Wednesday, December 23, 2015

FOSL Donates $1000 To Purchase Children’s Audio Books

The Friends of Smyrna Library recently donated $1000 to purchase a new collection of juvenile audio books. The collection arrived today. 

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Smyrna Public Library Awarded $2,000 Grant

The Smyrna Public Library recently received a $2,000 grant from Gas South to support STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) resources in the collection. The grant allowed the library to purchase more than 75 new STEM-related titles for Youth Services and created 15 new MAKER BOXES. Each box contains a book on a STEM topic and a related hands-on activity. These boxes may be checked out from the Youth Services Desk and used in Smyrna Library.  

The Bright Side featured the grant in a December edition article.  Youth Services Librarian Rebecca Power, left, and Smyrna Library Director Mary Wallace Moore display some of the new Maker Boxes in the article photo.

Thanks to Gas South and The Bright Side for their support of the Smyrna Public Library. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

FOSL Hosts 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Friends of Smyrna Library hosted “An Evening with the Friends…” on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at the Smyrna Public Library to celebrate its 25th anniversary.

President Charlie Stannard opened up the event with a speech where he chronicled FOSL’s history and major achievements over the last 25 years. Former members of the Board of Directors were in attendance and they were recognized for their past contributions.  

The event was well attended and featured heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and punch. The entertainment highlight was a dramatic reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas by actor Neal Arnoff. The dramatic reading was paired with a performance of the Pebblebrook High School Chamber Orchestra.  The evening concluded with the winners of the silent auction, which raised $1000, being announced. 

Photo: Friends of Smyrna Library President Charlie Stannard

Friday, November 6, 2015

Awarded Grants Fund New 200-Book Collection for Children

A 200-book, nonfiction collection of new titles for children and young adults was recently added to the Smyrna Public Library. The purchases were funded by grants awarded by community organizations.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) books were purchased through a grant from Gas South.

Financial Literacy books for children and young adults were purchased through a grant from Wells Fargo.

History books were purchased through a grant from Friends of Smyrna Library.

Thanks to all involved for adding these great new reading options for our young library patrons!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Oils and Acrylics by Karen Snider Opens in Art Gallery

The final art gallery exhibit for 2015 opened today - Oils and Acrylics by Karen Snider. Ms. Snider's paintings are on display until January 3. 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: 

"My main interest in creating several of my paintings is to portray a slice of daily life. I attempt to showcase some of America's unique individuals going about their daily activities.
I'm also fascinated with studying and painting nature's amazing detail, form and color."

All my life I've been interested in expressing myself through art. I minored in art when I attended the University of New Mexico. Through the years, I drew using graphite and ink, and painted with pastels.

When I lived in California and Oregon throughout the 1990's, I showed and sold my work in several galleries and exhibits. After I moved east, I began painting in oils. In the past 7 years, my work has been accepted in many juried shows in both South Carolina and Georgia. Several of my pieces have received awards at the National Juried Shows.

Glass Inspirations by Lori Schinelli Opens in Display Gallery

The final display gallery exhibit for 2015 opened today - Glass Inspirations by Lori Schinelli. Ms. Schinelli's glass art is on display until January 3. 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:

A native of Brooklyn, Lori received her Bachelors degree in Nursing from the State University of New York. She dabbled in glass in the 1970s but left it to work as a nurse and raise her family.

Moving to Georgia in the 1990s, she resumed her artwork, studying painting, ceramics and sculpture at several southeast art centers before rediscovering glass in 2002.

She has since studied with prominent masters in the glass world at The Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington; The Corning Glass Museum Studio in Corning, New York; The Pittsburg Glass Center, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; and The Oatka Glass School, in Batavia New York. She has also received mentorship at the private studios of some of the masters,while maintaining a teaching studio in Dunwoody, Georgia.

Her work can be found in private collections across the US as well as in Brazil. She is currently represented at the Corning Museum of Glass Glass Market and Gallery in Corning New York, and The Gingerbread Square Gallery in Key West, Florida

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale Results

We raised $1,774 at the Jonquil Festival book sale this weekend. Thanks to all of the volunteers!!! We also have a new (and huge) banner.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Max Parnell, Flying Tiger Lecture Concludes WWII Speakers Series

Dr. William Marchione, author of A Brief History of Smyrna, presented the culminating program in our series marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. He spoke on the life and career of Smyrna war hero, aviator, and Japanese prisoner-of-war Max Parnell (1922-2005).

Parnell saw service in the India-Burma-China theater of war under famous general Claire Chennault. This lecture will be based upon a huge collection of papers (comprising more than 500 items), one of the finest collections of World War II memorabilia in existence, now housed in the Smyrna Library’s developing archive, deposited there through the generosity of Mayor Bacon, Parnell’s godson and namesake. Items from the Parnell collection will be on display in the library during the entire month of October.

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

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Smyrna Announces Bike Sharing - Easy With Zagster – “Enjoy Smyrna Life - Ride a Bike”

The City of Smyrna, announces a Bike Share program, making it easy and affordable to “Enjoy Smyrna Life – Ride a Bike” with Zagster bikes, stations and borrow/riding system.

"Over the years, the City of Smyrna has made an investment in our trail network, and throughout Smyrna, residents and visitors use these great trails for fitness, for fun, and even for their daily commutes. Our bike share program will expand the opportunities for everyone to enjoy these trails, whether they want to take a quick ride to the coffee shop or the park, or trek down the Silver Comet," explains Teri Anulewicz, Council representative for Smyrna’s downtown ward who presented the concept to City staff after using the bike share program in Austin, Texas in late 2014.

The program offers bike rental from three sharing stations, located at the Smyrna Public Library on the Village Green, at Taylor-Brawner Park on Atlanta Road along the multi-use trail, and near Jonquil Park along Spring Road which is the corridor that stretches from downtown Smyrna to the Cumberland District and the new Braves stadium complex. A fourth location will be announced soon.

With four bikes at each station, the program is beginning on a smaller scale to allow for evaluation for future expansion. The ease of use, however, is huge. There are two ways to join. Go to the website or download an app for iPhone and Android from iTunes or Google Play. You may also borrow bikes using SMS text messages. View an instructional video at

“It’s simple. Borrow, unlock, ride and then return, but wear a helmet. When you are done, return the bike, lock it in the Zagster station and close the lockbox and tell the app to end the ride. It’s really that easy,” says Steve Ciaccio, City of Smyrna Parks & Recreation Director.

Rides are free for the first four hours. After the first four hours, there is a $5.00 an hour charge – up to $40 per ride. The bikes, called “Cruisers,” have adjustable seat heights that fit adult riders, front and rear lights for nighttime visibility, a basket for storing the “U-Lock” while you ride, seven gears that allow riders to go anywhere, and fenders and a chain guard to keep you clean while riding. Again, an instructional video may be viewed at

There is an FAQ section on the quick and easy website at that covers things like “Where can the Zagster bike go?” or “What do I do if my bike breaks down?” It is recommended that you review the FAQs to become familiar with obligations and requirements of membership. Wear a helmet. An ANSI certified helmet is required for all riders under 16 years of age. Helmets are recommended for all riders. Remember that users are subject to Georgia bicycle laws.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Raymond Reed and the Reed House Lecture Presented Today

Historian & Preservationist Michael Terry was today’s guest speaker for the First Sunday Lecture Series. (It was moved one week this month due to the holiday.)

With the City of Smyrna’s recent purchase of the Raymond Reed house, September’s lecture focused on the history of that distinctive and conspicuously situated Smyrna mansion, and upon the political career of its most recent occupant, the late Raymond Reed (1916-2014), a courageous State Legislator who served in the Georgia General Assembly during tumultuous late 1940s and 1950s, a man of unusual courage who championed much forward looking and often controversial legislation that challenged the political bosses of his day.

A related exhibit of Reed memorabilia is also on display in the library’s second floor gallery during the entire month of October.

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

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Automotive Art by John Lander Opens in Art Gallery

The September and October art gallery exhibit opened today - Automotive Art by John Lander. Ms. Lander's work is on display until October 31. The art 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:

For automotive artist John Lander, cars as more than just transportation: "Some are beautiful examples of rolling sculpture. I try to do more than just draw pretty pictures of cars; I include interesting people, backgrounds, and try to set a mood or tell a story."

The work of years, this collection of Lander's vintage car art includes over 100 color illustrations with a short description, including comments by the artists, for each picture.

Foreword by Larry Crane, former art director for Automobile magazine.

Old Smyrna by Mike Terry and Bill Marchione Opens in Display Gallery

A fantastic collection of "Old Smyrna" artifacts that date from the mid-1800s to the 1960s is now on display until October 31 in the upstairs display gallery. The collection includes many old photos, very old pottery, books and political campaign items to name just a few of the unique items that will capture your attention.

Did you know Smyrna once had a very large legal liquor distillery? Yes, it did and a number of distillery-related artifacts will be shown for the first time at the library.

Additionally, the display gallery will feature a presentation on the Reed House and Raymond Reed. Don't miss this great collection of Smyrna memorabilia. Thanks to local historians Mike Terry and William Marchione for curating this exhibit. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Annual "Smyrna Reads" Begins

What if everyone in Smyrna read the same book? 

"Smyrna Reads," a "One Book" project, poses this question, but this year's project has a twist. In September, 2015, Smyrna Library will promote The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate, the winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal for Distinguished American Children's Literature.

This year's project will be a "Family Read." Although The One and Only Ivan is children's literature, the story and the quality of the writing make it enjoyable for any age. We hope that multiple generations will read the book, and this project will spawn meaningful discussions across ages.

Families with small children may elect to read Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla, a moving and beautifully illustrated non-fiction picture book, also by Applegate. Or read both!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Library Closed Until Saturday For Parking Lot Re-paving

The Smyrna Public Library is closed today (8/5/15), Thursday, (8/6/15), and Friday (8/7/15) for the parking lot re-paving. Thank you, Smyrna Public Works! 

To get your fix of books, movies, audiobooks and more while we're closed, visit the "eBooks, Movies & More!" tab at

Sunday, August 2, 2015

First Sunday Lecture Features Documentary Film “The Return of the Violin"

The "First Sunday" lecture at the Smyrna Public Library today featured a viewing of the powerful film "The Return of the Violin". The violin in question, a priceless Stradivarius, was owned by famed violinist Bronislaw Huberman. Before the rise of the Nazis, he was considered one of the most prodigious musicians of all time.

During the war Huberman was a tireless opponent of the Nazis and saved many Jews by bringing them to Palestine to create an orchestra that would become one of the world's foremost ensembles, the Israeli Philharmonic. The violin in question, missing for over 50 years, now belongs to noted Jewish-American violinist Joshua Bell. This is a compelling 1-hour documentary that you can watch on YouTube (click the link).

Kennesaw State University Holocaust Museum guide Zach Berman introduced the documentary. Thank you, Mr. Berman.

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

2015 Summer Reading Program Finale

The Friends of Smyrna Library sponsored the 2015 Summer Reading Program finale today to cap off our support of the entire program since late May. The summer theme for the kids’ program was “Every Hero Has a Story” and our reading heroes were out in force!

The Youth Services team put on a wide array of activities that kept the kids busy and entertained.  Activities included hero crafts, face painting, an obstacle course, sidewalk chalk artistry, lots of soap bubble fun and more.

The Friends of Smyrna Library sincerely appreciate all of the great work of the Children’s Service team this summer.         

FOSL passed out the ice cream and had a small book sale of New York Times Bestsellers.  All had a great time!  Click this link to enjoy the photos.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

FOSL 25th Anniversary Project #2 Completes: 2,000 Photos Organized Into Online Albums

Over the past 25 years we have taken a lot of photos.  The library also had quite a few in old photo albums.  

To commemorate our Silver Anniversary we searched, scanned and organized 2,000 photos into over 150 online photo albums.

The oldest photo is from the 1930s. There is a large assortment of 1970s and 1980s Summer Reading Program photos too. There are around 1,800 photos of Friends of Smyrna Library events over the years. 

Albums are ordered chronologically. If you have scanned photos you can contribute please email   

Click this link:

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FOSL 25th Anniversary Project #1 Completes: All Old Printed FOSL Newsletters Now Online

The Friends of Smyrna Library published THE LINK printed newsletter from 1994 to 2010.   It highlighted the activities at the Smyrna Public Library and the support from FOSL to promote appreciation of the library within the community. In 2010 we moved to an online format to take advantage of new technology and share information more quickly.

To celebrate FOSL’s 25th anniversary this year we located all printed copies of our past newsletters. They have now been scanned (over 600 pages) and are available on our website.

Additionally, our online news blog now has over 250 articles dating back to 2010. Enjoy reading the old newsletters and the new blog entries!

Click here to take a walk down Memory Lane:

Monday, July 13, 2015

Dr. Jennifer Garlen Presents a Celebration of Harper Lee

Dr. Jennifer Garlen presented a celebration of beloved Southern author, Harper Lee, on the eve of the publication of her second novel today. In addition to the speaker’s presentation, attendees enjoyed deliciously Southern refreshments and special access to the reserve list for Go Set a Watchman. One lucky attendee won a gift basket.

The arrival of Harper Lee's second book, Go Set a Watchman, makes the summer of 2015 an especially appropriate time to revisit her 1960 debut, To Kill a Mockingbird, which earned the Pulitzer Prize and became a beloved American classic. Reading this iconic novel is more than an exercise in nostalgia, however, since Lee's themes and problems are still very much with us today. The author's brilliant handling of such thorny issues as racial prejudice, injustice, class inequality, and even gender roles makes To Kill a Mockingbird as much a work for the present moment as it was for the 1960s.

Enjoy the photo album

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jennifer C. Garlen holds degrees in English Literature from Agnes Scott College, Georgia Southern University, and Auburn University. She teaches for LearningQuest in Huntsville, Alabama, and is the author of several books, including Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Movies Worth Watching and the YA fantasy novel, Wierm's Egg.  


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Oral Historian Pat Burns Presents WWII at Smyrna Public Library

Oral historian Pat Burns presented at today’s “First Sunday” lecture.  

Ms. Burns introduced her videotaped interview with World War II veterans entitled "The Cobb County Boys" comprised of multiple interviews with local veterans. The program featured a display of World War II photographs. Audience members had the opportunity to sign up to participate in an oral history training workshop, directed by Bill Marchione, who has had much experience over the years in oral interviewing.

Thank you Ms. Burns for an excellent presentation.

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

Friday, July 10, 2015

July 2015 FOSL Board of Directors Meeting

The FOSL Board of Directors met last night at the Smyrna Public Library. Key updates to share are:

Our online book sales continue to grow on Amazon and eBay. Additional volunteers are needed to help MON to FRI in the late morning and early afternoon. Online book sales may well exceed $10,000 in the next 12 months.

Our bargain bookstore in the library also had a great month of sales. It too is growing faster than expected.

Membership forms will soon change to postcards.  This change will save us almost 30% on postage moving forward. The postcards are also easier to mail since envelops do not need to be stuffed.

Plans will soon be announced for the Friends of Smyrna Library 25th anniversary commemoration.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy Independence Day!

The Smyrna Public Library will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Saturday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day.

The library opens on Sunday at 1 PM.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pastels by Paula Landry Opens in Art Gallery

The July and August art gallery exhibit opened today - Pastels by Paula Landry. Ms. Landry's work is on display until August 30. The art 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:

Paula Landry is a pastel artist living and working in Smyrna, Georgia. After many years of teaching art in the Cobb County School District, she has spent her retirement years focusing on expanding and exploring her own artistic skills.

With a BFA in Art Education from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s from the University of Georgia, Paula has studied and has shown work everywhere from France to the small towns of the Southeast. Paula’s portraits and landscapes reflect the vibrant colors found in the Georgia landscape. She is often commissioned for her informal child portraits.

Porcelain Paintings by Mary Belle Cordell Opens in Display Gallery

The July and August display gallery exhibit opened today - Porcelain Paintings by Mary Belle Cordell. Ms. Cordell's work is on display until August 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.  

Artist Statement:

Mary Belle Cordell is a porcelain art teacher, certified by the World Organization of China painters. She has studied at the prestigious Penland School of Arts and Crafts, the Virginia Douglas School of Porcelain Art in N. Carolina, and with internationally known porcelain art teachers. She paints in many mediums but her first love is porcelain painting.

Mary Belle has a broad experience in teaching this fine art and is presently on the staff of the Boca Museum of Art the Art School. She attributes her successful professional life to a challenging teaching style and a passion for porcelain painting. Her commissions have included painting very large murals on tiles and designing the smallest porcelain boxes from Limoges, France.

As a tribute to her fine eye, the works of Mary Belle are in several prestigious private collections including the collection of best-selling author Mary Higgins Clark. A winner of many awards from regional South Florida art shows, Mary Belle continues to be nourished by her art and the passion it inspires in her teaching.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Smyrna Fire Department Conducts CPR Training Class

According to the American Heart Association “About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Immediate CPR can double, or even triple, a victim’s chance of survival.”

The Teen Summer Reading program sponsored a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification to educate attendees on this life-saving skill.  Thanks to our local Smyrna city firefighter heroes for the excellent training and CPR certification!

Tweens Have Furry, Fluffy, Felt Fun

For hundreds of years, wool fibers have been made into hats, jackets, boots and even homes. In today’s workshop, tweens learned the basic steps to making felt. 

Using hand-dyed wool, participants designed and made their own objects from felt. They then created small wall hangings, secret pouches, small purses and more.

Thank you to Toni from the Georgia Museum of Art for putting on this felt-astic program!

The Summer Reading Program “Tween Time” activities are designed for children aged 8-12.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Summer 2015 Reading List & Featured Book

Featured Book

Go Set A Watchman
by Harper Lee

Other Recommended Reading Selections

14th Deadly Sins by James Patterson
A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
A New Hope by Robyn Carr
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
American Sniper by Chris Kyle
Bengals Quest by Lora Leigh
Country by Danielle Steel
English Spy by Daniel Silva
Ever After by Judy Deveraux
Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
Grey by E L Jones
Hilter's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Jamie Ford
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
Kiss Me by Susan Mallery
Memory Man by David Baldacci
On My Knees by J Kenner
Paper Towns by John Green
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley
Safe At Last by Maya Banks
Summer Secrets by Jane Green
The English Spy by Daniel Silva
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Isle of the lost: A Descendants Novel by Melissa de la Cruz
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
The Nightgale by Kristin Hannah
The President's Shadow by Brad Meltzer
The Rumor by Elin Hilderbrand
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tom Clancy Under Fire by Grant Blackwood
Truth or Die by James Patterson
Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Your Baby's First Word Will be Dada by Jimmy Fallon

Compiled by FOSL Volunteer

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion Appear at Star Wars Extravaganza

Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion appeared today at the Smyrna Public Library for the 2015 Summer Reading Program Star Wars Extravaganza.

Our local Jedi’s had the force with them as they made light sabers, blasted storm troopers, saved Princess Leia and explored the galaxy. They successfully defended the library from The Empire.

The Friends of Smyrna Library extend our deep thanks and appreciation to the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion for putting on a great show today. They have appeared many times over the years and every show is excellent.

Friday, June 12, 2015

FOSL Donates $2500 for Juvenile Book Collection

The Friends of Smyrna Library recently approved a donation of $2500 at the monthly Board of Directors meeting to expand the juvenile book collection.  

The first 64 books purchased with the donation were added to the collection today!   

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Author Steve Snyder Presents "Shot Down"

Author Steve Snyder gave a book talk last night on his recently published, award winning work, “Shot Down,” the story of the author’s father, Howard Snyder, and the crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth, shot down over Belgium in WWII.

Mr. Snyder recounted the fascinating story of the five out of ten crew members of the Susan Ruth who survived the crash and were taken in by Belgians who risked their lives to hide them from German soldiers.

As one recent reviewer noted “stories like the ones in Shot Down revive the past, give it new life, and offer a link between the heroes of yesterday and the men we now call “Grandpa.” Steve Snyder’s extensive research, careful storytelling, and humane treatment of his subjects make Shot Down a must-read for anyone with an interest in this gripping period of American history.”

Mr. Snyder’s appearance was sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

The Smyrna Tree Board and Trees Atlanta Host Tween Event

The Smyrna Tree Board and Trees Atlanta hosted this week’s Summer Reading Program Tween Event for 8 to 12-year-olds. Participants took an urban hike in the City of Smyrna Arboretum, adjacent to the library, and learned how to identify some of Georgia's native trees. 

In keeping with the summer’s them of “Every Hero has a Story”, students also learned a new super power - “how to talk tree”- and became Tree Heroes!

Thank you Tyler and Kate for the great program!!!

Local Princesses Attend Princess Party!

Who says that the princess can’t be the hero? Certainly not us! Especially when our favorite princess heroes, Anna and Elsa, pay a visit.

The Friends of Smyrna Library sponsored today’s “Princess Party” at the Smyrna Community Center.  The event, part of the 2015 Summer Reading Program, was a spectacular success!

The party starred Princess heroes Anna and Elsa played by Kristin and Ashley from Peachtree Princess Parties. They led singing and dance segments and then met ALL of the attendees.  275 children and adults attended.     

We have a great video of the event posted to our YouTube channel.

Monday, June 8, 2015

95-Year-Old WWII Soldier Robert Walker Presents Combat Experiences in WWII

Our June First Sunday Lecture Series guest speaker was Mr. Robert Walker, a 95-year old World War II veteran who resides in nearby Mableton. Mr. Walker served with a bomber squadron in England and on the European continent in the 1943 to 1945 period. 

Yesterday’s program consisted of a videotaped interview with Mr. Walker in which he recounts many fascinating tales of his many harrowing wartime experiences. Mr. Walker introduced the hour-long video and answered audience questions about his wartime experiences.

Click here to watch excerpts of the video interview:

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Huge Celebration to Kick-Off Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program kicked-off today with a HUGE celebration at the library. The theme for the event was “Touch-a-Truck” and the kids of all ages had a great time.

Representatives from the Smyrna Fire Department, Police Department, and Community Works were there to help with the event. Activities included face painting, prize drawings, games, and hot dogs were provided courtesy of Dairy Queen.

Monday, May 25, 2015

The Friend of Smyrna Library sponsor the Adult Summer Reading Program 2015: 

WHO: Adults aged 18 and older. Anyone may participate in the program, but only Smyrna Library Cardholders are eligible to win prizes in the drawings. 
WHAT: Events and reading incentives to reignite the child reader in all of us.GoPro Hero Camera

WEEKLY PRIZES:  Gift bags with free books, mugs, book bags, flash drives and gift cards to local businesses.
GRAND PRIZE:  GoPro HERO digital video camera

HOW: Each week, a list of activities will be posted in the Library and on this "Escape the Ordinary Page" webpage. Every activity accomplished is another entry in the Weekly Drawing. Visit the Front Desk on the First Floor to fill out a weekly entry form. All entries throughout the summer will be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE.

Monday, June 22 - Sunday, June 28 Drawing
WIN: Gift Bag containing $20 gift certificate to Mezza Luna (courtesy of the Friends of Smyrna Library), an “I’m Reading” mug, 2GB flash drive (courtesy of Cumberland CID), USB car charger, and romance novels -- packaged in lovely blue and white waterproof book bag .

POWER UP! with
*  Follow Smyrna Library on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest 
* Sign up for a NextReads newsletter 
* Check out a Digital Magazine on Zinio 
* Check out an eAudiobook on Axis360, hoopla or OneClick 
* Visit 
* Check out a fiction genre you have never tried before 
* Check out a DVD in a genre you have never tried before 
* Visit the numismatic display on the Upper Level 
* Read a book in a park 
* Check out a travel or armchair travel book (lots in 910-919)

Escape the OrdinaryGrand Prize will be drawn on Monday, July 27, 2015. Employees of Smyrna Library and their relatives are not eligible to win.

Monday, May 18, 2015

FOSL Sponsors Young Adult Summer Reading Program 2015

The Friend of Smyrna Library sponsor the Young Adult Summer Reading Program 2015: UNMASK!

WHO: Ages 13-18.
WHAT: Events and reading incentives to keep you reading and active all summer.
HOW: Pick up an "Unmask!" punch card starting Friday, May 22, 2015 or print one here.

Accumulate 5 punches and enter your card into a drawing of prizes. Alert a Library staff member whenever you have completed a task, and he/she will punch your card. Pick up another card and start over again for more chances to win!  See the complete list of punch-worthy activities below.

For details on TEEN TUESDAY events, visit the Library's online calendar.srp

Tuesday nights in June & July 6:00 p.m.
Smyrna Public Library, Meeting Room

Grand Prize: GoPro Hero digital video camera 
Other prizes include… 
Gift cards to Rev Coffee 
Barnes and Noble gift cards 
Book and movie adaptation gift packs 
Library overdue fee waivers 
And much more!

· Read a spy novel 
· Take a selfie in the library and post to Facebook or Instagram– tag us 
· Watch an episode of Perry Mason, Matlock, or other detective program 
· Help a neighbor for an hour 
· Check out an ebook or e-audio to listen to 
· Sign up on Zinio to view teen magazines 
· Read 2 hours a week 
· Attend a Teen Tuesday program (bring a friend for an extra punch!) 
· Bring a younger sibling, relative, or neighbor to a kids’ Smyrna Library program 
· Write a letter to your hero 
· Use our suggestion box to tell us what would make the library a better place for teens 
· Help someone in need – open a door, carry groceries, listen 
· Learn about a human rights or services organization (UNICEF, SADD, Wounded Warrior Project, Big Brother/Big sister, etc.) 
· What makes you tick?  Find a book that sounds like you and check it out 
· Read a graphic novel, manga, or YA Biography 
· Create an entry for the annual Smyrna Library Recycled Art Contest 
· Take a course on 
· Download some music from Freegal 
· Learn how to say “Hello” in three different foreign languages with Mango languages 
· Read to a younger child for 20 minutes 
· Read a book and watch the movie adaptation, then complete a comparison form 
· Complete a book review form.  Paper forms are available in the Teen Territory or click here to submit an online form.
· Like “Smyrna Library Teens” on Facebook

Monday, May 11, 2015

FOSL Sponsors Children's Summer Reading Program 2015

The Friend of Smyrna Library sponsor the Children's Summer Reading Program 2015: EVERY HERO HAS A STORY!

