Thursday, August 30, 2012

Back To School Homework Help!

The school year has officially begun here in Fulton County and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is here to lend support to all our students, parents, and teachers! Not only do we have a variety of books on all subjects and for all ages, but we also offer excellent online databases covering everything from literary criticism to algebraic equations.

In particular, is a great resource for students of all ages who need help in any subject. By accessing through the library's eCampus resources, you can have live one-to-one help every day, 24/7! Quickly and easily create your free account using an email address and password to connect with a certified tutor using live chat. You can ask questions about an assignment, get help solving problems, or have essays and papers proofread, reviewed, and critiqued.'s Skills Center also provides access to thousands of worksheets, lessons, standardized test preparation study guides, videos, even career resources, all available to our patrons for free!

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

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

YALSA Top Ten Critique Group

Hey teens, do you have an interest in the publishing industry or would you like to help the publishing industry release titles that are of real interest to you? If so this is the group for you! The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and other advocates dedicated to strengthening library services for teens age 12-18. Through their research and advocacy, YALSA helps libraries and librarians engage, serve and empower this important demographic.  Now through this elite program (one of only 16 in the country!) teens here in Fulton County can have a real say over what types of things are being published for their age group. All teens are welcome on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch to preview as yet unpublished titles to select which ones they'd like to read and review. The best reviewed titles are sent to publishers to help them identify which upcoming titles will be the most popular. Check the link for more information and we look forward to hearing the opinions of our teens!

This is also a great time for teens (and adults who love YA fiction!) to vote for YALSA's Top Ten favorite books from the past year. Voting is open now through September 15 and the Top Ten List will be revealed during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2012. Here are this year's nominated titles, and here is where you cast your vote!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

An Evening With Debbie Macomber

Join the Margaret Mitchell House for an evening with Debbie Macomber on August 20th as she discusses The Inn at Rose Harbor, the first book in a new series.  Based in the Pacific Northwest town of Cedar Cove, Macomber’s cast of characters finds love, forgiveness, and renewal behind the doors of Rose Harbor Inn. For more information on this lecture, visit the Margaret Mitchell House website or call them at 404.249.7015.

You can also enter to win two tickets to the lecture and a signed copy of The Inn at Rose Harbor! Go here to register: Enter contest code: LIBRARY.

And there's still time to visit your library and pick up a copy of one of Debbie Macomber's many other titles. Check the catalog with an author search and see what your local library has available!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

GED Classes and Testing

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is proud to offer our patrons our successful GED program at the Central Library. Study classes, taught by Atlanta Public Schools, meet every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and accept new students on the second Tuesday of every month. A valid state ID is needed for placement into these classes and reservations are required, so please be sure and call ahead (404.802.3560 ) for more information. You can also visit the website for meeting times, testing dates, and other library locations where the test is administered.

And we also invite our patrons to check out all of our GED materials located in every branch throughout the system. For study guides, helpful videos and more visit the library catalog or your local librarian to find exactly what you need to help boost your test-taking skills. You can also use our online databases found in our A-Z Database List, such as LearnATest, for online practice tests, ebooks, and study help. This database will even time and score you, then follow up with correct answers to anything you may have missed.

For further information about our GED classes and testing, call the GED Information Line at 404.730.1837. For testing information you may also contact Rick Wright, GED Chief Examiner at 404.730.1733. We know that these resources will continue to help more of our patrons achieve their goals!