Thursday, July 27, 2017

Staff Picks - The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger (Adult Fiction)

I LOVE Lisa Unger's thriller/suspense novels! I wasn't sure she could top In the Blood, but she just seems to keep getting impossibly better. I can always count on Unger to entertain in a heart-pounding way, and The Red Hunter was no exception. I was so hooked after the first five pages, I found myself losing track of time...and losing sleep...again. She is a master at drawing very flawed, very real characters the reader can connect with. Two wronged women and one menacing house with a powerful, dark past set the stage for a heart-pounding race to the end where their paths collide in a choke hold. Zoey is one of those protagonists you love to sink your teeth into. She's strange and damaged, but you gradually discover why and wonder why she's not gone off the deep end altogether (comparisons to Stieg Larsson's widely popular protagonist Lisabeth Salander in the Millennium series comes to mind). Zoey's unspeakably tragic past snakes closer to, and eventually slams head-on into, Claudia's own life of quiet desperation. Unger takes the reader on a hold-your-breath ride to the very end. Buckle your seat beat!

Beth Moore
Information Specialist

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Library Offers On-Demand, Online Tutoring for Start of New School Year

Just in time for the start of a new academic year, Forsyth County Public Library launches a free, web-based, on-demand tutoring service for students of all ages with Tutor.com.

Beginning August 1, anyone with a library card can access this free service inside the library or from home using any computer or mobile device connected to the Internet. The service will be available daily from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Using Tutor.com services is completely free for students and adults, and provides access to live, one-to-one tutoring, a real-time writing center, test preparation, practice quizzes, and 24/7 access to worksheets, videos, and tutorials in over 40 subjects.

“Tutor.com is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across the country and we’re proud to offer the service free of charge to students and adult learners in our community,” says Anna Lyle, Library Director.

Academic Tutoring

Students in kindergarten through second-year college students, as well as adult learners, can get one-on-one help with homework, test preparation, and skills and concepts they are learning in class for math, science, writing, English, Spanish, and social studies.

Tutor.com also provides assistance for using Microsoft® Office and preparing for college entrance exams, Advanced Placement® exams, ACT®/SAT®, and GED®/HiSET®.

Writing Reviews

Students or adults working on essays, book reports, short stories, and college or scholarship application essays have two ways of getting work reviewed by Tutor.com’s WriteTutor experts: live, on-demand tutoring in an interactive, online classroom or through Tutor.com’s 24/7 Drop-Off Review service.

Practice Quizzes & Study Resources

Students preparing for an end-of-chapter test, a final exam, or standardized test can use Tutor.com’s Practice Quizzes to assess their knowledge on over 100 areas in math, science and social studies.

The Tutor.com SkillsCenter Resource Library provides 24/7 access to thousands of educationally sound resources. Students can watch instructional videos, download practice worksheets, customize their own flashcards for studying, and get test taking tips.

Help for Job Seekers

Job seekers at all levels can use Tutor.com to work with professional job search coaches in a supportive and encouraging environment for help with job searching, online applications, resume writing, and  interview preparation. Job seekers also have access to resume templates, cover letter samples, online job search tools, and career advice in the Tutor.com Career Center.

“Beyond offering daily homework help and test preparation for students, our patrons will find value in the additional services Tutor.com can provide for job seekers and for students who want to improve their ACT®/SAT® test scores without paying fees for private classes or tutors,” adds Lyle.

For more information or to access Tutor.com services beginning August 1, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Friends Bookstore Closing at Sharon Forks Library

The Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library will be closing on July 30, 2017 due to ongoing construction and renovation. The Friends Bookstore will reopen upon completion of the expansion and renovation of the Sharon Forks Library next year.

$5 Fill-A-Bag Sale

To reduce the volume of inventory in the Friends Bookstore, the FCPL Friends & Advocates (FCPLFA) will host a special $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale during the back-to-school season.

FCPL Friends & Advocates members are invited to shop the $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale at special Members-Only days on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 25. If you are not yet an FCPLFA member, applications for membership will be available at the Sale.

The $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale will be open to the public Wednesday, July 26 through Sunday, July 30 during the Sharon Forks Library's regular operating hours.

Bags will be provided by the Friends Bookstores and you may fill a bag with books for just $5.


If you have questions about the $5 Fill-A-Bag Sale, please ask an FCPLFA volunteer in the Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library.

Visit Other Friends Bookstores

Following the closure of the Friends Bookstore at the Sharon Forks Library on July 30, patrons may shop for gently used books in the Friends Bookstores at the Cumming and Post Road Libraries.


The Friends Bookstore at the Cumming Library is located in the children's section. The Friends Bookstore at the Post Road Library is located near the Ask Us desk.

Friday, July 14, 2017

#ShelfLife - July 14, 2017

This week author Kristen Lepionka visited us on Instagram to show some love for our photo of her debut mystery The Last Place You Look. If you enjoy books written by Harlan Coben, Charlaine Harris, or Kathy Reichs, check it out and leave a comment below to let us know if you enjoyed it.

Also, teen author Terra Elan McVoy stopped by our Instagram feed to chat with patrons about autographed books and to comment on her upcoming appearance at the Cumming Library. Our teen patrons are looking forward to her visit and to hearing her speak on "How I Became a Real Writer."

