Category : Adults

Want to be an Early Investor?

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Are you a young person in your twenties or teens? If you are then you may have heard that it is beneficial to start investing when you are young. Perhaps you really want to get started investing, but are unsure where to start.

The Early Investor: How Teens and Young Adults Can Become Wealthy may be a book for you. The Early Investor is a book aimed at teens and young adults that covers the basics of investing. The book starts in the first chapter answering the question, “What is Investing?” It also includes sections on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs. The Early Investor contains information about different types of investment accounts and how to manage your investment portfolio. It is written by a former teacher named Michael W. Zisa, who became a financial advisor after spending years teaching high school mathematics. His experience as a financial advisor for adults and a high school teacher of teens puts him in a unique spot to write this type of a book aimed at teens and young adults. The book also includes charts and tables to help explain points and concepts. Feel free to check this book out from your local Gwinnett County Public Library.

You can find more personal finance information and resources on the Gwinnett Library’s GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

10 “Banned Books” You Will Find in GCPL

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Every year, hundreds of books are challenged due to “offensive content” ranging from vulgar language to anti-government propaganda. The American Library Assocation (ALA) annually lists the top 10 challenged books. Last year’s list included Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Book censorship can dramatically shape how libraries function. Imagine stepping into a library with barely any books on bookshelves. A strange sight, right? That won’t be the case for GCPL.

Here are ten “banned books” you will find here:

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for sexual content, profanity, vulgarity, and racism.

2. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Easy Fiction)
-Banned for characters in a same-sex relationship (even though it’s based on a true story).

3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
-Banned for featuring LGBTQ+ characters

4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Adult Non-Fiction)
-Banned for sexual violence, alcohol use, and explicit language

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Adult Fiction)
-Banned for profanity, violence, strong sexual content, and “Anti-Christian” themes.

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for police violence, racism, sexual references, and drug use.

7. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
-Banned for featuring a transgender character

8. Operation Dark Heart by Anthony Shaffer (Adult Non-Fiction)
-Banned for containing sensitive US government information

9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for suicidal content

10. The Witches by Roald Dahl (Juvenile Fiction)
-Banned for witchcraft, violence against children, and misogyny.

GCPL is also hosting “Banned Books: Book Talk” for ages 11-18 at the Collins Hill Branch. The program starts on September 25, 2018 at 5:30pm.

Click here to find more banned books in the GCPL catalog.

 

8 Amazing Facts About Your Favorite Comic Superheroes

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

How much do you know about your favorite superheroes? Did you know Superman spent 15,000 years in the sun? Tony Stark is the first human to use the Infinity Gauntlet!
Want to know more? Here are eight amazing facts about your favorite comic superheroes:

1. John Constantine has a miserable life. His mother died in childbirth, he lived under his abusive father, and his friends’ spirits haunt him. Talk about a bad break!

2. Doctor Strange wasn’t the only sorcerer supreme candidate. Loki, Storm, Ghost Rider, Magik, Scarlet Witch, and Doctor Doom were other possible choices.

3. The Teenage Mutant Turtles almost had a Bernini. TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman originally planned Asian names for their turtle ninjas, but it was too obvious. Turning to their love of art history, they named the turtles after famous Renaissance artists. Bernini was one of them, but the creators scraped it for not being an o ending name.

4. Hellboy almost became a DC comic hero, but DC comics rejected the idea due to the character’s fiery origins.

5. The Rocketeer had a hard time becoming a movie. Many major movie studios rejected the comic until it finally landed with Disney and there were constant creative conflicts. After all that trouble, the film still bombed in the box office.

6. The Hulk was grey. Colorist Stan Goldberg had a hard time keeping up with the Hulk’s color consistency. Green worked out better, and it became permament.

7. The Avengers formed the Illuminati to prevent the world from further extraterrestrial dangers after the Kree-Skrull War. Its members included Black Bolt, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Black Panther left the group due to internal conflicts.

8. Batman became the God of Knowledge. After the epic battle between Darkseid and Anti-Matter, Batman and other members of the Justice League gained godlike powers. Batman used his newly-gained supreme intellect to find his parents’ killer and learn the Joker’s real name.

