Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Summer's Best Reads

Every summer book enthusiasts compile all sorts of summer reading lists to encourage people to read for enjoyment during these hot, sometimes lazy, months. This summer is no exception! National Public Radio has a slew of lists, reviewed and recommended for all types of readers. In their special 2012 Summer Books series you can find book lists spanning a variety of genres from romance to historical fiction or teen reads to flights of fancy. Or perhaps you have your own lists of books you'd like to finish before the summer is through. Regardless of where your list comes from or what titles it consists of, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System  is here to support all of your reading goals! Search the catalog for titles on your list, then place holds on them to have them sent to your local branch, or visit the branch that may have one sitting on the shelf (just waiting for you!)

And there's still time to register for the library's Summer Reading Program. Fun for all ages we have programs for children, teens and adults! The summer fun will continue until August 1, so be sure and register, read and enter to win prizes! Grand prize winners will receive a new Kindle Fire to download and read all of their favorite eBooks checked out from the library, but you have to read to win!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Building For The Future

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is engaged in a $275 million building program, funded by a library bond referendum approved by Fulton County voters in 2008. Progress is being made in the first phase of this initiative and we invite our patrons to follow our progress as new libraries are built and old ones renewed! The new libraries are scheduled to open in late 2013 and continuing into 2014. Upon completion of Phase I, 23 libraries currently in our system will be renovated and updated. For more information about the library building program and its timeline, visit our website.

And for more information on opportunities available with the library projects visit the Fulton County Department of Purchasing & Contract Compliance website here.

Friday, June 15, 2012

eCampus Summer Learning Series

Don't let your skills get rusty during the summer! You can use our suite of eCampus resources to take online classes, update your resume, brush up your study skills, and more! Use Universal Class to take a photography workshop, Tutor.com to help your child through summer school, or Career Transitions to improve job related skills.

eCampus is the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System’s online learning suite of tutoring, test preparation and educational resources for all ages, and you can get started using all of these easy-to-follow learning tools here. And throughout the summer several of our branches will be offering sessions introducing children to these databases for high school test prep and middle school vocabulary building. You can visit our web page here for more information about these sessions and for the locations and dates of each. For all of these sessions internet accessible devices are welcome, so bring out your smart phones and tablets and follow along with our presenters.

For more information about our eCampus resources, contact Juree Hall, eCampus Coordinator, at
404-730-1759. We hope all of our patrons can benefit from these wonderful learning tools!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Art And Author Programs All Summer Long!

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will be hosting many art and author events during the months of our Summer Reading Program, June through August. With a variety of programs for all ages, we are sure you'll find plenty of reasons to visit the library with your whole family! Check here for a sampling of what's being served up during the month of June, but check the Events Calendar often for updates and added events at your local branch. Thanks to our wonderful librarians and staff we have author talks, musical performances, film screenings, children's crafts, and so much more. Join us!

And don't forget, now adults can sign up for this year's Summer Reading program online!  Read books, submit short reviews, and get entered into the end of summer prize drawing...it's that easy! Visit our web page for more information and to access the registration form.