Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Buzz - a Book Club for Adults - Thursday, July 13th at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman 

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman is a courageous war story (WWII) of how a zookeeper and his family help hide and ultimately save many people from the Nazis in Warsaw, Poland. Everything is centered around the main villa at the Warsaw Zoo where the family lives and tries to maintain some semblance of normalcy during war. The author takes you on a journey of courageous feats in which individuals and families are hidden on their way to and from safe houses around the city, oftentimes hiding in the attic, secret tunnels, and even animal cages. She will tell you their stories along with others involved in the Underground and Resistance within the Warsaw Ghetto. Intermingled with these stories are tales of animals the family cared for both before and during the war.

The movie was just in theaters earlier this year, did you get to see it? How did the movie compare to the book? The book is always better, isn’t it? We would love to hear your thoughts, either way.

Come join our Book Buzz Book Club on Thursday, July 13 at either 1:30 p.m., or at our new Twilight Book Buzz time at 6:30 p.m. to discuss this title.

Joan Dudzinski
Collection Support Supervisor

Friday, June 23, 2017

#ShelfLife - June 23, 2017

Whether you'd prefer exotic travel or going completely off the grid, check out this week's #ShelfLife selections:

First, all you readers that prefer solitude, check out How to Survive Off the Grid from Tim MacWelch and the editors of Outdoor Life magazine.

Next, all you lovers of literary fiction absolutely must check out Novel Destinations by Shannon McKenna Schmidt and Joni Rendon. This book is a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy.

If you'd like to travel back in history, go back to the Gilded Age of astronomy when the moon's shadow fell across the American West in the total solar eclipse of 1878 with American Eclipse by David Baron.

Or, if you'd rather a have a bit of lighter reading with the kids, travel back in time to that awesome taco party (but don't let the dragons near the salsa!) in the cute sequel Dragons Love Tacos 2.

We're in for a wet start to the weekend, and we think rainy days are the best for snuggling up to a good book. Leave a comment below and let us know what you're reading this weekend and your book could be featured in the #ShelfLife next week!

Looking for something new and interesting to read this summer for your #ReadingWithoutWalls challenge? Check off the “read a book about a topic you don’t know much about” box when you check out HOW TO SURVIVE OFF THE GRID: FROM BACKYARD HOMESTEADS to BUNKERS (AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN) by Tim MacWelch and the editors of OUTDOOR LIFE magazine. The book is an illustrated guide for the modern homesteader that covers energy efficiency, finding and pumping your own water, keeping chickens, goats, bees, and other critters for those folks who dream of leaving it all behind and heading for the hills. And, just FYI, if you’d like to read a few issues of OUTDOOR LIFE, download full issues for free with your library card from FCPL’s Zinio digital magazine service at #FCPLstories #ReadingWithoutWalls #offthegrid #outdoorlife #timmacwelch #wildlife #survival #survivalskills #zinio #magazinemonday #amreading #nonfiction #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram
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Follow in the footsteps of much-loved writers, including Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, and Robert Frost when you check out NOVEL DESTINATIONS (Second Edition): A TRAVEL GUIDE TO LITERARY LANDMARKS FROM JANE AUSTEN'S BATH TO EARNEST HEMINGWAY'S KEY WEST by Shannon McKenna Schmidt (@noveldestinations) and Joni Rendon. For vacationers who crave meaningful trips and unusual locales, this book is a guide for bibliophiles to more than 500 literary sites across the United States and Europe. Check into Hemingway's favorite hotel in Sun Valley, or stroll about Bath's Royal Crescent while entertaining fantasies of Lizzie Bennett and her Mr. Darcy. The fully revised second edition includes all of the previous sites-with updated locations-plus color images and an expanded section on all things Brontë. The book begins with thematic chapters covering author houses and museums, literary festivals and walking tours. Then, in-depth explorations of authors and places take readers to Franz Kafka's Prague, James Joyce's Dublin, Louisa May Alcott's New England, and other locales. #ShelfLife #amreading #amtraveling #noveldestinations #fiction #nonfiction #travel #vacationreads #forsythreads #summerreading #readingwithoutwalls
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The countdown is on! We’re eight weeks and four days away from witnessing a solar eclipse on August 21. Stay tuned for more information on eclipse programs at FCPL, but while you wait for the moon to cast its shadow, check out AMERICAN ECLIPSE: A NATION’S EPIC RACE TO CATCH THE SHADOW OF THE MOON AND WIN THE GLORY OF THE WORLD by David Baron. From publisher On a scorching July afternoon in 1878, at the dawn of the Gilded Age, the moon’s shadow descended on the American West, darkening skies from Montana Territory to Texas. This rare celestial event—a total solar eclipse—offered a priceless opportunity to solve some of the solar system’s most enduring riddles, and it prompted a clutch of enterprising scientists to brave the wild frontier in a grueling race to the Rocky Mountains. AMERICAN ECLIPSE animates the fierce jockeying that came to dominate late nineteenth-century American astronomy. James Craig Watson, virtually forgotten in the twenty-first century, was in his day a renowned asteroid hunter who fantasized about becoming a Gilded Age Galileo. No less determined was Vassar astronomer Maria Mitchell, who—in an era when women’s education came under fierce attack—fought to demonstrate that science and higher learning were not anathema to femininity. Despite obstacles erected by the male-dominated astronomical community, an indifferent government, and careless porters, Mitchell courageously charged west with a contingent of female students intent on observing the transcendent phenomenon for themselves. Finally, Thomas Edison—a young inventor and irrepressible showman—braved the wilderness to prove himself to the scientific community. Armed with his newest invention, the tasimeter, and pursued at each stop by throngs of reporters, Edison sought to leverage the eclipse to cement his place in history. What he learned on the frontier, in fact, would help him illuminate the world. #ShelfLife #forsythreads #fcplstories #davidbaron #americaneclipse #astronomy #eclipse2017 #librariesofinstagram
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Expect Service Interruptions June 26 - 27, 2017

