Category : Kids

What’s Happening at Grayson: French Club

Submitted by Grayson Branch Staff

Grayson Library’s French Club (facilitated by Ijaaz Kingston and Khojasta Ghulam Hussain) is designed to complement Trip Elementary School’s Dual Language Immersion program with a focus on social and conversational French outside of an academic learning environment. Since Trip’s DLI students are mainly taught Science and Math in French, they don’t get much practice in social aspects of the French language and culture; therefore, our French Club aims to supplement that. We provide them an opportunity to socialize with each other in a relaxed, fun environment and get that needed practice. In the French Club, we cover a theme each month and have a mini-lesson, games, songs, and other activities based on that monthly theme. We design our programs for two sets of groups from Trip Elementary, grades K-2 and 3-4 so the kids in each group are on a similar French language proficiency level.

We also offer several “Conversational French” practice programs aimed at the parents of DLI students to help them learn basic conversational French. They can communicate with their children in French at home. These programs give parents an opportunity to get familiarized with GCPL’s resources to help them learn and/or practice French, such as Mango Languages, Tumblebooks Library’s French section, as well as our French collection and some outside resource.

The Cosplayer’s Checklist

Submitted by Sarah Brubaker

Want to dress up like your favorite character from a movie, TV show, or book? Cosplay is an exciting hobby, and there are lots of factors to consider before creating your first costume.

The first step is choosing a costume that suits you and the event you’ll attend. When you have an idea in mind, ask yourself:

Where will you wear your cosplay?
Is the costume easily recognizable?
Do you resemble the character, or would you have to modify your appearance in order to fit the profile (eg: wearing a wig)?
How comfortable will your costume be (think about shoes, mobility, and temperature)?

Once you’ve decided which costume you want to wear, then you have to either buy or make it. If you’re going to make your cosplay, there are some additional considerations:
Are there any pieces that you would purchase pre-made, or will you make it all from scratch?
Can you find a tutorial from someone else who has made this costume?
How much will it cost to buy the components?
How long will it take to create?
What skills would it require to make?

Once you answer these questions, you can decide if this costume is right for you and make a plan of action. It’s best to start a cosplay at least a month before an event, especially if you’re making any part of it yourself. If you’re looking for more resources, these can get you started:

The Hero’s Closet
The Costume Making Guide
Epic Cosplay Costumes
Steampunk and Cosplay

100 Women Who Made History

Submitted by Jon Freeman

If you thought that it has only been a man’s world throughout history, think again! 100 Women Who Made History is an interesting book about 100 women who made history. It includes women from present day and the past. The book is divided into sections based on the fields the person made her significant impact. These include areas such as politics, science, business, and the arts. The book includes information about famous women you have heard of and are familiar with, such as J.K. Rolling and Oprah Winfrey, as well as others you probably don’t know – until you read about them. This is a great book of history for older elementary school kids and middle school readers as they discover women who had an impact and made history, and learn that it is not just a man’s world.

What kind of women will you discover in “100 Women Who Made History”:

Learn about America’s first female self-made millionaire. She was born into poverty to former slaves during the 1800’s. She got married as a teenager, but became widowed at the age of 20. Eventually she became an entrepreneur and started a successful business.

Discover the female German university student who, along with other students, formed the White Rose – a small non-violent resistance movement that carried out a campaign against Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.

Learn about the woman who was an expert in radioactivity and was asked to join the top secret Manhattan Project: the research project that created the atomic bomb. She was also the first person to prove that nuclear particles don’t always decay in the same way in an experiment that is now named after her.

Discover the story of a woman who was born with a condition that left her legs paralyzed, but she still became an accomplished athlete. She won a total of 16 medals, 11 of them gold, while competing in five Paralympic Games.

Learn about the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and Time magazine. She was also the first African-American woman to be in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Read about the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States in 1911.

Discover the female climber who became the first woman to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 1975. When she and her team set out to climb Mount Everest disaster struck. Nearly three quarters of the way up the mountain an avalanche engulfed their camp. She was knocked unconscious and had to be dug out of the snow. Only 12 days after that avalanche nearly killed her, she reached the top of Mount Everest.

Learn about the British skater who competed alongside men at the 1902 World Figure Skating Championships and earned a silver medal, and helped lead to the creation of a separate figure skating competition for women.

Read about the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in Science.

Discover the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Read about the African-American who became the first American woman to win three gold medals at an Olympic Games.

Discover the woman who invented a radio guidance system based on principles that are still used today, in technologies such as GPS and Bluetooth.

10 Delicious Foods Great For Your Heart

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concluded 610,00 people die of heart disease annually in the United States alone. Risk factors include lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, and obesity.

You can prevent heart disease by incorporating more physical activity and the right foods into your daily diet. These foods benefit your heart by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), clearing artery plaque, and decreasing inflammation. Here are 10 delicious foods great for your heart.

1. Apples

2. Asparagus

3. Avocados

4. Chia seeds

5. Dark chocolate (80% and higher)

6. Grapefruit

7. Pomegranates

8. Purple potatoes

9. Tomatoes

10. Yams

Check out GCPL’s digital resource Consumer Health Complete to learn more about how you can take care of your body. Remember: Always talk to your doctor for the best advice on your health.

You deserve a long life with a happy, healthy heart!

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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)
Books:
-“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)!

LGBTQ Resources @ Your Library

Submitted by Mack Freeman

October is LGBT History Month, and Atlanta just got done celebrating both Atlanta Pride and National Coming Out Day. Gwinnett County Public Library is proud to support everyone in our community. Public libraries have an ethos that makes them open to all, no matter their sexual orientation or gender expression. Whether you’re looking for LGBTQ-related information for yourself or for someone else, Gwinnett County Public Library is here to help.

The library has numerous LGBTQ books available for all ages in our collection. You can browse the collection online or in-person at your neighborhood branch. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, grab a library team member, and they can help you find something that’s exactly right for you. You can also find items that may be of interest in our digital collections on Libby and Flipster (magazines).

One resource that’s especially useful for those interested in LGBTQ topics is the EBSCO Ebook collection available through GALILEO. With over 2,000 titles related to LGBTQ topics, this resource covers everything from LGBTQ oral history to youth issues to health concerns and so much more. This database is consistently updated with new titles, and every item is available 24/7 whether the library is open or not.

If there are any in-depth topics related to LGBTQ issues you’re looking into, don’t forget that you can Book a Librarian. Book a Librarian sessions typically run for about 45 minutes, and they offer 1-on-1 assistance on any of your research needs. Researching LGBTQ issues can be tough. For instance, did you know that many search engines and databases will return different results for gay, lesbian, trans, bisexual, GLBT, LGBT, GLBTQ, and LGBTQ? A database sometimes isn’t smart enough to link all of these things together, but a librarian can help make sure that nothing you’re looking for is falling through the cracks.

Not seeing what you’re looking for? Contact your local branch and talk with the team there about what sorts of programs and services you’d like to see in your area. If you’d rather submit your comments digitally, you can submit suggestions for the collection and program ideas digitally. Gwinnett County Public Library is a reflection of our community, but we need your help to make sure we are offering exactly what you want.

LGBTQ+ Books in Honor of Atlanta Pride

Submitted by Dru Hill 

This past weekend, Gwinnett County Public Library participated in the Atlanta Pride Festival. We set up a booth in the heart of Piedmont Park and brought a button maker, crafts, and lots of enthusiasm. Our amazing children’s librarians offered storytimes throughout the weekend and joyfully shared their love of the library, along with the entire community that we serve. We try to ensure that our resources, programs, and collection reflect the diversity that we see all around us and, to that end, we came up with a short list of LGBTQ+ titles in honor of Pride Week. No matter who you are, there’s something in the library for you. Check out one of these amazing titles today!

 

For Kids:

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel

George by Alex Gino

Gay & Lesbian History for Kids: The Century-Long Struggle for LGBT Rights, with 21 Activities by Jerome Pohlen

 

For Teens:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

 

For Adults:

The ABCs of LGBT+ by Ashley Mardell

Queer Brown Voices: Personal Narratives of Latina/o LGBT Activism

For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

 

You can find all these titles and more in the library’s catalog.

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.