Thursday, March 26, 2015

April Art And Author Programs!

Spring is finally springing all around us! If the nicer weather and warmer temperatures have you finally ready to venture back out and about and you're looking for things to do around town, then be sure to check out your Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's free events! You're local branch likely has all kinds of programs scheduled for the coming month, from children's storytimes to financial literacy for adults (Money Smart Week is April 18-25,2015!) but if you're looking for events focused on authors or the arts then check out the list below and join us at one of our 34 locations! 

And while you're visiting your local library, why not pick up a few books, movies or CDs to take home and enjoy? Check the catalog before you come so you know just what's available. We look forward to seeing you here! 

Art Exhibit
Ongoing. Library hours.
Art work by members of the Alpha Arts Guild, an organization for North Fulton based artists.
Alpharetta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
238 Canton Street Alpharetta 30009
For information call 770.740.2425

Christopher Kuhl Art Exhibition
March 29-April 28. Library hours.
First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception. Thursday, April 2. 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Exhibit is a diverse mixed-media solo exhibition by internationally known painter and photographer Christopher Kuhl.
Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303
For information call 404.730.1700

April Exhibit: Atlanta Artists Center Art Collection
Wednesday, April 1-30. Library hours.
Sandy Springs Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Atlanta 30328
For information call 404.303.6130

Film Screening: Howardena Pindell: Atomizing
Saturday, April 11. 3:00 p.m.
This documentary film is an intimate conversation with uncompromising artist and social critic Howardena Pindell, whose work demands an unusually aggressive and challenging process of self-examination.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.612.0487

Children’s Author Morris Mapp Teaches Children about Money
Monday, April 13. 10:30 a.m.
Morris Mapp will read his book, Coins in My Pocket, which teaches children about money. Ages 4-6.
College Park Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3647 Main Street, College Park 30337
For information call 404.762.4060

Atlanta Authors Presents Sandy Berman
Saturday, April 25. 2:00 p.m.
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, author Sandy Berman will discuss her book, 
Klara with a K.
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075

Verses and Flows Poetry Event
Saturday, April 25. 3:00 p.m.
In recognition of National Poetry Month (April), and in collaboration with Global Arts Partners, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host this community event featuring original poetry and spoken word performances.
Hammonds House Museum
503 Peeples St SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.612.0487

Art History of the African Diaspora: Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression Film Screening
Tuesday, April 28. 1:00 p.m.
In collaboration with L and S Video, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) and Hammonds House Museum will host a screening of the documentary film, Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression. Made just a few years before his death (June 9, 2000), Jacob Lawrence, one of the most important artists of the 20th century, opened his studio to documentary filmmaker, Linda Freeman, offering unique access inside the work of this great American Modernist. All ages.
West End Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta 30310
For information call 404.752.8740

Jazz Night Out at Wolf Creek
Wednesday, April 29. 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Join award-winning vocalist LaTosha Brown as she performs a musical tribute to the legendary Nina Simone.
Wolf Creek Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
3100 Enon Road, Atlanta 30331
For information call 404.613.4255

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Database Of The Month: Biography In Context!

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System provides patrons with access to a wealth of online resources. Our selection of databases can help you prepare for major exams, learn a new skill or hobby, find the perfect literary quote or even help you get your Georgia Driver's License! But if what you're looking for is information about an individual, whether for personal interest or school research, don't rely on Google or Wikipedia! Take out your AFPLS library card, head to the nearest computer with Internet access and pull up Biography In Context!
Biography in Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure that students have access to the very latest information.

Scope and Depth

The challenges, motivations, successes, and failures of history’s notables can educate and inspire students. Biography In Context is built on a foundation of more than 700,000 biographies designed to draw students into new perspectives on familiar topics.

Authoritative Content 

More than 170 eBook titles from Gale and its publishing partners include:
  • Contemporary Black Biography
  • Contemporary Musicians
  • Encyclopedia of World Biography                      
  • Newsmakers
  • Writer’s Directory

News and Multimedia

  • Biography in Context bring students face-to-face with their subjects via video, audio clips and images of yesterday's and today’s most studied figures
  • Daily newspapers and newswires, including The New York Times, USA Today, Daily Mail (London), and Globe and Mail (Canada) keep students up to date
  • Web-like functionality meets the needs of today’s students and allows them to quickly become comfortable with the product
                                                                    ~ From Gale in Context Website. 

This resource is free to all library card holders and can be accessed through our website. Simply follow the steps below and get started!
  1. Go to
  2. Click on the link to A-Z Databases on the right hand side of the page under Books, Research & Databases. 
  3. Click on the icon for Biography in Context, 
     OR do a key word search from the search box on the bottom right-hand side of this page.
  4. Hit PROCEED on the following screen.
  5. Start searching!