Start reading the comics today:
Constantine
Doctor Strange
Hellboy
Hulk
Justice League
The New Avengers
The Rocketeer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Chipper Jones – Ballplayer

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Earlier this year Chipper Jones was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. During his time with the Atlanta Braves he was the 1999 National League Most Valuable Player, and also won a batting title in 2008 when he hit .364 while also leading the National League in on-base percentage with a mark of .470. At the end of his 19 years in the big leagues – all with the Braves – Jones had totaled 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and more walks (1,512) than strikeouts (1,409). He was named to eight All-Star Games and finished in the Top 10 of the National League MVP voting five times.

Jones is one of only nine players in big league history with at least 400 home runs, a .300 average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging average. His 1,623 RBI are the most of any player whose primary position was third base. But before Chipper Jones amassed these Hall of Fame worthy statistics during his career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a country boy from a small town in Florida who played baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreamed of the major leagues. In his recent autobiography, Ballplayer, Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career. Beginning with learning the art of switch-hitting and being the number one overall pick for the Braves in the 1990 draft, Jones takes us into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last division win in 2005. Along the way, he delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and the famous Braves brothers – Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz – and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds, his overnight rise to super stardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame, his spirited rivalry with the Mets, and his reflections on modern baseball and his special last season in 2012.

To find out more about the Chipper’s life on and off the baseball diamond check out his autobiography from the Gwinnett County Library’s catalog here.

Need to Fax?

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Who uses a fax machine anymore? In rare cases, you might.

It can be difficult finding a faxing machine when you’re in a hurry. Fortunately, there are online faxing services available. GCPL recommends two located under “Fax and Scan Instructions” in the GCPL Guides: GotFreeFax and Fax Zero.

With GotFree Fax, you can fax twice per day with a three-page limit. Outbound faxing can be sent all over the US and Canada.

Meanwhile, you can fax five times for free with Fax Zero. Like GotFree Fax, there is a three-page faxing limit. Faxing is available through the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

There are more online faxing services you can try (services require an account sign-up).
-eFax Free
-Fax Better
-My Fax
-Pam Fax
-Hello Fax
-Fax.Plus

Here are their pros and cons:

eFax Free
Pros
-10 free pages per month
-30-day free trial
-150 pages for both inbound and outbound faxing

Cons
-Your fax number is selected for you. It can’t be changed until you upgrade your account.
-No electronic signature on fax documents
-No outbound faxing until your account is upgraded

Fax Better
Pros
-Ad-free pages
-20 free faxing pages per month
-Free faxing number

Cons
-Doesn’t offer local faxing number
-No mobile app
-Only inbound faxing

MyFax
Pros
-Send two faxes per day
-Receive 200 pages
-Send 100 pages

Cons
-Past negative customer experiences with login issues and power outages

Pam Fax
Pros
-Three free pages
-Available on platforms like Android, Apple, and Windows
-Can send faxes to multiple recipients

Cons
-No cloud backup
-No unlimited fax reception

Hello Fax
Pros
-Three free pages
-Send faxes around the US, the UK, and Canada
-Earn more free pages by tweeting and other requests

Cons
-Unavailable to fax through e-mail
-No inbound faxes

Fax.Plus
Pros
-10 free pages
-Fax storage
-Multiple fax recipients

Cons
-No inbound fax
-No dedicated fax number under free trial
-No extra customer support under free trial

Still need more faxing services? Check out FedEx Office, The UPS Office, and The Staples Business Center.

Feel free to contact GCPL for further questions.

3 Books About Aretha Franklin You Can Read Right Now

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

How well did you know Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul? Did you grow up with her music, jamming to “Respect” and “Chain of Fools”?

Aretha Franklin has accomplished many feats during her tremendous music career. She has won 18 Grammy awards out of 44 nominations. Despite being a high school dropout, Franklin received honorary degrees from many prestigious schools like Princeton, Yale, and the Berklee College of Music. In 2005, former president George W. Bush rewarded Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here are three books about Aretha Franklin you can read right now:

1. “Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul” by Mark Bego (Adult Non-Fiction)

2. “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” by David Ritz (Adult Non-Fiction)

3. “Who is Aretha Franklin?” by Medina Nico (Juvenile Non-Fiction)

You can research more information about Franklin through GCPL’s digital resources:

Biography in Context
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Gale eBooks: Black History Month
GALILEO

How to get Books via the InterLibrary Loan Service

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Not finding the books you need in the GCPL catalog? Try requesting them through our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service!

