ago but sometimes it's years and even decades ago. While many newspapers allow you to search for old articles for fee, AFPLS allows access to many back issues and even historical newspapers for free with your library card!

We have theAtlanta Journal-Constitution available online from 1985 to the present. This paper can be access from any AFPLS branch. You must be inside a library for free access. Once at a library computer, go to the library homepage, click on A-Z Databases then scroll down to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Databases are listed alphabetically.

Newspapers nation and world-wide can be accessed from another database, America's Newspapers. Dates available vary from paper to paper. For example, the Detroit News is available from 1999-present; the Chicago Tribune is available from 1985; the Washington Post from 1977; and the Miami Herald is available from 1982.

You can also access the Historical New York Times, with dates from 1851 to 1980.

We also have a database specifically for obituaries called America's Obituaries & Death Notices.

These and many other online resources are available through AFPLS' database page.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Win Is Back

Harlan Coben is a great mystery/thriller writer and his most popular characters are Myron Bolitar and Win Horne Lockwood III. Mr. Coben had taken a bit of a break in writing titles for this series and had instead written several stand-alone thrillers in which Myron has appeared here and there. However, the new Myron book is being published this March and FINALLY, Win is back! You can read the first 2 pages of Coben's new book, Live Wire, here.

If you have never read one of the Myron Bolitar books then I suggest you get your hands on a few titles. Myron Bolitar is a former college basketball star who was forced out due to injury. Instead of the NBA he tackled law school and is now a sports agent. His best friend Win performs many less-then-legal assists, as well as financial support, as they solve many thrills and crimes in both the sports world and their personal lives. Here is the list of Myron and Win books by Coben:

  1. Deal Breaker
  2. Drop Shot
  3. Fade Away
  4. Back Spin
  5. One False Move
  6. The FInal Detail
  7. The Darkest Fear
  8. Promise Me
  9. Long Lost
  10. Live Wire

Thursday, January 27, 2011

State Parks & Zoo Atlanta Passes

The library is happy to be able to offer our patrons free access to both state parks and Zoo Atlanta. Each branch in the system-except for Auburn Avenue- has one of each that can be checked out and used for free entrance for families of 4 (or you and 3 friends!). These passes cannot be reserved/placed on hold or renewed-they are first come, first serve.

The Zoo Atlanta pass works for general admission only and cannot be used for any special events.

The Georgia State Parks pass is good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 state park or historic site for up to 5 days.

Ask at any AFPLS library location for more information and to see if the passes are currently available for checkout.

For locations and operating hours, please check out:
Zoo Atlanta
Georgia State Parks

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The AFPLS Blog is back!

We know it's been awhile, but we're back! Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is back in the blogging world and we want you reading! Find out library news here first as well as information on the latest library programs, library openings and closures, new books and movies and just about anything you can think of that is library-related!

You can always find AFPLS at our homepage,

We also want to hear from you. Let us know what you think. Comments on this blog are allowed and encouraged-so get typing today.

Tax Season @ AFPLS

It's a new year and already the tax questions have started! The majority of our libraries will have tax forms available. Many forms and publications will only start going out between January 25-February 15.

Don't forget that many IRS and Georgia tax forms-and publications!-can be found online. Use the links below to find and print out the forms and instructions you need.


Georgia Department of Revenue: