Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What Are Your Atlanta Mayoral Candidates Reading?

If you live in the City of Atlanta, today is a big day!  You will choose your next Atlanta Mayor (or at least narrow down the pool of candidates) and we know that you put a lot of effort into researching the best choice for you and your families.

But have you thought about what books your candidates keep on their nightstands?  We have!  And in a last minute effort to help you make the most informed choice possible, we have compiled that list for your hear today.  We also asked our candidates to share the title of the book they were reading and why they might recommend this book and their thoughts about why the library is important to them.  
We hope you'll enjoy the list as much as we enjoyed collecting it.  As of press time (7 am on election day) these are the candidates that responded, in order by the Dewey Decimal code of each of their favorite books, of course.

Kwanza Hall
Last Book Read: 
Regarding books I’m reading: the Bible, The Legend of the Black Mecca: Politics and Class in the Making of Modern Atlanta and of course my internal polling because that’s a nonfiction epic in and of itself.
(interesting side note: The Bible has a Dewey call number.  it is a 220 number and includes all versions of the Bible and even the Bible as read by James Earl Jones!) 

Why are libraries important?
Libraries were a safe haven for me as a child. I would spend most of my afternoons and weekends at the Adams Park, Greenbriar, Downtown and other libraries. Libraries are critical to the communities they serve, especially for people that may not have access to the internet. I am committed to Atlanta Public Libraries and want to re-engage the community to make the library a place for people of all ages to congregate and learn together in the library of the future.

John Eaves:
Last book read: 
The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein (305.8009)

Why I loved this book: 
The Color of Law provides an in-depth analysis of how federal, state, and locals laws adopted in the early 20th century led to segregated neighborhoods in many cities across America - the effects of which are overtly apparent today. Atlanta is not exempt from this analysis. For example, the book explains how: 1) zoning ordinances and school placement policies in Atlanta have resulted in segregated schools and neighborhoods; 2) how federal lending laws prevent minority groups from obtaining loans and integrating certain communities; and 3) it further explains how such laws impacted the current wealth and racial demography of every urban city in the US.

I recommend Rothstein's book to anyone who wants to understand the historical drivers of affordability, residential property values, gentrification, transient resident patterns, and racial divides across our great city. Atlanta has a tremendous opportunity for growth and needs a leader that comprehensively understands why targeted neighborhood revitalization is morally and fiscally critical to move forward. While Rothstein's book explains how Atlanta has become a segregated city, I am committed as Atlanta's next mayor to reverse the trend and move our city forward.

Cathy Woolard:
Last book read: 
Woolard offered us a photo of her actual nightstand and shared "I'm not reading as much consistently as I usually do.  I have loved reading since I was a kid!"  Here are the titles of Candidate Woolard's books, in order as they appear in the photo below: 

Obedient Father (FICTION: SHARMA) 
Where We Want to Live (307.1216)
For the Love of Cities (307.76)
The Color of Law (305.8009)
America's Moment (303.4833)
City on the Verge (307.3416)
Atlas Obscura (910.41)
The Organized Mind (153.42)
Happy City: transforming our lives through urban design (307.1216)




Peter Aman
Last Book Read: 
I just finished reading City on the Verge (Dewey code: 307.3416) by Mark Pendergrast, which is an excellent book that I recommend to everyone. Pendergrast expertly captures the spirit of this moment in Atlanta. The city’s population is booming and we are developing at a clip. Yet displacement, neighborhood integrity, and poverty worsen by the day. We are on the verge of something as a city. With the right leadership, I’m confident that something could be achieving our greatest aspirations.

Why are Libraries important? 
An informed electorate is the basis for a sound government. That starts with available access to books and learning. A strong library system helps people young and old spark their learning and ignite their communities.

Caesar Mitchell
Last book read:
Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise; illustrations by Clement Hurd 
Little Professor Sky: Favorite Things, by Munson Steed 
(Children's/Juvenile books do not have dewey codes, but kudos on reading to the little ones!)

Bedtime reading with my daughters Canon and Czarya is important to me, so the last book I’ve read is actually one of their favorites, Goodnight Moon. It’s an old classic even though it gets pulled off the shelf most often, they’re always attentive and excited like it’s our first time reading it. I think the bright illustrations are the secret sauce! Personally, I enjoy the book’s simplicity and the fact that we can improvise without losing the essence of the storyline… “Goodnight Atlanta.”

