Local libraries in and around Alpharaetta are some of the best places to take your children for FREE events throughout the year as well as to check out reading books! Below are great events for kids from pre-school through high school. Check to see if there is a RSVP or first come first serve on certain popular events. For a full list of programs and events visit websites, www.afpls.org or www.forsythpl.org and check AMO’s list of library events below. All programs are free and open to the public.
Libraries are also a training ground for students of all ages to expand their knowledge and explore creative pursuits. The development of makerspaces is just one way libraries are seeking to meet this demand, ranging from low-tech, hands-on engineering opportunities for children and teens using toys and kits to the incorporation of high-tech tools like laser cutters and 3D printers.
Librarians provide important resources to families whose children are at the earliest stages of development, by teaching parents and caregivers the components of early literacy which help children develop the basic tools for school readiness.
Older students can access high-speed Internet, digital tools and the opportunity to work with trained professionals on how to use them. Librarians provide guided training in digital media and grow digital literacy skills. Libraries also provide equity of access to digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or internet access in the home.
RR = Registration Required T = Teen A = Ages AAW = All Ages Welcome Tw = Tween
Alpharetta Branch Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
10 Park Plaza Alpharetta 30009
For information call 404.613.6735
Art work in a variety of styles and mediums will be exhibited by members of the Alpha Arts Guild, an organization for North Fulton based artists. Artist contact information is made available for those interested in purchasing any of the works displayed. Exhibit changes quarterly.
April 22: 12 – 1pm Janell Carter Licensed Realtor – Century 21
Home Buying Process from start to finish ~Immediate Mortgage Pre-Qualification
Finding the neighborhood and home that is right for you ~ What to expect up until closing
Teen Gavel Club: Learning the Art of Public Speaking
Second and Fourth Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Help your teenager communicate effectively. Members of the Alpharetta Toastmasters chapter facilitate this club.
The Alpha Walking Club
Every Monday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. Come walk with us through downtown Alpharetta. Please dress for the weather!
Foreign Films at the Alpharetta Library
Fourth Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Foreign films will be shown in the library’s auditorium. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Weekly storytimes feature stories, singing with the ukulele, dancing and ASL.
Baby Signing Time
Wednesdays. May. 11:30 a.m. Weekly sessions feature stories, rhymes, songs and, of course, baby sign. Designed for children under 2.
Family Movie Night
First Monday of every month at 5:00 p.m. Join us in the auditorium for a family friendly movie.
5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek 30005
For information call 770.360.8897
Wednesdays: May 3. 6:00-7:30pm. Club members will learn strategies, game variations and perhaps have the opportunity to participate in a tournament. A: 5U
Saturday May 13. 4:30-5:30pm. Learn the basic techniques of drawing, painting, elements of art, principles of design, and cartoon/animeג€™ drawing. A: 5U
CAST Free Math Tutoring .
Sunday: May 14, 21. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tutors will provide math instruction Bring an assignment or a math topic you are struggling with. First come first served basis. A: 5U
Small, Small WORLD Art Program
Tuesday May 2. 10:30am. Grab your passports and join us as we travel the globe as part of Johns Creek Art Centerג€™s newest learning adventure: small, small World. A: 2U, RR
Wednesday April 26. 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 pm. Learn basics of Java, including basics of programming, conditions, and arrays. Java is an essential and popular programming language used to make mobile applications in Android. Java is often an easy language to learn. A: TW/T, RR, SL
Teen Manga and Cartooning
Saturday May 13. 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Techniques and secrets employed by modern day professional Manga, aka, Game Concept Artists, and Animators. Teens will start their journey into the world of drawing anime and manga illustrations. A: Tw/T, RR, SL
North Fulton Community Charities Mobile Outreach Bus April 26, and May 24 & 31. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 pm. Provides emergency assistance via the NFCC mobile unit, particularly for families with transportation challenges. Appointments only. For more information or to schedule, visit the website at www.nfcchelp.org or call 770-640-0399 (ext. 463). A: A, RR
Family Mother’s Day Art Program
Wednesday, May 10. 6:00 p.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with Johns Creek Art Center. A trained instructor will help you create an art project to take home.
