Monday, May 31, 2010

9th Annual Murder Goes South Featured Guest Writer Announced: David Hunter

The Friends of Smyrna Library and the Sisters in Crime: Atlanta Chapter announce David Hunter as a featured Guest Writer for the 9th Annual Murder Goes South... A Festival for Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery. Mr. Hunter will present during the Saturday January 29, 2011 program.

BIOGRAPHY: David Hunter is a decorated former police officer, a 20-year editorial columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel and author of 15 books/novels and memoirs.

His first novel The Jigsaw Man, was nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award. His novel The Archangel Caper received a nomination for the Appalachian Writers Best Book Award. His other works include the novel The Dancing Savior and the short fiction collection titled Things to Do in Knoxville When You're Dead.

His latest novel Tempest at the Sunsphere is the first in a series set in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he lives with his wife, Cheryl.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Smyrna Public Library Usage: April Statistics

MONTHLY REPORT LIBRARY STATISTICS
April 2010
Days Open: 27

Circulation
Adult Books: 4,536
Juvenile Books: 4,977
Paperbacks: 987
A-V Materials: 6,308
TOTAL: 16,808
Average Daily Circulation: 622.52
Daily Average Change from April 2009: -0.9%

Attendance
Total Attendance: 22,438
Daily Average: 831.04

Reference
Total Questions: 1,007
Daily Average: 37.30

Misc.
Meetings and Programs in the Library: 39
Library Card Registrations: 231
Total Library Cardholders: 38,950
Total Cataloged Library Materials: 95,142
Titles: 87,968
Voter Registrations: 2
Interlibrary Loans: 4
Times Patrons Used the Internet: 2,129
Wireless Laptop Circulation: 108

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

9th Annual Murder Goes South Featured Guest Writer Announced: Carla Damron

The Friends of Smyrna Library and the Sisters in Crime: Atlanta Chapter announce Carla Damron as a featured Guest Writer for the 9th Annual Murder Goes South... A Festival for Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery. Ms. Damron will present during the Saturday January 29, 2011 program.

BIOGRAPHY: South Carolinian Carla Damron is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, specializing in the field of mental health, who draws upon her own experience in this field in her novels. Tapping into her keen insight into human behavior, she developed main character Caleb Knowles, a devoted brother, an astute therapist, and a determined investigator. And like Caleb, her protagonist, Carla understands the dark and curious workings of mental illness and offers her intuitive skills to the reader.

Her novels include Keeping Silent and Spider Blue. Her latest novel published in April 2010 is Death in Zooville.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

FOSL announces the 9th Annual Murder Goes South via Twitter

The 2-day 9th Annual Murder Goes South... A Festival for Readers and Writers of the Southern Mystery will be held at the Smyrna Community Center on Friday Jan 28, 2011 and Saturday January 29, 2011. Friday evening’s activities will feature a keynote speaker and a catered dinner. Saturday’s events will run from early morning until late afternoon and will feature guest writer presentations, workshops, supporting special events, a catered lunch as well as treats & refreshments. Guest writers, other presenters and events will be announced soon.

A new website http://www.MurderGoesSouth.com/ was also launched today. The website will be updated frequently moving forward. Bookmark it so you can have quick access to the latest information. You can also follow Murder Goes South on Twitter and Facebook to receive the latest automated announcements via cell phone text messages and e-mail.

FOSL is also very pleased to announce that Sisters in Crime: Atlanta Chapter will co-sponsor the event.

 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Painterly Refacimento and Four Studies by H. Gay Allen Opens in Art Gallery

On Display Until June 30

Artist Statement

For May and June the art gallery will feature a solo exhibit of photographic art by H. Gay Allen, entitled "Painterly Refacimento and Four Studies". 

The work begins with Ms. Allen's original photography and through various elaborate processes, is transformed into original art work and displayed, via pigmented print, on archival paper. The main body of work is 17 large photographs that have been altered in a painterly fashion. In addition, studies exploring four subjects are presented: Flamingo Moods; Peonies Perfect; Sunsations; and Pieces of Water.

The process was dubbed, by the New York Times, as refacimento (ree-FATCH-e-men-toe), the radical refashioning of a work of art, by use of a computer. Some works are recognizable as the original objects, some are mysteriously familiar, but not readily identifiable; and others have been taken beyond recognition.

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

Handcrafted Studio Pottery by Hank Hogan & Janet Erickson Hogan Opens in Display Gallery

On Display Until June 30

Artist Statement

Handcrafted studio pottery by Hank Hogan and Janet Erickson Hogan is featured in the display cases through June 1, 2010.

Born in Atlanta, Hank Hogan has been a studio potter since 2004. His functional stoneware vessels are fired in an electric or gas kiln. The vessels are wheel thrown and use a vast selection of high-fired food safe glazes for his finishes. He and his wife, Janet, work out of the MudFire Clayworks & Gallery.

Janet Erickson Hogan has a vast background in many mediums including quilting, drawing, and painting. She began pottery with husband Hank in 2004 and incorporates her skills in fabric design and drawing to create hand-built carved pieces using many different glazing techniques. Her work focuses on nature, people, and places, with a whimsical attitude.

Hank and Janet can be reached at hhogan2663@aol.com and 404-915-6425.

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