Category : Teens

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!

10 Helpful Books to Alleviate Writer’s Block

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Don’t know if you can write a book? Stuck in the middle of writing the great American novel? Can’t find the right words for your love poem?

Looks like you’re suffering for writer’s block. Here are ten helpful books to alleviate your problems:

1. On Writing by Stephen King

2. Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott

3. Seven Steps to Confident Writing by Alan Gelb

4. Writing Your Way: Creating a Writing Process That Works for You by Don Fry

5. Writing is My Drink: A Writer’s Story of Finding Her Voice (And a Guide to How You Can Too) by Theo Pauline Nestor

6. The Writing Warrior: Discovering the Courage to Free Your True Voice by Laraine Herring

7. Story Genius by Lisa Cron

8. Help! for Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces by Roy Peter Clark

9. Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy

10. The Story Cure: A Book Doctor’s Pain free Guide to Finishing your Novel or Memoir by Dinty W. Moore

You can find more under “writing” in our library catalog. Keep on writing!

You Can Get a Video Game Career

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

YouTube gamers and eSports competitors have been making a fortune creating careers out of their hobbies. Can you?

Perhaps, you’re more interested in game creation. There are many ways you can get a video game career:

1. Video Game Artist/Animators

Are you an avid gamer with an extensive art portfolio fit for the next virtual world? Video game companies need you!

But first, many gaming companies require you to know how to use software such as Maya, Adobe Photoshop, and ToonBoom. There are many artists and animator jobs you can apply: character modeler, concept artist, weapon artist, 2D/3D artist, and environment artist.

Artist Samwise Didier became the artistic director for Blizzard Entertainment. Many of his works include the games World of Warcraft, Warcraft III, and Heroes of the Storm.

2. Video Game Programmer

Alexey Pajitnov was the programmer behind Tetris. He created code (computer instructions) to make the game tiles move, switch places, and disappear. To be a programmer, you must gain knowledge in Java or C++. Programmers code what animations are supposed to do. If not, the entire game would be all over the place!

3. Video Game Tester

A video game tester’s job is serious business. It’s all not fun and glamorous playing video games all day. Testers look out for any bugs in developing games. If they find any glitches, they send issue reports to programmers to fix it.

Nobody wants to play a faulty game. Video game testers make sure games are high quality before they hit the shelves.


Are you ready to start gaming career now? You can find jobs through our digital resources: Reference USA and Job and Career Accelerator.

You can upgrade your drawing, programming, and animation skills in Lynda. All you need is a library card to get started!

Book recommendations:

Career Launcher: Video Games by Lisa McCoy
Careers for Tech Girls in Video Game Development by Laurie LaBella
The Crazy Careers of Video Game Designers by Arie Kaplan
Drawing Basics and Video Game Art by Chris Solarski
How to Become a Video Game Artist by Sam Kennedy
So You Want to Be a Coder? By J.M. Bedell
Video Game: Design and Code Your Own Adventures by Kathy Ceceri

Join These FREE Classes on GALE Courses!

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

GCPL has an amazing digital resource called GALE Courses. Here, you can sign up for free six-week classes. You heard right: Free! All you need is your library card to sign up.

Here are previews of the classes you can join:

-“Learn to Buy and Sell on eBay”
-“Real Estate Investing”
-“Start Your Own Business”

-“GMAT Preparation”
“Prepare for the GED Test”
-“SAT/ACT Prep Course Part 1”

-“Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking”
-“Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365”
-“Introduction to QuickBooks”

-“Introduction to Natural Health and Healing”
-“Become a Veterinary Assistant”
-“Become a Physical Therapy Aide”

-“Discover Sign Language”
“How to Get Started in Video Game Development”
-“Resume Writing Workshop”

-“Creating Mobile Apps with HTML5”
-“Introduction to Java Programming”
-“Introduction to Programming”

-“Effective Business Writing”
-“Fundamentals of Technical Writing”
-“How to Make Money From Your Writing”

More class subjects include Accounting and Finance, Design and Composition, Languages and Arts, Law and Legal, and Teaching and Education.

If you have any questions about GALE Courses, read the GALE Courses FAQ. Feel free to call us at 770-978-5154 or chat online via askGCPL (during open hours) for even more questions.

