Saturday, September 23, 2017

TEEN Book Club - Cumming Library

Teen Tuesdays@ Cumming Library Teen Book Club: Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm. This month’s featured selection is the best- selling mystery book of all time, And Then There Were None, by the master of plot Dame Agatha Christie. A murder mystery that can’t be solved by a murderer who considers himself an artist of crime. Ten houseguests, trapped on an isolated island, are the prey of a diabolical killer. A famous nursery rhyme is framed and hung in every room of the mansion: Ten little Indian boys went out to dine; One choked his little self and then there were nine ... When they realize that murders are occurring as described in the rhyme, terror mounts. Who has choreographed this dastardly scheme? And who will be left to tell the tale? Teens in grade 6 and up are invited to join in a scintillating discussion and a rousing game of Clue. No registration required.

Holly Raus
Youth Specialist

Friday, September 22, 2017

#ShelfLife - September 22, 2017

Ahoy, mateys! We set sail into this week with two books from local author Nicole Castroman, Blackhearts and its sequel Blacksouls, as we celebrated National Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Then, we followed the tides of teen and YA favor with a "text message" from the Hampton Park Library, a recommendation from fellow Instagrammer @rachel.hanlon, and a preview of the creepy classic novel our Teen Book Club will read in October.

Later in the week, we landlubbers returned to shore and turned our attention to the great outdoors. We're looking forward to the upcoming Forsyth Writes Together presentation with local naturalist Mark Warren, author of the Secrets of the Forest series and a memoir, Two Winters in a Tipi. He'll visit the Cumming Library on Thursday, October 5 to talk about his book, his experiences with writing and publishing, and all he's learned from the Cherokee people.

Before we sign off for the week, let us remind you that the library is the place to be during Fall Break. Be sure to check out our program calendar for lots of fun activities (like Puppetpalooza, breakout games for tweens, and the Hispanic Heritage CelebraciĆ³n).

So, what's on your to-be-read pile for Fall Break? Leave a comment below and your book could be featured on Instagram next week!

“One of the interesting things I've learned by narrating audiobooks is how many words I have always said incorrectly. It makes you feel really idiotic and then you think: Wait. I've said this wrong my entire life ...and nobody corrected me? Are people not listening when I speak to them?” – @johnny_heller We feel you, Johnny. We readers can absolutely relate to that “Eureka!” moment when we hear a word we’ve read a zillion times finally spoken aloud…and it sounds nothing like we thought it would. Laugh out loud with these and other behind-the-scenes stories about your favorite audiobook recordings as RBdigital presents The Johnny Heller Audiobook Experience at the Post Road Library on Sunday, October 8 at 3:00 p.m. BONUS: The RBdigital team will show the audience awesome features and secret shortcuts for the new RBdigital website and mobile app! @recordedbooks #RBdigital #ShelfLife #audiobooks #loveaudiobooks #lovebooks #johnnyheller #voiceover #narrator #FCPLstories #ForsythReads #readersofinstagram #librariesofinstagram @GeorgiaLibraries
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Our Teen Book Club is going old school with a discussion of AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie at the Cumming Library on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. It’s a perfectly creepy kick-off to this spooky time of year. Give it a read and come tell us how you figured out whodunit! About the book: First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion. #ShelfLife #AgathaChristie #andthentherewerenone #bookclub #teenreads #mystery #suspense #ya #thriller #amreading #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #FCPLstories #ForsythReads #FridayReads
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Find Free Fall Break Fun at the Library

Parents looking for free activities to entertain their kids during Fall Break should head to the library. The Cumming, Hampton Park, and Post Road branches have a full slate of activities for patrons of all ages.

“We know that families are looking for fun and interesting things to do next week, so we’re hosting puppet shows, breakout games, cultural celebrations, and more,” says Assistant Director for Public Services Stephen Kight.

The Forsyth County Fire Department will teach preschoolers and elementary students what to do in a fire emergency as the Fire Safety House visits the Post Road Library at 11:15 a.m. on Monday, September 25.

A young patron uses the library’s MakeyMakey
devices to turn bananas and potatoes into a playable
piano at a Tech Playground-style program last fall.
Older students can head over to the Cumming Library at 1:30 p.m. on Monday for a Tech Playground program.

