Director’s Blog – February 2023

Director’s Blog Message

February 2023

Good day to each of you. 

Although Valentine’s Day has passed, there is the universal language of love with numerous ways of expression, 365 days of the year.  We can choose to practice any part of it.  At the Library, we love to see you enter our doors.  We love for you to chat with us about your favorite books.  We love that you attend programs and other events at your local library.

We look forward to a child’s first discovery of a love of reading.  February can be the month of love overflowing as well as a time to read, reflect, and learn just a bit more.

February ushers in Black History Month which includes a myriad of program offerings.  The Library System will feature a Black History Film Festival, sponsored in partnership with Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr.  The opening reception will be held Friday, February 24th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Central Library at One Margaret Mitchell Square in downtown Atlanta. Acclaimed actor Lamman Rucker is scheduled to serve as the guest emcee. The opening reception will feature a screening of ‘Bo Legs: Marvin Arrington, Sr., An Atlanta Story’. The film highlights how Mr. Arrington helped to transform the city of his birth from a segregated, provincial town into the international metropolis that it is today.

On February 25th, additional films in the series will be featured from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 15 branches. 

Also, you are invited to stop by the Central Library on February 25th and listen to a live jazz concert, followed by other musical programs; and hear spoken word presentations. 

The Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History and Culture is featuring an archival photo exhibition of the work of the famous photographer, Thomas Dorsey.  Please come and view the collection.

Since February is National Heart Month, CPR classes are being held at some of the libraries to demonstrate how to save a life. 

You will find the locations listed on the website (  for the programs and events mentioned, as well as for many other offerings throughout the Library System, for all ages, and on various subjects. 

A famous, local orator was known for his love of poetry.  Many times, at the least expected moments, he would utter the words of the poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, reciting, “How do I love thee; let me count the ways…”  Afterward, he would end with the question, “Have I told you lately that I love you?” 

I hope you uttered words of love a few days ago to those to whom you entrust your heart.