Wednesday, May 30, 2012

2012 Summer Reading Program

Registration for this year's Summer Reading Program begins June 1 in all 34 circulating branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. There are three separate themes for all ages, so we hope to see the entire family sign up and participate! For the younger children we have Dream Big, Read!, for teens (rising 6th graders and up) we have We Own the Night, and for our adults there's Between the Covers. By simply reading or listening to books throughout the summer until August 1, you can take away prizes and be entered into our grand prize drawing for a Kindle Fire! Find out details from your local librarian when you sign up and be sure to check the Events Calendar to see all of the fun programs and activities your branch is hosting in celebration of Summer Reading. Visits from the ZooMobile and Georgia State's BioBus will be happening around the Library System, as well as puppet shows, storytimes, educational programs and more! Call your local branch to find out how they're kicking off the summer and to make any necessary reservations. We're looking forward to a fun-filled (and book-filled) summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

ZooMobile Visits Your Library!

The 2012 Summer Reading Program is just around the corner (registration begins for children, teens and adults in all branches on June 1) and this year the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library is getting wild with the ZooMobile! Starting in June, each circulating branch of our Library System will receive two visits from Zoo Atlanta's ZooMobile! Programs will feature a Science in Circulation theme with a trained educator who gives an exciting presentation using small live animals, hands-on teaching tools and entertaining educational activities. These programs may require reservations, so be sure and contact your local branch for more information. And visit our website here to see the ZooMobile's schedule as it makes it's way around all of our libraries throughout the summer months. We hope you'll come get wild with us this summer!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Caribbean Film And Storytelling Festival

Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System in celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month with an exciting collection of films from Trinidad, Tobago, St. Lucia, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. Then, stay for a film discussion with a question and answer session for each screening. The film screenings will be held at the Central Library on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. beginning on June 6, and each will start off with a reception and meet and greet at 5:00 p.m. The receptions will feature refreshments from the country being showcased that evening.

For more information, including a list of films being screened this year, visit our web page. We are looking forward to an informative and exciting festival this year and hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

2012 Volunteer Appreciation Awards

Are you volunteering with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System? If not, consider joining the more than 2,000 volunteers who were celebrated at the 22nd Annual Volunteer Recognition Program held at the Central Library during National Volunteer Week. Special Volunteer of the Year Award went to Dishelesh Jones, an Adult Literacy Tutor at the Central Library. Lianna Arah Kang, won Youth Volunteer of the Year for organizing a homework help program at the Ocee Branch. Kim Serakan, Library Associate at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, received the Staff Award for Effective Work with Volunteers. Volunteers received Five-Year to Twenty-Year Service Awards, along with recognition for outstanding hours. This annual event is a formal thank you to our fabulous, dedicated volunteers. The awards were presented by (l to r) Stephanie Moody, Chair Library Board of Trustees; John Szabo, Library Director; Joan Garner, Fulton County Commissioner; John Eaves, Chairman-Fulton County Commission.

We'd love to say a big thank you to each and every one of our outstanding volunteers! Their invaluable donation of time and energy enables us to better serve all of our patrons. Be sure and check our Facebook page for all the photos of the awards ceremony!