Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Book Sale to Benefit Forsyth County Public Libraries

The Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates is hosting their Fall Book Sale on Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18 at the Cumming branch. The sale will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.

All children’s books are $.25 each. Most hardback books are $1 and paperbacks will range from $.25 to $.50. Multimedia items and CDs will also be for sale.

Members of the Forsyth County Public Library Friends & Advocates have the opportunity to shop on Friday, October 16 from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Cumming branch is located at 585 Dahlonega Road.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Forsyth County Public Libraries.

For more information on the book sale, visit

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Celebrate Georgia Archives Month

I love genealogy and family history. Hearing stories about and researching my own family over the years has been a lot of fun for me. As it turns out, October is Georgia Archives Month, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate it in the Atlanta area.

- Visit your local library to have a look at historical documents in their collection.
- Attend a genealogy class. The Genealogical Society of Henry and Clayton Counties is holding classes on Mondays from October 12-November 9. For more information, call 770-954-1458. The Athens-Clarke County Library is hosting “Getting Started with Genealogy” on October 15 from 2-4:30 p.m. For more information, call 706-613-3650 ext. 350. Check with your local library for an event near you.
- Check out U.S. Census records online at, and if you have ancestors from the United Kingdom, visit
- Take a look at old maps in the American Memory Map Collection at or the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Georgia at
- Visit the “Wish You Were Here…Postcards from the Past” exhibit at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw. The exhibit is on display all month.
- Take your home movies on 8mm, Super8 or 16mm film to Home Movie Day, held worldwide on October 17. To find a host location, visit . The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History is hosting Atlanta’s Home Movie Day.
- Visit the Southeast’s regional branch of the National Archives in Morrow, which houses records from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Vote for your favorite National Book Award winner

The National Book Foundation has chosen 77 books over the past 60 years to win the prestigious National Book Award. To celebrate the organization’s 60th birthday, you can vote online for your favorite National Book Award winner from six finalists. The choices are:

John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever
Ralph Ellison, The Invisible Man
William Faulkner, Collected Stories
Flannery O’Connor, The Complete Stories
Thomas Pynchon, Gravity Rainbow
Eudora Welty, The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty

To vote, click here before October 21.

To learn more about the National Book Foundation and its National Book Award, visit their web site.