Category : Kids

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:
Doctor Strange
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

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
-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 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
-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
-Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
-My Parents are Haunted
-Am I the Princess or the Frog?

3. “Dog Diaries” by Kate Klimo

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

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

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

7. “The Royal Diaries” (by various authors)
-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
-Curse of the Arctic Star
-Strangers on a Train
-Mystery of the Midnight Rider

9. “The Horse Diaries” (by various authors)
-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

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

Solve Tricky Math Problems With These Sites

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Ready to get better at math? You’re in luck!

GCPL provides many sites for solving tricky math problems. The sites below are categorized in the Digital Resource page by Homework Help categories: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

Here are some sample topics you’ll find within a few of the websites:

1. Homework Help: Elementary School

Site: Study Jams
-Data Analysis

Site: Math Playground
-Geometry and graphs
-Telling time

2. Homework Help: Middle School

Site: Web Math
-Complex numbers
-The Metric System

3. Homework Help: High School

Site: Math Planet
-Algebra I and II
-SAT and ACT

Site: Khan Academy
-AP Statistics
-AP Calculus AB and BC

Check out more valuable math resources and books for extra help!