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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 to Launch Open+ Service at Suwanee Branch

Gwinnett County Public Library is the first library system in North America to introduce Open+, a service which grants customers self-service access to the library outside of normal operating hours.

The service is currently available at the Lawrenceville Branch for registered customers, and will be rolled out at the Suwanee Branch starting October 11th with a soft launch. 

Open+, a system developed by Norcross-based technology supplier Bibliotheca, is a complete solution that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access computers, lighting, alarms, public announcements and patron safety. Security cameras will monitor the use of the facility. The system has been used for several years in countries including the U.K. and Denmark.

Customers who are 18 years of age or older and hold a library card in good standing may register for Open+ at any of GCPL’s 15 branches. Upon arrival, customers will insert their own library card into a reader at the entrance, enter a pin, and gain access to library resources. Customers will also be able to enter their library card number when without their cards.

For more information about Open+, call the Library Help Line at 770-978-5154 or stop by your local branch.

GCPL to Host Inaugural Fundraising Gala on November 2nd

Gwinnett County Public Library will host its inaugural fundraising Gala, Puttin’ On The Litz, on Friday, November 2, 2018 at Ashton Gardens in Sugar Hill.

The evening will begin at 7 pm with a seated dinner, wine and dessert. The event will feature keynote speaker and New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone, a moving message from Judge Kristina Blum and Jody Campbell, and a live auction with Duluth Mayor and auctioneer Nancy Harris. The Andrews Brothers Dueling Pianos will be performing as the musical guests.

The Gala will present a live auction featuring a variety of coveted items and experiences, and a memorable dinner, to support some of the library’s most valuable programs including early childhood literacy initiatives and Career Online High School.

“We are proud to invite the community to our first-ever gala,” says Charles Pace, GCPL executive director. “Tax dollars can build good libraries but private giving and philanthropy help make them great. Be a part of the future of GCPL by supporting what we hope will become an annual event.”

“Our first fundraising event will benefit all residents of the Gwinnett community,” says Shelly Schwerzler, GCPL development manager. “It promises to be an enjoyable and inspiring evening that you won’t want to miss.”

For information, tables and tickets, visit

ESL Citizenship Classes at the Lawrenceville Branch

August 6 to October 1
Mondays & Wednesdays
6:00 to 8:30 pm

Are you a legal permanent resident planning to become a citizen? Join GCPL and the Latin American Association for an eight-week ESL Citizenship course.

The course is FREE, but registration is required. Register on July 30 or August 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Lawrenceville Branch. Students must bring their Green Card. Class size is limited.

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.”

GCPL Expands Genealogy Resources with New Databases

Gwinnett County residents searching for long-lost relatives have new resources available to them through the Library. Gwinnett County Public Library added Findmypast, Fold3 and Gale Genealogy Connect to their genealogy catalog which already includes Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest.

Findmypast is one of the leading suppliers of online family history records, currently offering access to a collection of over 2 billion historical records covering the United States, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the globe.

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives, The National Archives of U.K., and many other sources.

Gale Genealogy Connect features a wide range of comprehensive references and is powered by authoritative information from With these unique references, available for the first time online in fully searchable format, users can confidently connect the dots with authoritative contextual information, where the full story lives.

“It is especially meaningful to offer new genealogy resources as we celebrate Gwinnett County’s bicentennial this year,” says Charles Pace, GCPL’s Executive Director. “We hope this celebration encourages Gwinnettians to trace their roots and explore their past with help from the Library. ​We also appreciate the financial support from the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to expand our genealogy resources.”

Ancestry Library Edition and Findmypast are only available within the library. All other resources can be accessed by library card holders from home.

GCPL to Host Bestselling Author Mary Kay Andrews on Sunday

Gwinnett County Public Library will host bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews on Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 pm at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville.

Mary Kay Andrews is the New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including The WeekendersBeach TownSave the Date, and Summer Rental.

The High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a delightful novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

A native of St. Petersburg, Florida, she received a B.A. in journalism from The University of Georgia and was a newspaper reporter for 14 years. The last ten years of her career were spent as a features reporter for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Guests can park at 153 E. Crogan Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

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