“Tweens and teens can use their tech skills to meet a range of challenges, from music to motorized robots to light shows using LittleBits modules. We’re setting up obstacle courses for the Sphero bots and participants can use the SPRK+ app to program the bot to navigate all the obstacles,” explains Kight.

For Batman fans, the Hampton Park Library is the place to be. The bat signal for Batman Training Camp will go up at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday and kids in kindergarten through fifth grade can answer the call by wearing their favorite superhero costumes, honing their spy skills, and practicing to become the greatest superheroes in town.

Tweens can also get in on the latest “Forsyth Rocks” craze at the Post Road Library on Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Kids ages 10 – 12 will paint rocks with pictures, interesting patterns, or words of inspiration and encouragement to keep for themselves or to share by hiding them around our community.

“Escape room games are popular with our patrons and the Hampton Park Library will host a special game for ages 9 and up on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.,” says Kight. “The premise of the game is that an evil hacker is trying to put a stop to our Fall Break fun, so our intrepid young patrons will have to use team work and their sharpest problem solving skills to decipher the clues, beat the villain, and save Fall Break!”

A belated birthday celebration for Roald Dahl, author of such favorites as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will be held at the Cumming Library on Friday at 3:00 p.m., complete with stories, activities, and crafts for children.

Other events, including book clubs for kids and adults, board game events, movies, and the library’s popular Puppetpalooza programs are also scheduled throughout the week.

The Post Road Library will wrap up Fall Break with a Hispanic Heritage CelebraciĆ³n sponsored by the FCPL Friends & Advocates on Sunday, October 1 beginning at 1:45 p.m.

“Patrons of all ages can celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with crafts, activities, and even taste traditional foods in the library. Lingual Kids will present a special Salsa Tales bilingual storytime and Ballet Folklorico of the Good Shepherd will perform several traditional Mexican dances,” says Kight.

For more information, or to view a full schedule of Fall Break programs at the library, please visit

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Staff Picks - Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Adult Fiction)

Like so many readers, I loved Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng's debut novel. Since then, I've waited anxiously to hear from this talented author again. She does not disappoint. Little Fires Everywhere is absolutely stunning and even better than her first novel. I love how Celeste Ng brings such depth and complexity to a story, weaving sensitive, important issues seamlessly into the novel. We learn right away how the story ends on a shocking note. Then Ng takes us back to the beginning, the story-line unfolding to make sense of the seemingly senseless. Set in picture-perfect wealthy suburbia, all four Richardson children are drawn to bohemian single mom Mia, and her daughter Pearl, who rent a small house owned by the Richardsons. Matriarch, Elena Richardson, grows suspicious of Mia when a scandal erupts, causing her to suspect her tenant of hiding a secret past. Elena sets out to solve the mystery and right her ordered world again, but the results are not at all what she envisioned. This is one of those novels I will fervently recommend to library patrons. Celeste Ng is proving herself to be one of the great writers of her time.

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Staff Picks - The Progeny by Tosca Lee

The Progeny by Tosca Lee

Emily is a strong, feisty young lady who needs help navigating her current crazy situation. She doesn’t know who or where she is. She thinks, “I don’t even know what I’m running from. What propels a person to leave her life, fake her death, and start over in a tiny-town in Maine? And if it’s that bad, why didn’t I relocate to Greenland or better yet Fiji? The packet with my driver’s license and letter to myself contained 18 thousand dollars. A person can do a lot of disappearing with money like that.”

She’s stumped. Someone is out to kill her. Two men want to protect her. She has to trust somebody and quick. But who?

Tosca Lee pulls out all the stops in this captivating, suspenseful story filled with rich historical detail, in a modern setting that blasts off in Maine then takes readers to Europe and introduces them to a secret society, layered with people who have paranormal gifts. I was drawn into this believable Progeny culture hook-line and sinker.

Just when Audra (and the reader) think things are figured out something happens that shakes up her circumstances and brings about a new reality. This is a riveting tale that makes for an amazing ride, filled with drama, action, and a splash of romance. Warning - you’ll be up late reading this one. This is a novel with a cliff hanger, but good news -- book two of the series Descendants of the House of Bathory, titled Firstbornis already out!

Nora St. Laurent
Collection Support Aide