Monday, March 27, 2017

Blood at the Root Author to Speak at Local Church

Critically acclaimed poet and author Patrick Phillips will speak on his latest book, Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America on Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m. at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming.

An Afternoon with Patrick Phillips is co-sponsored by Cumming First United Methodist Church and Forsyth County Public Library. Admission to the event is free. Register to attend online at

While Blood at the Root is his first non-fiction book, Phillips also authored three books of poetry, including Chattahoochee, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award winner, and Elegy for a Broken Machine, a finalist for the National Book Award. Among his other honors are a U.S. Fulbright Commission, Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also credited for translating When We Leave Each Other: Selected Poems of Henrik Nordbrandt from Danish to English.

Published by W.W. Norton & Company, Blood at the Root describes the history of racial violence in Forsyth County, from the removal of native Cherokee people in the 1830s through Reconstruction and beyond, with a focus on the events of September 1912 when groups of “night riders” burned homes and expelled 1,098 black citizens from the county.

Since its release in September 2016, the book has received numerous reviews and recommendations from authors, journalists, and public figures. The book has also been widely circulated at the library.

“Library patrons are interested in Blood at the Root and, following our initial order of books, we’ve added additional print, eBook, and eAudiobook versions to address patron demand for the material,” says Assistant Director for Public Services Stephen Kight. “We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Cumming First United Methodist Church to have Mr. Phillips speak to our community.”

Copies of Blood at the Root are available for purchase at local bookstores and online, along with other works of poetry by Phillips. Barnes and Noble will have copies of Blood at the Root available for purchase during the event. Phillips will sign books for attendees at a reception immediately following his talk.

For more information or to register, please visit

Friday, March 24, 2017

#ShelfLife - March 24, 2017

This week in the #ShelfLife we announced that Patrick Phillips, author of Blood at the Root: A Racial Cleansing in America, will speak and sign copies of his book at an event co-sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library and the Cumming First United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 p.m.

The event will be held at the church, located at 770 Canton Highway, Cumming. The book is available for check out at the library in printeBookCD Audiobook, and eAudiobook formats. Barnes & Noble will have copies of the book available for purchase at the event.

Other books in our #ShelfLife feed this week took us on a trip to Havana, Cuba and back in time to ancient Rome. But the most fun we had this week came during storytimes at the Cumming Library, where our youngest patrons enjoyed "horsing around" with our youth services staff. We had so much fun reading horse-themed books that we wanted to share a list of ten books for pony-loving patrons on our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten blog.

We hope you've found a good book to read this weekend; but, if you haven't, we'll be here waiting for you at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Happy Friday, friends!

Staff Picks - Adult Fiction

 Here are a few recommendations from one of our staff members.

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf

Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty

The Cabin in the Woods by Tim Lebbon

I'm Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork

The Lake House by Kate Morton

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Buzz - A Book Club for Adults at the Cumming Library

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone.

Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Cheryl Strayed has also written Tiny Beautiful Things and Brave Enough.

Join us for Book Buzz on April 13th at 1:30 at the Cumming Library for a discussion of this thought-provoking novel.

Jennifer Anderson
Information Specialist

Friday, March 17, 2017

#ShelfLife - March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day, booklovers! We had fun seeing all the splashes of color as our green-clad staff and patrons moved around our library branches today.

What a week in the #ShelfLife this was! If ever there was a week to take a nap, it's this one. We marked the return of Daylight Saving Time on Monday with a collection of children's books on napping, as well as a book for adult readers called The Ten Year Nap. You can relate, right?

While we've "sprung forward," Mother Nature apparently got confused and "fell back" on her wintry ways. After enjoying a few weeks of warm and sunny weather, winter came roaring back this week - complete with a few snow flurries around the Hampton Park Library! If you're dreaming about warming yourself in the tropical sun, check out The Corfu Trilogy to hold you over until the warmer days of spring return to us.

Keep calm and read on, friends. Spring is coming soon!