Monday, November 7, 2016

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: Shakespeare's Folios

Our guest speaker today for the November First Sunday Lecture Series was Robert Williams, Curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery at Kennesaw State University.  

William Shakespeare's First Folio is on exhibit at Emory University' Michael C. Carlos Museum from November 5, through December 11.  Mr. Williams discussed how the Folios help us understand Shakespeare as a creative playwright and how we are able to put together an understanding of his creative processes. 

Mr. Williams also presented some plays from the Second Folio and the complete Fourth Folio from the Kennesaw State University collections. The audience had an opportunity to see up close the KSU Shakespeare pieces which helped enrich appreciation of the Emory exhibition.

SPEAKER BIO: Robert Williams joined Kennesaw State College as the Director of the Library in 1986, coming from Cumberland College, now the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky. He served as the head of the Horace W. Sturgis Library until 2009, retiring as the Assistant Vice President for Library Services. Mr. Williams returned to Kennesaw State University after retirement to serve as the Senior Curator of the Bentley Rare Book Gallery, which he founded in 1987.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Whimsical Fantasy Artwork by Elizabeth Schick Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The November/December art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Whimsical Fantasy Artwork by Elizabeth Schick.  Ms. Schick’s exhibit is on display until January 2. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Artist Statement:

I am originally from Palm Springs, FL, but have lived in Atlanta, GA since 1988. I graduated summa cum laude from U.G.A. with a degree in Scientific Illustration & went on to study Medical Illustration at the Medical College of GA.

Since 1989, I have worked as a medical legal illustrator, working at MLI as their senior medical illustrator until opening my own company, Medical Visions, Inc in 1991, which is still my "Day Job".

Inspired by acrobats, dancers and contortionists, these hand sculpted and painted figures are each a one of a kind creation. The Dragons are hand sculpted as well and can be used as ornaments or wrapped around your wrist as a bracelet.

They currently can be purchased at "The Great Artist's Collective" gallery in New Orleans, "The Limelight" in Marietta, GA., "Reytail Therapy" in Santa Rosa, FL and DragonCon at the Hyatt Hotel Atlanta -Labor Day Weekend

Elizabeth's work has won several awards at DragonCon including "Best Alien" 2012 & "Best Space Scene" 2013

Pocketbooks by Book Stop Smyrna Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The November/December display gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Pocketbooks by Book Stop Smyrna.  The exhibit is on display until January 2. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

About Book Stop Smyrna:

Since 2008, The Book Stop has been proudly serving the Smyrna/Vinings area as their independent used bookstore.  We offer over 25,000 thousands of paperback books for you to choose from and call it yours!

The exhibit features a wonderful collection of pocketbooks made out of classic books!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: An Introduction to the Jonquil City Historical Trail

Dr. William Marchione and Shaun Martin were guest speakers today for the monthly First Sunday Lecture. 

The Jonquil City Historical Trail will mark 20 historically significant sites on or near Atlanta Road in downtown Smyrna. The trail will feature historical narratives and images that can be brought up on mobile phones and other electronic devices. Dr. William Marchione and Shaun Martin, co-chairs of the committee of the Smyrna Arts & Cultural Council that is coordinating this project, narrated the presentation which included maps and historical photos. 

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

Sunday, September 11, 2016

FIRST SUNDAY LECTURE: The Dixie Highway in Georgia: A Short Trip Down a Long History

Today’s guest speaker was Sandy Lawrence from the Georgia Department of Transportation. She presented a detailed history of the Dixie Highway.

From peaches, pecans and bedspreads to attractions, motels and restaurants, the Dixie Highway allowed travelers to experience southern hospitality and helped shape Georgia’s early twentieth century history. The Dixie Highway began in 1915 as a way to get northern automobile tourists to Miami. The combined divisions of the highway extend almost 4,000 miles from Michigan through Florida, including Georgia which had 1,500 miles of the Highway at its peak in 1926. Georgia Department of Transportation’s Sandy Lawrence reflected on the road that started it all.


Sandy Lawrence has an M.A. in Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia and is currently the Cultural Resources Section Manager for the Office of Environmental Services at the Georgia Department of Transportation in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she supports the archaeology and history teams at the Department in the performance of their responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and the Georgia Environmental Policy Act.

