Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring 2010 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

House Rules
by Jodi Picoult

Other Recommended Reading Selections

All Things At Once by Mika Brzezinski
Altar of Eden by James Rollins
Angelology by Danielle Trussoni 
Backlash by Aaron Allston
Big Girl by Danielle Steele
Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
Bleachers by John Grisham
Blood and Smoke by Stephen King
Blood Ties by Kay Hooper
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert
Crisis by Robin Cook
Days of Gold by Jude Deveraux
Deeper Than The Dead by Tami Hoag
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Fired Up by Jayne Ann Krentz
Game Change by John Heilemann
Good Girls Gone Bad by Susan Nadler 
Hell Gate by Linda Fairstein
House Rules by Jodi Picoult
I, Sniper by Stephen Hunter
Impact by Douglas Preston
Just Kids by Patti Smith
Kisser by Stuart Woods
Kitchen Privileges by Mary Higgins Clark
Noah s Compass by Anne Tyler
Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton
Shalador's Lady by Anne Bishop
Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
Sizzle by Julie Garwood
Split Image by Robert B. Parker
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Honor of Spies by W. E. B. Griffin
The Nazi Conscience by Claudia Koonz
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
The Politician by Andrew Young
The Wolf At The Door by Jack Higgins
Vendetta by Jackie Collins
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Worst Case by James Patterson

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Friday, March 12, 2010

Smyrna Public Library Usage: February Statistics

February 2010
Days Open: 28

Adult Books: 4,811
Juvenile Books: 5,207
Paperbacks: 846
A-V Materials: 6,369
TOTAL: 17,233
Average Daily Circulation: 615.46
Daily Average Change from February 2009: +1.2%

Total Attendance: 18,968
Daily Average: 677.44

Total Questions: 972
Daily Average: 34.71

Meetings and Programs in the Library: 42
Library Card Registrations: 239
Total Library Cardholders: 38,429
Total Cataloged Library Materials: 94,717
Titles: 87,533
Voter Registrations: 3
Interlibrary Loans: 6
Times Patrons Used the Internet: 2,043
Wireless Laptop Circulation: 176

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Very Successful Smyrna Reads! Program Concludes

A week of fun activities sponsored by FOSL surrounding the Smyrna Reads! program concluded last night. The film adaptation of “To Dance with the White Dog” was shown at the library, an encore presentation of Wednesday night’s showing.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the Terry Kay (author of the featured novel) presentation, the White Dog Contest and the two movie showings.

Special thanks are extended to Linda Evans and her volunteer committee for organizing a very successful series of events that were enjoyed by the community.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

The Smyrna Public Library’s award-winning Children’s Department hosted a family story time program last night in celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The events included family team trivia, lots of FUN activities, story reading and prizes for the kids.

The Friends of the Smyrna Library donated 15 Dr. Seuss Lorax dolls and 15 companion books that were given away to the families.

A fun time was had by all in attendance who numbered 42 and ranged in age from 3 to 80.

Congratulations to our wonderful Library Team for doing such an excellent job!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Smyrna Reading Group Presents Margaret Johnson-Hodge on Tuesday March 9 - 7:30 PM (Rescheduled Due to March 2 Snowstorm)

Margaret Johnson-Hodge is a nationally acclaimed author. She is a winner of the Reviewer’s Choice Awards for The Real Deal. Her novel Butterscotch Blues made the Blackboard Bestsellers List, the Essence Magazine Bestseller List and a Black Expressions Book Club Book of the Year.

Though born and raised in New York, she now calls Georgia her home.

Please join Ms. Johnson-Hodge and The Smyrna Reading Group to discuss her book A Journey to Here on March 9, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. in the Smyrna Public Library’s upstairs meeting room.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Pastels by Sandy Jane Tabor Opens in Art Gallery

On display until April 30, 2010

Artist Statement:

Sandy is a Georgia native, born in Atlanta and residing in Marietta. She attended the Univ. of Ga and graduated from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. She moved to Brittian with her family as a young teenager and began her love affair with art while in Europe. "Every weekend we would be at some famous art museum. I noticed how huge some paintings were and how tiny others were. When I viewed the paintings up close, I was amazed to see that those colorful, random strokes of paint, became a mostly dark and gray picture of someones face from far away.”

While backpacking solo through Europe and Greece as a college graduate, she continued her visits to the beautiful places of the world. Sandy has traveled as far north as the Artic Circle, as far south as Brazil, as far east as Iran and as far west as Hawaii. She raised three children who are now in college themselves , a son at Univ. of Alabama, another son at Florida State University and a daughter at Kennesaw State. They have all been subjects in her paintings. "My children have taken my more serene paintings to school with them. Those that they can retreat into during their hectic student days."

Sandy has studied under local artists David Mathews, Gary Baughman, Ann Cockerill and Chris Didomizzio. Her preference in mediums is pastel. "It is very similar to coloring with crayons and is very soothing to use. Art is like therapy to me. It helps to make sense of the world."

The art galleries at the Smyrna Public Library are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Mosaics by Herschel Kranitz Opens in Display Gallery

On display until April 30, 2010

Artist Statement

As his business career began to wind down in 1998 he discovered that he possessed an aptitude and interest in mosaics. He started by teaching himself and then went on to study in Ravenna, Italy. His work has been displayed and sold in galleries in New England, Georgia, Arizona and Alabama. While his formal training is in Roman classical mosaic he most enjoys working in the folk art genre…doing utilitarian pieces (belt buckles, pots, tables, mirrors, trays) as well as more traditional portraits and still life. While the inspiration for most of his work grows out of his own cockeyed view of the world he also enjoys working in collaboration with others translating and adapting their visions into glass mosaics.

He can be found every day....from early morning until dinner....toiling in his studio in Norcross, GA fighting off the ravages of age and the uncooperative muses while making works of mosaic art that he finds (and hopes you do as well) fun!!! He teaches classes - sharing the last great passion of his life with unsuspecting students. He appreciates feedback (particularly positive), enjoys collaborating with other craftspeople and will accept your money if you insist on buying one of his creations or take one of his classes.

The art galleries at the Smyrna Public Library are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.