May Branch Spotlight: Five Forks & Grayson

Gwinnett County Public Library is your place to be inspired, learn new skills, improve your life, connect with others, or discover more about your community and the world! Check out this month’s branch spotlight and get to know a little about your local library.

Five Forks Branch

2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30044-5865

Notable Programs

Crazy 8’s Math Program, Storytimes, Book Clubs, Let’s Talk, Learning Lab Programs

Meet a Librarian: Linda Hoang

Linda Hoang is an associate at the Five Forks branch. She has been working at GCPL since 2016 starting at Grayson as a Library Assistant, before getting promoted to Associate at Five Forks.  Prior to entering the library world, Linda graduated with a degree in anthropology, specializing in biological anthropology from the University of West Florida. Like many people with a degree in fields that strive to advance our understanding of the human condition, Linda has never profitably worked a day in her intended field of study. After graduating, Linda worked as an adoption supervisor at the Pensacola Humane Society helping find families for homeless dogs and cats. After meeting the love of her life and moving to Georgia, Linda landed her new career at GCPL. In some ways the library has allowed her continue her anthropological studies by getting to assist customers that come from many different walks of life. Her greatest satisfaction at work comes from helping people, whether it’s immigrants trying to assimilate into American culture with her Citizenship Test Preparation Classes, visiting Senior Day Care Centers to read to them, or just by helping someone to find information on Sauropods. In her personal life, she scratches her anthropological itch by collecting interesting skeletal specimens (mainly skulls), sewing, reading, relaxing with her four dogs, and watching too much YouTube.

From The GCPL Blog

Submitted by Angela Moore, Supervisory Librarian at the Five Forks Branch

Grayson Branch

700 Grayson Parkway, Grayson, GA 30017-1208

Notable Programs

Cryptid Creatures Club, French Club, Chess Club, Storytimes, STEM/STEAM programs

Meet a Librarian: Pam Jenny

Pam Jenny is a full time Library Associate at the Grayson branch. Pam has worked for GCPL for 21 years, beginning as a shelver at the Snellville branch.  Pam has also worked at the Five Forks, Centerville and Collins Hill branches; and helped open Centerville and Grayson branches. Reader’s Advisory is one of Pam’s favorite parts of working at the library, there is nothing better than finding a perfect book for a reluctant reader.  She is currently designing a dystopian literature program for Bay Creek Middle School in March. At the Grayson branch, she has embraced the opportunity to connect with local schools, conducting hands on seminars highlighting the teaching tools the library has for robotics and coding. In the branch, Teen programs have included Science of Art, using science to explore various art techniques; Culture Crafts, learning about cultures different from our own; and Grayson’s first Teen Book Club.  Pam enjoys being part of the Display Team at Grayson. With the team, she created three Black History Month displays in the last few years focusing on the Community Celebrates Black History, Black History literature made into movies, and currently, Voting Rights.

Previously, Pam spent 7 years as one of Grayson’s Volunteer Coordinators and enjoyed creating outreach programs for several of the Grayson area’s assisted living homes. Pam is an avid reader, enjoying fantasy, mystery and young adult fiction. Besides reading as a pastime, Pam enjoys a wide range of arts and craft activities.

From The GCPL Blog

Submitted by Grayson Branch Staff

Spotlight On: Volunteers at the Duluth Branch

Volunteers are an essential part of the GCPL team. We appreciate them for all they do including keeping the books and other library materials organized and on the shelves, helping customers with homework, brainstorming teen programs through the Teen Advisory Council (TAC) and assisting our librarians with programs like storytime, chess clubs and reading clubs among many other things.  

Notable Program: Duluth Reading Club

The Reading Club provides an opportunity for children from 5-10 years old to practice their oral reading skills and increase reading fluency by reading to adult volunteers and staff. The adult volunteer models good oral reading skills to promote reading fluency and listening skills. Each child has a reading log that will encourage them to rate books and give a book review.  Here we are highlighting just a few of the fantastic volunteers who help with the Reading Club at Duluth.

Meet Three of the Reading Club Volunteers at the Duluth Branch

Cathy Ramadei

Cathy Ramadei retired in April 2018 after 25 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Anticipating having a lot of free time on her hands, she signed up for two volunteer activities before she even left the CDC. She volunteered to become a reader with the Georgia Radio Reading Service (GARRS), which is a limited access radio service that provides programming for blind and visually impaired people throughout Georgia. The second volunteer opportunity Cathy really looked forward to was with the Early Learning Program at the Duluth branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library (GCPL). Cathy marvels at the creativity that goes into entertaining, engaging, and educating children of all ages, and she feels especially fortunate to work with Kathy Timmons, who directs the children’s programs. Cathy hopes to continue her volunteer activities for many years to come!

Susan Singleton

Susan Singleton has lived in Gwinnett county for over 30 years. She now lives in Duluth, where both her children grew up and attended Duluth High School. Having an opportunity to give back to her community has always been a goal Susan wanted to pursue one day.  Last year, Susan retired from the healthcare industry as a reimbursement consultant. She is now looking forward to fulfilling her goal of volunteering and partnering with various outreach programs in the community. Susan has 2 children and 2 grandchildren that reside in the Atlanta area. She loves volunteering at the Duluth branch a few times a week and especially enjoys working with the elementary students at the Reading Club.

Kay Collins

Kay Collins is a retired elementary school music teacher with 32 years of experience working with children. During her 22 years in Gwinnett County, she taught at Berkeley Lake Elementary  and then Chattahoochee Elementary School, where she was one of the finalists for “Teacher of the Year.” She worked with all of the children in these schools, not only teaching general music classes, but also directing performances. Whenever possible and appropriate, she incorporated children’s literature into her music lessons. She feels extremely fortunate to be volunteering with Kathy Timmons and the children’s story times, the Reading Club and other programs at Duluth Public Library including “Music and Movement,” a program for younger children.

Be sure to check the GCPL Calendar of Events for upcoming programs at your local branch, and stay tuned for a new branch spotlight every month!