Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Reading List & Featured Book

Fall 2011 Featured Book

by David Almond

Fall 2011 Reading List

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
Back of Beyond by C.J.Box
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Coming Up For Air by Patti Callahan Henry
Fay by Larry Brown
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Happy Birthday by Danielle Steel
Life is Short, but Wide by J. California Cooper
Moscow, December 25, 1991 by Conor O'Clery
P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Skellig by David Almond
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
Summer Sisters by Judy Blume
The Foreigners by Maxine Swann
The Lives of Rocks by Rick Bass
Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow


Thursday, September 1, 2011

September-October Art Gallery Exhibit Announced by Smyrna Public Library

Smyrna Scenes by Debra Cook on display through October.


I am an observant human being. I find delight in the small moments of life - when the light dances from a surface or the shadows make an interesting shape on a structure. Nature holds boundless interests as does the “common and ordinary.” My favorite medium is pastel and my favorite genre is historical fiction. When I can paint and combine the two, it can be magical for me! I am pleased and proud to paint landscapes and cityscapes that capture our heritage as southerners.

Smyrna Sanity Series

I love living in Smyrna! It is the best of both worlds. Smyrna is near the “big city” and yet maintains a small town feel. I have chosen to paint some of my favorite places and I have chosen to paint them in an energetic style. Having visited Smyrna all my life and having lived here now for over 25 years, I have seen many changes. I hope you enjoy my attempt at capturing Smyrna “then and now.” This body of work is dedicated to my husband, Jim, whose support seems endless.

Deb Cook has studied pastels for 5 years. Studying steadily with artists Marsha Savage and Karen Margulis, Deb enjoys painting plein air (outdoor air and light) and participating in various workshops. Deb also belongs to an artist group known as the Art Spirits who have traveled around the south and to Wyoming on painting expeditions. In 2010, Deb opened a gallery in Nest Home and Garden with fellow artists Paula Landry and Barbara Kincaid, the gallery is formally known as The Drawing Room. Deb is a member of the Southeastern Pastel Society and teaches young artists at Pace Academy. Her work is owned by many local residents and businesses in the state, hangs in the youth building at Smyrna First United Methodist Church and in Pace Academy. An Atlanta native, Deb has lived in Smyrna, GA for 25 years where she and her husband, Jim, have raised their three children. Deb is currently the Learning Specialist at Pace Academy where she has taught for over 30 years.

September-October Display Gallery Exhibit Announced by Smyrna Public Library

Smyrna Public Library 75th Anniversary by Bill Marchione on display through October.


Dr. William Marchione and his wife Mary Ann moved to Smyrna from Boston, Massachusetts in 2009. Bill is a retired history professor, a former member of the Boston Landmarks Commission, and the author of six books and countless articles on aspects of Boston and New England History. He also played a major role in the establishment of two Boston area museums.

Since settling in Smyrna, Bill has been actively engaged in researching Smyrna history and is currently serving as Chair of the Williams Park Local History Committee and of the Smyrna Historical & Genealogical Society's Program Committee.

This exhibit on the history of the Smyrna Public Library traces the chronology of the library from its inception in 1936 to the present day. Many of the items displayed in the exhibit are on loan from the Smyrna Historical Museum. In putting this exhibit together, Bill was ably assisted by Smyrna historical Society President Harold Smith, and long-time FOSL President Lillie Wood.