Category : Kids

2018 Black History Month Programs

Celebrate Black History Month with Gwinnett County Public Library.

Peachtree Corners Branch Salutes Artists for Black Heritage Month


Contributed By: Jené Watson

Throughout February, the Peachtree Corners Branch will host E(STEAM)ED Art Series for Kids: African American Masters of Art. The program will introduce audiences to the works of notable artists and art techniques through picture books and make-it-take-it activities recommended for children 5 years and older.

The line up includes:

February 5 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Quilters & Fabric Artists
Spotlight: Faith Ringgold & Gee’s Bend Quilters

February 12 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Ceramic Artists & Sculptors
Spotlight: “Dave the Potter” Drake, Edmonia Lewis & Augusta Savage

February 19 from 1 to 2 p.m.
Cut Paper & Collage Artists
Spotlight: Romare Bearden & Ashley Bryan

February 26 from 5 to 6 p.m.
Spotlight: James Vanderzee & Gordon Parks

The events are free and open to all with or without a Gwinnett County Library card. However, as space and supplies are limited, interested participants are encouraged to register by visiting the Peachtree Corners Branch or signing up on the GCPL events page.



GCPL Presents: Don’s Corner Episode 13

The holidays are over and Mr. Don is back to fill you in on upcoming events, resources and books for kids! Learn More:

Books Like Big Nate


Trouble always seems to find him, but Nate keeps his cool. He knows he’s destined for greatness. A fortune cookie told him so. Here comes BIG NATE, accidental mischief maker and definitely NOT the teacher’s pet. Get your reader into this beloved series with Big Nate: In a Class by Himself, the perfect book for anyone who’s ever been to middle school.

Introduce Your Kids to the Holidays With These Books

Contributed By: Alexandria Ducksworth

It seems like every day is a holiday in December. Your kids may have asked you about dreidels and why people light up pine trees in their houses.

GCPL has plenty of books that’ll give them ideas how some major December holidays are celebrated.

1. Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
2. It’s Christmas, David! by David Shannon
3. Santa is Coming to Georgia by Steve Smallman

4. Caleb’s Hanukkah by Lisa Bullard
5. Celebrate Hanukkah with Light, Latkes, and Dreidels by Deborah Heiligman
6. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Dreidel by Caryn Yacowitz

7. Celebrate Kwanzaa by Linda Jacobs Altman
8. My First Kwanzaa by Karen Katz
9. The Sound of Kwanzaa by Dimitrea Takunbo

More books can be found through GCPL’s digital resources: TumbleBooks & Ebooks on EBSCOHOST.

Happy Holidays!

GCPL Presents: Don’s Corner

The 2017 Winter Puppet Tour is almost here. We’ll be doing the show at all 15 branches! Check our calendar for events near you:


GCPL Presents: Don’s Corner

Tune in with Mr. Don as he fills you in on upcoming events, resources, and his book of the week! Visit us online to find out more about upcoming events at GCPL:



How Reading Boosts Your Brain Power!


Contributed By: Alexandria Ducksworth

Booker Prize winner Howard Jacobson fears children will be illiterate in the next 20 years. He believes social media prevents them from ever picking up a book. One Stanford University study has stated social media is the culprit for users’ weakened attention spans and declined memories. Can consistent reading upgrade your brain? It has for former fisherman James Henry Arruda. The Connecticut native became a full-time reader when was 91 years old. He published his first book, In a Fisherman’s Language, at 98.

What happened?

Whenever you read, the brain transforms words into information. Reading strengthens the brain’s existing neural pathways and creates new ones. Scientists at Carnegie Mellon University recorded significant white matter development in tested children. White matter quality has increased after 100 hours of reading training. This matter is responsible for carrying signals to grey matter where information is arranged. Meanwhile, at Emory University, researchers discovered their test students’ improved brain development after reading Robert Harris’ Pompeii. Every night, students read 30 pages of the book and completed a reading quiz. Brain scans revealed the brain’s left temporal lobe strengthened connectivity after reading.

The left lobe has five responsibilities:

  • Arranging sensory input
  • Balancing emotions
  • Memory
  • Reading comprehension
  • Receiving information

Are you ready to build a better brain? Here are some tips to get you started:

1.Take a book with you everywhere
That way you can read on the bus, plane, or while waiting in line in front of the Apple store.

2. Cut out distractions
NO internet NO phones NO Netflix

3. Read for 30 minutes
Recent studies reported those who read 30 minutes a day have longer life spans than those who didn’t.

4.Create a book list
Scan through the library or bookstore shelves to find the books you want to read.

5. Join a book club
Find readers who share the same love of books as you do. GCPL have many book clubs you can join throughout Gwinnett County.

Reading can do amazing things for your brain and your overall health. Visit your local Gwinnett county library to treat your brain to a good workout!

GCPL Presents: Don’s Corner

Tune in with Mr. Don as he fills you in on events, resources, and books for kids! Join GCPL this week at select branches to experience our Halloween Costume Dance Parties! Check our calendar for events near you:

Handling Temper Tantrums with Books


We’ve all experienced it at one point. At times it’s screaming, while other times it’s kicking but either way it can be quite embarrassing (especially if it’s in public). The Temper Tantrum! Little ones having a meltdown? Read these picture books about kids dealing with their tempers.