Friday, October 20, 2017

#ShelfLife - October 20, 2017

It's finally fall, friends! We can sit outside in the early mornings, wrapped up in both a blanket and a good book. We can tell spooky stories around campfires or simply sit and enjoy a brisk breeze.

Whatever your favorite fall activity is, we hope you'll pause a moment to stop by the library or make a virtual visit to our eLibrary and find a book, some music, or a movie to enjoy this season. If you're looking for a recommendation, check out our #ShelfLife feed on Instagram. This week's round-up includes books on pasta, purses, and progeny, with a side of cupcakes!

As always, we'd love to hear about what you're reading. Love it or hate it, you can tag us in a photo or leave a comment about what you're reading and we'll share it on our Instagram feed. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Young Adults Get Free Job Interview and Resume Help at Cumming Library

Young adults entering the workforce will get tips on preparing a well-written resume and learn how to present themselves during interviews at a free workshop with Arpana Satyu-Burge, local entrepreneur and co-owner of Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, and other human resources professionals at the Cumming Library on Wednesday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The workshop is part of Forsyth County Public Library’s Adulting 101 series to help young adults prepare for living independently. The series launched in January and helps young adults educate themselves about practical things like creating a monthly budget, shopping for car and health insurance, purchasing or renting a home, repairing seams or lost buttons to extend the life of their clothes, and even how to shop for the most nutritious yet least expensive groceries.

“Local universities and trade schools will award diplomas and certifications to students at the end of the semester next month, and those new graduates can apply what they’ve learned at this Adulting 101 workshop to begin their job search with confidence,” says Jennifer Forbes, Information Services Supervisor at the Cumming Library and the program’s organizer.

Arpana Satyu-Burge (left), co-owner of Dutch Monkey Doughnuts, will join Forsyth County Public Library’s Human Resources Manager Susan Thornton (center) and Human Resources Representative Elise Herbst (right) to share practical advice on writing a resume and interviewing successfully at the Adulting 101 workshop on November 1.

Leaders from the library’s own human resources department will also join the panel with Satyu-Burge to talk with participants about the qualities employers are looking for in a good resume. The panel will also speak about managing your online persona and how employers might consider anything posted online or on social media networks when deciding if an applicant is a good fit for a position.

“It helps to consider yourself ‘employed’ in job seeking. Make it your job to educate and train yourself on the things you can do to improve your chances of being noticed and being hired,” says Human Resources Manager Susan Thornton, who will speak on what new applicants can generally expect in the interview and hiring process.

Participants will also learn the most effective ways to prepare for in-person interviews.

“Local employers are looking for commitment, enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. Those seem to be the key traits of a productive, long-term team member,” says Satyu-Burge, who will speak about ways job seekers can demonstrate those traits during an interview.

For more information on the Adulting 101 series, including the upcoming meal planning workshop with UGA Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Barbara Worley on December 6, please visit

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Staff Picks - New 2017 Thriller/Suspense (Part 1)

I hope you enjoy these Psychological Thriller/Suspense titles as much as I did!

The Master of Horror, Stephen King, calls Final Girls by Riley Sager the first great thriller of 2017, and if that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is! It's good old-fashioned horror-slasher film fun, and I wouldn't be surprised to see it come to the big screen at some point. You don't want to look, but you can't look away either. You find yourself screaming (or whispering so the killer can't hear you) at the characters to turn around, hide, and RUN because you KNOW they only have minutes to live. True horror fans will love this violently twisted, not quite believable tale, but it may be too much for readers looking for a tamer sort of read. Sam, Lisa, and now Quincy, our narrator, all belong to a club none wanted to join, the Final Girl. They don't know one another, but all are sole survivors of brutal killing sprees they should not have survived. Quincy, the last Final Girl, is struggling to move on from a night she can't remember, but only doing a superficial job of it. Word comes that Lisa, the first Final Girl, was found dead in her bathtub with her wrists slit. Sam, the second, suddenly shows up at Quincy's door. How did she find her? Can she be trusted? Will Quincy be able to finally remember the killer's identity, a man she only refers to as HIM? Riley Sager takes the reader back and forth from the present to the past, around blind curves, through dark tunnels, and finally just sends us "Wile E. Coyote-style" straight off a cliff!

