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/.









Library volunteer awarded full tuition scholarship

The Library System is proud to work with over 900 teen volunteers every year who provide programs and assist with book sales, clerical tasks and shelving. Our youth service librarians offer teen programs on college applications and scholarships across the System and through eCampus. Aerionna Stephenson is a Palmetto Library teen volunteer and a recent graduate from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School. In January, she received a full tuition academic merit scholarship from The Posse Foundation, Inc., a national scholarship program that started in New York in 1989 and has now branched into 23 states, including Georgia. According to www.possefoundation.org, “Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams-Posses-of 10 students.” The program’s approach has proven successful with a 90% graduation rate. The scholarship has a three round interview process and while 1,500 students were nominated in Atlanta, only 60 students were chosen, including Aerionna, to receive the full tuition, four year scholarship. In a few weeks, she will join 900+ other first year students attending Brandeis University which is a private research university nine miles west of Boston located in Waltham, Massachusetts. We are truly grateful to Aerionna for serving over 50 hours this past year at the Friends of the Palmetto Library Book Store and wish her all the best in college.


If you or a teen you know is interested in donating time and talent at the library, please go to our website to print, complete and return a teen volunteer application to vol.services@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-730-1963.


Aerionna Stephenson (middle of the back row) poses with her Atlanta Posse at their Induction Ceremony. The Posse meets weekly January-August to participate in leadership workshops and will travel to Brandeis together to embark upon a four year journey.


Monday, July 31, 2017

2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Programs at Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

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Total Solar Eclipse Monday, August 14. 7:00 p.m. Join Phil Danneman, member of the Atlanta Astronomy Club as he presents a program on the upcoming total solar eclipse visible on August 21, 2017. Examine the science behind an eclipse, what to expect when viewing the eclipse and how to view it safely. Ages: 8+ Roswell Library 115 Norcross St., Roswell 30075 770.640.3075 Free Line Dancing Class with Jean Chen Tuesday, August 15. 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Come in for a special sun, moon, stars and space dance music class in celebration of the partial solar eclipse. Teens and Adults. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 30022 770.360.8820 Total Solar Eclipse Preview Tuesday, August 15. 6:00 p.m. Join presenter Jeff Thompson to learn about the pending total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. After the presentation Eclipse Viewing glasses will be available as a handout. While supplies last. Adult Astronomy Club. Milton Library 855 Mayfield Road, Milton 30009 404.613.4402 A Solar Eclipse Party! Wednesday, August 16. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. It hasn’t happened since 1918 but it’s happening again in August: a solar eclipse of the sun that crosses the U.S.! Join us as we celebrate this rare event with crafts, stories, a special “sun covered by the moon” snack, and your very own solar eclipse glasses. Wolf Creek Branch 3100 Enon Road, Atlanta 30331 404.613.4255 Art and the Eclipse (Glasses will NOT be distributed at this event, eclipse day only) Wednesday, August 16. 4:30 p.m. Art and astronomy mix during this fun program presented by the Johns Creek Arts Center. In honor of the upcoming full solar eclipse, children are invited to explore the cosmos by creating beautiful works of art. In the Community Room. Ages 6-11. Registration required. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 30022 770.360.8820 Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse with Special Eclipse Glasses Monday, August 21, 1:00-4:00 p.m. All are invited to get a pair of special eclipse-viewing glasses (limited supply, first come-first served) provided by the library to watch the partial (95%) solar eclipse at 2:36 p.m., the time of maximum viewing, with the Librarians. Weather permitting. All ages. Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 9560 Spruill Rd, Johns Creek 30022 770.360.8820 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21. 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Come watch the 2017 solar eclipse at the library. Join us for storytime crafts and then enjoy the 2017 solar eclipse. Free eclipse viewing glasses will be provided. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and meet us on the side lawn of the parking lot.
Northwest Branch at Scott's Crossing
2489 Perry Blvd, Atlanta 30318

Special Event: Total Solar Eclipse Viewing Monday, August 21. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. On Aug. 21, 2017, people across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse . Washington Park Library 1116 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Atlanta, 30314 404.752.8760 Solar Eclipse in Woodruff Park Monday, August 21. 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Come see the spectacular sight and grab your free pair of solar eclipse glasses! Learn about Shadow Bands, Baily’s Beads and the Sun’s Corona. Check out an astronomy book and crafts for kids. Enjoy live music from the free library music app, Freegal. Free glasses will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, one per person. Woodruff Park 91 Peachtree Street, Atlanta 30303 Solar Eclipse Viewing Party Monday, August 21. 2:30 p.m. Join us for a special program on the 2017 solar eclipse. We will have information about the eclipse, fun crafts, and practice for safe viewing of the solar eclipse! All Ages. 404.699.4206 Adamsville-Collier Heights Library 3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta 30331 404.699.4206 Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Your Library Monday, August 21. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Did you need your special NASA sunglasses to watch the total solar eclipse on August 21st? No need to sweat. We have your free pair here now and all summer long while supplies last! Stop by the Adams Park Library to pick up a pair as we sit outdoors to watch the moon pass by earth’s path in this rare astronomical event for the year. Refreshments will be provided. Adams Park Library 2231 Campbellton Rd. SW, Atlanta 30311 404.752.8763 Solar Eclipse Party Monday, August 21. 1:00 pm-4:00 p.m. Join us for an eclipse party at Northside! Come join us for refreshments, video clips, edutainment, and camaraderie. Eclipse glasses will be available at the event. Northside Library 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta 30327 404.814.3508 Watch the Partial Solar Eclipse at the Library w/Special Sun Glasses Monday, August 21. 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Special sun eclipse glasses will be provided to protect your eyes. Watch the partial (95%) solar eclipse starting at 2:30 p.m. Join us for Live Stream of the eclipse. Technology and weather permitting. All ages welcome. Ocee Branch Library 5090 Abbotts Bridge Rd., Alpharetta 770.360.8897 Eclipse Extravaganza Monday, August 21. 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Join us as we experience this once-in-a-lifetime astronomical event. You may not be able to see the eclipse from the Ponce Branch, but that won’t stop us from screening the NASA Live Stream, technology permitting. Ponce de Leon Branch Library 980 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE., Atlanta 404.885.7820 ALL BRANCHES ARE OUT OF ECLIPSE GLASSES FOR THE PUBLIC. WE WILL HAVE A VERY LIMITED SUPPLY AVAILABLE AT VIEWING PARTIES THROUGHOUT THE SYSTEM (SEE ABOVE LIST FOR LOCATIONS).

Visit the official Eclipse 2017 NASA website for more information on certified vendors, how to make your own glasses and where to watch a live feed of the Eclipse. https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
1. Adams Park (OUT OF GLASSES) 2. Adamsville-Collier Heights (OUT OF GLASSES) 3. Alpharetta (OUT OF GLASSES) 4. Buckhead (OUT OF GLASSES) 5. Central (OUT OF GLASSES) 6. Cleveland Avenue (OUT OF GLASSES) 7. College Park (OUT OF GLASSES) 8. Dogwood (OUT OF GLASSES)
9. East Atlanta (OUT OF GLASSES) 10. Fairburn (OUT OF GLASSES) 11. Hapeville (OUT OF GLASSES) 12. Kirkwood (OUT OF GLASSES) 13. Metropolitan (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 14. Milton (OUT OF GLASSES) - Limited supply for Eclipse program on August 15) 15. Northeast/Spruill Oaks (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 16. Northside (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 17. Northwest @ Scott's Crossing (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 18. Ocee (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 19. Palmetto (OUT OF GLASSES) 20. Peachtree (OUT OF GLASSES) 21. Ponce (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 22. Roswell (OUT OF GLASSES) - Limited supply for Eclipse program on August 14) 23. Sandy Springs (OUT OF GLASSES) 24. South Fulton (OUT OF GLASSES) 25. Southeast (OUT OF GLASSES) 26. Washington Park (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply. 27. West End (OUT OF GLASSES) 28. Wolf Creek (OUT OF GLASSES) - Day of Program has limited supply.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Meet Author Hannah Palmer at East Point Library

Meet the Author Hannah Palmer for a Book Discussion and Signing
Meet the Author of Flight Path: a search for roots beneath the world’s busiest airport.

WHO:              Hannah Palmer, Author of Flight Path
                                   
WHAT:             In the months leading up to the birth of her first child, Hannah Palmer discovers that all three of her childhood houses have been wiped out by the expansion of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Having uprooted herself from a promising career in publishing in her adopted Brooklyn, Palmer embarks on a quest to determine the fate of her lost homes—and of a community that has been erased by unchecked Southern progress.

WHEN:            Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

WHERE:          South Fulton Library, 4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291, 404-613-3092


Friday, June 2, 2017

Beekman Art Begins Its Run at Library

Beekman Art Begins Its Run at Library
By Friend of East Atlanta Volunteer Henry Bryant

A new art show has started at the East Atlanta Library and can be seen every day the library is open, including June 10 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. during the Friends of the East Atlanta Book Sale. The Friends are proud to present artist Jeff Beekman who is currently based in Tallahassee, Florida, and has brought works from his Battlefield Series to the library’s Gallery Wall. The display will remain through the month of July and through July 22, the anniversary of our own Battle of Atlanta. Jeff, a professor at Florida State University, is a multidisciplinary artist whose work since early-2000 has explored the interrelationships between land, memory and human activity. Over the past few years, this has taken the form of photographic works, exploring the highly-negotiated spaces of U.S. Civil War battlefield sites. Particular concern is paid to how these sites have evolved from the scarred and blood soaked fields where often tens of thousands fell and died, to become tourist attractions, running trails, research sites, and re-enactor playgrounds they are today. Most recently, Beekman has been exploring the history of United States Colored Troop units in these locations, and how the efforts and sacrifices of these black soldiers are specifically memorialized.

The photography presented at the library was mostly shot on the battlefields at Gettysburg at night and then combined through projections with other historical images found in research by the artist. A free artist talk will be held at the Jimmy Carter Library on Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 p.m. where Mr. Beekman will present a slide talk about the battlefield series as well as some of his more recent works. An artist reception will be held on Saturday, July 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the East Atlanta Library. The BATL organization has a long history of partnering with the Friends of East Atlanta Library and these programs have been scheduled in conjunction with this year’s commemoration of the battle. There will be a tour as well as the wreath laying ceremonies at the two monuments. More information about the artist programs and other July activities can be found on the web at www.batlevent.org.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Build A Better World This Summer at the Library

Build a Better World Through Reading at the Library This Summer


Join Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as we kick-off our annual Summer Reading Program with an exciting new celebration at Woodruff Park. For the first time ever, come "Build a Better World" with storytelling, a special visit from Word Girl from PBS Kids, Rocky the Reading Raccoon, face painting, balloon art, crafts and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. 
While you're there, you can also Build a Better You, when you participate in our fitness activities, including yoga, obstacle course, dancing and more. Snacks will be provided, or you can bring a picnic and enjoy an afternoon in the park with your family. The Library Bookmobile will also be onsite and ready to get you signed up for a library card and check out materials (books, movies, DVDs, CDs). All ages welcome! 

JOIN US THIS SUMMER:  Celebrate Summer Reading All Summer Long!
Thursday, June 1. 4:00 p.m. Will Keating; magician, ventriloquist, comedian, will bring his program The Golden Ruler to Northside. Good for kids and families of all ages. All Ages Welcome. 
Wednesday, June 7. 10:30 a.m. Children will have an opportunity to Build a Better World by creating decorative pieces and/or useful objects from scrap wood. Reservations Required.
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303
404.730.1845
Build A Better World: Summer Reading Kick-off
Tuesday, June 20. 2:00 p.m. The more you dream it, and believe it, the more you will see it come true. Design your own vision board. All supplies will be provided. 
Thursday, July 6. 4:00 p.m. Bill Packard returns to Northside with a customized program that includes storytelling, humor, magic, and more. Funded by the Library Foundation. Ages 6 and up. Northside Library 
Monday, July 31. 3:00 p.m. Northside has partnered with the Sandy Springs branch to bring you one of the south’s premiere theater companies; Bright Star Theater. They will bring Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Ages 5-10. Northside Library 




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Looking for reading suggestions?  Enjoy these fantastic suggestions for children of all ages from our very own Digital Library, as well as our partners, Fulton County Schools and Atlanta Public Schools.





Summer Reading Kick-off @ East Roswell!
Wednesday, May 31. 10:00 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
Join us for face painting, balloons, tasty treats, storytelling, a magic show, special guests and much more as we “Build A Better World” together through reading this summer.  Sponsored by Friends of East Roswell Library, Inc., Starbucks and Smoothie King. All ages.
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, GA 30076
404.613.4050

Summer Reading Program Kick-off
Wednesday, May 31.  11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Fairburn City Pavilion, Broad Street
Come join us as we start off our Summer Reading Program with the city of Fairburn. Featuring food, games, prizes, fire trucks, band a special performance of “Robin Hood” by the Serenbe Playhouse! (performance is at noon)
All Ages

Summer Reading Kick-off
Thursday, June 1. 10:00 a.m.
Secure Shredding, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  
Water Works Story/Craft 12:00 p.m.  
Family Yoga 1:00 p.m.  
Doc Atoms at 2:00 p.m. 
Join us for a spectacular summer reading kick-off event.  Festivities begin with a secure shredding event in our parking lot. Families can participate in a family yoga session.  All are invited to a special performance following yoga.  Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group.
Ocee Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005
770.360.8897

Summer Reading Kick-off: Build a Better World
Thursday, June 1.  10:30 a.m.  Children will create a better world with an engaging story and fun craft activity.  Reservations Required.
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303
404.730.1700

Build a Better World Summer Reading Block Party Kick–off
Thursday, June 1. 10:30 a.m.
Children will enjoy listening to fun stories; build a Sense of Wonder along with a festival of exciting games, balloons, prizes and refreshments. Age - All
Palmetto Library
9111 Cascade Palmetto HWY, Palmetto GA 30268
404.613.4075

Summer Reading Kick-off with the Little Red Barn
Thursday, June 1. 10:30 a.m.
Register for the summer reading program! Read aloud or spend time petting and interacting outside with the animals. All ages welcome. No registration necessary.
Alpharetta Library
10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009
404.613.6735

Summer Reading Kick-off Registration Day
Thursday, June 1. 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Come by the library to sign-up for the summer reading program and receive all the events and programs that the library has to offer. All ages welcome.
Southwest Library
3665 Cascade Road SW, Atlanta GA 30331
404.699.6363

Building a Better World - Summer Reading Kick-off
Thursday, June 1. 11:00 a.m.
Are you ready to ‘Build a Better World’ and Read? Come and join us, along with our special guests, as we kick-off our Summer Reading Program! There’ll plenty of fun and games to get you excited about reading. All are welcome.
Adamsville-Collier Heights
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331
404.699.4206

Summer Reading Kick-off Registration Day
Thursday, June 1. 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Come by the library to sign-up for the summer reading program and receive all the events and programs that the library has to offer. All ages welcome.
Fairburn Library
60 Valley View Drive. Fairburn, GA 30213
770.306.3138

Summer Reading Kick-off
Thursday, June 1. 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family to kick off Summer Reading.  Face painting, prizes, and maybe some visitors from a galaxy far, far away. Make sure you prepare to win prizes through reading. All ages welcome.
Roswell Library
115 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075
770.640.3075

Build a Better World Kick-off
Thursday, June 1. 12:00 p.m.
Build a better world with Kaiser Permanente, snacks, and games. All are invited. Reservations required.
Washington Park
1116 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30314
404.752.8760

Summer Reading Kick-off: Magic and more!
Thursday, June 1. 1:00 p.m.
It’s time to Build a Better World! Come join the Northeast/ Spruill Oaks Library for a spectacular kick-off to summer reading with face painting, balloon animals and an unforgettable magic show with magician and ventriloquist Keith Karnok. The magic show starts at 2:00, but come early starting at 1:00 to enjoy face painting and balloon art. All ages are welcome!
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library
9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022
770.360.8820


The Golden Ruler: A Magical Summer Reading Kickoff  
Thursday, June 1. 4:00 p.m.
Will Keating; magician, ventriloquist, comedian, will bring his program The Golden Ruler to Northside. Good for kids and families of all ages. Ages 4 and up.
Northside Library 
3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta GA 30327 
404.814.3508

Summer Reading Kick-off Event
Friday, June 2. 11:00 a.m.
Join us for fun all day with our friends Chopper from the Gwinnett Braves and the Inflatable Zoo. All ages.
Milton Library
885 Mayfield Road., Milton, GA 30009
404.613.4402

Building a Better Tomorrow
Tuesday and Friday, June - July. 1:00 p.m.
Preservation of Life will host a Free Summer program while providing Free Hot meals for children and Teens. To participate in this amazing, FREE program, please register your child with Latoya Burrell at 678.920.8411.  Ages 4-18. Registration Required.
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613.5722

Summer Reading Kick-off Party at Woodruff Park
Saturday, June 3. 10:00 a.m.  Families and children will enjoy a day at the park, where we will celebrate literacy.  Amazing performances, face painting, balloon art, obstacle courses and summer reading registration will all take place at the event.  Ages: All
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303
404.730.1700

Build a Better World @ Wolf Creek Library Summer Reading 2017
Saturday, June 3. 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Come Build a Better World @ Wolf Creek library through reading! Come and Join us for fun filled activities while celebrating reading. 
Wolf Creek Library
3100 Enon Road, Atlanta GA 30331
404.613.4255


Build a Better World with Art!  
Monday, June 5 – Monday, July 24. Showcase your artistic abilities through drawing a character, event, or scene from a chosen book and receive a prize.  All drawings will be on exhibit at the Southeast Atlanta Branch library.  Limited drawings are accepted. Audiences: Ages 6 - 12 years old 
Southeast Atlanta 
1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315 
404.613.5771

Building a Better SUMMER / Summer Reading Kick-off
Monday, June 5. 11:00 a.m.
Come and join us for the beginning of great things this summer! Together we will Build a Better World. Come find out about all of the activities that are available to you this summer as a part of our summer reading program. All Ages Welcome. 
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613.5722

Build a Better World Magic Show and Summer Reading Kick-off
Monday, June 5. 10:30 a.m.
Join Keith Karnok, magician and ventriloquist as we kick off our summer reading program. Also enjoy refreshments, sign up for the summer reading program, and learn about all of our upcoming events.
East Atlanta Library
400 Flat Shoals Avenue. SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
404.730.5438

SRP Kick-Off with Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann!
Monday, June 5. 6:30 p.m.
Barry will weave a collection of four 'constructive' tales from around the world, including a bilingual rendition of a tale from the Amazon! Ages 3 & up. Registration is not required.
Sandy Springs Library
395 Mount Vernon HWY., Sandy Springs, GA 30328
404.613.3092

Summer Reading Kick-off Movie Day
Tuesday, June 6. 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Make plans to head over to Southwest library to kick-off summer with a free showing of The Lego Batman Movie (rated PG.) All ages welcome.
Southwest Library
3665 Cascade Rd., Atlanta, GA 30331
404.699.6365


Summer Reading Kickoff Movie Day 
Tuesday, June 6. 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. 
Make plans to head over to Southwest library to kickoff summer with a free showing of The Lego Batman Movie (rated PG.) All ages welcome. 
Fairburn Library 
60 Valley View Drive. Fairburn, GA 30213 
770.306.3138

Build a Better World Summer Reading Kick-off
Tuesday, June 6. 10:00 a.m.
Welcome to Summer Reading with “Build a Better World”. Join the celebration with storytelling, Superhero Captain Integrity, a live performance by Kaiser Permanente Puppet Theatre and more.
All ages. Registrations required.
Hapeville Library
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354
404.762.4065

Summer Reading Kick-off with Mumferd and Kaiser Permanente!
Tuesday, June 6. 10:30 a.m.
Kick-off your summer by joining us at the MLK Branch for the “Build a Better World” party. There will be a live performance puppet show by Kaiser Permanente Theater group, face painting, special appearance of Little Zack, Zaxby’s Mascot, and the best part, sign up for SUMMER READING 2017!  Ages: All.  Reservations required.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library
409 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312
404.730.1185


How does your Garden Grow?
Tuesday, June 6. 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Gardening Exercise Day with an engaging story and an opportunity to plant seeds in a flower pot you decorate yourself!  Reservations Required. 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303
404.730.1845

Summer Reading Kick-off!
Tuesday, June 6. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Join Adams Park Library and Amerigroup for the Summer Reading Program kickoff! Sign up to participate in the Summer Reading Program, jump in a bounce house, and get your face painted!
Adams Park Library
2231 Campbelton Road. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311
404.752.8763


Buckhead Summer Reading Kick-off
Wednesday, June 7. 10:00 a.m.
The Buckhead Library is planning a Summer Reading "Kick-Off" for the Buckhead community and library patrons.  A portion of Buckhead Avenue will be blocked off to create a fun and festive event with a theme of "Building a Better World" with food, games, celebrities, with a live remote from Power 96.1, Lego Land, and other businesses supporting the building of a better foundation for our today's youth. 
Buckhead Library
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305
404.814.3500

Summer Reading Kick-off with Mumferd the Puppet
Wednesday, June 7. 10:00 a.m.
Kaiser Permanente will feature Mumferd the puppet to kick start summer reading activities.
Dogwood Library
1838 Donald Lee Hollowell PKWY NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
404.792.4961

Wednesday’s Woodshop Wonder


“Build A Better World!” Summer Reading Kick-off
Wednesday, June 7.  10:30 a.m.
Join us for a day of fun as we kickoff the start of this year’s Summer Reading Program.
All Ages. Reservations required.
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing
2489 Perry Boulevard NW, Atlanta GA 30318
404.613.4364

Summer Reading Kick-off
Wednesday, June 7. 11:00 a.m. 
Sign up for summer reading while enjoying outdoor fun at the library. All ages. Reservation required. 
Mechanicsville Library
400 Formwalt Street., SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
404.730.4779

Build a Better World Summer Reading Kick-off
Wednesday, June 7. 10:30 a.m.
Join us for the summer reading kickoff celebration with storytelling, music, puppets, crafts, and more.  All ages.
South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291
404.613.3092

Thursdays, June 8. 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Come kick off our summer reading Storytelling, Music, Crafts, Prizes, and Snacks. All Ages Welcome
West End Library
525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta GA 30310
404.752.8740

Mayor’s Summer Reading with Deborah Strahorn
Thursday, June 8. 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy storytime with storyteller Deborah Strahorn. Sponsored by the Mayors Summer Reading Program. Ages 5 and up. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.
Adamsville-Collier Heights
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331
404.699.4206


Summer Reading Kick-off at the College Park Library!
Thursday, June 8. 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of the Summer Reading Program. Reservations required. Ages: 0-12.
College Park Library
3647 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337
404.762.4060

