Category : Adults

Look Out For These 2019 Movie Adaptations

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Hollywood has a treat for book lovers this new year! Look out for these 2019 movie adaptations coming to a movie theater near you:

1. After by Anna Todd (Adult Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: April 12, 2019

2. The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (Adult Fiction: Historical)
Release Date: March 15, 2019

3.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (Teen Fiction: Fantasy)
Release Date: August 9, 2019

4. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (Teen Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: March 15, 2019

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Adult Fiction)
-Release date: October 11, 2019

6. Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Adult Fiction: Horror)
-Release Date: April 5, 2019

7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (Juvenile Non-Fiction: Horror)
-Release Date: August 9, 2019

8. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Teen Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: May 17, 2019

9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Adult Fiction)
-Release Date: March 22, 2019

10. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (Adult Fiction: Mystery)
-Release Date: October 4, 2019

Is your favorite book on the list?

Don’t forget these 2018 adaptations too:
Annihilation by James VanderMeer
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

You can find all in our library catalog. Happy reading (and movie watching)!

Video Games Invading Our Bookshelves!

What do you play? Minecraft? World of Warcraft (aka WoW)? If playing video games isn’t enough for you, we have books based on your favorite video games!

Parents, you may find books your kids will love. It’ll get their faces away from the screen and stuck in a book!

Check out the video game series invading our bookshelves:

Assassin’s Creed (Game Debut: November 13, 2007)
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants-The Tomb of the Khan” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“ Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire” by Anthony Del Col

2. Five Night’s at Freddy’s (Game Debut: August 8, 2014)
-“The Silver Eyes” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Twisted Ones” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Fourth Closet” by Scott Cawthorn

3. Halo (Game Debut: November 15, 2001)
-“Halo: The Fall of Reach” by Eric S. Nylund
-“Halo: Cryptum” by Greg Bear
-“Halo: Bad Blood” by Matt Forbeck

4. The Legend of Zelda (Game Debut: February 21, 1986)
-“The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons; Oracles of Ages” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap; Phantom Hourglass” by Akira Himekawa

5. Minecraft (Game Debut: November 18, 2011)
-“The Quest for the Diamond Sword” by Winter Morgan
-“Quest of the Golden Apple” by Morgan Miller
-“Herobrine’s War” by Mark Cheverton

6. Plants vs. Zombies (Game Debut: May 5, 2009)
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You” by Paul Tobin

7. Pokemon (Game Debut: February 27, 1996)
-“Pokemon XY #01” by Hidenori Kusaka
-“Pokemon Horizon: Sun & Moon” by Ten’ya Yubuno
-“Legends of Alola” by Simcha Whitehill

8. StarCraft (Game Debut: March 31, 1998)
-“Heaven’s Devils” by William C. Dietz
-“Devil’s Due” by Christie Golden
-“Starcraft: Evolution” by Timothy Zahn

9. The Witcher (Game Debut: October 26, 2007)
-“The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Blood of Elves” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Sword of Destiny” by Andrzej Sapkowski

10. World of Warcraft (Game Debut: November 23, 2004)
-“World of Warcraft: Book #01” by Walter Simonson
-“Arthus: Rise of the Lich King” by Christie Golden
-“Wolfheart” by Richard A. Knaak

Winter Reading Challenge

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Looking forward to a season of reading to avoid the chilly outdoors? Try this winter reading challenge!

For the challenge, you must read:

1. A book with “winter” in the title

2. A winter holiday cookbook AND make a dish from your favorite recipe

3. A book about winter crafts and create your favorite one

4. A book associated with a winter holiday (Hints: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.)

5. A book with snow on the cover

6. A book from an author who was born in December, January, or February. (Hints: J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3), Charles Dickens (February 7) and, Jane Austen (December 16), etc.)

7. A book set in the winter

8. A book with “cold” in the title

9. A winter mystery

10. A book set in a cold, foreign country (Hints: Russia, Iceland, Canada, etc.)

Get a jumpstart finding these books in our winter selection! Good luck (and stay warm)!

Learning English at the Lilburn Branch

Lilburn Branch is fast becoming a center for learning English from a Primary Language! Lilburn Branch now offers English in Your Language in four different languages. English in Your Language, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish provide a community based forum for customers new to Gwinnett County to learn English in the library setting.

Each language program is led by a staff member from Lilburn Branch fluent in the program language. English in Your Language/Chinese is led by Annie Chang, Library Assistant I, PT; English in Your Language Japanese is led by Keitaro Mikami, Library Associate PT; English in Your Language/Spanish is led by Lenin Argueta Library Associate FT/ and Andres Cardona FT Library Associate Customer Contact Center and English in Your Language/Korean is led by
Michael Kim, Supervisory Librarian. In addition to learning English, participants experience community and become library customers!