Recorded Books, Inc., the vendor for the library's Zinio eMagazine and OneClickdigital eAudiobook services, is working to upgrade and merge those two services into a new website and mobile app called RBdigital.

The new RBdigital app and website will consolidate Zinio and OneClickdigital services into a single, easy-to-use interface. FAQs about the migration to RBdigital are provided below:

When is the migration and will service be interrupted?

The migration to RBdigital will begin at approximately 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 26 and may take up to 14 hours to complete. Service disruptions are expected and patrons will see an outage message during the migration if they access content on the web directly or via the OneClickdigital app. Affected services also include Artistworks and Atomic Training.

When can I update my OneClickdigital mobile app to RBdigital?

The new RBdigital app will replace the OneClickdigital app on Tuesday, June 27, 2017. If your mobile device is set to automatically update apps, then your OneClickdigital app will automatically update and display the new RBdigital icon. Users can also update manually.

To use the new RBdigital app, log in with the same credentials you used for the OneClickdigital app. The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts, along with stored wishlists, holds, and history, but those checkouts will need to be downloaded again.

When can I update my Zinio for Libraries mobile app to RBdigital?

Beginning June 27, you can download the RBdigital app from the app store for your device and then remove the Zinio for Libraries app to free up space on your device.

To use the new RBdigital app, log in with the same credentials you used for the Zinio for Libraries app. The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts, but these materials will need to be downloaded again.

The existing Zinio for Libraries app is expected to be discontinued later this year and users will see in-app alerts and messages with instructions on upgrading to the new RBdigital app.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Two "Small" Services Help Library Patrons in Big Ways

Forsyth County Public Library launches two new eLibrary services this month, thanks to an ongoing relationship with content and research giant EBSCO Information Services.

Local entrepreneurs will want to check out the Small Business Reference Center. Backyard mechanics and do-it-yourself enthusiasts will find help for all kinds of repair projects in the Small Engine Repair Reference Center.

Small Business Reference Center

Getting a fledgling business off the ground is even harder when you don’t have the information you need to file legal forms, register patents, and compile reports or make financial projections.

FCPL’s new Small Business Reference Center database will provide local business users with localized start-up kits and forms, demographic data, and other valuable business resources.

Take your idea from concept to reality with help from the Small Business Reference Center.

The database contains over 400 full-text business magazines, journals, and trade publications including Advertising Age, Beverage Industry, Franchising World, and HR Magazine published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Small Business Reference Center includes more than 450 full-text reference books, including the popular NOLO series of do-it-yourself forms and instructions, as well as case studies and industry reports, such as The Complete Guide to Buying a Business, Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business, and Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center

The Small Engine Repair Reference Center offers a full collection of Clymer repair manuals. The database contains over 500 full-text reference books – complete with original photos and illustrations – for more than 25 years of engine models.

Small Engine Repair Reference Center contains a full collection of Clymer repair manuals, with new and updated content added regularly.

Visit this database in the Consumer and Automotive section of the library’s eResources collection and you’ll find instructions for more than 90,000 repairs on a variety of small engines, such as chainsaws, tillers, lawnmowers, and jet skis.

Access to Small Business Reference Center and Small Engine Repair Reference Center is free on any library computer. Both resources can be accessed outside the library by visiting and logging in with a valid library card account.

Library cards are issued for free to residents of Forsyth County, property or business owners in Forsyth County, employees of Forsyth County government, and currently enrolled students or employees of any public or private educational institution in Forsyth County. Out-of-county library cards are also available for an annual fee.

For more information, or to access these services, please visit


Staff Picks: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel by Suzanna Clarke (Adult Fiction)

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Susanna Clarke brings the spirit of the Napoleonic Wars to life in a historical fantasy that chronicles the tutelage and rivalry of two magicians who hope to aid the British crown. Talented and highly opinionated Mr. Norrell and his young apprentice Jonathan Strange perform feats of magic that equally astonish and horrify. This imaginative and epic journey is filled with irony and subtle humor and is a real treat for fans of historical fantasy.

Alicia Cavitt
Information Specialist