Sunday, January 7, 2018

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: Celebrated Author & Vintner Martha M. Ezzard Presents

THANK YOU, Martha M. Ezzard, for your delightful and wonderfully informative presentation this afternoon on the History of Georgia Wine at the library. The crowd thoroughly enjoyed your lecture!

Ms. Ezzard spoke for 1-hour. She discussed the history of the Georgia wine industry as a whole since the 1800s. That was followed by a detailed discussion about her award winning winery, Tiger Mountain Vineyards, where she pioneered fine wine in Georgia with her husband John Ezzard. The discussion ended with a reading from her award-winning book, The Second Bud. Ms. Ezzard was named Georgia Author of the year in 2014 when The Second Bud was published.

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

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Mixed Media Masks by Jennifer Thomas Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The January/February 2018 Display Gallery exhibit has opened – Mixed Media Masks by Jennifer Thomas.  Ms. Thomas’ exhibit is on display until February 28. 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:

From an early age, Jenifer Thomas felt a need to express herself artistically. She is continuously exploring various forms of visual media. She considers herself a student of life, of the arts always captivated by new techniques and materials.

Expressionistic in nature she relies on feelings, impressions and life experiences as motivational themes for her work. A storyteller at heart, she incorporates calligraphy, images and symbols with a textural quality to impart visual information to the viewer.

Her mixed media artwork has been recognized internationally in Art Doll Quarterly magazine. She is available for workshops, private classes and commissioned work. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Acrylics by Sue Pezely Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The January/February 2018 Display Gallery exhibit has opened – Acrylics by Sue Pezely.  Ms. Pezely’s exhibit is on display until February 28. The Art Gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The Art Gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Artist Statement:
Sue has been a resident of Smyrna, Georgia for 18 years. In the past few years, she has developed a popular portfolio of watercolors of local Smyrna historic sites, as well as landscapes of travels from both her friends and herself. These images are available in prints - as well as decorative household items such as coffee mugs, trivets, and coasters.

Sue has maintained a passion for art and music throughout her life - she has focused in the areas of drawing, painting and photography, as well as being an avid piano player. She studied part-time at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and participated in several printmaking shows there. She enjoys creating images that invoke a warm, emotional connection for the viewer. Her pastel work has won awards in Foley, Alabama, and Covington, Georgia. Sue's work is on display at Mezza Luna Pasta and Seafood Restaurant, as well as available for sale at The Nest Home and Garden - both of which are in Smyrna, Georgia.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Entrepreneurial Seminar Announced

Mini Business Plan
A Road Map to Entrepreneurial Success
Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room
Workshop is free of charge. Sponsored by SCORE, the Friends of Smyrna Library, and Smyrna Public Library.

Space is limited. RSVP:
A workshop focusing on these components of a successful business plan:

• Clear, succinct writing style
• Compelling business description
• Importance of market research
• Effective development of meaningful financial projections

About the Workshop

This business plan consists of four sections: Business Description, Management and Operations, Marketing and Sales and Financial Projections. Also included is an application for funding along with a discussion of funding resources, both conventional and alternative.

The workshop teaches you to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your business and your competition; which helps you determine the overall feasibility of the plan. The important aspects of starting and operating a business will be discussed along with applying financial data to the decision processes.

About the Instructor

The workshop is presented by Jeff Dykes, a Northwestern University graduate and SCORE mentor who started and developed three successful businesses. He shares stories from his business career that highlight key points discussed in this interactive workshop. He also provides important handouts that are excellent resources in writing a successful plan.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Successful LEGO Show and Fundraiser Held

The Smyrna Public Library hosted a 2-day Lego Show and fundraiser with DixieLUG this weekend. Almost 200 attendees enjoyed trains, detailed buildings, winter scenes and more. LEGO fans of all ages were inspired by the things they can build with plastic bricks. Proceeds of ticket sales ($5 individual / $10 family) will support activities sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. 
DixieLUG is a LEGO® user group for adult fans of LEGO® in the Atlanta metro with a primary focus on socialization, sharing, and collaboration of the LEGO® hobby. DixieLUG members come together every other month for club meetings, and participate in several public displays and events each year. Find them at: and

The Friends of Smyrna Library are a support organization for Smyrna Public Library. They provide volunteers, publicity and fundraising for the Library to purchase extra books, supplies and programming for the Smyrna community. Visit them at

Monday, March 6, 2017

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: New Photographic Acquisitions: The SACC History Committee Historical Images Project

Yesterday’s program at the Smyrna Public Library was narrated by local historian Dr. Bill Marchione and photographer Charlie Stannard.

Arts & Cultural Council (SACC), has been at work for several months now and has assembled a huge collection of previously untapped  historical images, mostly drawn from the pages of the old Smyrna Herald and Smyrna Neighbor, weekly newspapers published between 1962 and 1994, and from other sources as well. 

These photos are being deposited in a topically organized historical file that already contains about 1500 images. The more than 100 images were organized around 16 themes in local history and presented today.  This, it is hoped, will be the first of a series of such programs featuring the photos.  

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

Photo: Belmont Hill Shopping Center, circa 1954. When it opened on Atlanta Road it was the largest shopping center in the southeastern US. From the collection of Bill Marchione.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mixed Media by Kelly Ayers Sheehan Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The March/April art gallery exhibit for 2017 has opened - Mixed Media by Kelly Ayers Sheehan.  Ms. Sheehan’s exhibit is on display until April 30. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


I'm originally from Virginia, just outside of Washington. D.C. where art and creativity were strongly encouraged at home. My love of collage and "bringing the pieces together" began at an early age with quilting and sewing with my mother and grandmother. I attended Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia; George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia (B.A.) and Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia (M.S.). I've spent over twenty years working as a graphic designer and an interactive media designer while continuing to pursue my love of fine art in painting and collage.

Five years ago, I decided to pursue fine art full time. I work in my home studio and have been an exhibitor and sold art in shows close to home as well as in shows like the New York Art Expo. I draw inspiration from traveling with my family and friends, as well as from music and festive gatherings. I currently live in Decatur, Georgia with my husband and four children.

"When I decided to pursue my passion for the fine arts, there was a natural transition from graphic design to collage. As a graphic designer, just like quilting, I used various design elements (in this case text and images) and moved them around within design software before creating a finished piece. Now I take physical pieces of painted, cut paper, fabric, etc. and move them around on a physical canvas, experimenting with how it looks until finally adhering the pieces to the canvas. I love the element of surprise; how things come alive on the canvas when you least expect it."