Why are libraries important?
The library is not simply important, I believe it is essential to our community. In many ways, the library is our original world wide web. It’s a place where you can pick up a book and travel anywhere – real or imagined -- through pages and pictures. As an APS student and the son of a schoolteacher, the library provided respite throughout my childhood. Even as a student at Morehouse College, the library always served as a haven for more than just studying. It was the ultimate destination for bonding and making lifelong friends. The library is the brick-and-mortar version of social networking!

Our libraries also ensure Atlantans of all ages— from parents and students to entrepreneurs and retirees— have the resources they need to succeed at their fingertips. As mayor, I will continue to support policies and initiatives that improve our library system.  I believe that every citizen, especially our children, should have access to culture, art, events, and special programming that keep neighborhoods connected, informed and inspired.



Vincent Fort: (did not respond)
Keisha Lance Bottoms: (did not respond)
Mary Norwood: (did not respond)



Friday, October 27, 2017

This Month We Have Boos and Books

Celebrate Halloween with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System and you'll get plenty of tricks, treats and so much more! 

Each year, the Library System gets into the spooky spirit with programs, crafts and even trick or treating for our patrons.  This year is no different.  With dozens of events happening throughout our 34 libraries, one of these is bound to inspire.  

Don't forget to share your photos from all of our events with us on social media.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and tag us in your photos, using #afpls #boosandbooks 

Here is a list of some of the great things happening this weekend, through Tuesday, October 31.  



Did you know that October is Bat Appreciation Month? So, come out and learn about bats, see live bats, hear a great story, trick or treat and much more on Halloween at East Roswell Library! It’s going to be bat-tastic!




















Central Library, Children's Department
Bootastic Storytime 
Tuesday, October 31, 10:30 a.m.  
The Children’s Dept. is ready for thrills and chills with this dancing skeleton craft and a very spooky storytime.  Bring the family down for some fun in the morning, before hitting the streets for Halloween night.



Boo at the Library
Monday, October 30, 2017 2 6:30 p.m.
The Cleveland Avenue Branch is hosting their second annual Boo at the Library.  A safe family gathering where simple treats, movies, costume contest, storytelling, games and more.

Storytime with Mama Koku
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:30 a.m.
Mama Koku will celebrate the Halloween holiday with stories, drama and pumpkin activities. 
Families, Child Care services, and caregivers are all invited.

East Atlanta Library
Halloween Tiny Tots Storytime 
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
East Atlanta Branch Library, 400 Flat Shoals Avenue, S.E., Atlanta, GA
For more information, e-mail LibraryComments@fultoncountyga.gov.

MLK Library
Not So -Spooky Storytime!
Tuesday, 10/31/2017 10:30 AM-11:30 AM
Come and listen to stories and participate in crafts about trick or treat . Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell would be among the stories read. Registration required
For more information, e-mail MLKing.Branch@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-730-1185.


The staff of the Ponce Library recommends this classic read for October and in honor of Halloween.

Book of the Month: The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
Trick-or-treaters join the creepy and fantastic Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud as they follow their friend Pipkin through time and space, learning the origins of Halloween and how death, ghosts, and spirits play a role in shaping culture and civilization. In honor of The Halloween Tree patrons have drawn self-portraits on pumpkin cutouts for our pumpkin patch on the window. We love when our patrons join in the decorating fun with us!
Patron Self-Portrait Pumpkin Patch











Halloween Displays by Library Staff



"Unearth buried and forgotten books"
Anne Vagts, Branch Manager
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis
"Fall into a Spooky Book"
Haley Sheehy
"Trick or Treat Yo Self," Craig Gaddis















Gladys S. Denard Library @ South Fulton
Spooktacular Game Night
Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6:00 PM-7:00 PM
We’re celebrating Halloween and International Games Day at once. Join us for a Spooktacular Game Night. Wear your favorite costume for the costume contest and play fun board and electronic games. Light refreshments will be served. All ages welcomed.

Assistant Manager, Liane Wagner

My favorite is Spooky spooky spooky by Cathy MacLennan. This is a great book for preschool and younger— there is rhyming and a repetitive phrase throughout the book (you guessed it: “spooky spooky spooky”). Little ones love to help read this cute and spooky picture book! 

Northwest Library @ Scott’sCrossing
Northwest Library Library Mascot, Ted got in on the Halloween fun this week when he dressedup as a crossing guard.  Meanwhile, the Furry Four got into character as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Who says librarians aren't any fun?

Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
Branch Manager, Ginny Collier, shares her pick for Halloween frights.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
There are scary books whose horror comes from ghosts and the undead, which are much too scary for me. And there are scary books where the chills come from secrets and psychological suspense. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is the latter. 


Youth Services Librarian, Annette Jenkins shared a list of her favorite Fall/Halloween themed books for children.  Check out one of these great titles for your little one this weekend and get in the holiday spirit! 

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
This book is a action repetitive story where children can help tell the story and participate in the repetive action. This story is GREAT for large and small groups.  Good for older and younger children ages 2-10.

The Big Pumpkin by Eric Silverman
The text is rhymic and repetitive making this an especially great read for storytime and or read alouds. You can make this story into a puppet show for kids. This story also have some lessons that can be learned such as helping one another, sharing and no matter what size  you are, everyone has something to offer.

Click Clack Boo!A Tricky Treat by Doreen Cronin
This story is a barnyard tale about Farmer Brown who does not love halloween. He hides under his bed scared of the halloween spooks. The farm animals wear different scary costumes and the light-hearted illustrations make the story fun and whimsical. Great for a bedtime storytime.

Go Away! Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
Ed Emberly’s story is fun and action pack, as kids turn the pages of this book and watch the Big Green Monster grow and grow and grow. Illustrations are large and colorful, which makes this a very exciting read aloud for everyone.

Spooky Stories for Download


Click in Overdrive on “Something Wicked Comes this Way” for 179 eBook or eAudiobook titles for Young Adult or Adults. Featuring “Ghosts of Atlanta,The Snacking Dead, My Best Friend’s Exorcism, Civil War Ghosts, Night of the Living Deed, The Spiritualist, and most of the Stephen King novels

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Check Out AFPLS' Top Ten Banned Book Selection

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Check Out AFPLS' Top Ten Banned Book Selection 



1. The Wish Giver by Brittain, Bill. 

2.  An Alphabet for Rotten Kid by Elliot, David.s


3. A Light in the Attic by Silverstein, Shel. 

4. Jean Has Two Moms (Jean a deux mamans) by Texier, Ophélie. 



5. Blood and Chocolate by Klause, Annette Curtis. 



6. The Color Purple by Walker, Alice. 


7. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. 

8. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. 

9. Black Boy by Richard Wright. 

10. This One Summer by: Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

2017 Library Card Sign-Up Month at AFPLS

Check Out our Programs for 
Library Card Sign-up Month at 
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

September is Library Card Sign-up Month and the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is ready to sign you up for the most important card in your wallet … your library card! Join one of our 34 libraries for a special sign-up drive in honor of this national celebration.

Library Card Drive
Tuesday, August 15th 11:30am-2:30pm
Oak hill Child Family and Adolescent Center
2805 Metropolitan Pkwy SW.
Atlanta, GA 30315

Kirkwood Library Card Sign Up Month
Friday, September. During hours of operation.
New to the neighborhood or need to renew or replace your library card? Stop by and register with us or sign up online (you may even meet one of the Teen Titans, honorary Library Card Sign Up Month chairpersons for 2017).  All ages. 
Kirkwood Library
11 Kirkwood Road, SE, Atlanta, GA 30317
404.377.6471


Library Card Sign Up Month
September. Library hours.
Sign up for a library card to gain access to a wealth of books, audio and video materials, internet access and more! All ages.
Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto HWY, Palmetto 30268
404.613.4075

Library Card Sign Up Month
September. During library hours.
Sign up for a library card and discover the world through books, audio and video materials, internet access and more! All Ages.
Cleveland Avenue Library
47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
404.762.4116

Sign Up for a Library Card During September and Get “BOOK BUCKS”
September. Library hours.
Everyone who signs up for a library card at the Alpharetta branch during September will get $2 worth of “Book Bucks” to use in the Alpharetta Friends of the Library Bookstore.  All ages.
Alpharetta Library
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
404.613.6735

