Category : Kids

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.

 

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

10 Educational Graphic Novels for Kids

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Your kids give their full attention to superhero comics, but what about their schoolwork? Can’t seem to get them excited about history, math, or science? Try these ten educational graphic novels:

1. “Amelia Earhart Flies Across the Atlantic” by Nelson Yomtov (Biography)

2. “Black Civil War Soldiers: The 54th Massachusetts Regiment” by Susan K. Baumann (African-American History)

3. “The Cartoon Guide to Physics” by Larry Gonick (Physics)

4. “Dinosaur Empire!” by Abby Howard (Paleontology)

5. “Donner Dinner Party” by Nathan Hale (History)

6. “Human Body Theater” by Maris Wicks (Biology/Anatomy)

7. “Older than Dirt: A Kinda-sorta Biography of Earth” by Don Brown (Earth Science)

8. “The Romans: Gods, Emperors, and Dormice” by Marcia Williams (Ancient History)

9. “The Salem Witch Trials” by Andrea P. Smith (History)

10. “Science Comics: Robots and Drones-Past, Present, and Future” by Mairghread Scott (Robotics)

You can find more graphic novels in the GCPL catalog. Make sure to change the search filters to “Non-Fiction” under the “Content” tab and your topic of choice under the “Topics” tab on the left side of your screen.

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.

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.

Read These Diaries if You’re a Wimpy Kid Fan

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Jeffrey Kinney has published 12 “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books since 2007, four of them have turned into movies.

Are you a Wimpy Kid fan? Try these diary books as you wait for the latest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” coming out late October 2018!

1. “Dork Diaries” by Rachel Renee Russell
Samples:
-Tales From a Not-So Fabulous Life
-Tales From a Not-So Popular Party Girl
-Tales From a Not-So-Talented Pop Star

2. “Dear Dumb Diary” by Jim Benton
Samples:
-Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
-My Parents are Haunted
-Am I the Princess or the Frog?

3. “Dog Diaries” by Kate Klimo
Samples:
-Ginger
-Buddy
-Barry

4. “Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior” by Cube Kid
Samples:
-From Seeds to Swords
-Creating Alliances
-Path of the Diamond

5. “The Owl Diaries” by Rebecca Elliot
Samples:
-Eva’s Treetop Festival
-Eva Sees a Ghost
-A Wonderland Wedding

6. “The Cupcake Diaries” by Coco Simon
Samples:
-Katie and the Cupcake Cure
-Mia in the Mix
-Emma on Thin Icing

7. “The Royal Diaries” (by various authors)
Samples:
-Anastatia, the Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914
-Sondok, Princess of the Moon and Stars
-Eleanor, Crown Jewel of Aquitaine

8. “The Nancy Drew Diaries” by Carolyn Keene
Samples:
-Curse of the Arctic Star
-Strangers on a Train
-Mystery of the Midnight Rider

9. “The Horse Diaries” (by various authors)
Samples:
-Elska
-Maestoso Petra
-Golden Sun

Feel free to search the GCPL catalog for more!

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