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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.

Murder Goes South 2008

The 6th Annual
Murder Goes South

A Festival for Readers of Mystery
January 25, 26, 2008

The event begins Friday evening, Jan. 25, and continue Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Smyrna Community Center at 200 Village Green Circle in the Smyrna Village.

Atlanta Author Karin Slaughter will be among 13 authors coming to Smyrna for the sixth annual "Murder Goes South" southern mystery book festival for authors and readers.

"We are so pleased that best selling author Karin Slaughter will be with us as the featured speaker for our sixth annual Murder Goes South event," stated Linda Evans, president of the Friends of Smyrna Library organization. "Our program is especially strong this year, as we have 12 other established southern mystery writers whose various works capture the history, beauty and tradition of the South. Our diverse program includes Dr. Bill Bass, one half of the Jefferson Bass writing team well known for their Body Farm novels. We even have a few authors who specialize in vampire novels, so from a mystery perspective we think there is something here for all tastes. "

The two-day event, starts Friday, Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a dinner at the community center with Karin Slaughter as guest speaker. Her most recent book is "Beyond Reach."

Registration for the event is $50 for two days and $30 for one day. Members of the Friends organization are eligible for a discount. For more information, please contact the library at 770-431-2860 or visit

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Bookmaking Demonstration by Bob Meadows

Bookmaking Demonstration
by Bob Meadows

Saturday March 1, 2008
1 PM - 2 PM
Downstairs Conference Room

Join acclaimed bookmaker Bob Meadows for a demonstration on the art of bookmaking. Plan on enjoying a lively presentation as he collates hand made pages into a carefully bound book. Also plan on seeing Mr. Meadows' exhibit in the upstairs display case.

Spring 2008 Jonquil Festival Book Sale

Spring 2008 Jonquil Festival Book Sale

SAT April 26, 2008 10 AM - 6 PM
SUN April 27, 2008 12 PM - 5 PM

Free Admission to the Jonquil Festival
On the Village Green

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

Interested volunteers who are FOSL members please e-Mail board members for more information.

The Annual Ice Cream Social

The Annual Ice Cream Social &
Book Sale

Free Admission to FOSL Members

July 13 2008
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
On the Village Green

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.

Fall Jonquil Festival Book Sale

Fall 2008 Jonquil Festival Book Sale

Saturday October 25, 2008  10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday October 26, 2008  12 PM - 5 PM

Free Admission to the Jonquil Festival
On the Village Green

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

Interested volunteers who are FOSL members please e-Mail board members for more information.

The 2nd Annual Christmas Wreath Silent Auction

Beginning Late November 2008

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The Third Annual An Evening with the Friends

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