Monday, April 30, 2012

Summer Hours Posted

From Thursday, May 3, to Monday, May 28, the Arrendale Library in Demorest will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Beginning Tuesday, May 29, the Library will be open 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Fridays.

The Library will be closed on weekends for the duration of the summer (which ends Friday, August 18).

For a table compiling this information and more (including holidays and hours for the Athens branch), check out the Hours page.

Monday, April 16, 2012

2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Among the winners this year was Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's The Patriot News, "for courageously revealing and adeptly covering the explosive Penn State sex scandal involving former football coach Jerry Sandusky," and The Tuscaloosa News, "for its enterprising coverage of a deadly tornado, using social media as well as traditional reporting to provide real-time updates, help locate missing people and produce in-depth print accounts even after power disruption forced the paper to publish at another plant 50 miles away."

Surprisingly, for the first time since 1977, no award was given in the Fiction category. Three books were nominated, but the jury could not agree on which book should receive the honor. Author Stephen Greenblatt earned the General Nonfiction prize for his book The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, "a provocative book arguing that an obscure work of philosophy, discovered nearly 600 years ago, changed the course of history by anticipating the science and sensibilities of today."

Check out the rest of the winners at the official Pulitzer website!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Carter Center speaker to visit Piedmont April 19

DEMOREST - Itonde Kakoma of the Carter Center will present a talk on conflict resolution in Sudan and South Sudan at 2:00, Thursday, April 19, in Stewart Hall Auditorium on the Piedmont College Demorest campus.

Kakoma is the assistant director of the Conflict Resolution Program at The Carter Center and is currently focusing on addressing the threats to humanitarian efforts in South Sudan. Kakoma holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Wartburg College and currently in the ordination process for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Kokoma’s speech is sponsored by the college’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) as part of an initiative to develop critical thinking on campus.

“Conflict resolution requires various kinds of critical thinking such as understanding the various perspectives of the different parties involved, evaluating arguments and evidence, analyzing the problems raised and offering solutions acceptable to all sides,” said Teresa Secules, QEP Director. “Our speaker will help us understand the background information and model all of these kinds of thinking in the context of the real problems currently at issue in a war-torn part of the world: Sudan.”

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Calling all Biography Buffs!

As part of our continuing effort to make the new Current & Popular collection more accessible and easier to browse, I've put together a list of all the featured biographical and autobiographical titles. From historical narratives to contemporary memoirs, there should be something for just about everybody. You can browse through all 37 titles by clicking right here.

**And remember, we love taking requests!