Monday, November 10, 2014

FOSL Opens Store on !!!

The Friends of Smyrna Library announce our new store on 

The store was developed by volunteer Phil Brooks and he will manage it for the organization moving forward.

“Every month we receive unique book donations that have collector value.  They can now be sold to a national audience for a much higher sale price than we could receive at our local book sales. 

We expect this new online store to become an important fundraising tool that will aid us in our mission to support the Smyrna Public Library.” says Mr. Brooks.

Visit the Amazon store by clicking here.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Buy Official Friends of Smyrna Library Fundraising Merchandise!

Our new display of Official Friends of Smyrna Library Merchandise is now in place in the library lobby. Purchases can be made at the Circulation Desk. Our merchandise offerings are:
  • Book Bag $10
  • Note Cards $10 (set of 10)
  • 11" x 14" Smyrna Public Library Matted Print $15
  • 11" x 14" Historic Concord Road Covered Bridge Matted Print $15
  • 11" x 14" Historic Taylor-Brawner House Matted Print $15 
  • 11" x 14" Smyrna Community Center Duck Pond Matted Print $15
  • 1 GB Flash Drive $7
  • A Brief History of Smyrna $20
See Friends of Smyrna Library website for more information.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Art by Whitefield Academy Students Opens in Art Gallery

Art works by students of Whitefield Academy's Middle and Upper Schools are now on display in the art gallery.

Whitefield Academy was formed in 1996 by the partnership of The Cranmer School and the Mount Vernon Christian Academy. The goal of this dynamic union was to provide Atlanta with a Christian school that is academically excellent, financially sound, and spiritually alive.

Each of the two schools brought an important spiritual and material contribution to this historic union; each brought its own history of providential grace and faithfulness in providing Christian education to the children of Atlanta. The first of the schools, Mount Vernon Christian Academy, operated grades 8 - 12 on its fourteen-acre campus at the corner of Northside Drive and Mount Paran Road for twenty-three years. From its formation in 1973, the Mount Vernon parents, students, alumni, administration, and board of trustees, worked tirelessly to maintain a Christian, private-school alternative in northwest Atlanta.

Whitefield's Fine Arts program encourages students to develop artistic skills to reach their creative potential and build the confidence to express themselves. Whitefield students, through age appropriate and challenging curriculum, explore many techniques to express their individual creativity.

Stacy Quiros, Fine Arts Director, has assembled a show of the children's art work for an exhibition in our gallery through January 3, 2015.

Designs in Glass Exhibit by Thom Lillie Opens in Display Gallery

Lillie Glassblowers is a father and son glassblowing studio based in Smyrna Georgia who creates beautiful hand blown works of art and engraved-glass awards on a daily basis. Don Lillie acts as the company patriarch, presiding over basic operations.

But Thom has the most enviable position being (for lack of a better term) genius in residence. His job is producing phenomenal amounts of salable works in sheer numbers in addition to drafting the design of some of the most unusual and unique hand blown glass art never before seen.

Thom Lillie could be found anywhere in Atlanta, conferring with a client, rushing a delivery, stopping by the studio to brainstorm, or possibly chatting with one of the stream of fascinating people who stop by the studio and are enthralled by the whirlwind inside.

Thom’s father Don described the work environment best saying “If you get bored in our group, you would get bored in the middle of a tornado.” Thom and Don have produced some amazing art pieces that truly capture his artistic passion."

On display until January 3, 2015.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

First Sunday Lecture - Mike Terry Speaks on the Historic Taylor-Brawner House

Mike Terry, Historian of the Taylor-Brawner Foundation, and author of the book, “A Simpler Time: The Story of the Taylor-Brawner House and Brawner Hospital,” presented today at the First Sunday lecture series. The event was hosted at the restored 1890 Taylor-Brawner House on Atlanta Rd. 

Mr. Terry gave a comprehensive and thoroughly enjoyable 90-minute narrative on the history of one of Smyrna’s most historic structures. Jonquils, the small daffodils that are the city’s signature flower and emblem, were introduced to the area by the Taylors. The Brawner family built the famous mental health center, which is now a city park, behind the home in the early 20th century.

FOSL thanks Mr. Terry for his leadership with the home’s restoration and a great presentation today!

The "First Sunday Lecture" series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. Learn more at

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dennis Boggs Presents at Dinner With Destiny: Meet Mr. Lincoln

Professional Abraham Lincoln presenter, Dennis Boggs presented an enlightening and informative look at the life of Lincoln, as it might have been told by Honest Abe himself..

Tonight's 90-minute presentation, told in the first person, touched on all facets of Lincoln’s life from childhood to marriage to the Presidency and the Civil War.  Nearly 100 guests attended.  The event was preceded with a catered dinner from Jim & Nick’s BBQ.

A great time was had by all.  Special thanks to Mr. Boggs for making this fundraiser a success!   


Silver Level Donors:
Carmichael Funeral Homes on King Street
Helios Acupuncture Clinic on West Spring Street
The Friends of Representative Rich Golick

Bronze Level Donors:
The Bright Side newspaper
Allison Hooks, CPA, on Concord Road
Sports Chiropractic Institute on West Spring Street

Pebblebrook Chamber Orchestra Opens "Dinner With Destiny: Meet Mr. Lincoln" With Concert Performance

The Pebblebrook High School Chamber Orchestra performed night and gave a concert introduction the "Dinner With Destiny: Meet Mr. Lincoln" event.  

The crowd was impressed with their talent and professionalism during the 45 minute performance during dinner.  

FOSL extends special thanks to the students who did an absolutely outstanding job and to their Orchestra Director J. Rae Litowich. 

The six students who participated tonight are:

Destiny Lowe: Violin, Senior
Ania Lizzeth Rivera: Violin, Senior
Jonah Haney: Violin, Sophomore
Leah Johnson: Violin, Freshmen
Jermaine Jenkins: Viola, Senior
Paisley Cass: Viola, Freshman
Shanelle Thomas: Cello, Junior

We look forward to future performances from the Pebblebrook High School Chamber Orchestra.