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Atlanta-Fulton Library - Central Branch

Call: (404) 730-1700 or visit www.afpls.org
The main branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.

Holocaust Scholar Dr. Sheryl Cohn Speaking July 9th @ Central Library

Sunday July 9, 2017 02:30 PM EDT
Central Library, the downtown hub of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS), is very excited about hosting Sheryl Needle Cohn, EdD (http://cohnsherylneedle.com/) — professor & playwright — for a presentation on her genealogical research, as well as a talk about her curr...
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Examining Conflict - Seeking Peace: Pianos for Peace

Wednesday August 24, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Join us as internationally acclaimed pianist and composer Malek Jandali joins local filmmaker Ameer Muhammad for a concert on the front terrace of the library (in the event of rain this program will be moved to the auditorium). The artists will also explain the mission of Pianos for Peace.
Cost: Free

Examining Conflict - Seeking Peace: Waking in Oak Creek

Tuesday August 23, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
On August 5, 2012, as the Sikh community in Oak Creek, Wisconsin prepared for Sunday prayers, a deadly hate attack shattered their lives. This documentary film reveals the community’s inspiring response after the deadly hate attack at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. A discussion of the film and conflict...
Cost: Free

Examining Conflict - Seeking Peace: Turkey 2015 The Study Abroad Think Tank

Monday August 22, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Local film maker and Georgia State University alumni Ameer Muhammad presents his documentary film GSU TURKEY 2015 THE STUDY ABROAD THINK TANK. The film documents a 2015 GSU student trip to Turkey, their attempts to understand Turkish politics and the plight of Syrian civil war refugees. A discussion...
Cost: Free

Ladyfest Atlanta - Reproductive Justice Reality Check

Monday May 16, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Join SisterSong, Spark Reproductive Justice Now, Across Reproductive Care-Southeast, Inc., and Women Engaged for a conversation about barriers women face trying to get gynecological care, rights of mothers, and access to abortion for trans individuals as part of Ladyfest Atlanta. Attendees are encou...
Cost: Free

Census Data for Grant Writing and Community Assessments

Wednesday May 11, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Rely on the Census Bureau for data to help you win a grant for your nonprofit. Monica Dukes of the U.S. Census Bureau will show you how to use Census data to pinpoint areas of need. This event is open to the public.
Cost: Free

American Women Artists in Dialogue

Wednesday April 13, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
Deanna Sirlin, artist and author of She's Got what It Takes: American Women Artists in Dialogue, and Maggie Davis, painter, teacher, writer, and arts advocate, come to the Atlanta-Fulton County Library, discussing what it means to be a woman artist and the issues that they confront daily in their ar...
Cost: Free

Artists and Filmmakers: Can Fiscal Sponsorship Help You?

Monday April 11, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
From C4 Atlanta and the Foundation Center, learn about the pros and cons of fiscal sponsorship, the application process, the operational structure of a Model C fiscal sponsorship relationship, and the types of creative projects eligible for this model.
Cost: Free and open to the public

A Celebration of International Women's Month

Thursday March 31, 2016 08:00 PM EDT
The Atlanta chapter of Women In Focus present their exhibit, A Celebration of International Women's Month. Hosted by Vanessa Cotton, the opening reception is set for Sun., March 13, from 2-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World at Central: Dabke Dancing!

Friday October 30, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Get ready to kick up your heels for this fun demonstration of Arab folk dancing! Dabkeh, a form of folk dance commonly found in the Levant (Arab countries of the Eastern Mediterranean), is a line/circle dance often performed at weddings and other celebrations. The Alif Institute Dabkeh team will dem...
Cost: Free and open to the public

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World at Central: Islamic Architecture

Friday October 2, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
In conjunction with Poetic Voices of the Muslim World
Cost: Free and open to the public

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Film, the Power of Moving Images

Monday September 28, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Ameer Muhammad will explain how the camera has its own character in a film, and how its role may be the most important one. Sponsored by: Central Library, part of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, and the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World: Children's Story Time with Jelena

Friday September 25, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Educator Jelena Naim will lead an interactive session for children under 10 that includes story time followed by crafts that are related to Muslim prayers, observances and holidays. Please RSVP.
Cost: Free

Searching for Redtown

Monday April 27, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Using photography and painting, Christopher Kuhl creates layered mixed media works that reflects his recent travels in the Southeast in search of Native Americans' history and their current rural presence.
Cost: Free

How to Start a Nonprofit

Monday April 6, 2015 08:00 PM EDT
Learn the process of starting a nonprofit organization step-by-step. This class explores the characteristics of effective nonprofits and demonstrates how to transform your idea for a charitable program or service into a fully-fledged organization. Registration required.
Cost: Free and open to the public

African-Americans for the Arts Exhibition

Thursday February 26, 2015 07:00 PM EST
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Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and The Struggle for Civil Rights by Dr. Maurice C. Daniels

Wednesday January 28, 2015 07:00 PM EST
Author discussion and book signing.
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Photography Exhibition: A Chronicle in Black and White

Tuesday December 30, 2014 07:00 PM EST
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Check Out Music Program

Tuesday December 30, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Monday-Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.; Wednesday-Thursday, 12:00 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 1:00 p.m.

