Category : Teens

Want to be an Early Investor?

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Are you a young person in your twenties or teens? If you are then you may have heard that it is beneficial to start investing when you are young. Perhaps you really want to get started investing, but are unsure where to start.

The Early Investor: How Teens and Young Adults Can Become Wealthy may be a book for you. The Early Investor is a book aimed at teens and young adults that covers the basics of investing. The book starts in the first chapter answering the question, “What is Investing?” It also includes sections on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and ETFs. The Early Investor contains information about different types of investment accounts and how to manage your investment portfolio. It is written by a former teacher named Michael W. Zisa, who became a financial advisor after spending years teaching high school mathematics. His experience as a financial advisor for adults and a high school teacher of teens puts him in a unique spot to write this type of a book aimed at teens and young adults. The book also includes charts and tables to help explain points and concepts. Feel free to check this book out from your local Gwinnett County Public Library.

You can find more personal finance information and resources on the Gwinnett Library’s GCPL Personal Finance Guide.

10 “Banned Books” You Will Find in GCPL

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Every year, hundreds of books are challenged due to “offensive content” ranging from vulgar language to anti-government propaganda. The American Library Assocation (ALA) annually lists the top 10 challenged books. Last year’s list included Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Book censorship can dramatically shape how libraries function. Imagine stepping into a library with barely any books on bookshelves. A strange sight, right? That won’t be the case for GCPL.

Here are ten “banned books” you will find here:

1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for sexual content, profanity, vulgarity, and racism.

2. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Easy Fiction)
-Banned for characters in a same-sex relationship (even though it’s based on a true story).

3. Drama by Raina Telgemeier (Graphic Novel)
-Banned for featuring LGBTQ+ characters

4. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (Adult Non-Fiction)
-Banned for sexual violence, alcohol use, and explicit language

5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Adult Fiction)
-Banned for profanity, violence, strong sexual content, and “Anti-Christian” themes.

6. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for police violence, racism, sexual references, and drug use.

7. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel (Juvenile Non-Fiction)
-Banned for featuring a transgender character

8. Operation Dark Heart by Anthony Shaffer (Adult Non-Fiction)
-Banned for containing sensitive US government information

9. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Teen Fiction)
-Banned for suicidal content

10. The Witches by Roald Dahl (Juvenile Fiction)
-Banned for witchcraft, violence against children, and misogyny.

GCPL is also hosting “Banned Books: Book Talk” for ages 11-18 at the Collins Hill Branch. The program starts on September 25, 2018 at 5:30pm.

Click here to find more banned books in the GCPL catalog.


8 Amazing Facts About Your Favorite Comic Superheroes

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

How much do you know about your favorite superheroes? Did you know Superman spent 15,000 years in the sun? Tony Stark is the first human to use the Infinity Gauntlet!
Want to know more? Here are eight amazing facts about your favorite comic superheroes:

1. John Constantine has a miserable life. His mother died in childbirth, he lived under his abusive father, and his friends’ spirits haunt him. Talk about a bad break!

2. Doctor Strange wasn’t the only sorcerer supreme candidate. Loki, Storm, Ghost Rider, Magik, Scarlet Witch, and Doctor Doom were other possible choices.

3. The Teenage Mutant Turtles almost had a Bernini. TMNT creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman originally planned Asian names for their turtle ninjas, but it was too obvious. Turning to their love of art history, they named the turtles after famous Renaissance artists. Bernini was one of them, but the creators scraped it for not being an o ending name.

4. Hellboy almost became a DC comic hero, but DC comics rejected the idea due to the character’s fiery origins.

5. The Rocketeer had a hard time becoming a movie. Many major movie studios rejected the comic until it finally landed with Disney and there were constant creative conflicts. After all that trouble, the film still bombed in the box office.

6. The Hulk was grey. Colorist Stan Goldberg had a hard time keeping up with the Hulk’s color consistency. Green worked out better, and it became permament.

7. The Avengers formed the Illuminati to prevent the world from further extraterrestrial dangers after the Kree-Skrull War. Its members included Black Bolt, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, and Namor the Sub-Mariner. Black Panther left the group due to internal conflicts.

8. Batman became the God of Knowledge. After the epic battle between Darkseid and Anti-Matter, Batman and other members of the Justice League gained godlike powers. Batman used his newly-gained supreme intellect to find his parents’ killer and learn the Joker’s real name.