Milton Library Programs
Milton Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
855 Mayfield Road, Milton 30009
For information call 404.613.4402
Creative Arts Teen Meet-up @ Milton
Wednesday April 26. 5:30 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. Join us biweekly for a fun arts and crafts project. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library. A: Tw/T
Bilingual Storytime with Lingual Kids
Wednesday May 17. 11:00 a.m. Lingual Kids invites friends to travel the world without leaving the library. Have fun with songs and an interactive story perfect for the imaginative learner. Sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Library. A: 0-6
Teen Manga and Cartooning Workshop
Wednesday May 17 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. In partnership with Johns Creek Arts Center this monthly session will teach the techniques and secrets employed by modern day professional artists.
Northeast Spruill Oaks Branch Atlanta-Fulton County Library System
9560 Spruill Rd. Johns Creek, GA
ph: 770-360-8820 fax: 770-360-8823 NE/Spruill Oaks Facebook page
English as a Second Language
Tuesdays through May. 10:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beginning and intermediate levels with experienced instructor Terry McManus. Free. A:A
Small, Small World: Exploring Art around the Globe
Thursday May 4. 10:30 a.m. Children will explore the world through music, stories, and art. RR, A: 3U, SL
Laughter for Wellness
First Saturday of the Month May 6. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Teacher is certified Laughter Yoga instructor. Fun and healthy!
Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library Book Club
Usually* First Tuesday of the Month: May 2 11:00 a.m.
Call or drop by the Circulation Desk to pick up the book for the month! A: A
Spanish Classes for Children
Tuesday May 9. 4:00 p.m. The National Spanish Honor Society offers free Spanish language classes for children. RR, A: 5-12
Creative Writing Club for Teens
Sundays, April 23, May 28 2:30 p.m. Explore your own inner writer with your peers in a relaxed, informal setting.
Money Smart Week: Guest Author Mary Becker
Monday, April 24. 4:30 p.m. Mary will read from her finance books for children, The Debt Monster and Dazzling Dollar Dude.
Roswell Library Programs
Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075
For information call 770.640.3075
Storytime with Babatunde
First Monday of the month, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Join Jason Louder for a special story time that shares African stories and folklore. A: 3-12
Free ESL Classes
Tuesdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Conversational English. All levels. A: A
Noonday Nosh Book Club & Mystery Readers Book Club
Every third Tuesday of the month, 11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Noonday Nosh. Every fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Mystery Readers. Come discuss the monthג€™s book selection with other readers of the community. A: A
Spanish Story Time
Every second Wednesday. 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Designed for all young ages, this story time hour is in Spanish and explores stories and rhymes. A: 0-12
Drop-In Needlecraft Group
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Get together with like-minded crafters to socialize while you work on your projects. If you knit, crochet, embroider or cross-stitch, grab your current project and join us at the library. No instruction needed and materials are provided. AAW
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AP Test Prep Classes
Monday, April 24. AP World History: 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Join C2Education as they help you get prepared for your AP Exams.
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell 30076
For information call 404.613.4050
ESL Conversation Class
Thursdays through May 18. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Practice speaking English with other ESL learners and new English speakers in an informal and friendly group setting. Groups are led by a native English speaker. A:A
Tuesdays through May 30. 12:00 p.m. Every class will include guided meditation. Group leaders cover different topics that include the details of the energy centers, subtle system and more. Each class is different, fun and interactive. A:A
Wednesdays through May 24. 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. Stories, songs and activities your whole family will love. Children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. A: 2-5
Happy Tails/READing Paws
Saturdays May 13. 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. 15 minute sessions. Children can sign up to read to Bentley, a trained and registered therapy dog. Work on reading skills with a great listener who loves hearing all kinds of stories. Caregiver required to stay in room with child. RR, A: 5+
Happy Tails/READing Paws
Thursday May 18. 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 15 minute sessions. Children can sign up to read a trained and registered therapy dog. Work on reading skills with a great listener who loves hearing all kinds of stories. Caregiver required to stay in room with child. RR, A: 5+
To view a complete listing of what’s happening at all of the Forsyth library branches, please visit the Events Calendar on www.forsythpl.org.
585 Dahlonega Street Cumming, 30040
Weekly Storytime Programs
Books & Babies (0-24 months)
For Pre-walkers: Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. For Walkers: Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.
