Category : Kids

How is Roblox STEM Educational?

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Over 100 million people have played Roblox since its 2005 launch. Your child may be one of them. Is there any good from playing this game besides its usual hijinks?

Fortunately, Roblox touches the four cornerstones of STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Roblox introduces kids to coding and other skills needed in game development. It can also lead aspiring game creators to full-time careers in the multi-billion dollar tech and gaming industries.

Business Wire released a report stating children’s academic performances increased after using Roblox for school projects.

With Roblox’s popularity on the rise, the gaming corporation has established programs teaching young game developers the nooks and crannies of Roblox creation. Plus, the company offers a free curriculum for educators all over to use Roblox in classrooms and libraries.

Creation engine Roblox Studio introduces kids to Lua, a kid-friendly version of Java and Python. Kids have the opportunity to create hundreds of Roblox games. They also have the chance to make a profit from their games when players purchase in-game items.

There’s more to Roblox than casual shenanigans with online block buddies. The game raises a new generation of crafty innovators.

Interested in learning more about Roblox? GCPL has the following Roblox books available:

1. Inside the World of Roblox by Alexander Cox
2. Roblox Top Adventure Games by Alex Wiltshire
3. Roblox’s Top Role-playing Games by Alexander Cox
4. Roblox Top Battle Games by Official Roblox

Don’t miss out on the latest STEM activities for kids and teens in a library branch near you. Check out our calendar for further details.

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

Celebrate Library Card SignUp Month by getting a library card, or by rediscovering the many ways to use one!

Today’s Gwinnett County Public Library is an AMAZING place to go for knowledge and fun. Whether you want to READ about it, LISTEN to it, WATCH it, or EXPERIENCE it — every day is a new discovery.

Instead of just checking out books, we let you check out the WORLD with FREE access to movies, online magazines — and even subscription websites. You can learn new languages, discover your family history, and add job-specific software skills to your resume!

Over four million Georgians use their library cards to check out books, magazines, sewing machines, to learn job skills; or even to attend yoga. There are so many different ways to utilize your local library – explore the benefits of a library card today!

With your library card, you can also check out passes for free admission to Georgia State Parks, the Carlos Museum, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Go Fish Center, Center for Puppetry Arts, and more.

Check out everything your public library has to offer!

Vision to Learn


This summer, The Gwinnett County Public Library System, in coordination with Vision To Learn, will offer
vision screenings, eye exams, and, if necessary, glasses for your child. These services are free and will be
provided at NO COST to you.

Quality vision care is an important component of education; students that cannot see often struggle to learn to read, to see the board, and to succeed academically. During the course of this event, your child will be screened. If your child fails the screening, a trained and licensed Optometrist will then perform a basic eye exam on your child, and will prescribe glasses if appropriate. You will be informed if your child may need follow-up care.

Eye screenings and exams will take place between 9:30am to 3:00pm at the following Gwinnett County Library facilities:


Monday, July 15 – Lilburn Branch **FULL**
4817 Church Street, Lilburn, GA 30047

Tuesday, July 16 – Centerville Branch **FULL**
3025 Bethany Church Road, Snellville, GA 30046

Thursday, July 18 – Lawrenceville Branch **FULL**
1001 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Tuesday, July 23 – Norcross Branch **FULL**
6025 Buford Hwy, Norcross, GA 30071

Wednesday, July 24 – Buford Branch **FULL**
2100 Buford Hwy, Buford, GA 30518

Friday, August 2 – Snellville Branch **FULL**
2740 Lenora Church Road, Snellville, GA 30078

Space is Limited. No walk-ins will be accepted.
You MUST pre-register via email form or by registering at your local library.

For more information, call 770-978-5154. To register a child for the free eye screenings, please register using the application forms below, or head to your local library for registration help.

Lilburn Application Form

Centerville Application Form

Lawrenceville Application Form

Norcross Application Form

Buford Application Form

Snellville Application Form


GCPL Digital Resources

1000 Books B4 Kindergarten 

ABC- CLIO: American Government 

ABC-CLIO: American History 

ABC-CLIO: World Geography 

ABC-CLIO: State Geography 

ABC-CLIO: World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras

Ancestry Library Edition ( only available within Library)

Annals of American History


Biography in Context

Business Source Complete

Career Online High School

College Planning GCPL Guide

Consumer Health Complete

Digital Library of Georgia

Driving Test

eBooks on EBSCOhost 

Enciclopedia Moderna 

Escolar Online 

Explora for Elementary 

Explora for High School 

Explora for Middle School 


Foundations Center

Gale Courses

Gale Legal Forms Library 

Gale Literature Resource Center


GCPL Guides

Global NewsStream

Google News Archive (US & International)

Heritage Quest 

Homework Help – Elementary School

Job and Career Accelerator 

Learning Express Library 

Learning Express Library- Espanol

Magazines & Newspapers

Mango Languages

MasterFile Elite



New Georgia Encyclopedia 

Newspaper Source 

Novelist K-8 PLus 

Novelist Plus

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

OverDrive eBooks & More

OverDrive en Espanol 

OverDrive for Kids 

Oxford Dictionaries Online


Reading at Home 

Reference USA

Sesame Street eBooks



Value Line 

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!