Directors Blog – June 2023

Three weeks into the summer of 2023 and Fulton County libraries are busier than ever.

Thank you for attending programs, checking out many materials, and using computers for your various needs. Children and teens are delighting themselves by attending storytimes; crafting; chess programs; and many others. Bestsellers are still highly requested, and many are readily available on the libraries’ bookshelves.

The Summer Reading Program (June 1st to August 1st) is underway for all ages. Use this time to check out the 2023 One Book, One Read (OBOR) selection, The Personal Librarian, by Victoria Christopher Murray and Marie Benedict. The OBOR, a signature program, will be held at the Central Library at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2023.

Summer will be “extended” when the Library presents the annual Children’s Book Festival, another signature program, from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19th, and Friday, October 20th. Eric Litwin, the original Pete the Cat author will delight kids of all ages on October 19th, and author, Nic Stone, will be presented to teens on October 20th. She is the author of Dear Martin. Both events will be held at the Central Library.

Library System staff are grateful to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Foundation for continuing to fund the annual signature program events.

Also, please look for a big promotion from the Library System encouraging County residents to get, or renew, their library cards. The card opens a world of opportunity to get acquainted with, or to return to, one of the best universally accepted forms of learning and connecting to information. The Library can meet your print and online resource needs.

Help us to get the word out to your family members; friends and neighbors about the things the library card offers. Tell them about your experiences as a cardholder. Although September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, we will get the campaign going from July through September. Stay tuned!

--Gayle H. Holloman