Mayor’s Summer Reading Program Builds Summer Exploring
Thursday, June 8. 1:00 p.m.
Come listen to Deborah Strahorn who will read books to children to celebrate Mayor Reed’s summer reading program. All ages
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613.5722

Summer Reading Kickoff
Friday, June 9. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Ready, Set, Read! Join us as we kickoff summer reading with the Colgate Dental Van, face painting, crafts, and more. Sign up for summer reading!
East Point Library
2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344
404.762.4842


Storyteller Barry Stewart Mann 
Saturday, June 10. 10:30 a.m. 
Barry Stewart Mann is a favorite of families and children all across Atlanta. He’s guaranteed to entertain and educate.  
Ponce De Leon Library 
980 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 
404.885.7820

Summer Reading Kick-off Celebration “Build a Better World”
Saturday, June 10. 12:00 p.m.
Family day of community fun based activities and kid resources with local performers, artists, and refreshments. All ages.
Cleveland Avenue
47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315
404.762.4116

“Creating a Better World” Tweens/Teen Movie Series 
Monday, July 10. 2:00 p.m. 
Teens bring your snacks and join us as we feature the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1”.  Ages 12-17 Reservations Required.  404.814.3500 
Buckhead Library 
269 Buckhead Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 
404.814.3500

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club: It’s storytelling time… with repetition, rhythm, and rhyme
Monday, June 12. 10:30 a.m. Renown Storyteller Deb Strahorn, will share a fun, engaging and adventurous story about the character Amari, and the many places she will visit in Atlanta.  Reservations Required.
Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta GA 30303
404.730.1700



Bill Packard Build a Better World Magical Reading Extravaganza
Monday, June 12. 11:00 a.m.
Come enjoy a fun magic show with Magic Man Bill Packard! His magic will provide Summer Reading Fun to help all children build a better world. All ages welcome.
Metropolitan Library
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310
404.613.5722
Ocee Summer Reading Presents:  Gene Cordova 
Monday, June 12. 2:00 p.m. 
Everyone will laugh and learn with ventriloquism, puppetry, comedy magic, storytelling, balloon antics and LOTS of audience participation.  Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group.  All ages welcome. 
Ocee Library  
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005 
770.360.8897 

Mayors Summer Reading Storytime w/ Our Mrs. Strahorn  
Tuesday June 13. 10:30 a.m. 
An interactive time of storytelling with one of our favorite storytellers not to be missed.  
West End Library 
525 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta GA 30310 
404.752.8740 

Teens Build a Better World Through Social Media 
Tuesday, June 13. 12:30p.m. 
Tweens learn acceptable and not so acceptable social media behavior. Ages 11-17. Reservation required. 
Mechanicsville Library 
400 Formwalt Street., SW, Atlanta, GA 30312 
404.730.4779

Mumferd Learns About Water Safety Presented by Kaiser Permanente Theatre
Wednesday, June 14. 10:30 a.m.
Kickoff summer reading with a special story time! Join Mumferd as he learns how to stay safe in the water. Ages 1-12. 
Kirkwood Library
11 Kirkwood Road SE, Atlanta GA 30317
404.377.6471


Scratch DJ Academy Spin Art 
Wednesday, June 14. 1:00 p.m. 
Kickoff summer reading with some creativity! Join Scratch DJ Academy to create customized art work using vinyl records and paint. All ages.  
Kirkwood Library  
11 Kirkwood Road SE, Atlanta GA 30317 
404.377.6471 


Magic Show with Bill Packard – The Magic Man 
Thursday, June 15. 11:00 a.m. 
Magician Bill Packard provides a show that entertains, educates, and inspires children and their families to read. Ages 5-12. Registration is required for groups.  
Northwest Library at Scotts Crossing 
2489 Perry Boulevard NW, Atlanta GA 30318 
404.613.4364 


Build a Better World with Your Own Vision Board  
East Point Library 
2757 Main Street, East Point, GA 30344 
404.762.4842 

The Magical World of Bill Packard!  
Tuesday, June 20. 10:30 a.m. 
Bill Packard, the Magic Man will entertain youth with stories, music, and comedy, thereby creating a magical experience each guest will remember. Ages: 3-12. Reservations required. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Library 
409 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30312 
404.730.1185

Build a Better World with Exciting Animal Friends  
Wednesday, June 21. 1:00 p.m.  
Paul Suarez presents interesting animals that will help us understand the amazing animal kingdom. Stories will be shared that encourage worldwide summer fun! All ages 
Metropolitan Library  
1332 Metropolitan Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30310 
404.613.5722

“Build a Better Mousetrap” with Bill Packard
Wednesday, June 21. 10:30 a.m. Bill Packard uses popular book references, magic, comedy, music, puppetry, story-telling, and video projection to entertain, educate, and inspire students to read.  Come help him build a better mousetrap and see what it will catch!
Peachtree Library
1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
404.885.7830