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

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Photography by Myrtie Cope Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The October/November art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Photography by Myrtie Cope.  Ms. Cope’s exhibit is on display until January 2. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Artist Statement:

Myrtie Cope is a fine art photographer in Atlanta with a focus on architecture, nature and quilting. After careers in the office furniture industry and as a retail fabric store owner, she took the leap to turn her love of photography into a career opportunity. She spent five intensive months studying photography at Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. While there she explored the beautiful photography opportunities in Western Montana, Idaho, and Washington. Back in Atlanta, her focus has turned to architecture including churches and cemeteries, fine art, and nature. Another aspect of her photography includes the love of beautiful quilts photographed in unique places for clients and friends.

She is a graduate of Florida State University and Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

Clients include Wilma Lofts, Missoula, MT; Hodges, Ward, Elliott, Atlanta, GA; Northside Drive Baptist Church; Bass Hair Salon; Pursley, Lowery, Meeks LLP; Working Buildings, LLC; Table One Dinners; CThree Group; Jean Ann Quilts; and Giacomo-Schleicher Law Firm

Juried Exhibits and Awards include: Two Views - Joint Exhibit at UUC Atlanta 2009; Slow Exposures 2010; Trees Atlanta 2010 - My Favorite Tree - Honorable Mention; Crossroads at Jill Celeste Gallery, 2010; Southeastern Flower Show 2011 All Things Musical - Third Place; Okefenokee - Joint Exhibit at Judie Jacobs Gallery 2011; Women in Focus XVII 2010; Women in Focus XVIII & XIX at Mason-Murer Gallery, juried by Brett Abbott; WIF XX at Mason-Murer Gallery, 2013, juried by Jane Jackson; WIF Portfolio Show at Seen Gallery juried by Jerry Cullom, 2013; Two landscapes selected by Georgia Council for the Arts The Art of Georgia exhibit to hang in Georgia State Capitol and selected as cover for Governor's Budget Report, 2013; Two landscapes selected for Picturing Georgia exhibit at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport International Concourse, 2013; Architectural photos published in SouthXSoutheast Photo Magazine, January/February 2014; Northeast Atlanta Georgia Nature Photography Association, 2nd Place in Wildlife and Norcross Cultural Arts Award; Johns Creek Summer Serendipity Art Show Sponsor's Award; Slow Exposures 2014; Women in Focus XXI, 2014, juried by Fay Gold; GNPA Native Animals of the Southeast Exhibit at Fernbank Science Center; WIF Juried Exhibit at Art Institute of Atlanta - Decatur.

Custom Folded Books by Cynthia Elliott Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The September/October display gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Custom Folded Books by Cynthia Elliott.  Ms. Elliot’s exhibit is on display until October 31. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Artist Statement:

As a fine artist, artisan and mother of 4, I want to leave a creative legacy for my children while being an entrepreneurial role model. I produce decorative art that doesn't impact the environment. The books we use are upcycled, unless otherwise requested, to create visual works of art that enhance the timelessness of the written word.

Monday, August 8, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture Entitled “Poisonous Fruits of Political Corruption: The Infamous Yazoo Land Fraud and Its Impact on Georgia, The South, and the Nation, 1795-1848”

Yesterday’s First Sunday Lecture guest speaker was Dr. George Lamplugh.   He spoke on the Yazoo Land Fraud and how it dominated the political culture of Georgia in the early 19th century.

The Yazoo Land Fraud of 1795, one of the most significant events in the post-Revolutionary history of Georgia and the United States, was overturned by Georgia’s first political “boss,” James Jackson, in 1796. Six years later, Jackson and his allies transferred the Yazoo lands (roughly, present-day Alabama and Mississippi) to the national government for $1.25 million.  To Georgians, though, the key provision of this Compact of 1802 was the national government’s promise to extinguish as quickly as possible all remaining land claims of Native American peoples (Creeks and Cherokees) within the boundaries of Georgia, when that could be done “peaceably” and “on reasonable terms.” 

Like the proverbial pebble thrown into still water, the consequences of the Great Land Fraud rippled out over more than a generation, helping to divide the nation’s dominant political party; pave the way for Indian removal in the 1820s and 1830s; create an agricultural “Black Belt” from Georgia through the new states of Alabama and Mississippi; and establish a theory of “state rights” as a supposedly “legitimate” response to the overweening power of the national government, which underlay many of the incidents on the long “road to the Civil War” between 1848 and 1861.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Smyrna Public Library Celebrates 25th Anniversary of New Library Building

The Smyrna Public Library celebrated the 25th anniversary of the opening of the new library located on the Village Green.  

