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First Sunday Lecture Series

The History of Georgia Wine
Sunday, January 7, 2018
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Speaker: Martha McElveen Ezzard, Co-owner of Tiger Mountain Vineyards

Martha Ezzard is the author of The Second Bud: Deserting the City for a Farm Winery. Ms Ezzard will discuss the history of Georgia wine and her our own pioneering fine wine venture in North Georgia at Tiger Mountain Vineyards.

Ms Ezzard will have copies of her book to sell after the presentation.

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Public Library.

FREE ADMISSION

Special Seminar

Mini Business Plan
A Road Map to Entrepreneurial Success

Saturday, January 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Workshop is free of charge. Sponsored by SCORE, the Friends of Smyrna Library, and Smyrna Public Library.

Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.
A workshop focusing on these components of a successful business plan:

• Clear, succinct writing style
• Compelling business description
• Importance of market research
• Effective development of meaningful financial projections

About the Workshop

This business plan consists of four sections: Business Description, Management and Operations, Marketing and Sales and Financial Projections. Also included is an application for funding along with a discussion of funding resources, both conventional and alternative.

The workshop teaches you to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your business and your competition; which helps you determine the overall feasibility of the plan. The important aspects of starting and operating a business will be discussed along with applying financial data to the decision processes.

About the Instructor

The workshop is presented by Jeff Dykes, a Northwestern University graduate and SCORE mentor who started and developed three successful businesses. He shares stories from his business career that highlight key points discussed in this interactive workshop. He also provides important handouts that are excellent resources in writing a successful plan.

First Sunday Lecture Series

Susie King Taylor: An African-American Woman’s Civil War Experience

Sunday, February 4, 2018
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Speaker: Mary Wallace Moore, Smyrna Public Library Director

In 1902, native Georgian, Susie King Taylor published a memoir of her experiences as a newly freed slave working for African-American Federal Troops during the Civil War. Mrs. Taylor provides a window into camp life from a unique perspective. Re-visiting Mrs. Taylor's memoir is an excellent way to celebrate this year's theme for African-American History Month -- "African Americans in Times of War."

Speaker Biography: Mary Moore has been the director of Smyrna Library for five years. Mrs. Moore ran across a mention of Susie King Taylor while reading online. Surprised that she had never heard of Mrs. Taylor before, Mrs. Moore began researching Mrs. Taylor's life and work.

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION
 

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #1

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, February 5, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #2

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, February 12, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #3

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, February 19, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #4

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, February 26, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

First Sunday Lecture Series

Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance
Sunday, March 4, 2018
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Speaker: Gwendolyn I. Koehler, Educational Coordinator for Bulloch Hall, Roswell, Georgia

Ms Koehler will be speak on her first book, “Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance,” which elaborates the love affair between Martha "Mattie” Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt. Their courtship, conducted mostly through letters, provides us with an intimate peek into their personal love story.

Speaker Bio: Born in New York’s beautiful Finger Lakes Region, Gwen now resides near Roswell, Georgia. She is the Educational Coordinator at Bulloch Hall. She is now working on a post-1865 Bulloch and Roosevelt family project. At Bulloch Hall, she continues Bulloch family research, tour and exhibit development, docent training and recruitment.

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION
 

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #5

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, March 5, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

Special 6-Part Lecture Series #6

Smyrna, Georgia: An Episodic History
Monday, March 12, 2018

Instructor: Dr. William P. Marchione, Ph.D.

Each lecture will address two broad themes, with a half hour devoted to each. The series will begin on Monday February 5, 2018 and conclude six weeks later on March 12, 2018. The class will meet in the first floor meeting room of the Smyrna Public Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. RSVP: sreference@smyrnaga.gov.

