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Hampton Park Library

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5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
770-781-9840 https://www.forsythpl.org

May 2019

What’s In Our Food? Top Food and Farming Myths

May 2 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Consumers are increasingly interested in products that are marketed as “natural,” “organic,” “non-GMO,” “environmentally friendly,” “healthy,” and “humanely raised.” Producers often use labels, terms, and certifications to verify that their products are indeed grown or produced in ways that align with consumer preferences. There are many such labels and certifications, and the variety often creates confusion. UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Barbara Worley explains the most commonly used labels and certifications to help you better understand what each one…

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Community Garden Day in The Butterfly Garden

May 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Get dirty at the library! Play in the dirt with us as you work on seasonal projects and activities led by a Forsyth County Master Gardener Advisor that help maintain the beauty of The Butterfly Garden located at the Hampton Park Library. Each month's project will take about an hour to complete and all tools and supplies will be provided. Be sure to wear sunscreen and clothes appropriate for working outdoors. You might also like to bring your own gloves.…

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Exploring Photography with Bobby Campbell

May 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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This comprehensive workshop covers the basics of digital photography, including the "Basics of Exposure," "Exploring Depth of Field," "Getting to Know Your Camera," and "Basic Rules of Composition." The 6-hour workshop includes a 1-hour lunch break. This program is for adults only, and registration is required. You must own a digital camera and bring it to the workshop. Bobby Campbell is the Director of the Forsyth County Photography Club and the owner of Moon Dance Studios. He also teaches photography…

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Hampton Park Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival

May 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Help us celebrate the start of summer with awesome performances, balloon art, carnival games, and more! Attend the Kick-Off Carnival, register for Summer Reading Fun, and you could win a prize! Performances by Cameron's One Man Circus Shows at 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Balloon Art by Once Upon a Fiesta 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. All ages welcome! Cameron's shows do not require advance registration and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your…

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June 2019

Aliens: Escape from Earth presented by ScienceTellers

June 3 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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During a midnight meteor shower, something mysterious falls from the sky toward Earth — but it’s not a shooting star. Two curious kids venture into the forest to investigate and find themselves mixed up with a family of visitors from another planet! Pursued by a crazy space scientist, they must risk everything to rescue the aliens and get them back to their spaceship — before it’s too late! Don’t miss this action-packed and educational alien adventure using science experiments for…

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Those Reptile Guys

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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We love reptiles! Just because they are scaly doesn't mean they are SCARY! Join us for an interactive reptile experience and meet some of the coolest lizards, turtles, and snakes around! Know Before You Go: This program does not require advance registration and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your place. We will begin issuing tickets to patrons in line 30 minutes before the program starts.

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Beauty for a Day: Everything You Need to Know about Daylilies

June 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Charles "Doc" Self will explore the basics of the plant, including its history and development and its status in American gardens today. Learn which ones to get and which ones to avoid, where to get them, how to plant and care for them, and how to share them with your friends, family, and fellow gardeners. Participants will receive take-home materials with basic terminology, resource websites, and planting and care instructions. Charles Self is a "recovering" lawyer, retired in 2016, and…

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BIG Science Show with Doc Atoms

June 10 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Come explore some messy, explosive, incredible science with the awesome-tastic Doc Atoms! Know Before You Go These programs do not require advance registration and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your place. We will begin to issue tickets 30 minutes before the program begins.

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The Bean&Bear Show!

June 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Bean and Bear are the best of friends and partners in magic, puppetry and other wonderfully silly stuff! This family program does not require registration, but space is limited. Please arrive early to secure your place in the program.

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All About Dogs Presented by Michelle’s Magical Poodles

June 18 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Learn all about dogs in this fun and educational program! Michelle and her magical poodles will teach children about animal awareness, safety, responsible dog ownership, and more! This interactive dog trick show is guaranteed to be a DOGgone good time! Please note: Space is limited; please arrive early to secure your place. We will begin to pass out tickets 30 minutes before the program starts.

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Crafters’ Corner an Adult Crafting Program

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Come and get crafty in our adult craft program. This month we will be making Celebration Boards. Be sure to bring a list of the birthdays, anniversaries, and other special dates you want to include on your board. We will be working with wood stain and/or paint, so be sure to wear appropriate clothing. Bring a friend and enjoy two relaxing hours of creativity in this crafting program. Advance registration is not required, but space and supplies are limited. This…

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Parrot Productions

June 21 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Learn all about parrots including their behavior, habitat, food, health, care, and more! Enjoy watching as these amazing parrots talk and demonstrate their tricks! Stay after the show and you will even get a chance to touch and hold some of these friendly parrots! Know Before You Go: This program does not require advance registration and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your place. We will issue tickets to patrons in line…

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Parrot Productions

June 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Learn all about parrots including their behavior, habitat, food, health, care, and more! Enjoy watching as these amazing parrots talk and demonstrate their tricks! Stay after the show and you will even get a chance to touch and hold some of these friendly parrots! Know Before You Go: This program does not require advance registration and admission will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early to guarantee your place. We will issue tickets to patrons in line…

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A Game of Drones – An Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

June 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Did you know drones can be applied in the agriculture and construction industries? Or that they have to registered and licensed? Stan Jessen will navigate the wide world of drones by discussing their history, the different types of drones and their uses, various types and applications of aerial photography, and legal and safety issues involved. Stan graduated from California Polytechnic State University with degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Mathematics. After graduation he worked at Boeing on the 737 and 747…

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Magician Arthur Atsma – Variety Comedy Show!

June 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Enjoy amazing sleight of hand magic, ventriloquism, lots of comedy, and fun for everyone! All ages are welcome to attend this family program. Registration is not required, but please arrive early to secure your place in the program.

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Scope Out the Stars – Constellation Identification for Adults

June 27 @ 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Do you know how to tell the difference between the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper? Can you find the great hunter Orion simply by spotting his belt? Navigate the night sky by learning common constellations. Dr. Samantha Blair will give a short presentation on constellation identification, then will provide outdoor practice with telescopes. This program is for adults and runs beyond normal library operating hours. Dr. Samantha Blair is an Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Dalton State…

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Barnyard Friends – A Petting Zoo Experience

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Llamas and bunnies and goats, oh my! Make some new soft and woolly animal friends at the library! Llamas, sheep, rabbits, and more will be on-hand for petting and feeding -- don't forget to bring your camera! This program is for all ages and registration is not required. Please note: Space inside the petting zoo is limited! We'll have crafts and activities while you wait!

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July 2019

Introduction to Wildlife Photography presented by Bobby Campbell

July 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Grab your camera and learn how to capture that National Geographic shot you've always wanted. Bobby Campbell will teach how to photograph everything from wildlife to waterfalls. Topics include lens choice, filters, camera settings, composition, safety, and techniques professionals use to capture and create beautiful magazine quality images. Bonus: Tips and tricks on how to make your image stand out in post-process. Small edits with Lightroom and Photoshop can turn a snap-shot into a work of art. This program is…

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Lew-E’s UFO Show: Unbelievable Funny Object Edition!

July 15 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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We are proud to present “Lew-E’s UFO Show (Unbelievable Funny Object Edition)!” Join Lew-E the Clown and his puppet buddy, OOGLY-BOOGLY, on a journey that is bound to be as FUN as any other show we have produced! Music will fill the air and your readers will gleam with delight as Lew-E unleashes his creative brand of comedy! Join us on on a mission to uncover what’s inside OOGLY-BOOGLY'S Top Secret Space Box of Amazement! This program is suggested for…

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Fiddlin’ Dan

July 17 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Join us for music, stories, and Appalachian folklore! Fiddlin' Dan will entertain you with interactive songs and stories, his homespun humor, and a jug band finale! You're guaranteed to have a rollicking good time from beginning to end. Please note: Registration is not required, but space is limited. Please arrive early to secure your place in the program. We will begin handing out tickets 30 minutes before the program begins.

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It’s Not Just Rocket Science: The Why and How of Space Exploration

July 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Local NASA Solar System Ambassador, Curt Godwin, will discuss NASA's past and future human space exploration efforts, including the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing and the Space Launch System scheduled to land on the moon by 2024, and the commercial partnerships required for missions' success. The Commercial Crew Program is a partnership between NASA and commercial partners to launch astronauts to the International Space Station from the US. We’ve been relying on Russia for crewed launches since the…

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Heritage Travel Presented by Lauren Schultheiss

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States defines heritage tourism as "traveling to experience the places, artifacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past," and "heritage tourism can include cultural, historic and natural resources." Lauren Schultheiss, owner of Big Creek Travel in Cumming, will showcase heritage travel as an exciting option for your next vacation. As a seasoned certified travel advisor and genealogy enthusiast, Lauren will share information and guides to creating…

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Cirque du Todd: The Flying Debris Extravaganza Juggle-Palooza!

July 25 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Todd Key’s “Cirque du Todd: The Flying Debris Extravaganza Juggle-Palooza” combines juggling, circus skills, a little magic, and just the right mix of comedy and reading encouragement for kids of all ages! Please note: Registration is not required, but space is limited. Please arrive early to secure your place in the program. We will begin to hand out tickets 30 minutes before the program starts.

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August 2019

Woodstock: Hippie High Water Mark for Peace, Love, & Music

August 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Woodstock was the greatest music festival of all time with an audience of more than 400,000 people! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this historic event with a discussion of the musical personalities involved, its social impact, and its lasting presence in America's collective memory. Learn how the 3 Days of Peace and Music in 1969 influenced American culture for decades to come. Dr. Ben Wynne is a professor of History at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches the…

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Llama Llama Storytime with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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This special 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten storytime includes some of our favorite books by Anna Dewdney. Read along, sing songs, and make a simple craft as we learn about the importance of early literacy and practice five easy activities that you can use at home to help your child become reading-ready. We’ll give special recognition to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who recently reached milestones and provide information on signing up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Then our special guest, Llama…

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September 2019

Special Needs Library Hour & Sensory Storytime

September 1 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Join us every first Sunday for a special hour of library time designed to accommodate our patrons with special needs. We will open our doors an hour early so that you will have a warm and welcoming environment designed just for you! Browse the library, check out your favorite books, movies, and CDs, and participate in our special Sensory Storytime, which is specifically designed for children with special needs. Registration is not required for this program. Please contact Hampton Park…

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Ready, Set, Preschool!

September 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Join us for a morning of learning through play! Help your child get school ready with fun activities to promote early learning and development. Each month we will offer a variety of early literacy, STEAM, music and hands-on early learning station activities. These programs focus on school readiness as well as social and cognitive development. This program is suggested for children ages 3-5, with a caregiver. Registration is not required.

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Nella Larsen’s “Passing”: A Discussion

September 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Our third program in an ongoing series on race in American culture will be a discussion of Nella Larsen's "Passing." This short novella explores an important but often-forgotten racial practice during the Jim Crow era: African-Americans "passing" as white in order to gain access to restricted spaces, groups, and social privileges. But as we'll discuss, the novel does so much more: focused on the relationship between two women, Clare and Irene, Larsen's story examines the competing pressures of friendship, racial…

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Crazy 8s Math Club – Grades K-3

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Get fired up about math! Build stuff, run, jump, play games, make music, and make a mess, all while learning math. This program is for kids in grades K-3. Registration is not required, but space and supplies are limited. Please arrive early to secure your place in the program.

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Paws to Read – For grades kindergarten and up

September 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Paws to Read gives patrons of all ages the opportunity to read and relax with a certified therapy dog while improving literacy skills. Advance registration is not required. For grades kindergarten and up.

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Magic Tree House Book Club – Midnight on the Moon

September 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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Do you love books and adventure? Then crack open a Magic Tree House book with us each month and come to the library for a different kind of adventure! At each meeting we will chat about the book we've read that month, then do an activity or two. Activities may include a craft, game, break-out box, or STEAM challenge. This month is all about the book Midnight on the Moon (book #8). Please read the book before you come, but…

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Exploring the Ancient Maya – Great Civilizations

September 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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The ancient Mayan civilization spread throughout southern Mexico and Central America, an area known as Mesoamerica. Learn all about the Maya with UNG professor Daniel Vaccaro, including how they lived, what they ate, and what they loved to do. The Maya are notably famous for their use of mathematics, astronomy, and science in many aspects of their culture and religion as well as their technology which enabled them to build their cities and pyramids, many of which still stand and…

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Lost and Drowned in North Georgia – Forgotten Cities and Towns

September 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hampton Park Library, 5345 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30041 United States
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North Georgia has more than forty lakes and not one is natural. The state's controversial decision to dam the region's rivers for power and water supply changed the landscape forever. Lost communities, forgotten crossroads, dissolving racetracks and even entire towns disappeared, with remnants occasionally peeking up from the depths during times of extreme drought. The creation of Lake Lanier displaced more than seven hundred families. During the construction of Lake Chatuge, busloads of schoolboys were brought in to help disinter…

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