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Free summer programs, performances and prizes announced by library system
Paws to read
Therapy dog Parker listens to a story from Adelyn Davis, 8, while brother Peyton Davis, 4, and Mother Jenn Davis listen at Sharon Forks Library on Wednesday. - photo by Bradley Wiseman

If you haven’t yet started on your summer reading list, the Forsyth County Public Library System has a number of different upcoming programs that may help you and your family stay well entertained in the coming months.

This week, the library system kicked off its summer reading program with “Carnival’s” at the Cumming and Hampton Park Library branches, featuring balancing performances from Cameron’s One-Man Circus, balloon art from Once Upon a Fiesta, and other kid-friendly carnival games and prizes.

“There’s something for patrons of all ages at each of our libraries year round, but especially this summer,” said Tracy Walker, Forsyth County Public Library programming manager. “We’ve scheduled musical performances and art programs for children and adults, special events just for tweens and teens, plus we’ve gone all-out with the story times and science-based programs our young patrons love.”

Summer reading
Cameron Tomele, the One-Man Circus, performs balancing acts at the Cumming Library summer reading kickoff carnival held Wednesday. - photo by Alexander Popp
According to a news release, if you missed the kick off carnivals at the Cumming and Hampton Park branches, there’s still time to catch the Post Road and Sharon Forks Library branch joint kick off, held Friday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard, Cumming. 

The release states that beyond the multitude of upcoming library events, the system has also rolled out a new summer reading program, with nearly $30,000 worth of prizes for children and adults. 

“We want to encourage our patrons to read, but our new program also appeals to different learning styles and inspires extended learning in music, art, languages, physical activity, and helping others,” states the release “These are all things you can do or learn about, for free, at the library.”

This year instead of tracking reading on paper, the library has adopted new software that will allow participants to track their books and points online. 

Library personnel say this year’s prizes include Frosties from Wendy’s or action passes from Stars & Strikes, up to a new reader device or a new mountain bike. 

“We’re very fortunate to have a community that believes so strongly in the power of education and the importance of literacy that they’re willing to contribute so generously to the summer reading program. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from each of our donors and sponsors,” said Walker.

For more information about how to register for the summer reading program, visit the library online at


Corduroy comes to the Cumming Library

On Saturday, June 2 the Cumming Library will host Leap into Literacy: Corduroy Rocks, a program aimed at helping parents and caregivers prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten with the help of popular children’s character, Corduroy the bear.

This free event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will include a light breakfast, Corduroy-themed stories and songs, a puppet show for preschoolers and crafts for children of all ages.

“Throughout the event, we’ll demonstrate five simple techniques to help young children develop early literacy and language skills. We hope parents and caregivers will see how simple it is to incorporate these ideas into their everyday routines at home,” Walker said.

According to a news release that families that stay to meet Corduroy at the event will also get a tour of the library’s children’s section and the tools they have to help students excel at reading, including bilingual and language learning materials, and computers and tablets with early literacy apps and games.

“Or goal with leap into Literacy is to help families understand the importance of encouraging early literacy skills starting in infancy. It’s never too early to start reading to and talking with your child and these simple things to so much to support their growing language skills,” Walker said.


Free adult fishing classes offered this summer

Throughout this June and July, the Forsyth County Library system will host a series of free summer fishing seminars given by professional fishing guide and founder of Southern Fishing Schools, Ken Sturdivant.

According to a news release, the first program of the series will take place at 2 p.m. June 2 at the Post Road Library, and will discuss the habits of Striper, and the best tools and methods of catching them.

“Ken’s passion for fishing and his enthusiasm for applying technology to the sport will make for an interesting and informative eight-part summer series on fishing for bass, striper, and crappie, as well as how to use sonar equipment to find fish,” Walker said.

The release states that each of the eight workshops will cover the same information that Sturdivant shares during guided fishing expeditions and class topic will include fishing for largemouth bass and spotted bass on Lake Lanier, fishing for crappie and the use of sonar scanning equipment while fishing.

“Our goal for this free series is to offer local anglers the best information and knowledge they can find to save money and enjoy fishing,” Sturdivant said in the release.

The classes will take place at 2 p.m. June 2 at the Post Road Library; 7 p.m. June 12 at the Cumming Library; 2 p.m. June 16 at the Hampton Park Library; 2 p.m. June 24 at the Sharon Forks Library; 2 p.m. July 7 at the Hampton Park Library; 7 p.m. July 10 at the Cumming Library; 2 p.m. July 14 at the Post Road Library; 2 p.m. July 22 at Sharon Forks Library.

For more information on this program and the schedule of classes, visit