Kirkwood Library Card Sign Up Month
Friday, September. During hours of operation.
New to the neighborhood or need to renew or replace your library card? Stop by and register with us or sign up online (you may even meet one of the Teen Titans, honorary Library Card Sign Up Month chairpersons for 2017).  All ages. 
Kirkwood Library
11 Kirkwood Road SE, Atlanta GA 30317
404.377.6471

Coffee and a Card
Friday, September 1. 10:00 a.m.
September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign up for a free library card this morning and enjoy a free cup of coffee in our lobby.
Sandy Springs Library
395 Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404.303-6130

Library Card Sign-Up Month: Library Card Mystery Prize!
Friday, September 1. 10:00.am
All month long come to the library, sign up for a new library card, and receive a prize for each new card participant. Ages: All. 404.730.1185.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
409 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta 30312
404.730.1185

One World, One Card - Library Card Sign Up Month
Friday, September 1. 11:00 a.m.
Open the door to your future with a library card.  Kickoff the month of September by signing up for a free library card. All ages are welcomed.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318
404-613-4364


Community Library Card Drive
Saturday, September 2. 10:00 a.m.
In recognition of National Library Card Sign Up Month, Dogwood Library is teaming up with local community to host a Library Card Drive.
Dogwood Library
1838 Donald Lee Hollowell PKWY NW, Atlanta 30318
404.792.4961

Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month
Saturday, September 2. 10:30 a.m.
Saturday, September 12. 6:30 p.m.
Do you have a library card?  Are you taking advantage of your card benefits?  Join us for a fun and educational time learning about all the FREE library resources such as the Launchpad, Ms. Humblebees Preschool Academy, BookFlix, Hoopla and much more.  Ages 0-12. Registration required. 
South Fulton Branch
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City 30291
404.613.3092

Library Card Drive
Tuesday, September 5. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Sign up today and find out the benefits of using your library card for great resources such as hoopla, BookFlix and more.
East Point Branch
2757 Main Street. East Point, GA 30344
404.762.4842

September is Library Card Signup Month
Tuesday, September 5. 3:00 p.m.
Sign up for a library card today and find out the benefits of using your library card.
Carol's Learning Center.
222 Pryor St SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303
404.549.8510

National Library Card Sign-up Month Storytime
Wednesday, September 6. 10:30 a.m.
Children will use their imaginations and strengthen cognitive development skills while listening and engaging with stories.  Children will also have an opportunity to register for a library card and check out their first book!  Reservations required. 404-730-1797/1848
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta, GA  30303
404.730.1700

Library Card Sign-Up at Newtown Park
Saturday, September 9. 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Join us at the Newtown Park Pup-a-Palooza Party. Adults, teens, and children can sign up for a new library card.
Northeast/ Spruill Oaks Library
9560 Spruill Rd., Johns Creek, GA 30022
770.360.8820

Metropolitan Branch Library Celebrates Library Card Sign Up Month
Monday, September 11.
New to the neighborhood or need to renew or replace your library card? Stop by and register with us or sign up online. Celebrate the freedom to read!  All ages. 
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613-5722

The Businesses of Buckhead “Love the Library
Monday, September 11- September 16.
Show your new Library card at to participating local business partners at the time of purchase, and receive a discount or special offer.  Age Family
East Point Branch
2757 Main Street East Point, GA 30344
404.762.4842

Lego Land and Buckhead Library celebrated “National Library Card Sign-Up” Month
Monday, September 11. 10:30 a.m.
Children of any age can register for their own library card with a parent or guardian signature. Meet us at Lego Land for a special Library card sign up and have a great time playing at Lego Land. Children who register in the month of September will receive a bag as a gift to carry their books (while supplies last). Ages 0- 10
Buckhead Library
269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta 30305
404.814.3500


Wolf Creek @ the Emma Darnell Senior Center – National Library Sign-up Month
Tuesday, September 12. 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
FREE MOVIES! FREE E-BOOKS! FREE AUDIO BOOKS! FREE MUSIC! FREE MAGAZINES!
Sign up for an Atlanta Fulton Public Library cards.
Harriett G Darnell Senior Center
677 Fairburn Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30331

