In addition to the typical events held for children, the Forsyth County Public Libraries have scheduled groups and lectures for anyone over the age of 18 to be held at branches this August.

Lecturers from the University of North Georgia will be giving presentations on Religions of the World. Each lecture will be at a different branch and cover Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Sikhism.  The series will be offering an academic video of the basic principles and history of these religions. Each of the specific lecturers will be sharing information about how these religions developed, and how they changed throughout history, as well as some common observances and practices in modern times. These presentations will last between 60 and 90 minutes.

  • Judaism: From Antiquity to Our Times Presented by Dr. Pam Sezgin, Professor, Anthropology and History, University of North Georgia Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. Hampton Park Library
  • Islam Around the World Presented by Dr. Jonas Kauffeldt, Associate Professor, History, University of North Georgia Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Sharon Forks Library
  • Rosh Hashanah: Observing the Jewish New Year Presented by Levi Mentz, Rabbi at Congregation Beth Israel and Co-Director at Chabad Forsyth Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Sharon Forks Library
  • Turning the Dharma Wheel: Buddhism from India to East Asia and Beyond Presented by Heather Murray, Senior Lecturer, History, University of North Georgia Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Cumming Library
  • Sikhism: A Progressive Religion Presented by Dr. Barry Whittemore, Lecturer, History, University of North Georgia Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. Post Road Library

Alongside these lectures, Linda Jenkins, CEO of Vacations Abroad will be giving presentations that explore Southern France and Northern Italy. These programs for adults are 45-60 minutes in length with time afterwards for questions and answers. Advance registration is not required.

  • Exploring Southern France: Historic Villages to Rolling Vineyards Known for its numerous Cathar castles established by religious warriors in the 11th century, the Languedoc region is a traveler’s dream. From its sun-dappled vineyards to medieval castles, the region is bordered by the grand Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Tucked into valleys, you’ll find quaint villages and vineyards, many of which have a history stretching back to the 8th century and the expansion of the Roman Empire.
    • Tuesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m. Post Road Library
    • Monday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m. Hampton Park Library
  • Exploring Northern Italy: Tuscany to Lake Como Noted for its rolling landscapes and cities like Florence that have inspired artists for centuries, Tuscany beckons to the romantic traveler in all of us. Heading north, just 25 miles outside Milan, Lake Como welcomes you to its clear, blue shores. Ornate villas with formal gardens that were built between the 15th and 18th centuries abound, with many now open to the public.
    • Monday, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. Sharon Forks Library
    • Wednesday, August 22 at 7:00 p.m. Cumming Library

Have you always wanted to learn more about your ancestors but don’t know where to start? Join Wayne Andrews for a series of genealogy workshops! The workshops are free, but advance registration is required for each event at

  • How to Get Started Saturday, August 4, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This week will focus on how to start with yourself and work backwards by using personal sources, records, and materials, interviewing relatives, and organizing information.
  • Creating a Family Tree & Using Censuses Saturday, August 11, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This week will focus on creating your family tree, including primary and secondary sources, identifying errors, and selecting a family tree format. We will also discuss how to use and understand the US, British, Irish, and Canadian census records.
  • Advanced Record Types Saturday, August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This week will focus on how to locate and use advanced record types, such as religious records, obituaries and cemetery records, immigration and naturalization records, military records and more.
  • Using the Internet for Research Sunday, August 19, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. This week will focus on the successful use of internet resources, including how to structure your searches, using message boards, and finding a balance between traditional and electronic research. We will also discuss what to do when you feel you have “hit a wall” in your research and techniques to help you overcome obstacles.


Frequenters of the Sharon Forks branch can expect additional classes and groups that are centered on adult crafting, cooking, coding, and meditation as well as a writers group and several book chats. For more information on each of these events as well as more not mention, visit