To learn more about these programs, check out the calendar here

Solve Your Money Troubles

Submitted by Jon Freeman

The new year is almost here and with that comes resolutions for many people. If one of your resolutions for the new year is to get out of debt then the local library may have a book for you. The 16th edition of “Solve Your Money Troubles” provides strategies for getting out of debt, and gives the reader ways to stay out of debt. In order to start conquering overwhelming debt it is beneficial to know your options and be aware of your circumstances. The book begins with sections on determining how much you owe and how much you earn, creating a budget and controlling spending, prioritizing your debts, and finding ways to pay your debts. “Solve Your Money Troubles” provides information on how to deal with collection calls, wage garnishments, car repossession, and debt collectors. There is even a chapter about choosing and managing credit cards. The book also gives advice on other major financial issues such as how to try and prevent a foreclosure, how to respond if you get sued over your debts, and even how to decide if it is time to file for bankruptcy. You can access more information about managing your finances using the Gwinnett Library’s Personal Finance Guide.

U.S. Passport Acceptance at Buford Sugar-Hill Branch

Submitted by Doris Sumner

Did you know that you could apply for a passport at the library?

Buford-Sugar Hill Branch is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility. Since launching in April 2018, Buford Branch has accepted over 1100 passport applications.

We accept applications for new passports, lost/stolen passports, passports expired over 5 years ago, and children’s renewals. The form used is Form DS-11 and is available at the Buford-Sugar Hill Branch or online at the U.S. Department of State Passport Website.

We accept applications on a first come first served basis, no appointments needed. Both routine and expedited processing are available.

For those that are traveling within 14 days, you must make an appointment with a regional passport agency.

For more information see the following: Passport Service at Buford-Sugar Hill

Starting January 2, 2019 we will be expanding our services to include passport photos on site and our hours will be changing to 12:00-7:00 Monday-Thursday and 12:00-3:00 Friday-Sunday.

Upgrade Your Life at the 2.0 Book Club

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Do you love talking about productivity, entrepreneurship, and hacking your health? Meet like-minded spirits and upgrade your life at the You 2.0 Book Club!

This group will be reading books from authors such as Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins, Gary Vaynerchuk, and more! Meetings are held monthly at the Dacula Branch library.

The dates and book discussions for the rest of 2018 are as followed:
November 14, 2018 6PM: Deep Work by Cal Newport
December 12, 2018 6PM: Mastery by Robert Greene

Every day is an opportunity to become a better person!

GCPL Offers Mailbox Books for Homebound Customers

Submitted by Natasha Washington

Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to provide access to library materials for our homebound cardholders through our Mailbox Books service. Those who are unable to visit the branch due to age, physical disability, chronic illness, or visual impairment, or those who experience a temporary condition which renders them homebound, are eligible for this service. Currently, Mailbox Books is only available to Gwinnett County residents.

You will receive the best readers’ advisory and customer assistance, as staff keep your personal preferences and considerations in mind when choosing your materials. You will have the opportunity to rate items, request titles, and speak directly to staff members that will help you locate the best books to suit your needs in any format you prefer: regular print, large print, DVD, or CD books, and those items may be a part of any collection. To get started, please fill out the online application. For a comprehensive listing of all of GCPL’s accessibility resources, please visit our Accessibility GCPL Guide.

6 Freaky Books Based on True Stories

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

A good scary story sends chills down your spine. A true one keeps you up at all night.
Are you up for a frightening reading challenge this Halloween season? Here are six books based on freaky true stories:

1. Dead Mountain by Donnie Eicher (Adult Non-Fiction)

Join Donnie Eicher as he uncovers the mysterious deaths of nine Russian hikers in the Ural Mountains in 1959.
Investigators discovered the hikers’ tents were open from the inside, their belongings left behind. Whatever happened to the hikers remains a mystery to this day. For some reason, their clothes show signs of radiation exposure.

2. Deliver Us From Evil by Ralph Sarchie (Adult Non-Fiction)

You might remember the movie with the same title premiered in 2014. While the film was completely fictional, Ralph Sarchie’s demons were not. The former NYPD officer still performs exorcisms (for free).

3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Adult Non-Fiction)

H.H. Holmes invited guests to his hotel and they never checked out. His infamous “murder castle” had built-in torture rooms, trap doors, and acid vats. The victims’ skeletons were sold to medical supply companies. Makes you think twice about your next hotel reservation.

4. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty (Adult Fiction)

William Blatty’s inspiration for The Exorcist came from two exorcists’ case of Ronald Hunkeler. Hunkeler showed signs of demon possession after playing with a Ouija board (bad move from the start). His St. Louis home still stands today. No demons have been sighted.

5. Norman by Stephen Lancaster (Adult Non-Fiction)

Add Norman to your list of creepy dolls to avoid along with Chucky and Annabelle. Paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster finds Norman at an antique shop. Unknowingly, he has purchased a doll haunted by an unborn child.

6. The Terror by Dan Simmons (Adult Fiction)

While Sir John Franklin’s 1845 arctic expedition features a monster stalking him and his crew, the real history is a darker tale.

Franklin and his crew never returned from the voyage alive. Rumors of mutiny, poison, and cannibalism added fuel to the mystery. Franklin’s ships, the HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror weren’t found until the 21st century. Even then, no further evidence of Franklin’s whereabouts.

If you’re craving more chills and thrills, search through our library catalog’s horror collection.