Category : Teens

The Cosplayer’s Checklist

Submitted by Sarah Brubaker

Want to dress up like your favorite character from a movie, TV show, or book? Cosplay is an exciting hobby, and there are lots of factors to consider before creating your first costume.

The first step is choosing a costume that suits you and the event you’ll attend. When you have an idea in mind, ask yourself:

Where will you wear your cosplay?
Is the costume easily recognizable?
Do you resemble the character, or would you have to modify your appearance in order to fit the profile (eg: wearing a wig)?
How comfortable will your costume be (think about shoes, mobility, and temperature)?

Once you’ve decided which costume you want to wear, then you have to either buy or make it. If you’re going to make your cosplay, there are some additional considerations:
Are there any pieces that you would purchase pre-made, or will you make it all from scratch?
Can you find a tutorial from someone else who has made this costume?
How much will it cost to buy the components?
How long will it take to create?
What skills would it require to make?

Once you answer these questions, you can decide if this costume is right for you and make a plan of action. It’s best to start a cosplay at least a month before an event, especially if you’re making any part of it yourself. If you’re looking for more resources, these can get you started:

The Hero’s Closet
The Costume Making Guide
Epic Cosplay Costumes
Steampunk and Cosplay

100 Women Who Made History

Submitted by Jon Freeman

If you thought that it has only been a man’s world throughout history, think again! 100 Women Who Made History is an interesting book about 100 women who made history. It includes women from present day and the past. The book is divided into sections based on the fields the person made her significant impact. These include areas such as politics, science, business, and the arts. The book includes information about famous women you have heard of and are familiar with, such as J.K. Rolling and Oprah Winfrey, as well as others you probably don’t know – until you read about them. This is a great book of history for older elementary school kids and middle school readers as they discover women who had an impact and made history, and learn that it is not just a man’s world.

What kind of women will you discover in “100 Women Who Made History”:

Learn about America’s first female self-made millionaire. She was born into poverty to former slaves during the 1800’s. She got married as a teenager, but became widowed at the age of 20. Eventually she became an entrepreneur and started a successful business.

Discover the female German university student who, along with other students, formed the White Rose – a small non-violent resistance movement that carried out a campaign against Hitler and the Nazis during World War II.

Learn about the woman who was an expert in radioactivity and was asked to join the top secret Manhattan Project: the research project that created the atomic bomb. She was also the first person to prove that nuclear particles don’t always decay in the same way in an experiment that is now named after her.

Discover the story of a woman who was born with a condition that left her legs paralyzed, but she still became an accomplished athlete. She won a total of 16 medals, 11 of them gold, while competing in five Paralympic Games.

Learn about the first African-American woman to appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and Time magazine. She was also the first African-American woman to be in the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Read about the first woman to gain a pilot’s license in the United States in 1911.

Discover the female climber who became the first woman to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, in 1975. When she and her team set out to climb Mount Everest disaster struck. Nearly three quarters of the way up the mountain an avalanche engulfed their camp. She was knocked unconscious and had to be dug out of the snow. Only 12 days after that avalanche nearly killed her, she reached the top of Mount Everest.

Learn about the British skater who competed alongside men at the 1902 World Figure Skating Championships and earned a silver medal, and helped lead to the creation of a separate figure skating competition for women.

Read about the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize in Science.

Discover the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.

Read about the African-American who became the first American woman to win three gold medals at an Olympic Games.

Discover the woman who invented a radio guidance system based on principles that are still used today, in technologies such as GPS and Bluetooth.

10 Delicious Foods Great For Your Heart

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) concluded 610,00 people die of heart disease annually in the United States alone. Risk factors include lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol drinking, and obesity.

You can prevent heart disease by incorporating more physical activity and the right foods into your daily diet. These foods benefit your heart by lowering bad cholesterol (LDL), clearing artery plaque, and decreasing inflammation. Here are 10 delicious foods great for your heart.

