Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Program Announced

Are you ready to rock?  Smyrna Library is celebrating music this summer, and they have lots of fun in store. 

Reading every week throughout summer is the best way to prevent “Summer Slide,” which is the loss of academic skills over the break. Smyrna Library makes reading and visiting the Library fun with prizes, puppet shows, crafts, STEM activities, and surprises.

Early sign-up begins Friday, May 18, at Smyrna Library. The Kick-Off event is Friday, May 25, at 11:00 am in the Community Center.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Abstract Acrylics by David Marchione Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The May/June 2018 Art Gallery exhibit has opened – Abstract Acrylics by David Marchione.  Mr. Marchione’s exhibit is on display through June 30. The Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Public Library. 

Artist Statement:

I use line, color, bisected space, and unreliable perspective in my painting to create a visual field that draws the viewer in. My goal is to bring my audience back to a work to discover previously missed pockets of color and dynamic movement. I enjoy playing with space and forcing the eye to move around the canvas by disrupting the surface, breaking it apart, and rearranging it in whatever way suits me.

My palette is representative of a wide range of visual cues and value associations, but, as with my line work, the color is informed mainly by the mood I’m trying to convey. My goal is to speak to the viewer without words and to paint without narrative, but to remain the artist at the center of my paintings.

The Art Gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

FOSL Bookstore Clearance Sale to Run from May 1 to May 13

The Friends of Smyrna Library Bookstore is running a CLEARANCE SALE from May 1 to May 13. All books will be priced for only 75 cents, $1 or $2.  A large selection of fiction, nonfiction, cooking, crafts & decorating, audio books and more are available. More stock will be added when shelf space frees up.

The self-service bookstore is located in the library and is open during library hours. Turn left at the staircase when entering from the parking lot and it’s up against the brick wall. Books with green dots are 75 cents, red dots are $1 and yellow dots are $2. Please pay with small bills at the Circulation Desk. Thanks for your support!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Spring Jonquil Festival Book Sale Update

THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and shoppers who made this weekend’s annual Spring Jonquil Festival Friends of Smyrna Library Book Sale a success. We raised over $1,700 to support the 2018 Summer Reading Program at the Smyrna Public Library.

Look for more popup sales in the library lobby this summer and a big clearance sale on the discount shelves starting this week. The Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale will be held on October 27 and 28. Sign-up to volunteer at

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Clay Ladies by Judy Robkin Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The May/June 2018 Display Gallery exhibit has opened – Clay Ladies by Judy Robkin.  Ms. Robkin’s exhibit is on display through June 30. The Display Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The Display Gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Artist Statement:

I have been working in clay for the last 20 years, beginning with the wheel but quickly moving to handbuilding. I love the freedom and unlimited possibilities of non-functional pieces and am drawn to forms which express something unexpected.


Judy Birnbrey Robkin is a native Atlantan whose work has been shown in galleries around the Southeast, including the RaifordGallery in Atlanta, Bellagio in Asheville, NC, and Off the Wall in Santa Fe, NM. She has worked with a variety of clay techniques throughout her career and is currently immersed in a project entitled "Ladies (& gentlemen)," a series of intricately handcrafted ceramic women and a collection of whimsical men in bowls. Judy launched the arts program at the Weber School where she taught drawing, painting, sculpture and photography. As a ceramics instructor at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, she taught hand building, Raku and other firing techniques.

Revealing the personality that is hidden under the headdress or behind the shawl, I attempt to unearth the simple yet elegant woman emerging from the clay. Just as our lives are textured by time and experience, layered through joy, love, loss, and surprise and colored by world events and personal experience, so too are my "Ladies" - textured, layered and colored.

I use a range of stains, glazes, underglazes, and oxides through multiple firings to build up the color and enhance the marks and textures embedded in the clay. I rarely start a piece with a specific face in mind. For me, the excitement begins as I see the personality emerge from the clay and culminates when the viewer identifies with an individual "lady."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: Author Melissa Beck Speaks on “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway”

Melissa Beck, author of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, was out guest speaker today for the First Sunday Lecture Series. Ms Beck spoke about her book “Blue Ridge Scenic Railway”, which is a photographic history of the copper miners, shop owners, homesteaders, and railroad workers who made these mountains their homes, often for many proud generations. Her research led her into the homes and lives of those families who shared their family photographs and family stories with her, which she brings alive in book and in her shared narrative.

Speaker Bio: Melissa Beck is a published fiction author whose many interests have led her at various times to show dogs, learn improv comedy, join a wool-hooking group, and run a busy needlework repair business. Born in Oak Ridge in the East Tennessee Valley, she regularly visited her grandparents in the Smokies. Melissa says the hills are in her blood, and she hopes to retire soon to her cabin in Fannin County, Georgia.

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and the Smyrna Public Library.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

FOSL Joins Keep Smyrna Beautiful's ADOPT-A-MILE and Great American Cleanup Program

The Friends of Smyrna Library now participate in Keep Smyrna Beautiful's ADOPT-A-MILE and Great American Cleanup program. Our first cleanup will be held on April 20th.  

There are 12 volunteer opportunities for each cleanup (age 14 and up). Please email with any questions.

Depending on the cleanup date, we will assemble at either Tolleson Park or the Smyrna Recycling Center and carpool to our designated cleanup starting points. A link to signup to volunteer for the April cleanup is below. All needed supplies are provided free of charge by Keep Smyrna Beautiful. 

Our mile (actually 1.2 miles) is located on the east side of Atlanta Road from Creatwood Trail to the Community Center. All needed supplies are provided free of charge by Keep Smyrna Beautiful (KSB). Volunteers who have never participated in the KSB cleanup before will undergo a short training before we depart. The FOSL event coordinator will send you a link to a video that needs to be watched before you arrive.

Volunteers work the mile in 3 sections:

Community Center to Spring Road
Spring Road to Brawner Park
Brawner Park to Creatwood Trail

2018 Cleanup Schedule 

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Assemble at 9 am
Tolleson Park Pavillion
3515 McCauley Rd
Smyrna 30080
* Complimentary Annual Volunteer Lunch to follow at 10:30 am
* Free T-shirts to be distributed after lunch 
Click Here To Volunteer For April Cleanup

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Assemble at 9 am
Smyrna Recycling Center
3475 Lake Dr SE
Smyrna 30082

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Assemble at 9 am
Smyrna Recycling Center
3475 Lake Dr SE
Smyrna 30082