Community Library Card Drive
Wednesday September 13, 2017, 3 p.m., Auditorium
Sign up for a library card and learn about the benefits it offers.  See a demonstration of the library website, book catalog and online digital library.  Download books to your eReader.  Take online courses.  Put your favorite books on hold.  No registration necessary.  All ages.
Alpharetta Library
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta 30009
404.613.6735

Wolf Creek Library @ the Welcome All Park – National Library Sign-up Month
Wednesday, September 13. 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FREE MOVIES! FREE E-BOOKS! FREE AUDIO BOOKS! FREE MUSIC! FREE MAGAZINES!
Sign up for an Atlanta Fulton Public Library card at:
Welcome All Park
4255 Will Lee Rd, College Park, GA 30349
404-613-4274

September is Library Card Sign-up Month
Thursday, September 14. 12:00 p.m.
Join us in celebrating National Library Card Sign-up Month with an info session on some of our most popular eResources! Bring a lunch, sign up for a library card and get ready to see some of the fun and free ways you can access music, movies, magazines and more with Hoopla, Freegal and Zinio!
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613-5722

New Member Mixer
Friday, September 15. 5:00 p.m.
September is National Library Card Sign Up Month! Sign up for a new library card and bring a friend to our cheese-tasting social.
Sandy Springs Library
395 Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404.303-6130

Chat and Chew @ Library Card Signup
Tuesday, September 22. 10:00 a.m.
Chat & Chew while parents and students of Dunbar sign up for a library card!
Paul L. Dunbar Elementary School
500 Whitehall Terrace, Atlanta, Georgia 30312
404.802.7950

Library Card Sign-Up in the Village
September 22 from 10:00 a.m. – Noon
East Atlanta Library
400 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
404.730.5439

Parent University
Thursday, September 28. 6:00 p.m.
Learn about resources to help your child succeed. It all begins with a library card! Parents and children are encouraged to  sign up for a card.
East Point Branch
2757 Main Street East Point, GA 30344
404.762.4842


Join Our Outreach Team

Pop-Up Library @ Decatur Book Festival - Decatur Square 
Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3. 
Come design your own button on our button maker, build something with our 3D pen, grab a library card and learn how to download FREE movies, music, audiobooks, and eBooks from your library.  

AJC Decatur Book Festival – East Court Square, Decatur, GA 30030 
Saturday, September 2. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, September 3. 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.  
Make a button that professes your love of books; sign up for a library card; check out books to fill your last few weeks of summer, and learn about eResources. 

Little Five Arts Alive – Findley Plaza at Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 
Saturday, September 9. 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. It’s Teddy Bear Day! Stop by to make a paper doll of one of the most loveable classic teddy bears, Corduroy! Sign up for a library card, check out excellent teddy bear stories from our pop-up library, and learn about eResources. 

Magic Mondays at Atlanta History Center – 130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 
Monday, Sept 11. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Join us for a Carnival themed story time and activity. Sign up for your free library card, find out about free eResources at the library.

East Atlanta Village Market – 572 Stokeswood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 
Thursday, September 21. 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. While you’re picking up your weekly produce haul stop by and roll a seedbomb. Pop it somewhere sunny to enjoy beautiful flowers next spring! Get your free library card, learn about eResources, and check out books about gardening and eating well. 

Pop-Up Library @ Alive in Roswell- Tent Location TBD 
Thursday, September 21. 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 
Grab a library card, check out some books, or ask our outreach librarian how you can download FREE movies, music, audiobooks, and eBooks from the library. Come design your own button on our button maker, and build something with our 3D pen.  

Camp Creek Business Association Meeting - Holiday Inn Express, Princeton Lakes Conference Room, 3833 Princeton Lakes Ct, Atlanta, 30331. 
Friday, September 22. 8:00 a.m. 
We’ll be at the Camp Creek Business Association meeting sharing information about all the free business resources available from the library, including ReferenceUSA, Morningstar, online business classes, and more! 

East Atlanta Strut – beside East Atlanta Branch 400 Flat Shoals Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316 
Saturday, September 23. 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Visit the Friends of East Atlanta Library Book Sale to load up on inexpensive reads to fill your fall evenings. While you’re at it, stop by the library table to get creative and make a fall painting; get your free library card and learn about eResources! 