1. Apples

2. Asparagus

3. Avocados

4. Chia seeds

5. Dark chocolate (80% and higher)

6. Grapefruit

7. Pomegranates

8. Purple potatoes

9. Tomatoes

10. Yams

Check out GCPL’s digital resource Consumer Health Complete to learn more about how you can take care of your body. Remember: Always talk to your doctor for the best advice on your health.

You deserve a long life with a happy, healthy heart!

Spotlight On: Digital Resources for Teens

Submitted by Ashleigh Davenport

Do you know about the digital resources that you have access to at Gwinnett County Public Library? They can be used to supplement what you already use at school. Here are some examples:

Beanstack: Beanstack is the portal you can use to log your reading throughout the year, especially during the Teen Summer Reading Program. You can also get reading recommendations emailed to you based on your grade level.

Driving Tests: Are you getting your learner’s permit or driver’s license this year? You can use this database to help you prepare. It contains practice tests and an updated version of the Department of Driver Services’ handbook.

LearningExpress Library: Need help studying for one of your Advanced Placement courses or the SAT? This database has practice tests for these and other standardized tests. If you need information about what career path to take, it’s located here, too.

Mango Languages: Are you interested in learning a foreign language or need help with a verb conjugation? This is the database to use. Examples of languages offered (there’s over 70 to choose from!) are French, German, and Spanish.

OverDrive and Libby: This is where you’ll find our ebooks and eaudiobooks. You can read or listen to young adult titles such as Turtles All the Way Down by John Green and The Young Elites by Marie Lu.

Explore these and other resources today on the Teen section of the GCPL website! Library cards are available to all teens, and if you attend a school in the Gwinnett County Public School system, you will be able to gain access with your student ID number.

Look Out For These 2019 Movie Adaptations

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Hollywood has a treat for book lovers this new year! Look out for these 2019 movie adaptations coming to a movie theater near you:

1. After by Anna Todd (Adult Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: April 12, 2019

2. The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (Adult Fiction: Historical)
Release Date: March 15, 2019

3.  Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer (Teen Fiction: Fantasy)
Release Date: August 9, 2019

4. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott (Teen Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: March 15, 2019

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Adult Fiction)
-Release date: October 11, 2019

6. Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Adult Fiction: Horror)
-Release Date: April 5, 2019

7. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz (Juvenile Non-Fiction: Horror)
-Release Date: August 9, 2019

8. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Teen Fiction: Romance)
-Release Date: May 17, 2019

9. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple (Adult Fiction)
-Release Date: March 22, 2019

10. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (Adult Fiction: Mystery)
-Release Date: October 4, 2019

Is your favorite book on the list?

Don’t forget these 2018 adaptations too:
Annihilation by James VanderMeer
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

You can find all in our library catalog. Happy reading (and movie watching)!

Video Games Invading Our Bookshelves!

What do you play? Minecraft? World of Warcraft (aka WoW)? If playing video games isn’t enough for you, we have books based on your favorite video games!

Parents, you may find books your kids will love. It’ll get their faces away from the screen and stuck in a book!

Check out the video game series invading our bookshelves:

Assassin’s Creed (Game Debut: November 13, 2007)
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“Assassin’s Creed: The Last Descendants-The Tomb of the Khan” by Matthew J. Kirby
-“ Assassin’s Creed: Trial by Fire” by Anthony Del Col

2. Five Night’s at Freddy’s (Game Debut: August 8, 2014)
-“The Silver Eyes” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Twisted Ones” by Scott Cawthorn
-“The Fourth Closet” by Scott Cawthorn

3. Halo (Game Debut: November 15, 2001)
-“Halo: The Fall of Reach” by Eric S. Nylund
-“Halo: Cryptum” by Greg Bear
-“Halo: Bad Blood” by Matt Forbeck

4. The Legend of Zelda (Game Debut: February 21, 1986)
-“The Legend of Zelda: Oracles of Seasons; Oracles of Ages” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess” by Akira Himekawa
-“The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap; Phantom Hourglass” by Akira Himekawa

