Thursday, January 29, 2015

Smyrna Library Announces Month Long “1915-2015: A CENTURY OF BLACKLIFE, HISTORY AND CULTURE” Program

This year’s theme for African-American History Month celebrates African-American creativity and achievement. Through exhibits, lectures, materials and programs, Smyrna Library will highlight some of the many contributions and influences to history and culture worldwide.

Please visit our book and AV displays in the adult and children’s areas. And take time to enjoy the10-panel traveling exhibit on “The Tuskegee Airmen” on loan from Kennesaw State University.

We will also highlight materials and resources on our Pinterest page and online catalog.

Please join us in celebration of American achievement.  See program schedule.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Smyrna Library Announces NextReads Book Suggestion Newsletter Service

Do you ever finish a really great book and think, "Well, what do I read next?" 

Smyrna Library has lots of suggestions. Sign-up for "NextReads" newsletters to receive a monthly e-mail of new titles in your area of interest. 

Visit the sign-up page to see all 25 choices.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

GALLILEO Celebrates 20th Anniversary !!!

GALLILEO celebrates its 20th anniversary. If you do not have your free login please stop by the library to get it.
Through GALILEO, Georgia citizens have access to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn't available through free search engines or Web directories. Here's a sampling of what's inside:
  • Digital Library of Georgia: Digital collections related to the history and culture of Georgia, including photographs, maps, and primary source documents.
  • eBooks on EBSCOhost: 1000's of electronic books on many topics including history, hobbies, and scholarly research.
  • EBSCOhost: Magazine and journal articles on all subjects.
  • Encyclop√¶dia Britannica: Online version of the Encyclop√¶dia Britannica including authoritative information on people, places, events with articles, videos, and more.
  • Georgia Government Publications: Access to thousands of Georgia government documents in digital format.
  • New Georgia Encyclopedia: Authoritative information on people, places, and events related to Georgia.
  • ProQuest: Magazine and journal articles on all subjects.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Modern Art by Moise S. Semexant Opens in Art Gallery

Haitian-born artist, his style proved to be very unique among the contemporary artists. This is one of the reasons that he has been highly recognized by many art curators and art lovers alike in a variety of countries including, Haiti, France, England, Holland, Trinidad & Tobago, Spain, the United States, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.

In fact, the meticulous manner in which the Atlanta-artist blends the vibrant colors seems to spontaneously invite gallery goers into a world of light and shadow, where geometric forms and beauty create a high sense of internal freedom, love, and peace. These are many of the artistic touches that Moise has been applying in his works and which prompted many experts and critics to salute him as one of the emerging master artists of modern art. Others even went very far in proclaiming Moise as William Blake of modern age.

If you wish to purchase any particular piece, please contact the artist through his email address or telephone ( / 404-825-8641).

Exotic Wooden Bowls by Jack Anderson Opens in Display Gallery

Born in and raised on Tybee Island, off the coast of Georgia (directly adjacent to Hilton Head Isle and Daufuskie Isle), Jack Anderson began working with wood at a very early age. His mother still lives in the same house less than two blocks from the Historic Tybee Island lighthouse. Since childhood, he has enjoyed exploring the surrounding islands and marshes, including Daufuskie Island. At the age of eight, he was given a construction/woodworking tool kit; This was the beginning of his long career of woodworking and construction.

Being very comfortable on the beach and in the water, Jack later became a lifeguard at Myrtle Beach. He 
attended Coastal Carolina University, playing basketball while majoring in marketing.

He later met his future wife Mavis Eaton Anderson, at the University of South Carolina. They traveled a lot including a trip to India and some time living on a sailboat. They eventually settled down in Atlanta, GA. They had a total of four children, while Jack started his first official business, “The Wooden Peg”. It was a small business of selling custom furniture that was made of local woods and was characteristic by having rounded edges, linseed oil finishes, and rugged seamless dovetail and wooden peg construction. During this time, Jack began collecting and storing some of the “exotic” woods of the south, including large boards from Hickory Tubers and huge planks from the “second biggest pine in Georgia.

In order to make more money for his family, Jack began building custom homes for people. He took his woodworking and craftsmanship with him, often doing elaborate custom decks, cabinets and floor plans for clients. Over the years he built many custom and innovative homes including underground houses, houses on stilts on steep hills, and even one house now featured on MTV Cribs (a reality show of celebrity homes). Jack and his wife Mavis are and have always been avid art collectors. They have also supported three of their four children through art schools.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Sunday Lecture - The Early History of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, 1836-1870

The building and early history of the Western & Atlantic Railroad (“The State Line”), now Smyrna's CSX line, was the largest public works project undertaken by the State of Georgia in the 19th century. It remains, moreover, to this day one of only a handful of state-owned American railroads.

This slide show and lecture by Dr. Marchione examined the reasons the W&A was built; the difficulties it had attracting private capital; its troubled 15 year long construction phase; the line’s essential role in fostering the development of the city of Atlanta; the strategic importance of the W&A during the Civil War’s 1864 Atlanta Campaign; and, finally, the controversial Reconstruction phase of its history that culminated in the line’s 1870 transfer from state administration to private management.

The First Sunday Lecture Series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Winter 2015 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

The Rosie Project
by Graeme Simsion

Winter 2015 Reading List

41 by George W. Bush
A Last Goodbye by J. A. Jance
All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Being Mortal by Atul Gawand
Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Blood Magick by Nora Roberts
Captivated by You by Sylvia Day
Curves 'Em Right by Milly Taiden
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Fall Of Giants by Ken Follett
Fifty Shades Of Grey by E. L. James
Flesh And Blood by Patricia Cornwell
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Havana Storm by Clive Cussler
His Secretary by Melanie Marchande
Home In Seattle by Debbie Macomber
Hope To Die, James Patterson
Innocence by Dean Koontz
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Never Judge A Lady by Her Cover by Sarah Maclean
Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Personal by Lee Child
Redeployment by Phil Klay
Revival by Stephen King
The Best Of Me by Nicholas Sparks
The Boys In The Boat by Daniel James Brown
The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
The Darkest Touch by Gena Showalter
The Escape by David Baldacci
The Job by Janet Evanovich
The Kent Brothers Trilogy by Jaci Burton
The Lincoln Myth by Steve Berry
The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans
There Was A Little Girl by Brooke Shields
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer