Director’s Blog: February 2022

Hi!

The month of February is well-known for its focus on the observance of Black History Month.  To that end, the Fulton County Library System kicks off the month by inviting you to  consider participating in our first ever One Book, One Read Program.

The selected book title is Caste, the Origins of Our Discontents by Pulitzer Prize winning writer, Isabel Wilkerson.  It is our hope that book clubs throughout the Library System and Fulton County, as well as individuals, will be a part of the  joint read-along of the book during the next two months.  

We expect  the  book will evoke a lot of discussion. It is hoped that its historical context, and sometimes revelatory aspects, will at least provide a look into concepts and precepts that will lead all of us to a better understanding of each other.  Perhaps the book will not lead any of us to instant changes of thought or behaviors; but  it may very well allow a glimmer of space for us to consider the book’s basic premise and build upon it; or seek new ways to address old, and continuing concerns. Either way, I believe that the opportunity to have  book discussions among  a broad range of readers is a good shared experience.  This type of programming is planned to be an annual event. 

Additionally, Caste will culminate in a visit and lecture by Ms. Wilkerson at 3:00 p.m. on March 27, 2022 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.  Her visit will also be  a part of Women’s History Month, which is observed in March of each year.  The program is funded by the Library Foundation. 

The Library is always available to everyone who wants to visit , or log onto the website (www.fulcolibrary.org)  to explore the world of information on any subject matter.

From history to  literature,  philosophy, the sciences; and everything in between, there is always something for you at the Library.  Please stop by in person or visit us online and use the virtual resources.  We hope you will have a chance to read Caste  and join us at a book club meeting.

Finally, at mid-month, don’t forget Valentine’s Day!  Those we love, and those we need, should know it.  So say so. 

-Gayle

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