Events and reading incentives to keep children, from babies-12 year olds, reading and active all summer.  Pick up a reading log and events brochure starting Friday, May 15, 2015.

When: Saturday, May 30th, 11:00am-1:00pm 
Where: Smyrna Library back parking lot   
Come celebrate summer reading with our very own Smyrna Community Heroes! We’re hosting a touch-a-truck with representatives from the Smyrna Fire Department, Police Department, and Community Works. We’ll also have face painting, prize drawings, games, and hot dogs courtesy of Dairy Queen.

1)  School Aged Reader Reading Logs - Track every 20 minutes you read. You can now log your minutes online at If you attend a Cobb County or Marietta City school you received a login and password at the end of the school year.  If you forgot your login or password, or if you attend a private school or are homeschooled, ask a Youth Service Librarian for your login and password for Scholastic.  All kinds of reading counts (even cereal boxes!), and listening to audiobooks counts too. Bring your reading log into the library each week and receive a special prize for reading at least an hour each week. 
After participating for 8 hours of reading you will receive a certificate, a free book, your name on the wall, and entry into our drawing for a bag of books and fun! 
2)  Beginning Reader Logs - Complete the tasks on your log. At the end of summer, bring in your completed log and you will receive a certificate, sticker, restaurant coupon, and a free book.
3)  Challenge Sheets - Challenge Sheets will be available every Sunday. Choose the level for your age and complete the sheet at home or in the library. Return your challenge sheet by Saturday and receive a prize for completing it and be entered into our weekly drawing for an “Every Hero Has A Story” prize pack! The weekly winner will be notified on Sunday. 

Special events include a puppet show, superhero training camp, LEGOs and more. See the program brochure or the Library's online calendar for all the details.


Ready Readers (Rising K-2nd Grade) 
MONDAYS, 11:00 AM 

Tween Time (8-12 year olds) 

Movers and Shakers (1 & 2 year olds)* 
WEDNESDAYS, 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, & 4:00 PM  
*This class is limited to 25 children 

Lapsit Story Time (3-5 year olds) 
THURSDAYS, 10:30 AM & 11:30 AM 

Friday Film Fun (all ages) 
FRIDAY, 2:00 PM 

Family Story Time (all ages) 


Movers and Shakers (1 & 2 year olds): We share songs, stories, and wrap up each class with a movement activity to allow the children to play while developing their gross motor skills. This class is limited to the first 25 children. We will open the door 15 minutes prior to the start of a program, and we recommend you arrive early to ensure a space in this program. Movers and Shakers will begin when program is full or at start time, whichever is first. Each class lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Lapsit Story Time (3-5 year olds): Each 30 minute thematic story time includes stories, songs, and a related craft activity. This story time is best suited to children who have yet to attend school as we focus on developing literacy skills; however children of all ages are welcome to attend.

Ready Readers (Rising K-2nd grade): Story time for older school aged children with stories to introduce literacy, history, science or math concepts with accompanying activities that reinforce concepts learned in school…and don’t forget the craft! 

Tween Time (8-12 year olds): Hands-on, science and art based activities created to reinforce learning and discovery while inspiring creativity and fun! Approximate length of programs are 60-90 minutes. Parents must stay with children at all times.

Smyrna Public Library, Cobb County Libraries, Cobb County School District, and Marietta City Schools are working together to ensure that all children read this summer.  Submit your reading log to the Smyrna Library or any Cobb County Library branch for a chance to earn prizes. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

World War II's Women Warriors by Historian Narayan Sengupta

As part of the Smyrna Public Library’s observation of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and its aftermath, the library is featuring a series of World War II-related programs in 2015.  Historian and author Narayan Sengupta presented World War II's Women Warriors at the Smyrna Public Library today. 

Presentation Overview: 

More women participated in World War II than any other war. Whether Allied or Axis, they contributed in droves. They were factory workers, pilots, nurses, scientists, Resistance, snipers, spies, etc. Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosie the Riveter, Anne Frank, WACS and WAVES are household names. Learn about them and others such as Russia’s Lydia Litviak (a triple ace fighter pilot) and Lyudmila Pavlichenko, a sniper with 309 kills, Indo-American spy Noor Inayat Khan, the Manhattan project’s Chinese-born Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu and the scientific exploits of Hollywood bombshell Hedy Lamarr. They and hundreds of thousands of others changed global society and paved the way for Angela Merkel, Golda Meir, Valentina Tereshkova, Mary Barra and countless others since WWII including today's mothers, wives, sisters and daughters.

