Thursday, January 17, 2013
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's Big Read grant is being used to revitalize literature's role in American life.
Thursday, January 17
The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System received the 2013 Big Read grant, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. A library system spokesperson said in a release that the goal of the libraries aligns perfectly with those of the Big Read: to stop the decline of literary reading in America by encouraging reading. This “one book/one community” opportunity offers everyone the chance to read and discuss a single book within their communities and is a wonderful chance for real dialog. Participants throughout Fulton County and Atlanta will read the same book, A …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Alpharetta's City Council majority approves City Center plans after successful revisions.
Alpharetta's City Center plans were approved at Monday's City Council meeting, and more changes are anticipated for the parking and service support areas of the City Hall building. The size of the park area near the library also could change. Monday's City Council meeting was planned as a workshop, however, the meeting allowed for community members to voice their concerns about the revised plans for the City Center. Architects presented the most recent revisions, including the proposal to shift what they are calling street "E" to the west toward Main Street by 20 feet. "It still should work in alignment with the traffic signal at the current intersection," said a representative from the design team at Smallwood and Reynolds. By changing …
Monday, April 2, 2012
Perhaps these ideas will help keep your children occupied and happy despite not traveling during the break from school.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
It's not even been one full day of Spring Break for Fulton County Schools. Are your kids bugging you yet? Are they already saying "There's nothing to do"? Here at Patch we mean to help, and will use this chance to give you some ideas of places they can go and things they can do if your family didn't head out of town for a vacation. Do you have another, or even a better, idea? Add it to the comments below. Hike, bike or roll on the Greenway: There's miles and miles and miles of Greenway, especially now that Alpharetta's Big Creek Greenway system ties into Roswell's trail system. If the kids are young, you'll have to stick with them every step of the way. But if they are responsible high school students, the last thing they probably want is …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Johns Creek moms write St. Patrick's Day book for children.
Thanks to the creative efforts of two Johns Creek moms, children can learn a lesson about treating others with kindness and respect via a St. Patrick's Day-themed book, "Lucky the Leprechaun." Samantha Strum Brown and Risa Rae Ramji not only wrote "Lucky" to teach some valuable life lessons, but also included fun activities to engage children: Materials for building a "leprechaun trap" are included, and activities such as coloring and connect-the-dots sheets can be purchased via a CD or downloaded from the book's website. Once the two authors started publicizing the self-published book, libraries such as Ocee and Spruill Oaks jumped on board to host book-signings, activity hours and storytimes. To purchase the book and for a schedule of …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Property and business owners across Main Street from redevelopment site want money spent on their side of the street for improvements.
Alpharetta asked for input on its downtown development plan, but some business and property owners wanted to know what will be done in their part of downtown. On Monday, City Council will approve putting a $29 million bond referendum on the November ballot to fund its downtown project on 22 acres of city land. Plans include a new city hall and a parking deck, a five-acre park plus the infrastructure to support the 22-acre project. The Atlanta-Fulton County Library system will build a new, 25,000-square-foot branch on the site also. Jim Parsons, who owns several buildings across from the City Hall parking lot, complained that the plan ignores the rest of downtown and he'll lose parking in front of his buildings. Engineering and Public Works…
Monday, June 13, 2011
Another health advisory for smog, city councils meet and kids learn about dinosaurs today.
Another Code Orange Smog Alert With temperatures in the low to mid-90s today and no rain in sight, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division predicts the outdoor air is likely to be unhealthy for some people. Children, people who are sensitive to ozone, and people with heart or lung disease should limit prolonged outdoor exertion during the late afternoon or early evening when ozone concentrations are highest. Interactive science at the library 10 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Alpharetta Public Library. The Science Academy brings paleontology to elementary and middle school students. Learn about dinosurs and fossils; make a fossil cast from a real fossil. Reservations required. Children's Healthcare at Windward Rotary Noon, Atlanta Marriott-…
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A downtown businessman would prefer to see the library branch built along Main Street in the City Center development.
UPDATED 7:45 A.M.: Fulton County has accepted Alpharetta's offer of land in the city's downtown as the site for a new library branch. Commission Chairman John Eaves signed the option on the land June 1, and the county's attorney forwarded the agreement to Alpharetta City Attorney Sam Thomas on June 7. The site is within the 22-acre City Center downtown redevelopment City Council proposed on May 23. While the proposal puts the building on Haynes Bridge Road, the city and county will pick the exact site as the overall downtown plan is designed. "It's a great achievement for the city and a partnership with Fulton County. It's tremendous for the city of Alpharetta," said City Councilman Doug DeRito on Wednesday night. "It begins our movement …
Here are 5 great deals for your family to enjoy this week.
Summer is here and it is a great time to spend a day with the kids. Catch some music, get a milkshake or learn to canoe with the family. Kids can also learn some crafting skills this week or get free tutoring to keep their skills sharp during the summer. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with the family and always besure to check out the opportunities that are free and low cost for family fun. here are 5 free or low cost activities Patch has found for your family to participate in during the week ahead. 1. Alpharetta City Band Concert Deal: Bring the family for this free concert at the Alpharetta Adult Activity Center put on by the Alpharetta city band. It takes place on Sunday, June 12 at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. For …
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Alpharetta's Public Library welcomed many young visitors Wednesday with music, magic and miniature horses.
Check out www.fotal.org for information on more summer fun happening at the library.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The new plan includes a site for Alpharetta's new library branch, a park and a new City Hall.
Alpharetta City Council unveiled its latest plans for a downtown development, which include a new City Hall and a new Fulton County Library branch, promising the plan could be realized without raising taxes. The concept unveiled at City Council's May 23 meeting includes the construction of a five acre community park, a one-acre town green, the new library branch and a new 47,000-square-foot City Hall, a 450-space parking structure and the repositioning of Haynes Bridge Road. Haynes Bridge Road would be realigned to fit the project by shifting just north of its intersection with Old Milton Parkway to the east so that it intersects with Academy Street and Brooke Street. In this way, the area becomes more suited to pedestrians. A variation …