Pop-Up Library @ Atlanta Streets Alive 
Sunday, September 24. 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Stop by the library tent to play a game of Giant Connect 4, design your own button on our button maker, and build something with our 3D pen! You can also grab a library card, check out some books, or ask our outreach librarian how you can download FREE movies, music, audiobooks, and eBooks from the library. 

Atlanta Beltline Play Day at Boulevard Crossing Park – 500 Englewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315 

Saturday, September 30. 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Stop by to make some monster bubbles; check out books about health and fitness at our pop-up library; sign up for your  free library card, and learn about eResources that give you instant access to free eBooks, audiobooks, music, television shows, movies, and magazines.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

eCampus Lunch & Learn Session

The eCampus Lunch & Learn Session designed specifically for persons interested in Project Management Certifications is happening this month at Central!  The eCampus PMP Certification Info Session will take place August 22, 2017 at 12:15pm.  The first session was in Alpharetta earlier this year and was well attended.  This will be the second session.  My final session for the series will be at a location in south Fulton  later this year.

Ms. Davidson is an amazing dynamic facilitator.  As Chair Emeritus with the PMI Institute for Greater Atlanta, Ms. Davidson is well known in the Atlanta business community as a walking ‘wealth of knowledge’.  As a seasoned Sr. Project Manager, her professional expertise is strongly rooted in the Supply Chain industry covering Distribution/Warehousing and all modes of domestic and international logistics and associated systems.  She currently works as a consultant managing Digital Asset projects at the world headquarters of Intercontinental Hotels in Atlanta. 

Ms. Davidson delivers a unique combination of ‘edu-tainment’ blending humor and information which will no doubt result in a Lunch & Learn you’ll never forget.  With her as a partner with eCampus - you will laugh, and you will learn.


This program is free and open to the public.  RSVP is needed and encouraged.  Internet accessible devices are welcome.  Please feel free to post and share.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Auburn Avenue Research Library To Host The Hip Hop Architecture Camp™ Celebration and Community Discussion

On Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will host the Hip-Hop Architecture Camp Celebration and Community Discussion at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African-American Culture and History (AARL). The group will celebrate the conclusion of the week-long camp, along with participants and their families, including the debut of the Hip Hop Architecture music track and video summarizing participant’s designs. 

This summer, 10-17 year old youth from across Atlanta were given the opportunity to attend a free week-long camp, where Michael Ford, the “Hip Hop Architect” brought together local architects, hip hop artists and industry professionals to encourage and motivate participants in creating their ideal city.  The melding of architecture and hip hop music, a concept architect Michael Ford developed as a student at the University of Detroit, has helped the camp grow to a four city venture, this summer.  Camps in Atlanta, Austin, Los Angeles and Detroit held week-long sessions where participants were taught basic architectural skills such as reading tape measures and scales, sketching and drawing techniques, and 3-D and physical model-making. At the end of the week, student participated in the making of a music video as part of the class project.  The music video is debuted in grand style with family and friends, at a celebration event following the camp’s conclusion. 

An exhibition of the physical design models created by the participants will also be on display in AARL’s 2nd floor gallery space beginning August 13, 2017.  The celebration will be immediately followed by a panel discussion on encouraging children of color toward careers in Architecture through Hip-Hop, which will feature Ford along with local architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists.

Michael Ford is a designer, born and raised in Detroit. Ford received his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Detroit, Mercy (UDM), where he completed his graduate thesis titled “Hip Hop Inspired Architecture and Design.” He has worked as a designer at Hamilton Anderson Associates located in Detroit, Michigan and as an adjunct professor at his Alma Mater. Ford has also worked as a designer at Flad Architects located in Madison, Wisconsin.

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System was honored to partner with Ford for the first Atlanta Hip-Hop Architecture Camp by introducing camp participants to the Library, providing library cards for those that didn’t have one or needed new cards, giving campers a “Fresh Start” by clearing existing library card fines to encourage card and library usage, signing participants up for the library’s Summer Reading Program, to promote continued reading through the summer months.

More information about the camp and how to register for future sessions is available at http://hiphoparchitecture.com/.