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MILTON LIBRARY TH E FRIE NDS OF THE M I LTON LI BR A RY I S A 501(c )(3) N O N - PRO F IT C O RPO RAT IO N September•October•November 2016 - vol. 2, issue 3 - Quarterly Newsletter



PLANS ARE PROGRESSING rapidly for Milton’s first Holiday Tour of Homes on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The event’s coordinating committee has identified five outstanding examples of our community’s most exceptional homes which will be decked out for the holidays. Only 300 tickets are available online Participants will have a choice of two schedules, morning or afternoon. Ticketholders will be divided into five groups of 30, each with its own dedicated luxury bus throughout their tour. Trained docents will assist participants at each home. The event is being organized by the Friends of the Milton Library. Proceeds will support a wide range of library programs. The annual Tour of Homes is certain to become one of Milton’s signature

community events, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly. A limited INSIDE number of sponsorship Holiday Tour of Homes p1 opportunities are still Barn Birdhouse Donated, p2 available. For further Karen White Booksigning, p2 information and to BBQ Birthday Bash, p3 purchase tickets, check Library Events, p4 out the tour’s website, Good Things Come in Pairs, p6 miltongatourofhomes. How to Help, p8 com FRIENDS OF THE MILTON LIBRARY BOARD Marsha Spear, co-President Kimberly Gauger, co-President David Shannon, Vice President Karen Thurman, Treasurer Board Members: Leslie Fanuzzi, Gordon Hunter, Paul B Kaplan, Bill Lusk, Christy McWhorter, Bob Meyers, Mercy Vennel, Marketia Patterson, Kevin Spear




LOCAL ARTISAN DAVID BROOKS donated a homemade birdhouse to the library. Here is his description of the gift: “This barn was built for people, young and old, to admire, to touch and to visualize a grand old barn by gazing on this miniature model. This barn was built for animals, not chickens, pigs, horses or cows, but for birds to nest in the hayloft, or escape the cold and rain in the winter. Birds can enter the hayloft from the opening on the front of the barn, while people can help the birds by cleaning out leftover nests. The hayloft can be cleaned by opening the back door, marked with a large M – M is for Milton. This barn has history in its walls, as it was primarily built with wood saved from the original barns on the Milton library grounds. The wood is likely oak, milled from once nearby trees. Oak is a dense, heavy and rot resistant wood, and was plentiful for building houses and barns in the early days of the Milton area. Notice the kerf or saw marks on the barn sides.The roof of the barn is covered with homemade cedar shingles, not old, but repurposed from leftover cedar siding. Cedar is also a rot resistant wood, and will turn grey with aging, much like the oak wood that is utilized for the barn walls. The barn birdhouse measures approximately two feet tall and two feet wide, and weighs 40 pounds. It is weatherproof and can be placed indoors or outdoors.”



New York Times best-selling author and Milton resident, Karen White held a book signing in the library in June. While she discussed her new book Flight Patterns, enthusiastic attendees tasted Tupelo honey and shortbread which figure prominently in her story. The treats were provided by Cheeses & Mary of Crabapple and Savannah Bee Company. MILTONLIBRARYFRIENDS.ORG

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FOML’S BBQ & Bluegrass Birthday Bash was a huge success this summer! It is hard to believe, but our wonderful “new” Milton library has celebrated its one year anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Friends of the Milton Library, FOML, organized a birthday bash that will be long remembered by the large crowd that assembled July 16 under the grand old oak tree beside the library. “It was just like an old-fashioned family picnic,” says FOML Board member Christy McWhorter, who spearheaded the event.

Checkers, and Tic Tac Toe, along with Ladderball and Corn Hole games that kids and adults enjoyed. Dr. Gabriel Morley, Director of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System, was among the VIPs in attendance. “It was a great community event,” according to Kimberly Snoddy-George, Branch Manager of the library, “just the kind of program we want to encourage in our community.”

