Thursday, September 22, 2011

Celebrate Louisa May Alcott @ Your Library!

Author Louisa May Alcott is known around the world for her book Little Women, but few are aware of Alcott as a bold, compelling woman growing up in the innermost circles of the Transcendentalist and antislavery movements, serving as a nurse in the Civil War, and leading a secret literary life writing pulp fiction. Influenced by family friends such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, Alcott experienced a rich intellectual life which in turn influenced her writing.

Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we celebrate the life and historical and cultural context that inspired Louisa May Alcott's impressive body of work. Through her writing Alcott was able to express her views on social reform, from women's rights, to racial integration, to education, but her body of work also encompassed sensational thrillers, Gothic novels, fairy tales and works of domestic realism.

Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is pleased to offer several events and programs during September, October and November that will highlight her career, life, and some of her lesser known works.

For a complete schedule and description of these upcoming events, visit our website here. And be sure to check our catalog for other titles by and about this incredible author.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Great Cookbooks For Fall!

Friday, September 23, 2011, marks the official first day of fall. And with that first breath of cooler air many of us start to crave those warm comfort foods that go hand-in-hand with the season. Soups, stews, chili and the like are all starting to sound pretty good now that it's no longer over 100 degrees every day! So why not get a head start on filling up your recipe box this fall by checking out some wonderful cookbooks from your local library branch? Here's a few suggestions, just to get your mouth watering:

The Big Book of Soups & Stews: 262 Recipes for Serious Comfort Food, by Maryana Vollstedt

Grandma Jo's Soup Kettle: 100 Hearty and Healthy Soups, Stews, Gumbos, and Chowders, by JoAnna M Lund

Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, by Nava Atlas

The Ultimate Chili Cookbook: History, Geography, Fact, and Folklore of Chili, by W.C. Jameson

Beyond Gumbo: Creole Fusion Food From the Atlantic Rim, by Jessica B. Harris

Fix-It and Forget-It Cookbook: 700 Great Slow Cooker Recipes, by Phyllis Pellman Good

As always, you can check the library's catalog for these and other titles to check out or place on hold. Happy cooking!

Monday, September 12, 2011

10 Things You Need To Complete Your College Application

Parents and students please take advantage of these free College Preparatory workshops coming to a library near you! Brandi Rae Hicks and The Rae Of Light Foundation are touring the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System offering free workshops for parents and teens gearing up for college application season! The workshops aim to transition high school students into college and beyond through Financial Literacy, Academic Preparedness and Basic Life Skills.

Please join us at one of the following branches:

Adams Park: Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00 p.m.

Adamsville-Collier: Saturday, October 15th, 12:00 p.m.

Buckhead: Monday, September 12th, 6:00 p.m.

Cleveland Avenue: Wednesday, October 5th, 4:00 p.m.

College Park: Monday, October 3rd, 6:00 p.m.

East Atlanta: Wednesday, September 28th, 6:00 p.m.

Georgia Hill: Monday, October 19th, 5:00 p.m.

Hapeville: Saturday, October 22nd, 3:00 p.m.

Northside: Saturday, September 24th, 1:15 p.m.

Ocee: Monday, October 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Peachtree: Monday, September 19th, 6:00 p.m.

Perry Homes: Saturday, September 17th, 1:00 p.m.

Southwest: Thursday, October 20th, 4:00 p.m.

Stewart-Lakewood: Thursday, September 29th, 6:00 p.m.

Washington Park: Friday, October 21st, 9:30 a.m.

For more information, please call (404)509-5797 or email