Wednesday’s Woodshop Wonder
Wednesday, June 21. 10:30 a.m. Children will have an opportunity to Build a Better World by creating decorative pieces and/or useful objects from scrap wood. Reservations Required. 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303

404.730.1845

Building a Better World Crafting. 
Thursdays, June 22 & 29. July 6, 13, 20 & 27. 1:00 p.m.  
Join us in our makerspace and upcycling center, a collaborative work space that explores learning and a new way to recycle it will introduces student to STEAM  fields. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.  
Adamsville-Collier Heights  
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331 
404.699.4206

Ocee Summer Reading Finale Presents: Lee Andrews
Wednesday, July 24. 2:00 p.m.
Join us for an engaging performance with Laugh Factory creator Lee Andrews.  Laugh while you experience multiple circus skills, magical effects, puppetry, and audience participation for an exciting journey.  All ages welcome.  Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group.
Ocee Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005
770.360.8897


Magical Monday Morning
Monday, June 26.  10:30 a.m. Kids will be thrilled and amazed by the marvelous magic of Bill Packard. Reservations Required. Ages: All, 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303

404.730.1845

Building Stories with Barry Mann 
Tuesday, June 27. 10:00 a.m.  
Family story drama and interactive activity. All ages. 
 Cleveland Avenue 
47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 
404.762.4116 

Build a Better Mouse Trap with Bill Packard  
Tuesday, June 27. 10:30 a.m.  
Join us for a fun-filled storytime with Bill Packard, as he uses magic, comedy, music, puppetry to entertain and inspire students to read! Reservations required for groups of 10 or more.  
Adamsville-Collier Heights  
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331 
404.699.4206

Making Mini Masterpieces
Tuesday, June 27. 10:30 a.m. Children will Build a Better World by creating their own miniature masterpieces using acrylics on tiny canvases. Reservations Required. 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303
404.730.1845

Ocee Summer Reading Presents:  Light It Up with Reading
Wednesday, July 27.  2:00 p.m.
Teens will write, design, and circuit their own book ! Teens will be immersed into a writing workshop to learn tips and tricks of writing their own short stories. Creativity will create a book cover with LED lights.  A reading theatre finalizes the program.  Teens ages 13 and above.  Limit first 20.  Registration required.
Ocee Library
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005
770.360.8897

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
Wednesday, June 28. 10:30 a.m.
Join us for the storytime with Kuumba storyteller Deborah Strahorn. Ages 3-12. Registration required.
South Fulton Library
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291
404.613.3092


Build a Better World with Magic Man, Bill Packard 
Thursday, July 6. 10:30 a.m. 
This magic show will entertain, educate, and inspire children and their families.  Ages: 3-7. Reservations required.  
Hapeville Library 
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354 
404.762.4065 

Bill Packard Magic Man 
3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta GA 30327 

404.814.350

Wednesday’s Woodshop Wonder
Wednesday, July 12. 10:30 a.m. Participants will have an opportunity to Build a Better World by creating decorative pieces and/or useful objects from scrap wood. Reservations Required. 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303
404.730.1845


 Barry Stewart Mann Presents: Landmarks of American Engineering  
Friday, July 14. 1:00 p.m. 
Journey across the nation and the years, visiting four fantastic feats of construction and courage through interactive storytelling. We’ll dig into the sage behind the Erie Canal, follow the tracks of the transcontinental railroad and more stops confirming that “if it can be imagined, it can be built!”. All ages.  
Roswell Library  
115 Norcross Street, Roswell, GA 30075 
770.640.3075 


Top Story Builders with Barry Stewart Mann 
Friday, July 14. 10:30 a.m. 
Join storyteller Barry Stewart Mann on a journey to build the foundation of a better world through literacy. From sturdy frames to fine details, these tales will be filled with puppets, props, costumes, songs and audience participation. In the center of the library. All ages welcome! 
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library 
9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022 
770.360.8820

Ocee Summer Reading Presents:  Barry Stewart Mann 
Thursday, July 17.  2:00 p.m. 
Join us for a popular performance with Barry Stewart Mann.  Experience storytelling with lively voices, gestures, movement, wordplay, puppetry, props, costume pieces, music, foreign languages with active audience participation.  All ages welcome.  Sponsored by AFPLS Foundation.  
Ocee Library  
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005 
770.360.8897 

Sticks and Stones May Break Your Bones (…but for sure they make cool crafts)
Tuesday, July 18. 10:30 a.m. Kids will use sticks and stones to create a cool craft. Reservations Required. Ages: 5-10, 404.730.1845
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303
404.730.1845
 GEEARS: THE MAYORS SUMMER READING CLUB  
Wednesday, July 19. 1:00 p.m. 
Storytelling, magic and more. All ages. Reservations required. 
Washington Park Library 
1116 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.  Atlanta, GA 30314 
404.752.8760 


GEEARS/ Mayors Reading Club Titles with Deborah Strayhorn 
Wednesday, July 19. 2:00 p.m.  
Interactive storytime presented by Deborah Strayhorn. All ages. 
Cleveland Avenue 
47 Cleveland Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30315 
404.762.4116 

Build A Better World Through Art / Summertime Drop in Craft  
Thursday, July 20. 2:00 p.m. 
Children will enjoy a day filled with whimsical flair, creating their very own art pieces. Ages 7-12. 
Palmetto Library  
9111 Cascade Palmetto HWY, Palmetto GA 30268 
404.613.4075 

Ocee Summer Reading Finale Presents: Lee Andrews 
Wednesday, July 24. 2:00 p.m. 
Join us for an engaging performance with Laugh Factory creator Lee Andrews.  Laugh while you experience multiple circus skills, magical effects, puppetry, and audience participation for an exciting journey.  All ages welcome.  Sponsored by Ocee Friends Group.  

Dancing Granny Storytime 
Tuesday, July 25. 10:30 a.m.  
In partnership with the Alliance Theater, join us for a performance of Ashley Bryan’s The Dancing Granny. Reservations required for groups of 10 or more. 
Adamsville-Collier Heights  
3424 Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Atlanta, GA 30331 
404.699.4206 

Paul Suarez – The Zoo Library
Tuesday, July 25. 10:30 a.m. Children/ tweens will enjoy books and a hands-on animal conservation program with the Zoo librarian Paul Suarez. Reservations Required. 404.730.1845/ 1796
Central Library/ Children’s Department
One Margaret Mitchell Sq., Atlanta, GA. 30303

404.730.1845

Build a Better World Summer Reading Finale 
Tuesday, July 25. 11:00 a.m. 
Say goodbye to Summer Reading with our final program of the season!  Prizes and surprises for big readers! All Ages. Registrations Required.  
Hapeville Library 
525 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354 
404.762.4065 

Summer Reading Grand Finale Staying Safe in Busy Places  
Wednesday, July 26. 10:00 a.m. 
Kaiser Permanente will feature stories on pedestrian safety rules with music and puppet show to end the summer reading program and activities. 
Dogwood Library 
1838 Donald Lee Hollowell PKWY NW, Atlanta, GA 30318 
404.792.4961 

Magic Show with Bill Packard! 
Thursday, July 27. 10:30 a.m. 
Children will enjoy watching the magical tricks of Mr. Bill Packard. 50 participants maximum. Reservations required. Age: 4-12.  
College Park Library 
3647 Main Street, College Park, GA 30337 
404.762.4060 

Ocee Summer Reading Presents:  Light It Up with Reading  
Wednesday, July 27.  2:00 p.m. 
Teens will write, design, and circuit their own book ! Teens will be immersed into a writing workshop to learn tips and tricks of writing their own short stories. Creativity will create a book cover with LED lights.  A reading theatre finalizes the program.  Teens ages 13 and above.  Limit first 20.  Registration required.  
Ocee Library  
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road. Johns Creek, GA 30005 
770.360.8897 

Mayor’s Summer Reading Club  
Wednesday, June 28. 10:30 a.m. 
Join us for the storytime with Kuumba storyteller Deborah StrahornAges 3-12. Registration required. 
South Fulton Library  
4055 Flat Shoals Road, Union City, GA 30291 
404.613.3092 

Summer Reading Program Grand Finale
Friday, July 28. 1:00 p.m.  The Atlanta Fire and Rescue is geared up to provide a fire and safety presentation, Fire extinguisher and evacuation training, and a fire drill. As an added bonus, be prepared to enjoy a puppet show provided by these amazing fire fighters. Audiences:  For children of all ages.
Southeast Atlanta
1463 Pryor Road, Atlanta, GA 30315
404.613.5771


Alice in Wonderland: Summer Reading Finale 
Monday, July 31. 3:00 p.m. 
Northside has partnered with the Sandy Springs branch to bring you one of the south’s premiere theater companies; Bright Star Theater. They will bring Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take your audience on an imaginative ride. Ages 5-10
3295 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta GA 30327 
404.814.3508 


Build a Better Story with Tommy Johns  
Tuesday, August 1. 10:30 a.m. 
End the summer with another favorite. Tommy Johns’ show features magic, puppets, comedy, storytelling and audience participation!  
Ponce De Leon Library 
980 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30306 

404.885.7820