The new library and the Community Center were dedicated before a crowd numbering in the thousands at 5 PM on August 3, 1991.The ceremony was followed by a concert of leading bands of the time and a spectacular fireworks show. 

Sunday, July 10, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture Entitle “A History of Aunt Fanny's Cabin: Nationally Known Local Restaurant”

Tommy H. Jones, retired architectural historian in the National Park Service's Southeast Regional Office is the expert on the history of this unique local eatery.  He presented “A History of Aunt Fanny's Cabin: Nationally Known Local Restaurant” for today’s First Sunday Lecture. 

Originally situated on Campbell Road two miles south of downtown Smyrna, Aunt Fanny's Cabin Restaurant was founded in 1941 by socialite Isolene Campbell on the grounds of Argyle Farm, the wealthy Campbell family's local country retreat. This local restaurant, which specialized in southern cooking, was for over four decades one of the most popular eateries in greater Atlanta and arguably the most famous landmark in Smyrna.

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

Friday, July 1, 2016

Photography by Charlie Stannard Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The July/August art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Photography by Charlie Stannard. Charlie’s exhibit is on display until August 31. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


Though born in Georgia, I grew up in Connecticut. I worked in advertising and marketing research, my last job being at Earthlink in Atlanta. Upon retiring I decided to rekindle my interest in photography. I took a course at the Showcase School, attended a number of photo workshops, joined two camera clubs, and upgraded my camera to digital. I am a Canon shooter, as much by accident as preference. The one thing I have learned from photo competitions is all camera brands produce great images.

I process my images with Photoshop and print them on my own printer. I do not overly process my images in Photoshop, though I do find the Nix suite of plug-ins useful. My printer is a Canon Pro9500 and it generally does a better job than CVS or Costco. 

I do not have a subject matter specialty. As the exhibit shows, I shoot just about anything: flowers, birds, animals, landscapes, people. Regarding style, I do not have one though I do try to shoot things a little differently, frequently using multiple exposures when shooting flowers.

To find out more about any of the images or to purchase one, contact me at

Paper by Matt Blodgett Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The July/August display gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Paper by Matt Blodgett. Matt’s exhibit is on display until August 31. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


Matt Blodgett grew up on a rural Ohio farm, immersed in the beauty of plants and the creative energy of nature. Even in high school Matt showed great creative talent and artistic aptitude, winning a statewide student art competition with "Indian Princess," a mixed media collage with handmade paper and copper. The piece hung in the Ohio Governor's Mansion for one year.

Matt majored in Horticulture and Landscape Design at Ohio State University. Moving to Atlanta after college and working with some of the top landscape companies in the South Matt developed a keen sense for composition and texture. After more than 20 years in that industry he has now shifted his attention to his first and deepest calling, Fine Art, working primarily in collage, handmade and cut paper, and acrylic media.

He has shown at several Atlanta Art Fairs, including twice at Callanwolde Art Center, and has pieces in private collections from Los Angeles to Washington, DC. to New York City.

He is very happy to have the opportunity for this solo show, particularly because the library setting highlights the potential for the expressive use of paper (both handmade and cut paper) in ways that reach beyond its common use as simply a vehicle for the printed word.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Oils, Pastels & Watercolors by Susan Knight Smith Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The May/June art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Oils, Pastels & Watercolors by Susan Knight Smith. Susan’s exhibit is on display until June 30. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


Susan Knight Smith works primarily in pastel, a medium that allows her to combine her love of expressive drawing with vibrant color. In addition to landscapes, she paints portraits, figure studies, still life, intimate garden scenes, and particularly enjoys plein air painting, or painting out of doors. Susan’s paintings reflect her love of nature, her fascination with the juxtaposition of colors and the play of light, and an enchantment with particular or unique people, places, or things. Of her work, she simply says, "I paint what delights me." She finds much to delight her in the metro Atlanta area where she lives, or near the E. Tennessee home where she grew up. She has also found inspiration for many of her paintings on trips to France, Italy, Mexico, the Arizona desert, and the coast of Maine.

Her work is in over one hundred fifty collections in the United States and has appeared in publications including the cover of ArtCalendar magazine. Exhibiting in over 50 juried regional, national, and international exhibits, Smith has won numerous awards.

Susan has been a working artist for over 25 years, was a teacher before she entered the field of art, and is happy to now be combining these two loves.
Susan paints from her home studio in Powder Springs, GA.

