Category : Adults

Kona Ice to Appear at Select Summer Reading Programs

Kona Ice will appear during select teen programs and Summer Reading Programs finales! Use this opportunity to redeem your Kona Ice coupon or purchase a frosty treat to cool off in this summer heat. Check out a list of their stops below:

BUF​ORD​ 7/31 at 5:30 pm

CEN​TERVILLE 8/2 at 3 pm

C​OLLINS ​H​IL​L 8/3 at 10:45 am

DAC​ULA​ 7/23 at 2 pm & 8/1 at 10:30 am

DUL​UTH ​8/3 at 3:15 pm

F​IVE ​F​O​R​KS 7/27 at 3:30 & 7/31 at 2:30 pm

GRA​YSON​ 7/26 at 2 pm

H​A​M​I​L​TON MILL​ 8/1 at 1:30 pm

LIL​BURN​ 7/27 at 2 pm

M​OUNTAIN ​P​AR​K​ 7/27 at 11:15 am

NOR​CROSS​ 8/3 at 3 pm

P​EACHTREE ​C​O​R​NERS​ 7/23 at 3:15 pm

The Tower Gardens’ 6 Healing Herbal Secrets

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Noticed our tower gardens teeming with green life? Did you know some of the herbs grown can be used to treat diabetes and inflammation? This is no old wives’ tale!

Here are six herbal secrets you may not know:

*PLEASE NOTE: Talk to your doctor before using the herbs listed or any herbs in general for medicinal purposes.

Basil: Scientists have discovered basil’s compounds can fend off bad bacteria. This herb can relieve one from awful stomach cramps when consumed as tea.

Cilantro: Try a dose of cilantro for a good night’s sleep. It helps calms nerves, supports the digestive system, and regulates blood sugar.

Oregano: Oregano can be used to treat certain allergies, kill harmful stomach parasites, and colds.

Dill: Many parts of the world have used dill as an alternative to treat epilepsy. Add this herb to meals as it helps lower cholesterol.

Chives: Chives contain vitamin K which is helpful for strengthening bones. For pregnant women, the folic acid in chives helps produce healthy newborns.

Thyme: In case you’re feeling low, Vitamin B-6 in thyme can boost your mood. Plus, it helps your respiratory system.

Want to know more how you can enhance your health with herbs? Check out these books:

Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Goddess by Amy Jirsa
Herbs & Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders by Sidney Kurn
The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter

The Rideshare Guide

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Do you want to drive for Uber or Lyft? Have you thought about becoming a rideshare driver to earn some extra money, but you want to learn more before starting? Well, the new book “The Rideshare Guide : Everything You Need to Know About Driving for Uber, Lyft, and other Ridesharing Companies” may be the book for you. It is an engaging handbook for current and prospective rideshare drivers. In this guide author Harry Campbell helps current and potential rideshare drivers by answering questions like:

What is it really like to be a rideshare driver?
How do I get started as a driver?
Uber and Lyft driver requirements?
How to maximize your profits?
How the ratings system actually works?
How you can become a five star driver?
How you should deal with difficult passengers and challenging situations?

To learn more information about money management and personal finance feel free to visit the GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

Gwinnett Libraries bring Learning alive!

Thanks to a generous donation from the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) that was matched by the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, Alive Studios is equipping all 15 Gwinnett County Public Library branches with its evidence-based Learning alive™ kits.

Alive Studios is a Gwinnett-based software developer that creates mind-boggling learning experiences to increase student engagement and improve early literacy. Students are motivated and inspired as they interact with 26 virtual zoo animals while learning the essential fundamentals of reading and math. Alive Studios’ programs use a technology called augmented reality (3D without glasses) to bring lessons to life. The learning kits are currently being used in more than 3,500 classrooms around the country.

“We’re very excited to be the first public library in the country to roll out this program,” said Shelly Schwerzler, the development manager at Gwinnett County Public Library. The library system plans to make this highly engaging learning experience available to children all around Gwinnett. “Our youth services team will be incorporating this new way to learn about letters, words, and sentences into our existing early literacy programs,” Schwerzler added.   

The Learning alive Plus kit that will be donated to each library branch includes 26 letter cards, 97 sight-word cards, and 84 word-family cards. Each card is interactive and triggers multiple 3D animations depending on the word or sentence that is created. While learning to identify and sound out each letter, children are able to hear, see, touch, build, and speak throughout the lesson. This multimodal approach appeals to a broad range of learning styles and abilities, increases long-term retention, and is especially effective with at-risk students  and English language learners. Also included are three Interactive Stories and a full, supplemental math program aligned to state standards for kindergarten.

“We are so thrilled to partner with Gwinnett County Public Library and have Learning alive available to so many children around Gwinnett,” said Cynthia Kaye, Alive Studios’ CEO and Chief Zoo Keeper. “What a generous gift from the ARA and Community Foundation!”

Library staff will be installing the learning kits this summer and will receive training on how best to use the reading and math supplemental curricula within their programs. “Our plan is to introduce Learning alive in a couple of our summer programs and then do a full rollout this fall for back-to-school,” said Schwerzler. “We will be using an online assessment tool to monitor the program’s effectiveness and to help us provide the best service for our community.”

8 Amazing Products Made With a 3D Printer

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Did you know you can print a house? What about a car? It can be printed and purchased for only $10,000!

Since Chuck Hull made the 3D printer, innovators all over the world have created incredible items.

Here are eight amazing products made with a 3D printer:

1. Prosthetic Beak

Tieta the Toucan has been rescued from an animal fair with a broken upper beak. Designers have printed a 3D prosthetic beak for Tieta so she can properly eat again.

2. Prosthetic Arm

Ben Ryan has 3D printed an arm for his son after his original arm was amputated. Since then, Ryan has established Ambionics, a company helping disabled children in similar situations.

3. High Heels

Former fashion student Pauline van Dongen created 3D printed heels for her fashion show project Morphogenesis.

4. Cast

Don’t want to deal with the itchy issues wearing a traditional cast? Patients now have the option to wear the 3D printed Cortex Cast. Price ranges from $200 to $500.

5. Bikini

The 3D printed N12 waterproof bikinis are made from waterproof nylon. You can find them at the Consortium store.

6. House

Startup company Agis Cor has completed a 400 square 3D printed house in 24 hours. Price: $10,134.

7. Apartment

China has taken 3D printing to the next level creating a five-story apartment. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. printed the building from recyclable material and leftover industry material.

8. Pizza

NASA has given the 3D printing company BeeHex a grant to design a 3D printing machine for hungry astronauts, especially those headed to Mars. Beehex made Chef 3D to make pizzas. There are talks for an app for customers to select their pizza toppings and design.

Inspired to create the next 3D product? Look out for these 3D printing events coming to a branch near you:

-3D Design with TinkerCad
-3D Printing 101 & 102
-3D Printing Fashion Accessories
-Teen Hydraulic 3D Food Printer

New Driving Law in Georgia

Submitted by Jon Freeman

A bill known as the “Hands Free Law” was passed by the Georgia General Assembly and then signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2018. The Hands Free Law will take effect on July 1, 2018. Links to websites with more detailed information about this law can be found at the end of this article. The following is a brief description of what the law states and some frequently asked questions from the Hands Free Law webpage of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia:

1. A driver cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone. Drivers can only use their phones to make or receive phone calls by using speakerphone, earpiece, wireless headphone, phone is connected to vehicle or an electronic watch. GPS navigation devices are allowed.
2. Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment.
3. A driver may not send or read any text-based communication unless using voice-based communication that automatically converts message to a written text or is being used for navigation or GPS
4. A driver may not write, send or read any text messages, e-mails, social media or internet data content
5. A driver may not watch a video unless it is for navigation.
6. A driver may not record a video (continuously running dash cams are exempt)
7. Music streaming apps can be used provided the driver activates and programs them when they are parked. Drivers cannot touch their phones to do anything to their music apps when they are on the road. Music streaming apps that include video also are not allowed since drivers cannot watch videos when on the road. Drivers can listen to and program music streaming apps that are connected to and controlled through their vehicle’s radio.


1. Reporting a traffic crash, medical emergency, fire, criminal activity or hazardous road conditions.
2. An employee or contractor of an utility service provider acting within the scope of their employment while responding to an utility emergency.
3. A first responder (law enforcement, fire, EMS) during the performance of their official duties.
4. When in a lawfully parked vehicle—this DOES NOT include vehicles stopped for traffic signals and stop signs on the public roadway.


When the Hands-Free law takes effect July 1, the Georgia Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement have the option to issue warnings for violations as part of the effort to educate and to help motorists adapt to the new law. However, citations can and will be issued starting July 1 for any violation of the Hands-Free Law, including those where the violation involves a traffic crash. There is not a 90-day grace period provision in the Hands-Free Law.