Disaster Strikes! The Most Dangerous Space Missions of All Time

Submitted by Jon Freeman

There have been many great space missions throughout history – from Alan Shepard being the first American in space on the Freedom 7 spacecraft, to the Apollo 8 mission that flew around the moon, to Apollo 11 and the historical moon landing with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins. There have been many space missions throughout history that were successful. However, there have been many problems, mistakes, and disasters that happened on the journey to space flight and reaching the moon. Danger is an unavoidable part of space exploration.

In Disaster Strikes! bestselling author Jeffrey Kluger has written about twelve dangerous space missions that involved mishaps and at times major tragedies. It includes stories of missions run by both Americans and Russians during the height of the space race, complete with photos of the people and machines behind them, that led humankind to the moon and beyond. Readers will read the story about Gus Grissom almost drowning when his Liberty Bell 7 space capsule opened too soon after the splashdown in the ocean in 1961. Get detailed information on the space disasters you have heard of like the 1986 explosion of the Challenger space shuttle shortly after takeoff; and the 1970 Apollo 13 mission that was unable to land on the moon, but was able to get its crew back on earth alive.

You probably know about Neil Armstrong being the first human to set foot on the moon. But did you know that before that major historical event Neil Armstrong almost died in a disaster involving the Gemini 8 spacecraft in 1966. If it were not for the extremely quick thinking of mission commander Neil Armstrong, then he and the rest of Gemini 8’s crew would have all been killed in a disaster. This well researched book is worth a read for anyone curious to find out more about some of the most thrilling and dangerous space missions in history, and the mishaps and disasters that occurred in mankind’s quest to reach the moon and explore space.

9 Seaside Mysteries to Read this Summer

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Who doesn’t like a good summer mystery?

GCPL has you covered with all the oceanfront stories with shady suspects and dark secrets. Here are nine seaside mysteries to read this summer:

1. Beach Bags and Burglaries by Dorothy Howell

One lucky woman’s dream vacation turns into a nightmare after stumbling upon a hotel maid’s corpse.

2. Best Friends Forever by Margot Hunter

Two good friends’ relationship turns sour after one turns up missing and the other is accused of murdering their husband.

3. Conviction by Denise Mina

A true crime podcast fan uncovers a real-life mystery surrounding a sunken yacht and a murder victim she knows too well.

4. Death by the Sea by Kathleen Bridge

Everything’s going well for a Florida innkeeper until one of her wealthy guests ends up dead in her suites.

5. Grandad, There’s a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill

A crime reporter juggles with her family life and her crumbling career. She finally gets her big break after finding a severed head in a Thailand beach.

6. I Found You by Lisa Jewell

A single mom helps a John Doe retrace his past while a London wife struggles to find her husband. The police claim he never existed.

7. The Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello

A forensics geologist investigates a movie producer’s suicide during an Alaskan cruise.

8. North of Boston by Elizabeth Elo

A freighter knocks a woman and her fisherman buddy into the icy Atlantic Ocean. The woman survives, her friend not so much. Now she ponders if the incident was indeed an accident or attempted murder.

9. Storm Rising by Sara Driscoll

An FBI agent and her trusty Labrador unleash a string of dark events after saving a teenager hiding in Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp.

Dying for more mysteries? Check out our Adult Mystery collection for more satisfying reads!

The Fashion Project

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 Digital Resources

1000 Books B4 Kindergarten 

ABC- CLIO: American Government 

ABC-CLIO: American History 

ABC-CLIO: World Geography 

ABC-CLIO: State Geography 

ABC-CLIO: World History: Ancient and Medieval Eras

Ancestry Library Edition ( only available within Library)

Annals of American History


Biography in Context

Business Source Complete

Career Online High School

College Planning GCPL Guide

Consumer Health Complete

Digital Library of Georgia

Driving Test

eBooks on EBSCOhost 

Enciclopedia Moderna 

Escolar Online 

Explora for Elementary 

Explora for High School 

Explora for Middle School 


Foundations Center

Gale Courses

Gale Legal Forms Library 

Gale Literature Resource Center


GCPL Guides

Global NewsStream

Google News Archive (US & International)

Heritage Quest 

Homework Help – Elementary School

Job and Career Accelerator 

Learning Express Library 

Learning Express Library- Espanol

Magazines & Newspapers

Mango Languages

MasterFile Elite



New Georgia Encyclopedia 

Newspaper Source 

Novelist K-8 PLus 

Novelist Plus

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

OverDrive eBooks & More

OverDrive en Espanol 

OverDrive for Kids 

Oxford Dictionaries Online


Reading at Home 

Reference USA

Sesame Street eBooks



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