This 30-minute storytime introduces a love for books, music, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. Improve motor, sensory, and social skills during free play time, which also provides an opportunity for both babies and their caregivers to socialize.
Toddler Tales (18-36 months)
Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
This 30-minute program introduces age- appropriate books and stories, as well as action rhymes, songs, and movement to help support your toddler’s developing literacy.
Preschool Pals (3-5 years) Tuesdays at 11:15 a.m.
This 30-minute program is designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities.
Afternoon Storytime (All ages)
Tuesdays at 3:15 p.m.
This 30-minute storytime includes books, music, and activities. It is designed for ages 4 – 8, but the whole family is welcome to attend.
Twilight Tales (All ages)
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Join us in the Children’s area of the library for stories, music, and activities. Fun for the whole family!
Traveling “River of Words” Art and Poetry Exhibit April 17-30
The River of Words exhibit features the art and poetic work of students across Georgia. River of Words is a nation-wide competition that is coordinated locally in our state by the Georgia Center for the Book and Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), a program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Each year, students in grades K – 12 are invited to create visual art or poetry that shows a deep understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and their local watershed. Winners in Forsyth County include students from Shiloh Point, Matt, and Brookwood elementary schools.
The exhibit is touring across Georgia and most recently stopped at Shiloh Point Elementary School. The Cumming Library is the last stop on the schedule for the River of Words exhibit. It will return to the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library in May to be refitted with winning poems and art from the 2017 competition. Those winners are expected to be announced in May.
Teens and adults can also celebrate their love for poetry during the River of Words exhibit when they stop by the Blackout Poetry station. Blackout poetry is created by taking a page from a novel or newspaper article and coloring over unwanted words with a black marker, leaving only the writer’s desired words that create a poem or tell a story.“The library will provide recycled book pages for participants to use at the station. Poets who wish to display their completed blackout poems can give them to a library staff member to display in the library in honor of the River of Words exhibit,” adds Bradley.
The River of Words exhibit is suitable for all ages and may be visited during the library’s regular hours.
For more information about the exhibit or programs at the library, please visit www.forsythpl.org.
Post Road Library
5010 Post Road Cumming 30040
Books & Babies (0-24 months)
For Walkers: Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.
For Pre-Walkers: Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills as well as physical, social, and mental development. This 30-minute storytime introduces a love for books, music, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. Improve motor, sensory, and social skills during free play time, which also provides an opportunity for both babies and their caregivers to socialize.
Toddler Tales (18-36 months)
Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. & 11:15 a.m.
These 30-minute programs introduce age appropriate books and stories. We also incorporate action rhymes, songs, and movement to support your toddler’s developing literacy in fun and exciting ways.
Preschool Pals (3-5 years)
Thursdays at 1:15 p.m.
These 30-minute programs are designed to promote language,
listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.
Saturday Family Storytime (All ages)
Saturdays at 11:15 a.m.
Start your weekend off right with books, dancing and fun! This storytime is great for the whole family!
Preschoolers @ Post (Ages 3-5)
Fridays at 11:15 a.m.
Educate and entertain your little learner, ages 3-5, at the Post Road Library. Join us on Fridays for a variety of preschool play each week. Throughout the month we will offer a music class, center-based play, science and STEM for the preschool set, and a craft day perfect for little fingers and growing imaginations!
Sharon Forks Library
2820 Old Atlanta Road Cumming 30040
Books & Babies (0-24 months)
Develop baby’s pre-literacy skills as well as physical, social, and mental development. This 30-minute story-time introduces a love for books, music, movement, rhythm, and rhyme. Improve motor, sensory, and social skills during free play time, which also provides an opportunity for both babies and their caregivers to socialize. No registration required.Toddler Tales (18-36 months)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m.These 30-minute programs introduce age-appropriate books and stories. We also incorporate action rhymes, songs, and movement to help support your toddler’s developing literacy in fun and exciting ways. No registration required.Preschool Pals (3-5 years)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 11:15 a.m.These 30-minute programs are designed to promote language, listening, and pre-reading skills by offering vocabulary development, experiences with a variety of literature, and participation in language-related activities. Hear stories, sing songs, and develop the skills needed to become a successful reader.
No registration required.Number Ninjas Thursday April 13 6:30-7:15 pm
This program is suggested for grades 2 and up.
Registration not required; space is limited.