Attendees feasted on delicious barbeque prepared on site by ‘Cue Barbeque on Highway 9 and enjoyed the bluegrass and Americana music of Control Burn, a well-known Atlanta trio. They were opened by Echoes, a group of talented area middle and high school RockU musicians. Highlights of the event included giant lawn Scrabble, TO ADVERTISE: INFO@LOCALLIFEPUBLISHING.COM



Milton Library Events and Programs

855 Mayfield Road, Milton 30009 • AFPLS.ORG for details For information or to register, please call 404.613.4402 {C} Children {T} Teen {*R} Registration Required {F} FOML Supported Program Please visit the Milton Library self-service Bookstore in the Foyer SEPTEMBER

Boot Camp with André Saturdays, 3:30p.m. Saturday Color Saturdays beginning September 12. 1p.m. Heartfulness Meditation Sundays, 4p.m. (C Ages 5-8) Folktales from Around the World Mondays beginning September 12 at 4:15p.m. Adult Coloring for Manic Mondays, Mondays, 10:30a.m. (C Ages 0-5) Stories for Shorties Tuesdays,10:30a.m. Memoir Writing, Tuesdays, 6p.m. FOML Wednesday Barn Sale Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30p.m. (C T) Youth Chess Club Fridays beginning September 23. 4p.m. AARP Smart Driving Course Thursday, September 1. 10:30 a.m. – 4:00p.m. Midday at Milton Book Club Friday, September 2. 12p.m. Astronomy Club—Pluto (and New Horizons), Tuesday, September 6. 6p.m.

Wednesday, September 14. 4:30p.m.

Book Club Sunday, October 2. 2:30p.m.

(C Ages 4+) Bring-your own-blanket Storytime Saturday, September 17. 11a.m.

Astronomy Club---Chasing Comets with Rosetta; Tues, Oct 4. 6p.m.

(T Ages 13+) Game Day @ Milton Library, Saturday, September 17. 1p.m.

Midday at Milton Book Club Friday, October 7. 12pm

(C Ages 5+) Lego Club @ Milton Tuesdays, Biweekly beginning September 20 at 4p.m. (T 12-16) Junior Toastmasters Tuesdays, Sept 20-No 22. 6p.m. (C Ages 5+) Astrokids Wed, September 21. 6p.m. Family Movie Fridays Friday, September 23. 4p.m. Eric Burkhardt “Successful Transitions: Senior Living and Care Options”, Tues, Sept 27. 6p.m. Beekeeping 101 Wed, September 28. 6p.m. Safari Basics Wed, September 28. 6p.m.


Boot Camp with André Saturdays, 3:30p.m. Saturday Color, Saturdays, 1p.m.

Genealogy Club Wednesday, September 7. 6p.m.

Heartfulness Meditation Sundays, 4p.m.

FOML Historic Barn 2nd Saturday Book Sale Saturday, Sept10. 10-4p.m.

Adult Coloring for Manic Mondays; Mondays, 10:30a.m.

Milton History Book Club Tuesday, September 13. 6p.m. Women’s Health Workshop – Heart Health & Stroke Tuesday, September 13. 6p.m.

(C Ages 0-5) Stories for Shorties Tuesdays, 10:30a.m. (T 12-16) Junior Toastmasters Tuesdays, 6p.m. FOML Wednesday Barn Sale Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30p.m.

(C Ages 3-6) Silly Science Storytime , Wed, Sept 14. 10:30a.m.

(C T) Youth Chess Club Fridays, 4p.m.

(T *R Ages 13+) Graphic, ink.

(C *R Ages 9-12) Badger & Fox


FOML Historic Barn 2nd Saturday Book Sale, Oct 8. 10-4p.m. Milton History Book Club Tuesday, October 11. 6p.m. (C Ages 3-6) Silly Science Storytime , Wed, Oct12. 10:30a.m. (T *R Ages 13+) Graphic, ink. Wed, October 12. 4:30p.m. Women’s Health Workshop – Stress, Wed, October 12. 6p.m. (C Ages 4+) Bring-your own-blanket Storytime Sat, October 15. 1a.m. (T Ages 13+) Game Day @ Milton Library, Sat, Oct 15. 11a.m. Understanding Your Taxes in Retirement, Tues, Oct 18. 6p.m. (C Ages 5+) Astrokids Wednesday, October 19. 6p.m. Family Movie Fridays Friday, October 21. 4:00 p.m.

