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Library programs cover cars, Korea
Sessions part of expanded offerings
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Forsyth County News
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* "The Allure of the Automobile" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Cumming Library.

* "Fifty Wonders of Korea: Hidden Treasures of Korean Art" is set for 6:30 p.m. May 3 at the Sharon Forks Library.

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The Forsyth County Public Library's programs are growing up.

Library staff members have been focusing on adding more adult programs, said Stephen Kight, assistant director for public services.

The six-week Great Decisions lecture series, which offered discussions for adults on global issues, wrapped up Wednesday night.

Next up are two art presentations, which will visit the county in the coming weeks.

On Tuesday, a representative from the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will give a "virtual tour" of the current exhibition, "The Allure of the

Automobile," which explores "18 of the world's rarest and most brilliant cars."

On May 3, the Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project will present "Fifty Wonders of Korea: Hidden Treasures of Korean Art."

The program will cover 5,000 years of Korean art through film, as well as a mock traditional celebration.

While the programs are labeled as "adult," Kight said they're actually great for the whole family.

"Adult programs help to expand people's world view and show them possibilities out there," he said. "It develops cultural understanding and provides also some entertainment for the family [for] free."

Providing a variety of programs for all ages also draws people who may not otherwise visit the library, he added.

For example, men and teenage boys interested in cars may be more likely to attend the automobile presentation than other offerings.

The library plans to add a book club exclusively for adults in the fall, he said, as well as possibly a poetry group.

With the two one-night-only programs coming up, the library has expanded its possibilities by including outside groups.

Kight contacted the High Museum as a way to bring the current auto exhibition to locals.

The Korean group's program has a different appeal to county residents, he said.

"Forsyth County's becoming much more diverse and we're really looking to have more multicultural programs," Kight said.

The Korean Spirit & Culture Promotion Project is an international nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness of Korean history and culture.

The group will present the program throughout the metro Atlanta area, said member Young Hee Lim.

"People will experience the philosophy and the beauty about Korea through the films about artifacts made 1,300 years ago and gain new appreciation on comtemporary Korea," Young said.

He said attendees will also be able to enjoy Saebae, a traditional Korean ceremony, taste Korean foods and try on traditional Korean dress.