She lives with her husband Roy. They have four children, seven grandchildren and one great grandchild!

Glass Art, Acrylics and Pastel by Ann Tewelow Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The May/June art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Glass Art, Acrylics and Pastel by Ann Tewelow. Ann’s exhibit is on display until June 30. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


I am so fortunate to be able to spend my retirement doing what I love to do and sharing my love of art with others. I hope that you will enjoy the creations in glass and pictures in glass, pastels, watercolors or acrylics.
I am fortunate enough to be living my dream of "doing my art when I retire". I have always had a love of and interest in art since my childhood which included earning painting opportunities in elementary school, giving me the desire and assurance that one day I wanted to be able to enjoy doing the art I loved to share with others. 

After marrying and having 3 children with my husband who was serving in the Navy, including being stationed in Naples, Italy for four and half years, we enjoyed touring most of Europe on vacations. Studying oils and acrylics while in Naples, my art was included in exhibits and private collections. ("Roman Mist" was in The Vatican.) Returning to the Naval Air Station in Atlanta, Georgia, I set aside my art while raising the children and pursuing other endeavors, including working with Cobb County as Coordinator of the Mable House Art Center and The Art Station. Upon retiring, I have been able to again return to my art. 

It has been my privilege to have participated in numerous exhibits at home and abroad and to have been honored to receive awards for my art as well as earning commissions and sales, been invited to be a juror for exhibits but the most rewarding is the reaction of friends and viewers to my work.  As well as continuing my work with pastels, acrylics and watercolors, I have expanded my interest to include working with glass. The beauty of glass with the depths of its reflective qualities and colors has always held a deep fascination for me. Taking up the art of fused and slump glass when I retired, I discovered the art of pate de verre and fritography as two new glass methods. In the attempt to create a niche of my own, I have begun to create my own molds from clay which are then fired. I have since added mosaics, etching and sandblasting on glass and mirrors to my repertoire. All these mediums have allowed me a wide range of creativity. I trust you will enjoy my art as much as I have enjoyed creating it.

I hope you will appreciate my work as much as I enjoy doing it to share with you. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture Entitled "Where in the World is CREATWOOD?"

Nancy McGee, lifelong Smyrna resident, presented "Where in the World is CREATWOOD?" today at the Smyrna Public Library.    

Her First Sunday Lecture Series presentation focused on the families that came from West End Atlanta to this Smyrna neighborhood in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the locations they occupied.

She also discussed how the land and land use evolved over the following century and the memories and achievements that are linked to the CREATWOOD families and area.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

Annual Spring Jonquil Festival Book Sale Concludes

The annual Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale was conducted over last weekend.  36 volunteers participated and we raised over $1,600.  This sale featured an enormous amount of children’s books and cookbooks.  

Special thanks to our shoppers and volunteers!

The Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale will be held on October 22 & 24, 2015. Volunteer sign-up information is available on the Friends of Smyrna Library website.  Book sorting dates will soon be announced and posted to our website and social media channels.

Friday, April 15, 2016

FOSL Donates $2,000 to Expand DVD Collection

The Friends of Smyrna Library donated $2,000 to the Smyrna Public Library for the purchase of new TV series DVDs. The new collection includes many of the latest TV series for the pay channel networks.  Library patrons can check them out for free for 7 days!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Smyrna Public Library Continues Participation in State Park Pass Program

Smyrna Public Library card holders can check out 2016 Georgia State Park "ParkPasses" and Historic Site Passes—much like checking out a book. 

The ParkPass exempts you from paying the daily $5 parking fee at state parks, and the Historic Sites Family Pass exempts up to 4 visitors from admission fees to state historic sites operated by Georgia’s State Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites.

Plan ahead because supplies are limited.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

First Sunday Lecture Series Features Jonah McDonald

Just in time for spring, the Friends of Smyrna Library hosted its April First Sunday Lecture Series with Jonah McDonald’s introduction to “Hiking Cobb County” at the Smyrna Public Library. Some sixty people of all ages attended the talk to learn about many beautiful nature hikes available in west and north metro and Cobb County. 

Author of Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests and a ten-year resident of Atlanta, Mr. McDonald proved that nature is not something you only see once a year on vacation. He shared the locations of many “greenspaces” within and around Smyrna—not just the ever-popular Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and Silver Comet trail but lesser known gems too, such as Heritage Park, the East and West Palisades, Cochran Shoals and Lost Mountain. These nearby spots can be enjoyed in a day or even in an afternoon.