Once again, Mary Kubica knocks it out of the ballpark! She has such an engaging style of writing that pulls you in and keeps you mesmerized. Every Last Lie is told in alternating points of view of the husband and wife. She is an exhausted new nursing mother with a newborn and young daughter, and he is a successful dentist who seemingly adores them. A pivotal incident occurs early on, and lies are uncovered, taking the reader on a roller-coaster ride to the climatic ending Kubica is known for. Like all her books, this is one you will not put down until you are done, and then you will anxiously count down the days until her next book is released. A superb read for psychological suspense fans!

I loved All the Missing Girls (2016by Megan Miranda, so I was excited to get my hands on The Perfect Stranger. Miranda is an excellent storyteller, and her latest didn't disappoint. The main character, Leah, loses all credibility and, as a result, her job as a journalist in Boston. Then Emmy, an old friend she lived with for four months after college, reenters her life. Emmy is escaping a bad relationship and the two decide to move together to rural Pennsylvania for a fresh start. A woman who looks a lot like Leah soon winds up dead, and Emmy disappears three days later. Leah asks the police for help finding Emmy, but soon realizes she has no real proof that Emmy ever existed. The police think Leah is lying about Emmy's existence and they begin to suspect her of murder as well. Leah questions how well she really knew her friend. To get to the truth, Leah has to go way back and revisit old demons. An unreliable narrator, questionable co-workers, a creepy isolated house in the woods, and a brilliant ability to keep readers guessing makes this novel very satisfying.

From the get go, One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline starts with a whopper. Chris is applying for a job as a high school teacher and coach, but he's a fraud. Why is he lying his way into the school? Three baseball players on his team feature prominently in the story, all with their own unique problematic home lives. I've liked most of Lisa Scottoline's books I've read, but this was one of her best. She pulled the rug out from under me with a twist I didn't see coming, and I love that! One Perfect Lie gives readers a fresh and unique story line, high school baseball, Pennsylvania farm country, a bit of romance, and lies....lot of lies! Be sure and put this one on your reading list.

Beth Moore

Information Specialist

Library's "Great Gats-bees" Win Costume Contest at Literacy Forsyth's Spell Check Live! Event

On Tuesday, October 17, Literacy Forsyth held its 18th annual Spell Check Live! adult spelling bee fundraiser to help raise money for adults in Forsyth County with low literacy skills. FCPL’s own team, the Great Gats-Bees, made an impressive showing by coming in second place, defeated only in the final round by University of North Georgia’s Harry Potter-themed team, Luna and the Love-To-Spell-Goods.

However, the Great Gats-Bees’ stylish 1920s flapper dresses took the top prize in the costume contest! Congratulations to the Great Gats-Bees: Lisa Echols, Stephanie Hampson, Julie Boyd, and Cleo Joyce.

Also a big thank you to everyone on staff and their families who came out to support Literacy Forsyth by attending the Buzz Before the Bee, participating in the raffle drawings and silent auction, and cheering on our fabulous team. Your contributions will help ensure that underprivileged families in Forsyth County will have continued access to language and literacy education and free GED testing.

Thank you for your support!

Ross Gericke
Branch Manager
Hampton Park Library

Sunday, October 15, 2017

National Friends of Libraries Week: October 15 – 21, 2017

During National Friends of Libraries Week Forsyth County Public Library extends thanks to the FCPL Friends & Advocates for all the support their volunteers provide for the library.

Through its Friends Bookstores at the Cumming and Post Road libraries (and the Sharon Forks Library, once renovation is complete), FCPL Friends & Advocates raise money that enables our library system to move from good to great -- providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment, support for children’s summer reading, and special events throughout the year.

The work of the FCPL Friends & Advocates highlights the fact that our library is a cornerstone of the community providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present.

FCPL Friends & Advocates volunteers share their time and commitment to the library and set an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.

Forsyth County Public Library encourages everyone to join the FCPL Friends & Advocates (and like them on Facebook), shop at the Friends Bookstores, and thank the Friends volunteers for all they do to make our library and community and wonderful place to live, work, play, and read!