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.