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

Speaker Bio: Narayan Sengupta 

Narayan has had ten veterans on the French side of his family, seven of whom were in combat. One died in action, one was wounded, one was captured, one was an occupier and one was in the Resistance. Two received the Croix de Guerre. On August 27, 1944, his mother’s family was liberated by brave Americans of the US 3rd Armored Division. On the Indian side of his family, both great uncles were noted historians, and one was head of the All India Historical Society. Consequently, he is very passionate about America’s military accomplishments and its veterans.

Narayan speaks several languages, loves to travel and has visited about 20 countries. He was Star Student at North Fulton High School (which was America’s first International Baccalaureate School), majored in History at Emory and earned an MBA from Georgia State. He worked at places like IBM, Coca-Cola, Hewlett Packard, MCI and Alltel before starting NFI (, a website, search engine optimization and database development firm in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is in the Smyrna Rotary Club and served as President in 2008-2009. He started Smyrna’s annual Veterans Day event in 2008. He is on the Smyrna Veterans Committee and in SuperSmyrna. In 2010, the Smyrna Rotary Club named him “Smyrna Citizen of the Year.” He is the very proud father of two young daughters.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Oils & Acrylics by Joe Loehr Opens in Art Gallery

The May and June art gallery exhibit opened today - Oils & Acrylics by Joe Loehr. Mr. Loehr's work 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.  

Artist Statement:

Joe is an emerging artist currently residing in the town of Woodstock in Northwest Georgia. His early education included the study of pencil and charcoal drawing, as well as architectural drafting. 

In recent years, after pursuing a career in computer science, he has refocused his creative efforts on the study of oil painting and the creation of art works in a style that can best be classified as impressionistic realism. Although he has produced some earlier work using acrylics, his most recent works have focused on the use of oils on both canvas and panels supports. In addition, he creates numerous studies of portraits and figures using graphite pencil on paper. He has studied with Atlanta artists Kathy Rennell Forbes and Ernest Varner.

His recent works have been primarily portraits and the depiction of figures in a variety of places and events. However, he occasionally will create seascapes and landscapes, mostly depicting city streets and architectural structures.

Pottery by Pat Gresham Opens in Display Gallery

The May and June display gallery exhibit opened today - Pottery by Pat Gresham. Ms. Gresham's work 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.  

Artist Statement:

My name is Pat Gresham and I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Scott, for 40 years. I have a great family, Zachary and his wife, Caroline, who are the parents of my adorable grandchildren, Henry and Hazel, and my son, Taylor, who lives in NC. Most of my life has been spent taking care of my family and later, my parents as they were aging. I found myself struggling in my mid-life after both of my parents had passed away and my children were grown and out of the house. My husband traveled with his job and I spent a lot of time alone, not sure what to do with myself. I was in my early 50s and in a pretty deep depression. My doctor encouraged me to find something to do with my hands; painting, pottery, etc. I had taken some painting classes earlier in life and thought I would try my hand at pottery. I loved my class and my teacher and it became very therapeutic for me as I was dealing with so many life changes.

There’s something very spiritual about taking a piece of clay and making it into something beautiful and useful. The clay has to be soft and workable and the potter knows how much pressure to put on the clay to get it centered on the wheel before the process begins. If the clay isn’t soft and workable and the potter isn’t patient in centering the clay the whole process is a frustrating struggle (very similar to life!) The creation is useless and fragile until it goes through the first fire which removes the impurities from the clay and gives it strength. There’s glazing to add beauty and strength, re-firing, and the result is a beautiful vessel. Each piece is unique and impossible to duplicate and is a prize creation of the potter.

Getting involved with pottery and adding a little studio in my home has been so rewarding and life affirming and keeps me centered in my own life. It has taught me many lessons and opened doors for me to share my pottery with others. I am thankful that I listened and found something creative to do with my time. When I’m not playing in my studio, I love spending time with my family, especially my adorable Henry and Hazel. My husband and I love to travel and we both enjoy photography. We love visiting the National and State Parks and plan to see as many as we can before we get too old to travel. If I had my way, we would be seeing the country in a little Airstream camper but for right now, I’m enjoying every aspect of my life and appreciate every day to the fullest!