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 help students 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
Wednesdays, February. 10:30 a.m.
Join us for songs, rhymes, and stories for children up to three years old.
All families with children up to three years old welcome. No registration necessary.
Wednesdays, February. 1:30 p.m.
Join us for stories, songs, and other activities to support early literacy. For ages 3-5.
All families with children from three to five years old welcome. No registration necessary.
Teen Gavel Club-Learning the Art of Public Speaking. Gavel Club
Sundays, February 25. 3:00 p.m.
In an exciting partnership with Alpharetta Toastmasters, teens can learn how to improve their public speaking skills. Gavel Club is for teens, ages 12-19. No registration is necessary.
East Roswell Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Rd, Roswell, GA 30076
Tuesdays, February. 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. All levels welcome. Ages: Adult.
ESL Conversation Class
Thursdays, February. 10:45 a.m.-12:45 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. Ages: Adults.
Making Healthy Transitions Support Group for Women
Wednesday, February 21. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join this free support group for women by women with empowering and effective tools and results-oriented handouts used by successful professionals and business around the world. Presented by Sona Tank, Certified Life Coach from Life Purpose Institute. Ages: Adult.
Happy Tails/READing Paws w/ Fergus
Tuesday, February 27. 3:30 p.m.
Children can sign up to read to Fergus, a trained a registered therapy dog. Work on reading skills with a great listener who loves hearing all kinds of stories. Caregiver required to stay in the room with their child(ren). Reservations required. Ages: 5-8.
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
March 1 Canvas Painting 3:30-4:30 Join Juli Mc Gill owner of OOTB to create a “ muddy pig “ canvas painting March 1st at the Milton library 3:30-4:30 as well as learn about pigs and how wonderful they are. Call the Milton library to reserve there are limited spaces.
Northeast Spruill Oaks Branch Atlanta-Fulton County Library System
9560 Spruill Rd. Johns Creek, GA
ph: 770-360-8820 fax: 770-360-8823 Calendar of Events
Little Ladybugs: Baby and Toddler Storytime
Tuesdays, February. 10:15 a.m.
Come join us at the library for storytime! Children will learn, explore, and play through interactive stories, songs and crafts. In the Community Room. Ages 0-4.
AARP Safe Driver Course
Saturday, February 24. 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
While the program is free, there is a cost of $20 per person for the recommended AARP workbook and certificate with a $5 discount available to AARP members. Reservations required. Adults and Teens 15 and up.
Meet the Author: Alizah Anne Kaite
Saturday, February 24. 11:00 a.m.
Filbert and Wally are journeying along the Chattahoochee River and they want you to join them! Come read and sing along with local author Alizah Anne Kaite as she reads from her children’s book Filbert and Wally: Chattahoochee Daydreams and learn some interesting facts about Georgia’s wildlife along the way. Reservations required. Ages 12 and under.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Group Classes
Thursdays, February. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Group classes in conversational English as a Second Languages (ESL) for beginner to intermediate English speakers. First come, first served. No advanced registration is necessary. Free and open to the public. No textbooks needed. Ages 18 and up.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide
Saturdays, February. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide provides free, in-person tax assistance on Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 3 February 2018 – 14 April 2018. For more info, please visit www.aarp.org/taxaide. Registration required. Register by calling 770.360.8897 or register at the Patron Services desk.
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
Bouncing Baby Stories and Songs
Mondays. 10:30-11:00 a.m.
Infant and parent story time with Austin. Bring the baby by for songs and stories. Infant-2.
Tales for Tykes
Mondays. 11:05 – 11:30 a.m.
Join our children’s librarian, Austin, for Monday morning story time for toddlers. Ages 2-4.
Free ESL Classes
Tuesdays. 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Conversational English. All levels. All ages welcome.
Zumba with Nicole Gordon
Thursdays, February 22 11:00 a.m.
Dancing makes working out fun. Limit of 25. Adults.
Sunday, February 25. 2:00 p.m.
Step back in time and view a collection of sports memorabilia from the Negro League on view courtesy of local resident and collector. This program is part of Roswell Roots’ month long celebration. Teens and adults.
Roswell East Library
2301 Holcomb Bridge Rd Roswell 30076
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.
WICKED AUTHOR GREGORY MAGUIRE SPEAKS TO FANSAT FORSYTH READS TOGETHER
Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, will visit Forsyth County to speak and sign books for fans at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8. Admission to An Evening with Gregory Maguire is free, but advance registration is requested.
An Evening with Gregory Maguire is sponsored by Forsyth County Public Library, FCPL Friends & Advocates, The Forsyth County Arts Alliance Fund at the Forsyth County Community Foundation, and BookLogix and is part of Forsyth Reads Together, a county-wide program that encourages the whole community to read, discuss, and participate in programs associated with a selected book.
This year’s book selection is Maguire’s Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a New York Times bestseller and the inspiration for the hit Broadway musical Wicked. The book is also the first in a four-volume series called The Wicked Years that includes Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz.
“Wicked is a favorite among our patrons. We’re already hearing how excited they are to meet Mr. Maguire and have their well-loved and dog-eared copies of their books signed,” says Tracy Walker, Program and Outreach Manager.
Copies of Wicked may be borrowed from the library. Barnes & Noble will also be on-site during the event to offer copies of Mr. Maguire’s books for sale. Mr. Maguire will sign books following his author talk.
Inspired by the untold backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this fantasy novel for adults profiles the green-skinned Elphaba as an animal rights activist striving to avenge her sister’s death, not simply an evil villain.
In a reimagined Oz where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability, and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence, readers will find much to discuss on themes of religion, politics, societal norms, and economics.
Readers will gather to discuss the book at the Cumming Library on Thursday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. After Mr. Maguire’s visit, readers can discuss the book and share their thoughts on his author talk at the Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday, March 28 at 10:30 a.m.
Families Celebrate Forsyth Reads Together
Younger readers are invited to participate in this year’s program by attending the Forsyth Reads Together Celebration from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 1 in the Forsyth Central High School cafeteria.
This family-friendly event is a joint effort between Forsyth County Schools, Humane Society of Forsyth County, Makerspace Forsyth, and Forsyth County Public Library.
“Forsyth County Schools are excited to be working with the Forsyth County Public Library to present a family night filled with music, makerspace activities, storytelling and so much more,” says Kristen Deuschle, District Media Specialist.
Forsyth Reads Together Celebration will include presentations of student work, a Toto and Friends Reading Lounge where children can read aloud with furry friends from HSFC Humane Hearts Pet Therapy program, and a Wizard of Oz-themed LED shadow box activity. Other craft activities and a puppet show for younger children will also be part of the event.
At the celebration, families can enter to win an Admit Four All-Inclusive Ticket package to the Center for Puppetry Arts to enjoy one Family Series Performance, the Create-a-Puppet Workshop, and Museum Exhibits.
Admission to the Forsyth Reads Together Celebration is free and advance registration is not required.
Additional Oz-themed programs for children, tweens, and teens are scheduled throughout March, including Saving Oz, a breakout box adventure at the Hampton Park Library and Storybook STEM, a study of rainbows, tornadoes, and hot air balloons at the Post Road Library.
For more information on Forsyth Reads Together, or to register for An Evening with Gregory Maguire, please visit www.forsythpl.org.
585 Dahlonega Street Cumming, 30040
Post Road Library
5010 Post Road Cumming 30040