Category : Adults

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.


What If You Won the Lottery?

The Mega Millions Lottery estimated jackpot drawing for Tuesday, October 23rd, was $1.6 Billion. Yes, that is Billion with the letter B. That is the largest lottery jackpot prize in history – according to the Mega Millions Lottery website. Perhaps you can imagine what you would do if you won a lottery prize that size. In order to win a jackpot you have to buy a lottery ticket. Whether you buy a ticket or not is completely up to you. But before you decide to go out and buy a lottery ticket in hopes of winning a big prize you should know that the chances of you winning the lottery are very small. How small you may ask? The odds of winning the Mega Millions Lottery Jackpot are about 1 in 302 million – according to the Mega Millions Lottery website. You are more likely to be killed by a mountain lion (1 in 32 million) than you are to win one of the big lottery jackpots worth millions, or in this case over a billion dollars. But if you did win, here is what author David Pogue says you should do in his book “Pogue’s Basics: Money – Essential Tips and Shortcuts”:

1. Keep your life stable. This one can be harder than it seems. Studies have shown that many lottery winners are broke within 5 years of winning the lottery. According to Pogue, the reason for this is because other people will find out you have money. You will be buried by requests for money. Family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, distant relatives you didn’t even know you had… may all come to you asking you to give them money. Everyone who has ever been nice to you may come at you with open hands asking for money. What you should do, Pogue says, is hire a financial adviser, and funnel all requests to that person.

2. Consider the taxes. Just because you win millions of dollars does not mean you have that much money to spend. Because the government takes taxes from your winnings. For example, Pogue explains that if you win a $300 million lottery prize, and the government takes 40% in taxes and your state takes its cut, the amount of money you really get from the $300 million prize is now only something like $162 million.

3. Make the right payment choice. When you win you can be faced with a tough choice. You can take the $300 million in yearly installment payments spread out over 30 years (called the annuity option). Pogue says that if you want to get all of the prize money right away and not get the yearly installment payments you will have to accept a smaller amount (like $172 million instead of $300 million). Most people take the smaller immediate payment they can get right away. However, that could be a poor decision. Pogue recommends people who win hire a financial professional to help figure out what option is the best one. There is a lot to think about with such a decision.

For more useful information about managing your personal finances feel free to visit the Gwinnett County Public Library’s GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

Looking for Friends Who Love the Library

Submitted by Pat Bruschini, President of Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library

Do you like to read? Do you like to meet authors? Do you like the Gwinnett County libraries?

Then you would be a great FRIEND of the LIBRARY (FOL).

The Friends assist the library branches by fundraising and advocating community support. The funds we raise go to pay for author talks, library materials, staff enrichment and appreciation, equipment, programs and more.

Most of the money we raise is through raffles, silent auctions and beverage bars held during author events. But, on Saturday, November 3 from 10 am to 1 pm, we will be holding a children’s and youth used book sale at the Fowler YMCA, 5600 West Jones Road, Peachtree Corners. All the proceeds from the sale will support the children’s department at the Norcross and Peachtree Corners Branches. This is the first FOL book sale in many years.

Our mission statement: To build awareness of the Gwinnett County Public Library through volunteerism and developing private support.

So, what are the Benefits of being a FRIEND?

  • Advance notice of author events through an electronic newsletter
  • Reserved priority seating at author events
  • Making a difference in your community
  • Meet people, like you, who like the libraries and wish to share their time and talents to better our libraries and communities
  • Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent of the law

Membership dues begin at $15 for an individual and $20 for a household and go up from there.

For more information, please visit our webpage at or email Gwinnettcofol@gmail.

Join now and your dues cover the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019.

How to Fund Your Dreams

Submitted by Ashley Melonson

Nearly every high school student has heard the sage advice, that in order to fulfill their life and career ambitions, they must head to college. However, with the rising rates of tuition, what once seemed like an easy given has become a pricey, daunting decision. Mountain Park’s How to Fund Your Dreams program will enlighten you on how you can make your aspirations for a first-rate education a reality.

Hal Wilkinson, a representative of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, will offer illuminating information on financial resources for prospective students. The How to Fund Your Dreams program will go over more than well-known financial assistance programs, like HOPE and FAFSA. It will also delve into unconventional scholarships, from a plethora of organizations, that celebrate the diversity and varied interests of college applicants.

No matter where you are in your search for college financial aid, How to Fund Your Dreams can provide insight on how to reach your goals.

Come join us at this spectacular event, being held at the Mountain Park branch, on October 29th at 4 PM.