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Friends of the Alphabet
National Handwriting Day Calligraphy Demonstration

Saturday, January 19, 2008
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Downstairs Meeting Room
Free Admission

Claudia Nawrot will give demonstrations of calligraphy and everyone attending
can make a commemorative bookmark.

Express Yourself through Handwriting - National Handwriting Week
January 20 - 26, 2008

Friends of the Alphabet (FotA) is the Calligraphy Guild of Atlanta. They celebrate National Handwriting Week in an effort to spark interest in this infrequently used art form which dates back to the Renaissance and earlier. From 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, Claudia Nawrot from FotA will calligraph your name on a bookmark for free at the Smyrna Library. (One bookmark per patron, please.) FotA invites you to celebrate the art of calligraphy and discover more about it through your local library.

The lost art of handwriting is one of the few ways we can uniquely express ourselves. Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, faxes and e-mail to communicate. Fonts are the same no matter what computer you use or how you use it. Fonts lack a personal touch. Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer's personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence. Nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word.

The purpose of National Handwriting Day is to alert the public to the importance of handwriting. National Handwriting Day is a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting. The Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association (WIMA) sponsors National Handwriting Day every January 23 in conjunction with John Hancock's birthday. Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence and is famous for his large, bold signature.

During National Handwriting Week, use a pen or a pencil to rekindle that creative feeling through a handwritten note, poem, letter or journal entry.

Guest Speaker Walter Reeves
Guest Speaker Walter Reeves

Downstairs Meeting Room
Thursday, September 25*
7:00 PM
Free Admission

Walter Reeves has been coaching local gardeners with his unique brand of advice throughout Atlanta and the Southeast for 30 yrs. He has a weekly call-in show on News Talk 750 WSB-AM on Saturday mornings. For 16 years, Walter has written a weekly column of gardening tips and questions and answers for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In addition, Walter hosts Gardening in Georgia on Georgia Public Television.

The Friends are delighted to welcome Walter Reeves to the Smyrna Public Library for an evening of gardening discussion, tips, questions and answers and a book signing on Thursday September 25 at 7:00 PM. There will also be a chance to get some new plants for your garden.

* Correction: The date was inadvertently listed as September 24 in The Link. The correct date is September 25.


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