NOVEMBER Saturday Color Saturdays, 1p.m.

Boot Camp with André Saturdays, Nov 5, 19, 26. 3:30p.m. Heartfulness Meditation Sundays, 4p.m. Adult Coloring for Manic Mondays, Mondays, 10:30a.m. (C Ages 0-5) Stories for Shorties Tuesdays, 10:30a.m. FOML Wednesday Barn Sale Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30p.m. MILTONLIBRARYFRIENDS.ORG

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(T 12-16) Junior Toastmasters Tuesdays through Nov22. 6p.m. (C T) Youth Chess Club Fridays 4p.m. Women’s Health Workshop – Balance, Wed, Nov 2. 6p.m. Midday at Milton Book Club Friday, November 4. 12p.m. (C *R Ages 9-12) Badger & Fox Book Club, Sun, Nov 6. 2:30pm

Wednesday, Nov 30. 6p.m.

Book Club Sunday, December 11. 2:30 p.m.


Milton History Book Club Tuesday, December 13. 6p.m.

Saturday Color Saturdays through Dec17, 1p.m. Heartfulness Meditation Sundays through Dec18. 4p.m. Adult Coloring for Manic Mondays, Mondays through December 19 at 10:30a.m.

FOML Election Day Barn Book Sale, Tues, Nov 8. 10-4p.m.

(C Ages 0-5) Stories for Shorties Tuesdays through December 13 at 10:30a.m.

(C Ages 3-6) Silly Science Storytime, Wed, Nov 9. 10:30a.m.

FOML Wednesday Barn Sale Wednesdays, 3:30-7:30p.m.

(T *R Ages 13 and up) Graphic, ink., Wed, Nov 9. 4:30p.m.

(C T) Youth Chess Club Fridays thru Dec16. 4p.m.

FOML Historic Barn 2nd Saturday Book Sale,Nov12.10-4p.m.

Midday at Milton Book Club Friday, December 2. 12:00 p.m.

Milton History Book Club Tuesday, Nov15. 6p.m.

Boot Camp with André Friday, December 9. 3:30 p.m.

Astronomy Club---Voyager’s Grand Tour of the Solar System Wednesday, Nov16. 6 p.m.

(C Ages 3-5) It’s Winter! Storytime & Craft, Sat, Dec 10. 11a.m.

(T Ages 13+) Game Day @ Milton Library Saturday, Nov 19. 1a.m. Family Movie Fridays Friday, November 19. 4p.m. (C Ages 0-5) We’re Thankful! Storytime, Tues, Nov 22. 10:30a.m. (C Ages 5+) Astrokids

Family Movie Fridays Friday, December 10. 4:00 p.m. (T *R Ages 12+) Spotlight Teen Talent, Sat, Dec 10. 12-5p.m. FOML Tour of Homes Saturday, December 10. FOML Historic Barn 2nd Saturday Book Sale, Dec 10. 10-4p.m.

Astronomy Club Wednesday, Dec14. 6p.m. Boot Camp with André Saturday, Dec 17. 3:30 p.m. (C Ages 3-7) Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre presents Mumferd’s Safety Tales Tues, Dec 20. 10:30 a.m. (T Ages 13+) Game Day @ Milton Library Saturday, December 27. 11a.m.