Keyboard, bass and lead guitars available for in-house self-instruction. Ages 13-18.

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A Visitor's Guide to the Literary South

Thursday November 6, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Meet the Author Event: A Visitor’s Guide to the Literary South, by Trish Foxwell. Come meet the author and explore the landscapes of the great Southern writers, with a special emphasis on Atlanta’s Margaret Mitchell
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

The Atlanta Race Riot

Sunday September 21, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Join the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library Central Branch and commemorate the 108th anniversary of the Atlanta Race Riots. This program will be presented by local folk artist and historian Nathan Knight.
Cost: Free

Freedom In Atlanta

Monday August 25, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Join us for this program on the history of freed blacks in Atlanta following the Civil War. Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado will present this program using material drawn from the records of Fulton County. This program is made possible by a Civil War 150 Grant awarded to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Sesquicentennial of the Battle of Atlanta

Monday July 21, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the auditorium at the Central Library for a special program commemorating the Battle of Atlanta (July 22, 1864) with local historians and authors Henry Bryant and Katina Van Cronkhite. This program is made possible by a Civil War 150 Grant awarded to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Syst...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.

Kraig Middleton

Tuesday May 13, 2014 08:00 PM EDT
Join us a we present a free concert by singer/songwriter Kraig Middleton. This gifted performer's lyrics will remind listeners of Jim Croce while his musical style ranges from Croce to Tracy Chapman. Following the performance Mr. Middleton will be available to sign CD's and talk with program attende...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal

Thursday February 27, 2014 07:00 PM EST
View documentary film The Loving Story" followed by a discussion led by historian Karcheik Sims-Alvarado. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded programs developed by the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation with funding provided by the National Endow...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public.

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle -- Slavery By Another Name

Wednesday February 26, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Join us as we view the documentary film Slavery By Another Name" followed by a presentation and discussion led by Tonya Groomes and Susan Burnore. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded programs developed by the Gilder-Lehrman Foundation wi...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal: America'

Tuesday February 25, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Join Georgia State University History professor, Dr. Jeffery Young for a program and discussion relating to the docudrama The Abolitionists." This is the last of a four part series of "Abolitionists" events running Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 through February. This program is part of "Created Equal:...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal: America

Tuesday February 18, 2014 07:00 PM EST
View Episode 3 of the docudrama The Abolitionists. This is the third of a four part series of Abolitionists" events running Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 through February. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded programs developed by the Gilde...
Cost: Free

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - The Loving Story

Thursday February 13, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Join us on Valentine's Day as we view the documentary film The Loving Story" followed by a presentation and discussion led by Georgia State University history professor Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded prog...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - The Abolitionists - Part 2

Tuesday February 11, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Join us as we view Episode 2 of the docudrama The Abolitionists." This is the second of a four part series of "Abolitionists" events running Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 through February. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded programs devel...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - The Abolitionists

Tuesday February 4, 2014 07:00 PM EST
Join us as we view Episode 1 of the docudrama The Abolitionists." This is the first of a four part series of "Abolitionists" events running Wednesdays from 4:00 - 5:00 through February. This program is part of "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" a series of grant funded programs develo...
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle - Freedom Riders

Monday February 3, 2014 07:00 PM EST
A presentation and discussion led by Freedom Rider Dr. Bernard LaFayette. This discussion will be preceded by a screening of the documentary film Freedom Riders beginning at 10 a.m. This program is part of Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
Cost: Free

Jazz Wednesdays: A Masterpiece By Midnight

Tuesday November 12, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Ten: A Masterpiece by Midnight.”
Cost: Free

Using Census Data in Grant Writing and Community Assessment

Monday November 11, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Census data is a reputable source for presenting facts and evidence to support the need for a project or program. Use Census data to describe target populations to be served, identify key demographic components of the target population, and pinpoint data that helps to define community problems.
Cost: Free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays -

Tuesday November 5, 2013 07:00 PM EST
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Nine: The Adventure.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - Risk

Tuesday October 29, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Eight: Risk.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - Dedicated to Chaos

Tuesday October 22, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Seven: Dedicated to Chaos.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - Swing: The Velocity of Celebration

Tuesday October 15, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Six: Swing: The Velocity of Celebration.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - Swing: Pure Pleasure

Tuesday October 8, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Five: Swing: Pure Pleasure.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - The True Welcome

Tuesday October 1, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Four: The True Welcome.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

From Mambo to Hip Hop

Monday September 30, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month join us as we view From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale.""
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Using Census Data in Conducting Market Analysis for New and Existing Business

