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!