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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Library Cards for Everyone!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and Forsyth Public Library is celebrating. The library will unveil a new library card design featuring a matching key tag. Now you can keep your library card on your keys for your convenience. If you already have a Forsyth library card but would like to upgrade to the new design, you may do that for only $1. In addition to the new cards, the library will also hold a raffle. If you sign up for your first-ever Forsyth library card, or if you bring in someone who is signing up for a library card, you will get a chance to win a gift card donated by Cocomero Frozen Yogurt. Even if you don’t win the prize, you’ll still have the key to the millions of books, DVDs and audiobooks available through our library system. Come get your card today!

Storytime Returns
Storytime at Forsyth Public Library resumes on Thursday, Sept. 4 at 10 a.m. and continues each Thursday through Nov. 20. This fun series is for ages 3 to 5 and includes stories, crafts and other activities. September themes include shapes, colors, rhymes and numbers. No registration is necessary.

Food For Thought Book Group
The Food for Thought book group meets at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11. The group will share a taco bar while discussing Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle. The novel contrasts one white, upper-class Californian family living in a gated community with the family of undocumented Mexican immigrants living in the canyon below, with themes that are as relevant today as when it was first published.

Batman’s Birthday Party
This year Batman is turning 75! Join us at the library for a fun Batman-themed party from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13. There will be crafts, activities and cake. Ages 7 and up are welcome. Registration is necessary.

Saving for College?
If you know you need to start saving money for college but don’t know where to start, join us at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 25. Adam Zoll, assistant editor with and personal finance writer, will explain the financial-aid landscape and discuss the rising costs of financing a college education. He will also lay out the pros and cons of different ways to save for college and the role that 529 savings plans play in your strategy. We will participate remotely in this live, online financial literacy webinar.

Tech Club Returns
After taking a summer break, Tech Club is back with a new focus. The first meeting is from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Now, the club will concentrate primarily on iPads, but iPhone users should also find the meetings informative. Program leader Lisa Marz will spend the first part of the session reviewing basic applications and sharing examples of how to use them. The last portion of the program will be an informal sharing time. The topic of the month is games. Tell us what game apps you enjoy the most and get ideas for new games to try. Tech Club continues every third Tuesday of the month through November. No registration is necessary, and remember to bring your iPad.

Summer Reading results
The numbers are coming in for the recently completed 2014 Summer Reading Program. There were 652 people who registered for summer reading, compared to 608 in 2013 and 513 in 2012. The completion rate for this year was 38 percent for those who completed all levels of the program, compared to 40.3 percent last year and 41.3 percent in 2012. Attendance numbers for library programs in June and July came in at an impressive 2,219.

New commissioner certifications
New Library Commission members Bernadette Birkholtz and Lakshmi Jyothinagaram both completed the required Open Meetings Act training. Their certifications have been submitted to the Forsyth Village Clerk.

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