Mr. McDonald shared with the group that his goal—besides offering us a mini-vacation—is to increase the community’s participation in the local environment and so foster a sense of stewardship, especially among young people, that will help preserve the city’s vast natural beauty—a beauty that many do not even realize is there beside the malls, the office parks and the parking lots.

Jonah McDonald is the founder of an outdoor guide service providing hiking, camping, backpacking and outdoor education programs throughout the Southeast. As an educator and naturalist, he has designed and taught wilderness and outdoor programs for several Atlanta-area independent schools. McDonald thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2002. Hiking Atlanta’s Hidden Forests was inspired by his many days spent exploring the greenspaces of metro Atlanta.

For more information about green spaces to see in Smyrna, visit:

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

Sunday, March 27, 2016

FOSL Announces Spring 2016 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

Mornings on Horseback
by David G. McCullough


Denver Post A fine account of Roosevelt's rise to manhood, well written and, like its subject, full of irrepressible vitality.

Detroit News This is a marvelous chronicle of manners and morals, love and duty, and as captivating as anything you will find between book covers in a long while.

John Leonard The New York Times We have no better social historian.

About the Author

David McCullough has twice received the Pulitzer Prize, for Truman and John Adams, and twice received the National Book Award, for The Path Between the Seas and Mornings on Horseback. His other acclaimed books include 1776, Brave Companions, The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, and The Wright Brothers. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Visit

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Spring 2016 Recommended Reading Selections

A MAN CALLED OVE, by Fredrik Backman
ALERT, by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
AMERICAN GIRLS, by Nancy Jo Sales
BEING MORTAL, by Atul Gawande
BROOKLYN, by Colm Toibin
CLAWBACK, by J. A. Jance
DARK MONEY, by Jane Mayer
DARK PROMISES, by Christine Feehan
DEEP BLUE, by Randy Wayne White
EVICTED, by Matthew Desmond
FIRE TOUCHED, by Patricia Briggs
GO SET A WATCHMAN, by Harper Lee
HAWKE, by Sawyer Bennett
IF I DIDN'T KNOW BETTER, by Barbara Freethy
ME BEFORE YOU, by Jojo Moyes
MY BRILLIANT FRIEND, by Elena Ferrante
OFF THE GRID, by C. J. Box
ORIGINALS, by Adam Grant
PLAYING THE ODDS, by Nora Roberts
PRIVATE PARIS, by James Patterson 
READY PLAYER ONE, by Ernest Cline
RIGHTFUL HERITAGE, by Douglas Brinkley
ROOM, by Emma Donoghue
SISI, by Allison Pataki
THE ALCHEMIST, by Paulo Coelho
THE GANGSTER, by Clive Cussler
THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, by Paula Hawkins
THE LEGENDS CLUB, by John Feinstein
THE LIAR, by Nora Roberts
THE MARTIAN, by Andy Weir
THE NIGHTINGALE, by Kristin Hannah
THE REVENANT, by Michael Punk
THE RUMOR, by Elin Hilderbrand
THE STEEL KISS, by Jeffery Deaver
THE STORY OF A NEW NAME, by Elena Ferrante
THE WEDDING DRESS, by Rachel Hauck
THE WIDOW, by Fiona Barto

SOURCE: NY Times Bestseller Lists 3/27/16

Sunday, March 13, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Historical and Architectural Walking Tour of Smyrna's Williams Park Neighborhood

The Williams Park neighborhood of Smyrna (the streets lying east of Atlanta Road, opposite Market Village) contains the largest concentration of older structures in the city, many dating from the 1885 to 1925 period, a unique architectural ensemble that could well qualify as Smyrna's first National Register Historic District. 

The area also has a fascinating history. Casey Clavin, who has given much attention to the architectural history of this interesting neighborhood, and local historian Bill Marchione, co-narrated today’s walking tour of the city's oldest neighborhood, a tour that also featured visits to the interiors of some of Williams Park's most interesting residences.