When you submit an ILL request form, GCPL contacts another library willing to lend your book. It can be a library from another city, county, or state. Plus, the service is free!

For a request, fill out the ILL form with the following information:

-First and last name
-Your library account number
-The book title
-Book author
-ISBN
-The publication year

You can request up to five ILLs at a time. Waiting period for materials can go up to six weeks. Requested items do not include CDs, VHS, DVDS, or audiobooks.

If you would like an extended due date for your ILLs, email InterlibraryLoan@gwinnettpl.org at least five days before the loan due date.

Feel free to read “GCPL InterLibrary Loan Services” for further information.

Happy Birthday 403(b)!

Submitted by Jon Freeman

This year the 403(b) is celebrating its 60th birthday! The 403(b) has been around for a very long time. When was the 403(b) established? The 403(b) was established in 1958 by the federal government to encourage employees in certain government and tax-exempt organizations to establish retirement savings programs. There are contribution limits and other rules for an individual’s eligibility to contribute to this type of plan, and there is usually a choice of investment options available for the employee to pick from when enrolled in the plan. Employees save for retirement by contributing to individual accounts in the plan. Employers can also contribute to employees’ accounts. Just as with a 401(k) plan, a 403(b) plan lets employees defer some of their salary into individual accounts. The deferred salary is generally not subject to federal or state income tax until it’s distributed (typically during retirement). However, a 403(b) plan may also offer designated Roth accounts. Salary contributed to a Roth account is taxed currently, but is tax-free (including earnings) when distributed.

To learn if your employer offers this type of retirement plan, or some other retirement plan, and find out if you are eligible to participate in it, contact your employer’s human resources department.

To learn more about finance and managing your money feel free to take a look at the GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

Cryptocurrencies

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Cryptocurrencies have been rising in popularity the past couple of years. In fact, there are now over 100 different cryptocurrencies from around the world with names like Ethereum, Litecoin, Zcash, and Dash, just to name a few. Then of course there is the cryptocurrency that almost everyone has probably heard of – Bitcoin. But before deciding to buy any cryptocurrency there are risks a person should consider. Below is a list of potential risks that, according to the Federal Trade Commission, a person should know about before buying any cryptocurrency:

1. Cryptocurrencies aren’t backed by a government or central bank. Unlike most traditional currencies, such as the dollar or yen, the value of a cryptocurrency is not tied to promises by a government or a central bank.

2. If you store your cryptocurrency online, you don’t have the same protections as a bank account. Holdings in online “wallets” are not insured by the government like U.S. bank deposits are.

3. A cryptocurrency’s value can change constantly and dramatically. An investment that may be worth thousands of dollars on Tuesday could be worth only hundreds on Wednesday. If the value goes down, there’s no guarantee that it will rise again.

4. Nothing about cryptocurrencies makes them a foolproof investment. Just like with any investment opportunity, there are no guarantees.

5. No one can guarantee you’ll make money off your investment. Anyone who promises you a guaranteed return or profit is likely scamming you. Just because the cryptocurrency is well-known or has celebrities endorsing it doesn’t mean it’s a good investment.

6. Not all cryptocurrencies or the companies behind them are the same. Before you decide to invest in a cryptocurrency, look into the claims the company is making. Do an internet search with the name of the company and the cryptocurrency with words like review, scam, or complaint. Look through several pages of search results.

To learn more about Bitcoin and how it works click here.

To get more information about personal finance and money management take a look at the GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

ESL Citizenship Classes at the Lawrenceville Branch

August 6 to October 1
Mondays & Wednesdays
6:00 to 8:30 pm

Are you a legal permanent resident planning to become a citizen? Join GCPL and the Latin American Association for an eight-week ESL Citizenship course.

The course is FREE, but registration is required. Register on July 30 or August 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Lawrenceville Branch. Students must bring their Green Card. Class size is limited.