5. Minecraft (Game Debut: November 18, 2011)
-“The Quest for the Diamond Sword” by Winter Morgan
-“Quest of the Golden Apple” by Morgan Miller
-“Herobrine’s War” by Mark Cheverton

6. Plants vs. Zombies (Game Debut: May 5, 2009)
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse” by Paul Tobin
-“Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You” by Paul Tobin

7. Pokemon (Game Debut: February 27, 1996)
-“Pokemon XY #01” by Hidenori Kusaka
-“Pokemon Horizon: Sun & Moon” by Ten’ya Yubuno
-“Legends of Alola” by Simcha Whitehill

8. StarCraft (Game Debut: March 31, 1998)
-“Heaven’s Devils” by William C. Dietz
-“Devil’s Due” by Christie Golden
-“Starcraft: Evolution” by Timothy Zahn

9. The Witcher (Game Debut: October 26, 2007)
-“The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Blood of Elves” by Andrzej Sapkowski
-“Sword of Destiny” by Andrzej Sapkowski

10. World of Warcraft (Game Debut: November 23, 2004)
-“World of Warcraft: Book #01” by Walter Simonson
-“Arthus: Rise of the Lich King” by Christie Golden
-“Wolfheart” by Richard A. Knaak

Winter Reading Challenge

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Looking forward to a season of reading to avoid the chilly outdoors? Try this winter reading challenge!

For the challenge, you must read:

1. A book with “winter” in the title

2. A winter holiday cookbook AND make a dish from your favorite recipe

3. A book about winter crafts and create your favorite one

4. A book associated with a winter holiday (Hints: Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc.)

5. A book with snow on the cover

6. A book from an author who was born in December, January, or February. (Hints: J.R.R. Tolkien (January 3), Charles Dickens (February 7) and, Jane Austen (December 16), etc.)

7. A book set in the winter

8. A book with “cold” in the title

9. A winter mystery

10. A book set in a cold, foreign country (Hints: Russia, Iceland, Canada, etc.)

Get a jumpstart finding these books in our winter selection! Good luck (and stay warm)!

Learning English at the Lilburn Branch

Lilburn Branch is fast becoming a center for learning English from a Primary Language! Lilburn Branch now offers English in Your Language in four different languages. English in Your Language, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish provide a community based forum for customers new to Gwinnett County to learn English in the library setting.

Each language program is led by a staff member from Lilburn Branch fluent in the program language. English in Your Language/Chinese is led by Annie Chang, Library Assistant I, PT; English in Your Language Japanese is led by Keitaro Mikami, Library Associate PT; English in Your Language/Spanish is led by Lenin Argueta Library Associate FT/ and Andres Cardona FT Library Associate Customer Contact Center and English in Your Language/Korean is led by
Michael Kim, Supervisory Librarian. In addition to learning English, participants experience community and become library customers!

To learn more about these programs, check out the calendar here

U.S. Passport Acceptance at Buford Sugar-Hill Branch

Submitted by Doris Sumner

Did you know that you could apply for a passport at the library?

Buford-Sugar Hill Branch is an officially-designated passport application acceptance facility. Since launching in April 2018, Buford Branch has accepted over 1100 passport applications.

We accept applications for new passports, lost/stolen passports, passports expired over 5 years ago, and children’s renewals. The form used is Form DS-11 and is available at the Buford-Sugar Hill Branch or online at the U.S. Department of State Passport Website.

We accept applications on a first come first served basis, no appointments needed. Both routine and expedited processing are available.

For those that are traveling within 14 days, you must make an appointment with a regional passport agency.

For more information see the following: Passport Service at Buford-Sugar Hill

Starting January 2, 2019 we will be expanding our services to include passport photos on site and our hours will be changing to 12:00-7:00 Monday-Thursday and 12:00-3:00 Friday-Sunday.