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August 2008

Aug 12 2008

Folk Fest is for Folks Who Like Art

by Heather S

Do you recognize this album cover? Do you know the artist that collaborated with the lead singer in creating the cover? If you do recognize the artist or simply like the artwork, then you will want to check out Folk Fest. This annual festival celebrates Southern folk art and pottery, as well as primitive art, self-taught art and outsider art. The festival kicks off with a Meet the Artist party on Friday, August 15, and runs through Sunday, August 17, at the North Atlanta Trade Center. With 100 galleries and artists in attendance, you will be sure to see a wide range of styles and mediums full of local flavor! Some of my favorites, like Eric Legge, Sarah Rakes and Michael Banks, are bound to have their art represented; and, I am very excited to see new work by these artists and others that I have yet to discover!

If you are interested in learning more about folk art, check out these books:

The answers to the opening questions are R.E.M.’s Reckoning, and Howard Finster worked with Michael Stipe on the cover art.


On Saturday, August 2, I taught a class at the Decatur Library for parents and teens on College Prep. In case you weren’t able to come to the class, I’d like to share just a few of the resources we provide which can be a big help to you as you go back to school this year, and dream of escaping to college.

One of your best tools is the new Subject Guide on the DCPL website called College Preparation. It points you to some very useful databases, websites, and print materials. I did a post earlier this year on the wonderful website GACollege411.org, which you’ll also find on the guide. I still recommend it highly as a one stop resource for everything from matching your interests with careers to finding the college that’s right for you (and paying for it).
Another librarian blogged recently about Learning Express Library, and this database is also bookmarked on the subject guide. It provides you with non-timed and timed practice for PSAT/SAT preparation, and you can find this in the College Entrance Exam section.
It can also be really helpful for the courses you are taking right now, in high school. It has AP course practice exams for Biology, Calculus, English Lit and Composition, European History, U.S. History, and Government. There is also a high school skills improvement section with practice for 9th grade Math and Reading, Writing and Grammar Fundamentals, and lots of High School Math, Reading, Vocabulary, and Analogy exercises. (Are you tired yet?)
Both these sources in particular seemed to be very popular with the class participants, so keep that College Preparation Guide in mind as you start another year. Getting to (and through) college is a lot of work, but it’s worth it!


Aug 7 2008

Remembering Solzhenitsyn

by Jimmy L

Best known for his books One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (which exposed the Soviet Union’s labour camp system and lead him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970) and The Gulag Archipelago (which the New York Review of Books calls “The greatest and most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be leveled in modern times”), Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn passed away this past Sunday, August 3rd.

I found a really good BBC News article remembering Solzhenitsyn and his life. Also, the Library has many books about him, including Alexander Solzhenitsyn : a century in his life by D.M. Thomas.


Aug 6 2008

Back to School

by Ginny C

It’s back to school time!  (For Dekalb County Public School students, anyway.)  I hope you took advantage of the Tax Free holiday last weekend to stock up on school supplies.  Don’t forget that the Library can help with the back to school preparations, too.  We have many (many, many) books on starting Kindergarten, starting grade school, first day jitters, how to deal with new teachers, starting a new school, schools in other countries, separation anxiety and more.  We have picture books, chapter books, beginning reader books and teen books.  We also have books for parents on how to prepare your child for school and what you can expect him or her to learn and experience with each new grade level.  There are too many titles to list them all, so I’ve included just a few to get you started.

I Don’t Want to Go Back to School by Marisabina Russo:  Despite his older sister’s dire warnings of all the terrible things that could go wrong on his first day in the second grade, Ben has a wonderful time.

Mama, Don’t Go by Rosemary Wells: Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn’t want her mother to leave–until her new friend helps her realize that “mothers always come back.”

Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis: Dexter knows everything there is to know about kindergarten and is not at all scared about his first day there, but his stuffed dog, Rufus, is very nervous.

Back to School, Mallory by Laurie B. Friedman: After moving, eight-year-old Mallory struggles with being new at school, especially because her mother is now the music teacher and director of the third grade play.

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler: Seventeen-year-old Sugar Magnolia Dempsey is tired of leaving friends behind every time her hippie parents decide to move, but her plan to be unpopular at her new Austin, Texas, school backfires when other students join her on the path to “supreme dorkdom.”

What Your First Grader Needs to Know: Fundamentals of a good first grade education Edited by E.d. Hirsch, Jr.:  For parents, these books describe what your child will be learning in each grade level, up to sixth grade.

There are many more titles available, too.  If you want more recommendations, please ask a librarian.  We’d love to help you find one that’s just right for you.


Aug 5 2008

The Summer for Comic Book Lovers

by Heather S

This has truly been the summer for those who love comic books and the superheroes who fight crime in them. We have seen history being made with the release of the latest in the Batman saga – The Dark Knight grossing over $155 million dollars in a weekend, beating the record set by Spiderman 3. We have also seen the launch and hopefully permanent establishment of Marvel Studios with the successful release of Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk.

By now, you may be asking yourself why would the Library blog about movies based on comic books. Well, I am glad you asked. Since the Library is the place that has a little for everyone, we also have something for comic book lovers. We have books for those interested in learning more about the superheroes and their origins, we have quite a few of the films and cartoons on DVDs and we even have a few comic books. So the next time you are in between movies and want to refresh your memory, check out the library. We may have just what you need. Below is a select list of what we have available.

Ultimate Guides, Origin Stories, & Encyclopedias

Comics & Graphic Novels

  • Batman series
  • Essential X-Men
  • Fantastic Four
  • Justice League International
  • Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes
  • Ultimate Spiderman

Movies & Cartoons

  • Blade Trilogy
  • Daredevil
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hellboy
  • Hulk
  • Justice League
  • Justice League Unlimited
  • Spiderman Trilogy
  • Superman Trilogy
  • Teen Titans
  • X-Men Trilogy

NOTE: This post has been brought to you by Tamika S!


The library has many sources both electronic and print that can help you find information about a variety of companies. Most larger companies will have information on their websites. If you need to know officer information, sales, how much they spend on marketing, Reference USA is a great source for that type of information. Check out our previous blog post on what this great source can do for you!

A source for larger companies is Hoover’s Company Capsules & Profiles. This is offered through GALILEO and can be accessed with a DCPL library card and your PIN number. It can be found on our Reference Databases page. Hoover’s provides company rankings according to Forbes, basic financial information, competitors and key people. Need more information including industry outlooks? Check out Business & Company Resource Center. (You will need your library card and PIN number to access this resource.) This source gives industry outlook, competition, financial, suits and claims and news articles relating to the company when available.

In print we have two sources that can give you company histories. The International Directory of Company Histories can be found at the Decatur, Wesley-Chapel and Chamblee branches. This is a multi-volume set that is updated yearly. Decatur holds all of the previous volumes while the other branches have a small selection of this resource. We also have a broader print source called Company Profiles for Students. This resource contains larger companies. It includes basic information that is similar to the other sources. The source includes influences for the company, analysts’ opinions and company past and current strategies. Chamblee, Decatur and Wesley-Chapel all have this source. Hopefully this will give you a place to start to research a company. If you need additional help, please feel free to contact your local branch or the Decatur Reference Department.


Aug 1 2008

Books + Basketball = FUN


Dominique Wilkins, star forward for the Atlanta Hawks in the late 80s and early 90s, scored over 25,000 goals in his NBA career. Mr. Wilkins stopped by the Decatur Library earlier this summer to film a PSA. See it here on DCPL’s YouTube page:

You can read more about Dominique Wilkins’ amazing basketball career at the NBA’s website.