The Williams Park walking tour was sponsored by the Friends of the Smyrna Library (FOSL) with assistance from the Smyrna Arts and Cultural Council (SACC), as one of the Smyrna Library's regular "First Sunday" programs.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

PixelGraphs by Celia Durand Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The March/April art gallery exhibit for 2016 opened today - PixelGraphs by Celia Durand. Celia’s exhibit is on display until April 30. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


As a young adult, I moved to New York from my native country of Argentina. My previous studies and degree were in teaching and journalism but since childhood I dabbled in art and crafts.
During the early years, besides raising a family, I studied ceramics and sculpture and developed my own style. During that time I participated in several group showings and received several awards. I also taught myself the basics of early microprocessors and computers.

After moving to Washington D.C., I learned computer programming and wrote several programs, including "The Banner Machine" - which printed large-sized banners using a dot matrix printer - and a number of companion utilities for a retail point of sale software package.

Our move to Atlanta coincided with the advance in digital photography which opened for me a whole new field and gave me the capability of combining my artistic aspirations with my fascination with computers.

During the last several years I have participated in numerous art shows and received many awards. My website illustrates all aspects of my work and its evolution and my Facebook page keeps everybody abreast of my latest art related news.

Porcelain and Stoneware by Candy Casarella Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The March/April art gallery exhibit for 2016 has opened - Porcelain and Stoneware by Candy Casarella. Candy’s exhibit is on display until April 30. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


I was born and raised in Southern California. I first experienced working with clay at the University of California – Santa Barbara. I’m the mother of two grown children and three adorable grandchildren.

I lived in New Jersey for twenty years, participating in art shows and have sold pottery throughout the area. Then I moved to Atlanta in 1981 where I studied at Penland and Callenwolde.

I’ve had my work on display at Simpsonwood, Spruill Gallery, Framing Artistry, Red Space Gallery, Yellow Dog Gallery and have done art and craft events all over Georgia. Pottery is my therapy and my passion. It’s a great joy to create things that others use and enjoy.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

FOSL Celebrates 19 Years of Volunteer Service

Thank you, Miriam Van Loan for volunteering for Smyrna Library for 19 years! We are excited to recognize your volunteer service and all that you have contributed!

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

FOSL Creates New Children’s Membership

The Friends of Smyrna Library are excited to announce a new program dedicated for children aged 12 or younger.  It costs $5 to join and it includes a special membership package that will arrive via the mail.  Children who join by February 29 will get their name on the Youth Service bulletin board 

Click this link to download the membership form.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture on the Corner Store & Its Role in African American Culture

Dr. Seneca Vaught today discussed the historical role the “Corner Store” (often called “Mom & Pops” or “bodegas”) has played in African-American culture and how it has evolved over time. 

Vaught is an Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in the Departments of History and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The "First Sunday" lecture series is held in the Smyrna Public Library Meeting Room and is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

FOSL Celebrates 20 Years of Library Service

Congratulations to Ruth Hayden for 20 years of service with the Smyrna Public Library. Ruth is the Technical Services Librarian and manages the library’s large collection. We are thrilled to celebrate her many years of great service to the library’s patrons!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

FOSL Announces Winter 2016 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2013: It's hard to articulate just how much--and why--The Goldfinch held such power for me as a reader. Always a sucker for a good boy-and-his-mom story, I probably was taken in at first by the cruelly beautiful passages in which 13-year-old Theo Decker tells of the accident that killed his beloved mother and set his fate. But even when the scene shifts--first Theo goes to live with his schoolmate’s picture-perfect (except it isn’t) family on Park Avenue, then to Las Vegas with his father and his trashy wife, then back to a New York antiques shop--I remained mesmerized. Along with Boris, Theo’s Ukrainian high school sidekick, and Hobie, one of the most wonderfully eccentric characters in modern literature, Theo--strange, grieving, effete, alcoholic and often not close to honorable Theo--had taken root in my heart. Still, The Goldfinch is more than a 700-plus page turner about a tragic loss: it’s also a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art and appearances. Most of all, it is a sometimes operatic, often unnerving and always moving chronicle of a certain kind of life. “Things would have turned out better if she had lived,” Theo said of his mother, fourteen years after she died. An understatement if ever there was one, but one that makes the selfish reader cry out: Oh, but then we wouldn’t have had this brilliant book! --Sara Nelson

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Winter 2016 Recommended Reading Selections

Blue by Danielle Steel 
Fractured Era: Legacy Code Bundle by Autumn Kalquist
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman 
January Calendar Girl Book 1 by Audrey Carlan
My American Duchess by Eloisa James
My name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Non Campus Mentis by Anders Henriksson 
NYPD by James Patterson
Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino 
Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
Spider Game by Christine Feehan
Staked by Kevin Hearne
Stranger Than Fiction by Chuck Palahniuk 
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Last Anniversary by Liana Moriarty
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up by Marie Kondo
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
The Revenant by Michael Punke
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman 
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Sunday, January 10, 2016

FOSL Sponsors Lecture on the History of Downtown Smyrna

Dr. William Marchione, author of A Brief History of Smyrna, presented detailed and thoroughly researched lecture titled “The Metamorphosis of Downtown Smyrna - 1838 to 2002” today. 

