Author visits among highlights of libraries' events
by Jon Gargis
Oct 28, 2010 | 1474 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The names behind two published books will be visiting Bartow County's library branches next month.

One of those writers is Greg Dawson, author of "Hiding in the Spotlight: A Musical Prodigy's Story of Survival 1941-1946," who will discuss his book's story of his mother's courageous life in Nazi Germany. His mother also will be in attendance at the event, which is set for Friday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cartersville Public Library.

"She was a Jewish musical prodigy and her parents were killed by the Nazis. She changed her name and basically grew up as a teenager entertaining the Germans," said Colleen Knight, Adult Services coordinator for the Bartow County Library System, who added that event attendees also will get to hear some of the CDs of Dawson's mother's classical piano music.

Another author visit is aimed at younger library patrons. Cheryl Cooper, author of children's book "The Crazy Cleaning Lady," will visit all three branches of the library system -- Friday, Nov. 5, at the Adairsville Public Library; Tuesday, Nov. 9, at the Emmie Nelson Public Library; and Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Cartersville Public Library. All sessions are at 3:30 p.m.

"She's local, and just said, 'Hey, I'm an author, would you like to have an author visit?'" said Thomas Shalin, Youth Services coordinator for the library system. "We always love to support local authors, so we're going to have her come to all the branches -- she'll have copies of her book there and she's also going to read her book, there will be some crafts and some snacks as well."

While weekly storytimes for children will continue to be offered next month, one storytime also will be aimed at parents and caregivers. Officials at the Cartersville Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., will host a session on how adults can develop their children's early literacy skills and how to make reading fun for them and their children. The program is geared toward those with children, infant through pre-K.

"It's basically a storytime that has kind of the who's, what's, where's and why's behind why things are done in storytime -- it's a storytime that parents who come can get extra reading tips and literacy tips that they can take home," Shalin said. "Storytimes serve that purpose anyway, but this is kind of a step above that, and there will be a guide they can take home. It also ties in the [American Library Association] Every Child Ready to Read program, and we've done those presentations before at parent nights at different pre-Ks and daycares."

Another program at the Cartersville branch will teach adults a different lesson. The library's Ed. Tech. Lab will be the site of a session that will show attendees how to create a professional résumé using the Testing & Education Reference Center database. Registration and a $10 deposit is required for the program, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

"We get requests every single day on résumés and how to do a good résumé, where to go for job searching," Knight said. "A lot of them need more help than what we can do in just a one-on-one session, so we thought if we had a longer session where we can show them a few things on how to do a good résumé, and this actually [uses] one of our databases that we subscribe to, so it's a good way of promoting our databases and to show them how they use our library resources to create a good résumé."

See The Daily Tribune News' School/Youth Calendar on Sunday's School Page and its What's Going On calendar for more listings of library events occurring in Cartersville, Adairsville and Euharlee. More information on the library system and its events can be found at