Historical fiction was trending this week as book blogger Nora St. Laurent recommended Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green and we posted a shelfie of the book in our Large Type collection.

Clearly, our to-be-read piles got a little taller this week. How about yours? Are you making good progress on your summer reading goal?

Leave a comment below and share what you're reading this weekend and your book may be featured on Instagram next week.

Happy reading!

Martha A., from our Materials team was excited to find that THE LAST PLACE YOU LOOK by Kristen Lepionka (@kmlwrites) is set in her hometown in Ohio. So excited, in fact, she's recommending we read this debut mystery right away! We're taking Martha's advice and multitasking this morning by reading the book and celebrating National Pecan Pie Day with a slice of the sweet stuff. About the book: Nobody knows what happened to Sarah Cook. The beautiful blonde teenager disappeared fifteen years ago, the same night her parents were brutally murdered in their suburban Ohio home. Private investigator Roxane Weary finds herself drawn in to the story of Sarah's vanishing act, and lives depend on her cracking this case-including her own. About the author: Kristen Lepionka spent much of her youth in the mystery section of public libraries. She is also the editor of BETTY FEDORA, a feminist crime fiction magazine. #NationalPecanPieDay #yum #ShelfLife #mystery #fiction #crimefiction #amreading #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #FCPLstories #ForsythReads #summerreading #thelastplaceyoulook #bettyfedora #KristenLepionka #minotaurbooks @minotaur_books
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Author @terraelanmcvoy will explain “How I Became a Real Writer” at the Teen Writers Club Lock-in on Friday, July 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Cumming Library. This special after-hours event is for teens in grades 6 – 12. Enjoy discussions about writing techniques with fellow teens, share and listen to original writing, and create a craft. About the author: Terra Elan McVoy has held a variety of jobs focusing on reading and writing, from managing an independent children’s bookstore, to teaching writing classes, and even answering fan mail for Captain Underpants. Terra lives and works in the same Atlanta neighborhood where her novels AFTER THE KISS, BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS, and PURE are set. She is also the author of THE SUMMER OF FIRSTS AND LASTS, CRIMINAL (an Edgar Award nominee), and IN DEEP. #ShelfLife #amwriting #amreading #summerreading #fridayreads #teens #fcplstories #fiction #yareads #teenreads #forsythreads #terraelanmcvoy
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With just a few weeks left of our summer vacation, many of us are preparing our kids for going back to school. Before making any big changes (or before undesirable habits set in), check out NURTURESHOCK: NEW THINKING ABOUT CHILDREN on our non-fiction shelves and also available as an OverDrive eBook. About the book: Award-winning science journalists Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman demonstrate that many of modern society's strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring--because key twists in the science of child development have been overlooked. The authors discuss the inverse power of praise, why insufficient sleep adversely affects kids' capacity to learn, why white parents don't talk about race, why kids lie, why evaluation methods for "giftedness" and accompanying programs don't work, and why siblings really fight. #ShelfLife #nonfiction #amreading #ReadingWithoutWalls #kids #education #school #bookstagram #ebook #librariesofinstagram
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THE BEST WE COULD DO by Thi Bui (@teabuoy) is an illustrated memoir that fans of Marjane Satrapi's PERSEPOLIS will enjoy and it's sliding onto our shelves this week! About the book: Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. At the heart of Bui's story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent-the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. With poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home. About the author: Thi Bui was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States as a child. She studied art and law and thought about becoming a civil rights lawyer, but became a public school teacher instead. #ShelfLife #memoir #nonfiction #graphicnovel #amreading #shelfie #bookstagram #summerreading #ReadingWithoutWalls #Vietnam #ThiBui #thebestwecoulddo
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Lit Chicks Book Club Loved The Little Paris Bookshop

Five first-timers came to Lit Chicks Book Blub today and helped make the discussion of The Little Paris Bookshop a lively one.

Every single person liked this Nina George novel and said they would recommend it to others and described it as a fun, easy read. One woman said she cried several times while nearing the end of the book, which is understandable since there are many touching moments dealing with relationships and their resolutions.

One of the main themes in this book is that reading can be therapeutic. The main character owns a floating bookstore called the Literary Apothecary and he is talented at prescribing just the right books for people. Our group talked about reading books that were helpful to us when we needed them.

Conversely, one woman shared that a book that had been recommended to her by a friend turned out to be a poor choice for her to read at that particular time in her life.

All the author and book references sprinkled throughout the novel only added to glee of this group of bibliophiles. If you are a Francophile or enjoy reading books set in France, this book will not disappoint you. Our book club all wanted to fly to France and travel the canals and rivers like the characters in the book. The descriptions of Paris, the rivers, and all the little towns were vivid and caused many of us to believe that this would make a beautiful movie. A romantic comedy set on the rivers of France seems like a winning idea.

Three patrons in the group listened to the audiobook, but only one finished it all the way through in that format. The audiobook was described as “sleep inducing” due to the beautifully calm tone and French accent of the narrator, so if you are a commuter audiobook listener, this selection might not work for you.

We are all looking forward to getting together next month to talk about Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel. Reserve your copy at catalog.forsythpl.org and join us at the Post Road Library on Wednesday, August 9 at 10:15 a.m.