For more information about the new Georgia Hands Free Law feel free to take a look at the following websites:

Georgia Highway Safety

Heads Up Georgia

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Georgia Department of Driver Services

How to Find New Books in the GCPL Catalog

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Everything may seem overwhelming to you with all the changes on the GCPL website. All you want probably is the latest James Patterson or Diary of a Wimpy Kid book.

To make things easier for you, here are two methods how you can find new books on the GCPL catalog.

Method 1: “From the Catalog”
1. On GCPL’s main site, click on “catalog” located on the top right corner of your screen.
2. Click on the “What’s New” tab. The following selections will show up:
-Coming Attractions
-New Adult Books
-New Books on CD
-New Digital Titles
-New DVDs
-New Kids Books
-New Large Print
-New Teen Titles
-NY Times Bestsellers
3. Click on your desired selection.

Method 2: “Browse Menu
1. Find the “Filter your results by…” selection on the left side of your screen.
2. Click on the “New at the Library” tab. There you have a selection of the past days to choose from: 7, 30, 60, 90, 180, and over 180 days.
3. Choose your desired results.

Extra tip: Click on “Published Date” for books published on a specific year under the “Filter your results by…” area.

Need further assistance? Feel free to call us, stop by your closest GCPL location or contact us via the “Ask Box” chatbox on our website.

GCPL Expands Genealogy Resources with New Databases

Gwinnett County residents searching for long-lost relatives have new resources available to them through the Library. Gwinnett County Public Library added Findmypast, Fold3 and Gale Genealogy Connect to their genealogy catalog which already includes Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.

Findmypast is one of the leading suppliers of online family history records, currently offering access to a collection of over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe.

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of U.K., and many other sources.

Gale Genealogy Connect features a wide range of comprehensive references and is powered by authoritative information from With these unique references, available for the first time online in fully searchable format, users can confidently connect the dots with authoritative contextual information, where the full story lives.

“It is especially meaningful to offer new genealogy resources as we celebrate Gwinnett County’s bicentennial this year,” says Charles Pace, GCPL’s Executive Director. “We hope this celebration encourages Gwinnettians to trace their roots and explore their past with help from the Library. ​We also appreciate the financial support from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to expand our genealogy resources.”

Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast are only available within the library. All other resources can be accessed by library card holders from home.

Lottery and Sweepstakes Scams

Submitted by Jon Freeman

You get a card, call, or email telling you that you won! What have you won: A sweepstakes, lottery, or other prize of some kind.

But this is what probably happens next: the person on the phone tells you there is a fee or taxes you must first pay before getting the prize. The person will ask for your bank account information, or ask you to send money via a wire transfer, or ask you to purchase gift cards and provide the card numbers.

Any way you send it, you lose money instead of winning it. You don’t get a big prize. Instead, you end up losing the money you send , and you may get more requests for money, and more promises that you won big from scammers. All you have to do to get your winnings is to send more money. Lottery and sweepstakes scams are one of the most common consumer frauds, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Here is a tip from the FTC to avoid lottery and sweepstakes scams:

Keep your money – and your information – to yourself. Never share your financial information with someone who contacts you and claims to need it. And never wire money to or share gift card numbers with anyone who asks you to. Both payment methods are a sure sign of a scam.

To find more information about managing your finances feel free to take a look at the Gwinnett Library’s Personal Finance GCPL Guide.

8 Books for Aspiring Millennial Entrepreneurs

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

According to the Pew Research Center, millennials (ages 25-35) are more likely to still live with their parents. Student debt, expensive housing, and unreliable wages force millennials to think twice before leaving home. Are you one of them? Don’t worry, there’s hope.

Millennials are finding financial success through entrepreneurship. This BNP Paribas Entrepreneur Report reveals millennials are starting more businesses than baby boomers. Millennials are the ones behind Pinterest, Quora, and Airbnb.

If you’re going down the entrepreneur path, here are eight books for aspiring millennial entrepreneurs like you:

1. The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
2. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone
3. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
4. The Entrepreneur’s Playbook by Leonard C. Green
5. Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
6. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso
7. The Power of Broke by Daymond John
8. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Additional entrepreneur education can be found on Lynda! You have access to hundreds of business-related courses free with your GCPL card.

Don’t have one? Sign up today!