Monday September 30, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Thinking about starting a business? Do you know who your customers are and what population you will serve? How do you determine the ideal location to start your business? Are you an existing business owner and wonder how to find new customers? Census data can help you answer those questions and many...
Cost: Free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - Our Language

Tuesday September 24, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Three: Our Language.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays - The Gift

Tuesday September 17, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode Two: The Gift.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Latin Music USA - Bridges

Monday September 16, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month join us as we view the PBS documentary series “Latin Music USA, Episode 1: Bridges”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Jazz Wednesdays

Tuesday September 10, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us in the Auditorium of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System – Central Library to view the PBS documentary series “Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns, Episode One: Gumbo.”
Cost: This event is free and open to the public

Free Poetry Workshop & Reading with George Tait

Friday July 26, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
George Edward Tait, Poet Laureate of Harlem, will teach a FREE poetry-writing workshop followed by a poetry reading. Many of Tait’s poems and articles have appeared in numerous publications, such as the New York Amsterdam, the Def Poetry Jam Anthology Bum Rush: The Page and At Arms.
Cost: Free

Congressman Lewis' Fifth Congressional District High School Art Exhibition

Thursday May 23, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Original student artworks from public and private schools within the 5th Congressional District.
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Emilye Concert

Monday May 20, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library for acoustics songs from the heart.
Cost: Free

Sister Souljah

Friday April 5, 2013 08:00 PM EDT
Join us as author Sister Souljah discusses her latest book, Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story. The mega-bestselling author delivers her stunning sequel to The Coldest Winter Ever. Cold, raw, and filled with adventur and emotional intensity, A Deeper Love Inside tells an unforgettable co...
Cost: Free

Big Read Event: A Chat About A Lesson Before Dying with Tananarive Due and John D. Due

Friday February 8, 2013 07:00 PM EST
In honor of Big Read 2013, join award-winning author Tananarive Due and her father, civil rights attorney and activist John D. Due Jr., for a lively discussion of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines.
Cost: Free

Dreams in Color

Thursday November 29, 2012 07:00 PM EST
New works by Colombian artist Ruben Dario Mora, with an emphasis on landscape painting in oil and acrylic.
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Convergence

Thursday October 25, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
A photography exhibition presented by members of the African-American women's photography group Sistagraphy, as part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2012.
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Grantseeking Basics

Tuesday October 23, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Grantseeking is more than just filling out an application. Learn how to determine whether your nonprofit organization is ready for grantseeking, and explore the best ways to find grantmakers that match your needs. Get acquainted with useful tools like Foundation Directory Online and Grantspace, both...
Cost: Free and open to the public

Spleman String Quartet in Concert

Saturday October 20, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
A concert of chamber music by musicians from Spelman College.
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The Day Lincoln was Shot

Tuesday October 16, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
The Day Lincoln was Shot (1998, 95 min). The murder. The manhunt. The events that stunned the nation.
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J.L. King

Monday October 15, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
J.L. King discusses his popular book, On the Down Low: A Journey into the Lives of Straight" Black Men Who Sleep With Men."
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Autumn LiteraryFest

Saturday October 13, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
An afternoon of poetry and literary expressions.
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Almost Home:Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope

Thursday October 11, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Join author Tina Kelly and others for a discussion on working with homeless teens in the Atlanta area. Books will be available for purchase and the author will sign copies.
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Viva Cuba

Wednesday October 10, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Viva Cuba (2005, 80 min). In a tale akin to Romeo and Juliet, the friendship between two children is threatened by their parents' differences.
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Milk of Sorrow

Tuesday October 2, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Milk of Sorrow (2009, 95 min). Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the breast milk of pregnant women who were abused or raped during or soon after pregnancy.
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Dwyane Wade

Thursday August 9, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Dwyane Wade, an eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, signs copies of his book, A Father First, which chronicles the lessons Wade has learned as a single father.
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Support = Change Art Exhibit

Sunday July 8, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Visions of Rainy, Inc. (VOR) celebrates 10 years of having the honor to serve youth nationally & internationally via art education. Support = Change (S =C) campaign Initiative advocates the Self-Literacy" of youth; community partnership; environmental mindfulness; the promotion of artist while enc...
Cost: Free

Beyond the Dot 2012

Thursday June 28, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
An excellence in foundation studies art exhibition presented annually by the Savannah College of Art-Atlanta. Opening reception on Thurs., June 7, at 5:30 p.m.
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Caribbean Film Festival

Tuesday June 26, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month with a collection of films from Trinidad, Tobago, St. Lucia, Jamaica, and the Caribbean. Film discussion with a question-and-answer session follows each screening.
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Grantwriting for beginners

Monday June 4, 2012 08:00 PM EDT
Chataun Denis of Grant Source provides simple and easy instructions for new nonprofit grantwriters.
Cost: Free and open to the public
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Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday: Closed