May 2017

FlightPath_Cover_CourtesyCI_Cody-Ulrich-she-shed-cover.jpg.rend.hgtvcom.1280.1600What’s happening at Spanish Fort Public Library?

The library has been busy getting ready for our 2017 June Summer Reading Program. The national theme this year is “Build a Better World”. The SFPL program will be open to readers of all ages and provide a unique opportunity for the entire community to have fun this summer while reading, learning and staying curious about the world around you.

All June calendar details are still being finalized and will be available closer to the end of May. When available, June calendars can be picked up at the library, or a visit to will provide calendar access as well.

Meanwhile the following summer reading performers have been confirmed. Please mark your calendars for every Tuesday morning in June at 10:30 a.m. All events will be held here at the library in the City Hall Multipurpose Room, just steps from the library front door. All events are FREE.

Tuesday June 6th – Hoop for Fitness

Tuesday June 13th-Animal Tales: Reptiles Scales & Tales

Tuesday June 20th-Freedom Ranch

Tuesday June 27th- Charlie the Noise Guy

You don’t have to be signed up for our summer reading program to attend the library events. If you are interested in signing up, registration will begin on Monday May 22, 2017. You can sign up either in person here at the library or by visiting the library website, If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us during business hours 251-410-READ (7323).

Summer Reading will include opportunities for all age readers, including teens and adults. Come and challenge yourselves to learn something new and to have fun while doing it. While Summer Reading takes place at all fourteen libraries across Baldwin County, each program will be unique to that library location. The SFPL summer reading program will offer Tuesday morning events in June, weekly games, an interactive map challenge, and prize incentives, including a grand prize for each age group at the end of June.

Meanwhile, what have we been reading here at the library? Here are some suggestions to consider next time you come in for a visit.

Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath The World’s Busiest Airport by Hannah Palmer (2017 Hub City Press) Reviewed by Tracy M. Cole, SFPL Library Director

Hannah Palmer’s debut, part memoir, part urban history, Flight Path, shares her own personal story about growing up in the modern South and the expansion of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport; an expansion that came at the expense of the people, families, and businesses that became ghost towns in the name of progress. Palmer’s story combines nostalgia and urban planning and will be a delight for anyone that shares a passion for architectural history, urban design, the 20th century and southern culture. Palmer works as an Urban Designer in Atlanta and her writing explores the intersection of Southern stories and urban landscapes. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Sewanee: The University of the South.

She Sheds: A Room of Your Own by Erika Kotite (2017 Cool Springs Press) Reviewed by Gwenda Peterson, SFPL Library Staff

Move over, man caves! It’s time to make way for she sheds. This new trend is quickly becoming  popular with ladies who want a place of their own to relax, unwind, or get creative. In her new  book She Sheds: A Room of Your Own, Kotite explains the origin of sheds and why they were created. She goes on to categorize them into several groups. There are practical spaces, such as for gardening. Several chapters include creative sheds for artists, writers, and others. Each section is beautifully illustrated with photos of sheds from all corners of the country. This is not just a coffee table book, however. Kotite gives valuable, practical information about refurbishing existing sheds. She includes a chapter that recounts her family’s experience building a shed from a kit and doesn’t shy away from writing about the mistakes they made along the way. This is a delightful book to pick up and spend an afternoon with this spring. You can find it on the new book shelf here at Spanish Fort Public Library. Come in and check it out!


We look forward to seeing you at the library!