Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Author and Art Programs and Events February 2012

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    African-Americans for the Arts Exhibition

    February 1-25. Library hours.

    First Thursday Art Walk Opening Reception, February 2. 6:00 p.m.

    A multimedia group exhibition presented in celebration of Black History Month.

    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System

    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303

    For information call 404.730.1906

    African Religious Cultures in the Caribbean – Community Lecture

    Wednesday, February 8. 7:00 p.m.

    In recognition of the 2012 Reggae Week, and in collaboration with Emory University and Karen Mason of Red Clay Music, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host, African Religious Cultures in the Caribbean, a community lecture facilitated by Professor Dianne Diakite of Emory University which discusses the cultural forms Kumina, Myal, Obeah and Rastafari in Jamaica, Vodou in Haiti and Orisha in Trinidad.

    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503

    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    The Art of Mark Rothko: Lecture Series

    Thursday, February 9. 1:00 p.m.

    Selected reading from the play and overview of the Mark Rothko’s life. Director David DeVries will discuss the play and overview of Rothko’s life and Tom Key will perform a reading from the play.

    East Atlanta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    400 Flat Shoals Ave, SE, Atlanta 30316

    For information call 404.730.5438

    The Art of Mark Rothko: Lecture Series

    Thursday, February 9. 4:00 p.m.

    A general discussion on art history during the period of Mark Rothko’s art (1940 – 1970).

    Program participant is artist and Southwest Atlanta resident, Tom Swanston.

    Southwest Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    3665 Cascade Road, Atlanta 30331

    For information call 404.699.6363

    The Art of Mark Rothko: Lecture Series

    Monday, February 13. 1:00 p.m.

    Meet Catherine Fox, art historian and art critic will discuss Rothko’s art and theories. In addition, Tom Key will perform a reading from the play, Red. Adults. Reservations required.

    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303

    For information call 404.730.1906

    Introduction to the Black Age of Comics: Past, Present, and Future by Joseph R. Wheeler

    Community Discussion

    Thursday, February 9. 7:00 p.m.

    In recognition of Black History Month and in collaboration with Onyx Con, the Auburn Avenue Research Library presents, Introduction to the Black Age of Comics: Past, Present, and Future, a community discussion on the historical and contemporary presence of Africana culture and experience. This event will be facilitated by Joseph R. Wheeler III, founder of Atlanta’s Onyx Con Convention, which celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in popular arts and culture.

    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503

    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Meet Selected Members of the Famous Tuskegee Airmen and Author Zellie Rainey Orr

    Saturday, February 11. 2:00 p.m.

    Join us for a discussion with local Tuskegee Airmen and author Zellie Rainey Orr. Heroes in War – Heroes book is about the Tuskegee Airmen and their service in World War II is subtitled “A Tribute to the ‘First’ Air Force Top Guns.”  All ages.

    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303

    For information call 404.730.1906

    Black Stars in Orbit: African Americans and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Film Screening

    Saturday, February 11. 4:00 p.m.

    Retired Deputy Director for Civil Affairs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Dr. Curtis M. Graves will discuss his 30-year career at NASA and the extraordinary achievements of African American Astronauts and Scientists to the exploration of space. This event will include a screening of the documentary produced by Dr. Graves, Black Stars in Orbit: African Americans and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

    Auburn Avenue Research Library, a Special Library of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    101 Auburn Avenue, NE, Atlanta 30303-2503

    For information call 404.730.4001 x100

    Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Top Ten Critique Group

    Sundays, February 12; March 11, April 15, May 20. 2:00–3:00 p.m.

    Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Cleopatra’s Moon will speak on March 11.

    Publishers send galley proofs; teens select the books they want to read and write reviews for. Publishers create list of reviews receiving top scores, send to YALSA, and comes out

    2-3 months before actual publication. Help YALSA coordinate top ten for selections.

    Northeast/Spruill Oaks Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek 30022

    For information call 770.360.8820

    Meet the Author: Anju Gattani

    Tuesday, February 14.  5:00 p.m.

    Meet local author Anju Gattani as she débuts her new book, Duty and Desire: A Novel of Modern Indian. Adults.

    Alpharetta Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    238 Canton Street, Alpharetta 30004

    For information call 770.740.2425

    The Dream Art Contest Art Exhibit

    Friday, February 17-Wednesday, February 29. Library hours.

    Opening event for this exhibit will be Friday, February 17 at 6:30 p.m.

    Presented by Atlanta Public Schools and Karz Productions, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will host a special exhibit featuring artwork from participants that qualified for the semi-final round of The Dream Art Contest.  The competition focused on generating an appreciation for the relevance of history and to demonstrate the vital importance of the arts in education and in daily life.

    Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

    101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta 30303

    For information call 404.730.4001 ext. 100

    Sankofa Exhibit and Lecture

    Thursday, February 21. 2:00 p.m.

    The Sankofa bird looks backward with the egg of the future in her beak, constantly checking as she moves into the future. It symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge. Mrs. Teresa Kemp, Historian and Director of the UGRR Quilt Code Traveling Museum, will share her exhibit and historical information featuring Black History art-facts an overview of the struggles, contributions and history of Blacks to America.

    Central Library, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System

    One Margaret Mitchell Square, Atlanta 30303

    For information call 404.730.1906

    Our Stories: African American History for Children — An Afternoon with Calvin Ramsey

    Saturday, February 25. 3:00 p.m.

    In recognition of Black History Month the Roswell Branch will host renowned author and playwright Calvin Alexander Ramsey, who will discuss his thoughtful works of illustrated children’s literature highlighting the African American experience. This discussion will include Mr. Ramsey’s book Ruth and the Green Book, the powerful story of a young girl’s journey from Chicago through the segregated South to her Grandma’s house in Alabama; and Belle, The Last Mule at Gee’s Bend: A Civil Rights Story, the moving tale of a mule that played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement – and a young boy who sees history anew. Registration is required.

    Roswell Branch, a part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

    115 Norcross Street, Roswell 30075

    For information

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