A Message from the Director
Gayle Holloman
Well, here we are at the start of summer. Let’s try to be in the moment, find joy in simple things, and remember to practice kindness. It is my hope that you will be inspired by the virtual program offerings this year. We know it is a big change from the in-person events, laughter filled Storytime programs for children, and lots of opportunities to dash inside a nearby library for a bestseller or beach read. But there is much to see on the website and many ways to interact with us online this year.  
By the way, the 2020 Summer Reading Program is not just for kids! Get and use your library card, so you can  “Imagine Your Story.”  
Virtual Programming at the Library - June 15-21
Join us this week, June 15-21, 2020 for Virtual Programs with library staff! Click here to download and print this week's schedule at home.

Each week, we'll send out a new lineup of programming for all ages.
Streaming Storytime - Monday - Friday
Join the Fulton County Library System for Live Streaming Storytime, Monday - Friday at 11 a.m. with special guest readers throughout the summer to help the us celebrate our Summer Reading Program , "Imagine Your Story!"

Download the Summer Reading Virtual Program Schedule each week to join in the fun!
Kids' Kitchen: Rainbow Fish Fudge with Karin Collins
Celebrate National Fudge Day and National
Candy Month with us as we show you how to
create delicious fudge in fish shapes, topped
off with colorful candy sprinkles!

Watch on Facebook Live at 2 p.m.
Adults Eats and Treats: Vegan Açaí Bowl with Joy Aninon
Please join us as we show you how
make a delicious and healthy vegan
açaí bowl!

Watch on Facebook Live at 5 p.m.
Nature Walk with Shauna Schaffer
Let's explore the practice of Shinrin Yoku, or
forest bathing, taking in a forest atmosphere
during a leisurely walk.

Join Fulton County Librarian Roger Chesley at 2 p.m. for Language Lab! Learn to read and write Japanese Hiragana today!

This is an Facebook program.
Sock Bunnies with Marilyn Schuster

What can you do with those spare socks?
Create a sock bunny! These no-sew sock
bunnies are quick and easy.

Watch on Facebook Live at 2 p.m.
Join Adult Librarians and Library Staff as they
read special excerpts from some of their
favorite titles on Facebook Live each Thursday at 4 p.m.

Join Ms. Bonita for Book Break: Storytime for Adults this Thursday at 4 p.m.

This is a Facebook Live event.
Thursdays - Imagination Station
Join Youth Librarian, Ashley Daniel as she
reads "The Talking Eggs" by Robert D. San
Souci to Elementary aged children.

This is a Facebook Live event and takes place Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Fridays - All Booked Up - Book Time for Teens
Join your favorite Fulton County Librarians for Teen Book Reviews and more, Fridays at 3 p.m. on Instagram Live. Follow us @fulcolibrary .

In the mood to chat about the greatest Young Adult Novels and Graphic Novels today? Join Leslie Yarborough for another book talk for teens.

This is an Instagram program.
Fridays - Book Stream for Tweens
Join us for FAN ART Fridays for Tweens. Watch on the Library's YouTube channel. Don't forget to like and subscribe while you're there! This program will also take place Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21.

Today we are sharing YOUR artwork as a part
of Fan Art Friday! Keep them coming! Send

Join us every weekend, Friday, Saturday and
Sunday on YouTube for some hot summer
reads with your librarian friends.
Join the Library for Zoom Book Clubs
Do you miss the lively discussion and gathering time of your library book club? We have some great Zoom book clubs taking place with Librarians throughout the Library System.

Email one of the staff members below to register and join any of our Zoom Book Clubs! You will be emailed a link to join before the meeting. Remember, you must pre-register to participate.
Noonday Nosh
Every 3rd Tuesday at 12 p.m.
Next meetup is Tuesday, June 16.
Book Selection:  Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple
Upcoming books: July 21 st News of the World by Paulette Giles; August 18 th Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce.
To join, contact Julia Padgett at  Julia.Padgett@fultoncountyga.gov.

Mystery Readers
4th Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Next book club is Tuesday, June 23.
Book Selection:  The Way Through the Woods by Colin Dexter
Upcoming books: July 28 th A Crack in the Wall by Claudia Pineiro; August 25 th Standing In Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin.
To join, contact Julia Padgett at  Julia.Padgett@fultoncountyga.gov .

Midday at Milton Book Club
Date: Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.
Book Selection: A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
(available on Hoopla as an eBook and an eAudiobook)
To join contact Julia Ratledge at julia.ratledge@fultoncountyga.gov .
The Alpharetta Library Book Club
Tuesday, July 14 at 5:00 p.m.
Book Selection: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict.
Contact: Carolyn Bean at carolyn.bean@fultoncountyga.gov

Science Fiction Book Club
Second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Next meeting is July 14th.
Book Selection: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
To join contact Jason Blackstock at jason.blackstock@fultoncountyga.gov.

True Crime Book Club
Meeting date TBD
Are you a true-crime aficionado? Help start the new True Crime Book Club! If you like books, podcasts, and shows about true crime, join our online book club!
Email Carolyn.Bean@fultoncountyga.gov for more information.

This Week at Auburn Avenue Research Library
Bayou Maharajah
Virtual Community Discussion on Films about the Black Diaspora
7:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 17, 2020
In celebration of LGTBQ Pride Month, and African American Music Appreciation Month (June), the Auburn Avenue Research Library’s (AARL) staff will facilitate a virtual community discussion on the film, Bayou Maharajah.

Bayou Maharajah explores the life and music of New Orleans openly-gay piano legend James Carroll Booker III, a distinctive New Orleans pianist who mixed gospel, boogie-woogie, blues, traditional and modern jazz, and classical music into a unique and breathtaking sound. A brilliant pianist, his eccentricities and showmanship also belied a life of struggle, prejudice, and isolation.
Register in advance for this community discussion at https://tinyurl.com/y87axcz9

Sankofa Lecture Series
Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius by Rakim Curated Rebroadcasting of AARL Community Discussion
3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 18, 2020
In recognition of African American Music Appreciation Month (June), the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL), in collaboration with Charis Books and More, will repost, via Facebook Live, the October 10, 2019 conversation facilitated by Dr. Regina Bradley, Assistant Professor of English and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University, with "The greatest MC of all time," Rakim, as they discussed his memoir, Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius.

COVID-19 and the Black Economy
The Macro and Microeconomic effects of Coronavirus Pandemic on the African American Community Community Panel Discussion
7:00 p.m. Friday, June 19, 2020
In collaboration with Georgia State University’s Department of African-American Studies and the National Council of Black Studies, the Auburn Avenue Research Library (AARL) will present “What are the Macro and Microeconomic effects of COVID-19 on the African American Community?”

As African Americans bear the brunt of Covid-19's economic impact in the United States, this community panel discussion will explore the economic effects of the pandemic on the black community and strategies for building alternative future economies. Dr. Andrea Anderson, Skillman Foundation, will host this discussion and feature panelists: Dr. Kerwin Charles, Dean, Yale School of Management; Calvin Holmes, President Chicago Community Loan Fund; and Eldred Harris, Founder eLab.

Register in advance for this meeting at https://tinyurl.com/y7mhx8y9After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the discussion.

Librarian Book Reviews for Youth and Adults