Category : Kids

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.

9 Tips for an Awesome Disney Trip

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

There’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of summer than a magical Disney adventure. Before you throw your luggage in the car and hit the road, here are 9 tips for an awesome Disney trip.

1. Make sure to purchase Magic Bands for you and your family.

Use these wristbands to gain park access and FastPass access to any Disney ride.
Disney Magic Bands

2. Download the My Disney Experience app to check ride waiting times and purchase Disney merchandise.

Stuck in line craving a dole whip? You can use the app for its Mobile Order services. Select a meal from your chosen location and pick it up at the quick Mobile Order line.
My Disney Experience App

3. If you’re planning to visit Disney World more than once a year, research the Disney Annual Passes.

Passholders receive discount benefits on rides and hotel rooms.
Disney Parks Annual Passes

4. Are you an AAA member? Members receive Disney hotel room discounts too!

AAA Disney Discounts

5. Going grocery shopping while you’re at Disney? Make sure you rent a mini-fridge for your hotel room.

Grocery Delivery Services

6. Find the hottest Disney ticket discounts on Undercover Tourist.

Undercover Tourist Discounts

7. Arrived at your Disney resort early? No worries! Hotel services will hold your luggage hours before your official check-in time.

Moms Panel: Baggage Services

8. Toy Story Land will open this summer! Make sure your reserve your FastPass access to the latest Disney attraction.

Toy Story Land: Coming Summer 2018

9. Don’t forget to check out our library’s copy of Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World and our Disney Parks DVDs.

Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World and Walt Disney World Resort: Behind the Scenes


GCPL Gears Up for 2018 Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages can begin signing up for Gwinnett County Public Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is Libraries Rock!

Reading for fun builds literacy skills, expands vocabulary, and helps kids explore their growing interests and expand their horizons. Research shows that kids who participate in library Summer Reading Programs read more regularly and maintain or improve reading skills which means they are ready to learn in August.

Readers can collect prizes from sponsors including Aurora Children’s Playhouse, Kona Ice, Gwinnett Stripers, Laser Quest, Medieval Times, Stars and Strikes, and Zaxby’s. Prizes vary by age and are available while supplies last.

The library will also host special programs featuring STEAM, crafts, movies, storytimes, and guest performers all summer long.

Adults can sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge, log time spent reading, and enter to win one of 15 BBQ-themed gift baskets valued at over $75, or one of 15 pairs of tickets to a performance at the Aurora Theatre.

“Summer reading isn’t just about reading anymore,” says Patty Reeber, GCPL’s youth services manager. “It’s also about providing fun ways to encourage different types of learning. We have programs that span virtual reality, knitting, coding and more. The library has so much to offer our community and summer is a great time to explore something new.”

To learn more and sign up for the Summer Reading Program, visit

10 Fun Things to Do at Zoo Atlanta

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Did you know you can visit the Zoo Atlanta free with your library card? Going to the zoo can be pricey especially if you have a big family and on a tight family outing budget. Here are 10 fun things to do at Zoo Atlanta you and your family can enjoy:

1. Meet friendly farm animals at the petting zoo.

2. Learn about owls, parrots, and birds of prey at the Fantastic Flights event.

3. Check out what animals do at night with special night goggles on the Twilight Trek.

4. Venture around the zoo aboard the zoo train.

5. Help Clue Spotter the Otter with Zoo Clues and win special prizes.

6. Learn more about your favorite zoo animals and zookeepers’ daily activities at the Keeper Talks.

7. Have Wild Encounters with Atlanta’s famous giant pandas, Aldabra tortoises, and more.

8. Swing around like a monkey on the Treetop Trail! This jungle gym adventure playground opened up just last year.

9. Can’t get enough birds? Register in advance for the zoo’s birdwatching program

10. Set up a sleepover at the zoo! Guests during this awesome event receive a night tour of the zoo, continental breakfast, and free zoo admission the day after.

Take note: some programs and events may cost extra and not be included with libraries zoo pass. Check Zoo Atlanta for further details.

Visit your local GCPL location to receive your pass.They’re our libraries hottest items. Make sure you get one before they’re gone! You can always check in advance the status of zoo passes available here before you leave home. Enjoy your trip!

Architects, Engineers, and Inventors for Kids

Architects, Engineers, and Inventors for Kids: Books about folks who build, make, think and plan.

Coding: The Newest Engaging Family Activity

Submitted by Ashley Melonson

Coding has become a powerful movement within schools and communities in today’s culture. Whether someone is working on building websites or apps, coding can open up a fun, intellectual world. GCPL is offering an inventive three day program, Coding with the fam, so you can find out about coding’s vast capabilities. This opportunity will have many benefits for those looking to delve into something new or get out with the family.

Teaches a Specialized Skill

Learning to code will teach you a creative tool that can turn into much more. Getting your children interested in coding early could lead to them discovering a love for the craft and an interest in technology-related careers. You can help them uncover a desire to learn and create by getting involved in coding events.

Expands Minds

Not only are you utilizing a unique trade, but by doing so, you’re expanding your computer competency and informational intellect. Mastering the practical applications of coding can help you and your family stretch both your technical abilities and imagination with the things you choose to design.

Brings People Together

Spending time coding with your family can also bring you together. Experiencing an educational adventure can excite new aspirations and increase a common connection. Bonding with your family can become both engaging and informative with celebrations like Coding with the fam.

Join us at the Mountain Park Branch from April 17-19 at 4-5 pm.

Celebrate National Library Week April 8-14

This week, Gwinnett County Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.

April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

Peachtree Corners Branch to Close Temporarily for HVAC Replacement

The Peachtree Corners Branch will be closed from April 23 to 27 for an HVAC system replacement.

Book drops will remain open, but fines for items due during the closed period will be waived.

Customers are encouraged to select alternate pickup locations for holds expected to arrive at the Peachtree Corners Branch during this time, and can call the Library Help Line with questions at 770-978-5154.

Toys “R” Us

If you’ve been following the news recently, then you probably know that Toys”R”Us is planning on closing its stores across the United States.

At the end of last week, Toys”R”Us announced on its website that people have only until April 15, 2018, to use their Toys”R”Us gifts cards. Advice from Toys”R”Us customer service representatives is to use your gift cards as soon as possible, whether in-store or online.

The Federal Trade Commission recently reminded consumers on its website that “purchases from a company that’s going out of business are usually ‘final sales.’ That means you should choose wisely because you probably won’t be able to return the item for a refund. Even if store credit is an option – you’d want to use that quickly too. If you have questions about refund and return policies, ask before you make any purchase.”

Read more information about this at web pages from the Toys”R”Us website by clicking on the links below:

To get more great information about finance and managing your money feel free to take a look at the GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

GCPL to Host Game Changers: Women’s Career Panel at Duluth Branch on March 20

Gwinnett County Public Library’s Duluth Branch will host Game Changers: Women’s Career Panel on March 20 at 5:30 pm.

A panel of professionals from the public, private and non-profit sectors will share personal stories about their career paths and answer questions from the audience. The program is free and open to the public. Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend.


Representative Brenda Lopez, State Representative and Attorney

Marsha Anderson Bomar, Engineer and Duluth City Council Member

Samantha Diaz Roberts, Multimedia Reporter at Mundo Hispánico

Chineka McKenzie, Recruiter at U.S. Army

Dr. Natu Mmbaga, OB/GYN at Modern Obstetrics and Gynecology of North Atlanta

Michelle Dimitroff, General Manager of Laser Quest Gwinnett

Shenee Holloway, Parent Instructional Coordinator at Duluth High School

The Duluth Branch is located at 3480 Duluth Park Lane, Duluth, GA 30096.