The presentation started by explaining the forces fostered the development of the thriving commercial district in and around intersection of Atlanta Road and Spring Street in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Every decade from the 1830s to the to the present time was included. 

Also presented were complete details on the factors led to the complete demolition of that once thriving commercial center in the late 1980s, and to its reincarnation as the modern, planned downtown we enjoy today.

The "First Sunday" lecture series is held in the Smyrna Public Library Meeting Room and is jointly sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.


Monday, January 4, 2016

Oils and Acrylics by Devin KOLbY Painting Exhibit Opens at Smyrna Public Library Art Gallery

The January/February art gallery exhibit for 2016 opened today - Oils and Acrylics by Devin KOLbY. Devin’s exhibit is on display until February 28. The art gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The art gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. 


Devin KOLbY, the Artist of KOLbYcreations was born March, 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia. Devin KOLbY’s passion for creativity started at an early age. He played the Double Bass in the school Orchestra from 6th grade until his senior year where he held the position of 1st chair. His musical talent extended to playing piano into enjoying all genres of music. KOLbY’s interest took a detour towards photography and visual editing. This led his pencil to pad and he began sketching and experimenting with watercolor and other art mediums. While away in college his passion for art grew and as the stroke of his paint brush filled with acrylic colors met the canvas the self taught artist KOLbY, was created.

In 2011, Devin KOLbY unfortunately struggled with depression that resulted in his suicide attempt. Through, divine intervention he survived life support and today he’s on a journey to recovery. Devin KOLbY and his mother are advocates for suicide prevention and together they are erasing the stigma and sharing information with the hope that one day there will be services, resources and support for this unrecognized, unrepresented group, Survivors of Suicide Attempts. Through his traumatic experience, KOLbY’s now, creating with a renewed sense of life and perspective. In 2015, KOLbY, will continue his education and enhance his creative abilities by enrolling into art school.

KOLbY’s, detour has come, full circle and evolved into remarkable art, photography, music and living. He’s artistically influenced by Basquait, Warhol, KAWS and Dali. He’s inspired by color, life and energy. KOLbY’s abstract Creations include mediums of acrylic, oils and mixed media.

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Pottery by Mariella Owens Exhibit Opens at Smyrna Public Library Display Gallery

The January/February display gallery exhibit for 2016 opened today - Pottery by Mariella Owens. Ms. Owens' exhibit is on display until February 28. The display gallery is located on the 2nd floor of the Smyrna Library. The display gallery exhibits are sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library. 

Artist Statement:

Hi, I'm Mariella Owens. I've been doing pottery for 35 years. And have made many accomplishments.As an artist, I attempt to be very creative with my work, exploring all the different ways of utilizing the clay and making it work for me. I try to have parallels between my work and nature.

The artwork shown on my website supports my vision and development goals by enabling me to move forward with my art shows and studio. It makes a continuation of my developmental style. 
My career as an artist started as a hobby for relaxation. I would hand build pieces and play on the wheel. After 2 or 3 months, it became so fascinating that I started spending my lunch breaks on the wheel, slab roller, and extruder at Riverbend Art Center in Dayton, Ohio.

I wanted to improve my technique and skills as a potter, so I took 9 week sessions of classwork at Riverbend Art Center. After completing the three sessions, I was invited to participate in the student's show Riverbend. Within that first show, I sold enough of my work to buy my first potters wheel. After several smaller shows, I was asked to be an instructor by the Art Counsel in 1984 at Riverbend Art Center. After teaching my first 9 week session, I was asked to return to do 3 sessions instead of one.

I have been doing 10-12 art shows per year and have won numerous awards from Best of Show to Honorable Mention since 1984. In March of 2000, I purchased a barn that I renovated into a studio. The grand opening of "Mariella's" happened on November 2000.Currently I'm living in Georgia and doing lots of shows.