Friday, August 11, 2017

Staff Picks: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka (Adult Fiction)

I was in the mood for a short, quick read and this fit the bill. A YAish coming-of-age story touted as a mystery/thriller, Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka grabbed my attention right away. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did based on some other reviews. For a debut novel, I thought it was pretty impressive. Was there anything really new that we haven't seen before? Not really. But I liked the fact that it was sort of strange, with characters that were misfits, and some voyeurism thrown in for good measure. Who killed Lucinda Hayes? Was it the jealous girl, the boy who worshiped her from afar, or someone off the radar completely? The mystery is solved at the end, making for a satisfying, tidy read.

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Monday, August 7, 2017

Cumming and Post Road Libraries to Host Solar Eclipse Programs

We’re just 14 days away from being in the path of a solar eclipse! The sight is expected to be incredible, even though Forsyth County is just outside the path of totality.

Forsyth County Schools are delaying the release of students on Monday, August 21 until the eclipse passes, but two FCPL branches will also be hosting programs for patrons of all ages to gain a better understanding and viewing of this amazing natural phenomenon.

Total Eclipse of the Sun Celebration at the Post Road Library

Patrons of all ages are invited to the Post Road Library at 1:30 p.m. on August 21 to view educational displays, make eclipse-themed crafts, and watch a live stream of the eclipse in the library’s Hot Spot. At 2:15 p.m., step outside to watch the eclipse with special safety glasses (provided by the library, while supplies last).

Updated August 15, 2017: Tickets for glasses will be given out at 1:00 p.m. and glasses at 1:30 p.m. One pair of glasses will be given per family or group.

Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Cumming Library

Patrons of all ages may also visit the Cumming Library at 2:00 p.m. on August 21 to watch solar science videos, see educational displays, and make eclipse-themed crafts. At 2:20 p.m., step outside to watch the eclipse with special safety glasses (provided by the library, while supplies last).

Free Eclipse Glasses No Longer Available 

With support from Google and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Space Science Institute's STAR_Net initiative distributed ISO-compliant safe solar eclipse glasses to libraries all across the U.S. and Forsyth County Public Library received a limited supply of eclipse glasses to distribute to patrons and to use at programs on the day of the eclipse.

Our supply of glasses for the general public has been exhausted and the only way to receive glasses from the library now is to attend one of the programs listed above at the Cumming and Post Road Libraries.

Finding Eclipse Glasses

It is unsafe to look directly at the sun, even during a partial eclipse, as we’ll experience locally. If you’d like to purchase your own eclipse glasses, NASA and the American Astronomical Society warn consumers that only eclipse glasses verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard are safe to use.

The American Astronomical Society provides a list of reputable manufacturers and retailers of eclipse glasses and solar filters for telescopes, binoculars, and cameras. STAR_Net also lists other safe ways of viewing the eclipse.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Chatterbooks: A Book Club for Grades K-2 at the Cumming Library

Chatterbooks is a book club designed for children in grades K-2 that incorporates a story, book discussion and a craft.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty is this month’s selection. Rosie is an inventor of gizmos and gadgets, who dreams of one day becoming an engineer. When her great-great- Aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes to visit and mentions her one goal is to fly, Rosie sets to work on a flying contraption. Much to her dismay the contraption only hovers, and Rosie thinks the invention is a failure. Her great-great Aunt Rose shares with her that you can only truly fail if you quit.

Children do not need to read the book prior to the program which will be held on August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. No registration required.

Lorraine Lane
Information Specialist – Youth Services

Friday, August 4, 2017

Staff Picks: This Is What a Librarian Looks Like

There’s a wonderful new book in the library’s collection called This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, which includes thoughts from writers such as Neil Gaiman, Jude Deveraux, and Nancy Pearl and more than 200 photographs of librarians across the globe with their thoughts about what it means to be a librarian and why libraries are essential to our communities and culture.

 Here are just a few of the many quotes I liked:

“Libraries encourage creativity and innovation and provide opportunities for lifelong learning. Librarians are the ultimate search ninjas.”

“Libraries are the people’s university. As the cost of a formal education rises and the options for learning in non-traditional formats increase, libraries will be the great equalizer, allowing everyone to grow and embrace their passions.”

“Libraries are part of the essential services in every community. First responders save lives. Librarians make lives.”

“There is no time in which I would rather be a librarian than today…unless it is tomorrow. We have never lived in a time where the data, information, resources, and tools exist to meet people’s needs and in which our abilities to navigate them are more vital.”

“When I was growing up I always saw the library as a refuge, a launch pad, and an oasis. I want to make sure others have the same opportunity to experience the magic of the library.”

“In the morning, I’m a rock star to a room full of preschoolers; midday, I’m a social worker, assisting a recently unemployed patron in finding resources; in the afternoon, I’m an educator leading kids through an after-school science workshop. Librarians serve so many purposes and wear so many hats, but all of them change lives.”

“Why libraries? Innovation, creativity, inspiration, diversity, community.”

I hope that browsing through this book brings you as much joy and inspiration as it brought me.

Stephen Kight
Assistant Director for Public Services

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Book Buzz and Book Buzz Twilight

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman presents Norse mythology in an entertaining and easy read. Gaiman begins with introductions to a few of the main players in Norse mythology: Odin, father of mankind; Thor, his son and protector of Asgard, home of the gods; and Loki, the trickster everyone loves to hate.

The Norse creation myths come next, with many unpronounceable names. Gaiman has given his readers a hand, however, placing a glossary in the back so his readers can remember who's who. The rest of the book consists of Gaiman's masterful retelling of common Norse myths while truly delving into the personality of the gods. It's easy to sympathize and commiserate with Loki's victims while wanting to wring his neck. Fans of mythology and anyone who wants to learn more about Norse mythology will enjoy Norse Mythology.

Come join our Book Buzz Book Club on Thursday, August 10th at either 1:30 p.m. or at our new Twilight Book Buzz time at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this title (and learn to pronounce the names of a few Norse Gods).

Jennifer Forbes
Information Services Supervisor