Topical Outline:

1. Native Society: Assimilation & Expulsion, 1825-1837; Transportation Challenges and Economic Opportunities, 1837-1851. (Monday, February 5, 2018)

2. The Antebellum Economy, 1851-60; The Impact and Legacy of the Civil War, 1861-1880. (Monday, February 12, 2018)

3. Agricultural Diversification, 1880-1905; The Suburbanizing Impulse, 1905-1930. (Monday, February 19, 2018)

4. The Nadir of Race Relations, 1918-38; The Impact of the Depression Era and the New Deal, 1930 to 1942. (Monday, February 26, 2018)

5. The Economic Stimulus of the World War II and Cold War Economies, 1943-70; An Era of Fevered Development, 1970-1985. (Monday, March 5, 2018)

6. The Transformative Years, Smyrna since 1985; Looking Backward and Forward (Monday, March 12, 2018)

Reading material:
Marchione, A Brief History of Smyrna, Georgia (History Press, 2013). The library owns eight circulating copies of this history. Copies are also be available for purchase at the Library’s circulation desk and from on-line booksellers like Amazon. Also, a kindle version of the book can be ordered online.
Material posted on the instructor’s blog, “Local Historian North & South,” which can be accessed via wpmarchione.com.
Recommendations will be made from time to time of books and other material housed in the Smyrna Public Library’s Local History Collection.

First Sunday Lecture Series

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
Sunday, April 8, 2018
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Smyrna Library, Meeting Room

Speaker: Melissa Beck, author of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway

Ms Beck will be speak about her book Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, which is a photographic history of the copper miners, shop owners, homesteaders, and railroad workers who made these mountains their homes, often for many proud generations. Her research led her into the homes and lives of those families who shared their family photographs and family stories with her, which she brings alive in book and in her shared narrative.

Speaker Bio: Melissa Beck is a published fiction author whose many interests have led her at various times to show dogs, learn improv comedy, join a wool-hooking group, and run a busy needlework repair business. Born in Oak Ridge in the East Tennessee Valley, she regularly visited her grandparents in the Smokies. Melissa says the hills are in her blood, and she hopes to retire soon to her cabin in Fannin County, Georgia.

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION

Spring 2018 Jonquil Festival Book Sale

Saturday April 28, 2018
10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday April 29, 2018
12 PM - 5 PM

Hardbacks for $1, $3 and $5. Children's Books, Paperbacks and More...

Our tent is located in front of the
Smyrna Community Center.

60+ Volunteer Shifts are Available
Click Here for Shift Times and Duties

Interested volunteers please send e-mail to sign up.

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, May 6, 2018
3:00 pm
Smyrna Public Library
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.


Summer 2017 Summer Reading Kick-Off
& Ice Cream Social


Friday, May 27, 2018

10:30 am to 12 pm
Smyrna Community Center

FREE Ice Cream & Crafts for the Kids
Gift Quality Used Books for $3

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, June 3, 2018
3:00 pm
Smyrna Public Library
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, July 8, 2018
3:00 pm
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

 

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, August 5, 2018
3:00 pm
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, September 9, 2018
3:00 pm
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, October 7, 2018
3:00 pm
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

Fall 2018 Jonquil Festival Book Sale

Saturday October 27, 2018
10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday October 28, 2018
12 PM - 5 PM

Hardbacks for $1, $3 and $5. Children's Books, Paperbacks and More...

Our tent is located in front of the
Smyrna Community Center.

60+ Volunteer Shifts are Available
Click Here for Shift Times and Duties

Interested volunteers please send e-mail to sign up.

First Sunday Lecture Series

To Be Announced
Sunday, November 4, 2018
3:00 pm
Downstairs Meeting Room

The First Sunday Lecture series is sponsored by the
Friends of Smyrna Library and Smyrna Library.

FREE ADMISSION.

 

Special Event
Takes The Place of December First Sunday Lecture


Holiday Celebration with the Friends of the Smyrna Library

Saturday, December 8, 2018
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Smyrna Public Library

The Friends of the Smyrna Library cordially invite you to get into the holiday spirit. Join us for a Holiday Celebration with the Ffriends of the Smyrna Library! Come out and enjoy an evening of light deserts & refreshments, great gifts, stocking stuffers and caroling with the Pebblebrook High School Singers. Festive attire, please!

 

 

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