LIBRARY HOURS Monday 10am - 6pm Tuesday 10am - 8pm Wednesday 10am - 8pm Thursday 10am - 6pm Friday 10am - 6pm Saturday 10am - 6pm Sunday 2pm - 6pm

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IT IS SAID THAT “good things come in pairs.” Living proof of that statement is the Friends of the Milton Library Board of Directors where the dynamic duo of Marsha and Kevin Spear help to keep things moving in the right direction. Marsha is co-president of the board and Kevin is its newest member. Marsha, a Board Member since inception, says “We have lived in Milton for twenty years now. I am honored to be part of this highly active and exceptionally engaged group. It is exciting to be able to contribute to the ongoing success of our yearling library. It rapidly has become interwoven into the fabric of our community.” Kevin began volunteering to sell books at the FOML bookstore one year ago. “I have been truly impressed by the number of parents who have instilled the love of books and reading in their children. I have been equally impressed with the number of teachers (public, private and home schoolers) that further enrich the learning experience with physical books. I was quite proud to join this Board and discover additional ways to serve our library and Milton.” Marsha, a financial planner with Edward Jones and Kevin, a retired executive with PNC Bank, and UPS Capital, have long been active in community affairs. Marsha and Kevin both hail


from Pittsburgh. Marsha received her BS and MBA from Pitt. Kevin earned his BS from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his MBA from Pitt. The couple are bona fide high school sweethearts. The twosome enjoys international travel, cycling, golf and, obviously reading. They are owned by two Siberian huskies. “We are fortunate to have two such committed individuals giving their all to support our library,” says Branch Manager Kimberly Snoddy-George. In July, the library celebrated its oneyear anniversary.

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Q: Give an example of a really successful program at the library. A: There are so many, but one in particular comes to mind. The astronomy program has been so successful that we had to create two programs, one for adults and one for children. We are so thankful Jeff Thompson walked into the branch and spoke with me about sharing his interest in astronomy. I researched successful astronomy programs at other libraries. This led to a series of workshops by Jeff. He even donated his telescope! This experience illustrates how community involvement can contribute to the library. It’s fantastic to partner with local subject matter experts.

A Conversation with our Branch Manager Like libraries of a few years ago, today’s community libraries provide information and support for education, arts and culture. The difference is technology and programming, says Milton Library’s Branch Manager Kimberly SnoddyGeorge. We asked Ms. George to answer a few questions about our new, one year old, library. Q: What does our library add to our town? A: We have programs for all ages, from infants to seniors. Parents with infants and preschoolers enjoy weekly Storytime. Streams of Middle, High School, and Adult students come to the library to use the highly sought after 2 hour limit study rooms. Seniors use the reading areas to browse newspapers and magazines. We averaged 21 programs per month during the past year supported by a welcoming and helpful staff. Volunteers are also essential to the library. Without the support of the Friends of Milton Library we would not be able to provide great programming. STEM educational programming is needed but without funding from Friends groups or volunteers it is difficult to provide.

Q: What makes a good librarian? A: Good librarians like people. A good librarian needs to be an excellent listener, communicator and a lover of sharing knowledge and information, a great collaborator and personable. Q: How did you become a librarian? A: I became a librarian after I found out how much I enjoyed research as a paralegal at a large Atlanta law firm. I decided to get a Masters in Library and Information Science and became the firm’s first law librarian. Q: Do you know how many people visited the library during its first year? A: Approximately 83,000. The trend is upward. Q: Do any organizations use the library regularly? A: Quite a few. Some examples are The City of Milton, The Friends of Milton Library, health organizations, and Homeowner Associations’ annual meetings. The Junior Toastmasters group will be meeting here in the fall. Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? A: I enjoy spending time with my son and daughter, reading, music, cooking, exercise, and traveling.

We love our regular visitors! Some bring us brownies and fresh tomatoes from their gardens. What a treat!

How to Support the Friends of the Milton Library THE MISSION of the Friends of the Milton Library (FOML) is to support the Milton Library. We are Friends because we love books, support our public libraries, and enjoy the camaraderie of our fellow members. The FOML provides financial support to enrich many library programs and services that are not covered by the Fulton County budget. There are many ways to support the FOML. Support the

Friends by joining the FOML, volunteering at one of our many events, contributing to the Giving Tree, or by purchasing artwork from Visual Milton. You can also support the FOML by donating and buying books at our monthly book sales. For the latest in Friends news, or other library-related information, please follow us


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