Sunday, October 31, 2010

9th Annual Murder Goes South Ticket Sales Begin

Ticket sales for the 9th Annual Murder Goes South have begun. The 2-day event will be held on Friday January 28, 2011 and Saturday January 29, 2011 at the Smyrna Community Center. Tickets to both events are $50. Tickets for either the Friday night or all day Saturday event are $30 each. A manuscript critique (limited to 12) by Literary Agent Janet Reid will be offered for the first time. Members of the Friends of Smyrna Library receive a 10% discount.

Friday’s events will begin at 7 PM and will feature New York Times and International Bestselling Mystery Writer Erica Spindler and a catered dinner.

Saturday’s events will run from 8:45 AM until 4:30 PM and will feature Writers' Forums, Workshops, Book Signings, & Lunch. The featured writer will be Eric Spindler. The featured guest writers are "Georgia Adams", Glynn Marsh Alam, Carla Damron, Mitchell Graham, David Hunter, Lee Lofland, Cathy Pickens, William Rawlings Jr. Literary Agent Janet Reid, Dr. Susan Kirkpatrick Smith and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency will also present.

To order tickets or to learn more about Murder Goes South please visit or


Sunday, October 24, 2010

Record Sales & Volunteer Participation at Fall Jonquil Festival

Thank you to all of the shoppers and volunteers who supported our Book Sale at the Fall Jonquil Festival on October 23 and October 24. We raised over $2500 and more than 30 volunteers worked the event. Additional book sales are planned on a monthly basis beginning in December.  See the FOSL website for news when available.  The Spring Jonquil Festival Book Sale will be held in April 2011.

Friday, October 15, 2010

In Memoriam: Carl Carnahan 1927 - 2010

Longtime Friends member and volunteer extraordinaire, Carl Carnahan, passed away in June 2010 after a long battle with heart and lung disease. He was laid to rest in Georgia Memorial Park Cemetery in Marietta. His son and daughter-in-law, George and Alice Carnahan, a granddaughter and her husband, a brother, and numerous nieces and nephews survive him.

In a fascinating life spanning 83 years, Carl saw action in WWII in the U.S. Navy and was part of an official party sent out to search for the downed pioneer female aviator, Amelia Earhart. During the Korean Conflict, Carl again heeded the call from his country, this time serving in the U. S. Army. Carl had a special soft spot in his heart for people (especially the hungry) and animals in need. One story tells of Carl traveling through the mountains of eastern Kentucky during his work rounds and noticing many, many dogs without shelter. Carl went home and began building—doghouses.

On subsequent trips out, often he’d “just happen to have this doghouse in the truck,” and his offer of it to the dog’s owner was never refused. Some 50 dogs kept warm and dry in a Carnahan Special doghouse. He was also known to put out food and water for “poor cats and dogs” anywhere he saw the need.

Carl served both his community and his church, Smyrna Christian Church. His work with Friends of Smyrna Library brought him into the Library almost daily, where he organized and maintained the Book and Magazine Sales section.

Carl was named FoSL Volunteer of the Year for 2006-2007 for his unstinting dedication of some 200-300 hours per year for the previous seven years. A bronze plaque has been created and will be placed in the Book Sales area of the Library by Friends of Smyrna Library in Carl’s memory, honoring his long and steadfast service.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Storytelling by Auntie Renee

Everyone loves to hear a great story. It doesn’t matter if you are ages 3 to 73, you will always take the time to hear a good story, from a great storyteller. Auntie Renee is an award winning captivating storyteller, who puts her creative skills to use by performing Storytelling and Motivational speaking. She is a member of Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia, Toastmasters International, and does monthly workshops. Originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, her stories sometimes include that Southern flare. She now considers Atlanta home. *

In celebration and recognition of National Friends of the Library Week (October 18-22, 2010), Auntie Renee, a gifted storyteller will be the guest of The Friends of Smyrna Library on October 22, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in a storytelling event at the Smyrna Cemetery on Atlanta Road. Refreshment will be served just across the street at the Smyrna Museum. If you love a good story, come hear this skillful storyteller, and help us celebrate Friends of the Library Week.

Resource: Kuumba website