Start reading the comics today:
Doctor Strange
Justice League
The New Avengers
The Rocketeer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Chipper Jones – Ballplayer

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Earlier this year Chipper Jones was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. During his time with the Atlanta Braves he was the 1999 National League Most Valuable Player, and also won a batting title in 2008 when he hit .364 while also leading the National League in on-base percentage with a mark of .470. At the end of his 19 years in the big leagues – all with the Braves – Jones had totaled 2,726 hits, 468 home runs and more walks (1,512) than strikeouts (1,409). He was named to eight All-Star Games and finished in the Top 10 of the National League MVP voting five times.

Jones is one of only nine players in big league history with at least 400 home runs, a .300 average, a .400 on-base percentage and a .500 slugging average. His 1,623 RBI are the most of any player whose primary position was third base. But before Chipper Jones amassed these Hall of Fame worthy statistics during his career with the Atlanta Braves, he was a country boy from a small town in Florida who played baseball in the backyard with his dad and dreamed of the major leagues. In his recent autobiography, Ballplayer, Jones tells the story of his rise to the MLB ranks and what it took to stay with one organization his entire career. Beginning with learning the art of switch-hitting and being the number one overall pick for the Braves in the 1990 draft, Jones takes us into the clubhouse of the Braves’ extraordinary dynasty, from the climax of the World Series championship in 1995 to the last division win in 2005. Along the way, he delves into his relationships with Bobby Cox and the famous Braves brothers – Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz – and opponents from Cal Ripken Jr. to Barry Bonds, his overnight rise to super stardom and the personal pitfalls that came with fame, his spirited rivalry with the Mets, and his reflections on modern baseball and his special last season in 2012.

To find out more about the Chipper’s life on and off the baseball diamond check out his autobiography from the Gwinnett County Library’s catalog here.

3 Books About Aretha Franklin You Can Read Right Now

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

How well did you know Aretha Franklin, the legendary Queen of Soul? Did you grow up with her music, jamming to “Respect” and “Chain of Fools”?

Aretha Franklin has accomplished many feats during her tremendous music career. She has won 18 Grammy awards out of 44 nominations. Despite being a high school dropout, Franklin received honorary degrees from many prestigious schools like Princeton, Yale, and the Berklee College of Music. In 2005, former president George W. Bush rewarded Franklin with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here are three books about Aretha Franklin you can read right now:

1. “Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul” by Mark Bego (Adult Non-Fiction)

2. “Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin” by David Ritz (Adult Non-Fiction)

3. “Who is Aretha Franklin?” by Medina Nico (Juvenile Non-Fiction)

You can research more information about Franklin through GCPL’s digital resources:

Biography in Context
Encyclopedia Britannica Online
Gale eBooks: Black History Month

How to get Books via the InterLibrary Loan Service

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Not finding the books you need in the GCPL catalog? Try requesting them through our InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service!

When you submit an ILL request form, GCPL contacts another library willing to lend your book. It can be a library from another city, county, or state. Plus, the service is free!

For a request, fill out the ILL form with the following information:

-First and last name
-Your library account number
-The book title
-Book author
-The publication year

You can request up to five ILLs at a time. Waiting period for materials can go up to six weeks. Requested items do not include CDs, VHS, DVDS, or audiobooks.

If you would like an extended due date for your ILLs, email at least five days before the loan due date.

Feel free to read “GCPL InterLibrary Loan Services” for further information.

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.

How Many Books From Oprah’s Book Club Have You Read?

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Oprah Winfrey started her own book club in 1996. Since then, she has nominated over 50 books for reading and discussion. How many books from Oprah’s Book Club have you read? GCPL has plenty you may have missed:

1. “The Sun Does Shine” by Anthony Ray Hinton

2. “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed

3. “A New Earth” by Eckhart Tolle

4. “Love in the Time of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

5. “The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

6. “Cane River” by Lalita Tademy

7. “The Rapture of Canaan” by Sheri Reynolds

8. “The Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver

9. “Daughter of Fortune” by Isabel Allende

10. “The Heart of a Woman” by Maya Angelou

TIP: Go to our library catalog, type in “Oprah’s Book Club” in the search bar, and you’ll find all the books we have available. Here’s a checklist to help you stay on track.

Happy Reading!

Notable Authors Born in Georgia

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

A Georgia native may be behind the books you’re devouring right now. The list of Georgia authors doesn’t stop with James Dickey and Flannery O’Connor. There are more notable authors born right here in the Peach state:

1. Steve Berry (Birthplace: Atlanta, GA)

Steve Berry graduated from law school at Mercer University and worked as a trial lawyer for 30 years. As a writer, he received both Georgia and Florida awards for Writer of the Year. His love for history has lead him and his wife to create History Matters, a historic preservation foundation.

Recent books published:
-The 14th Colony
-The Bishop’s Pawn
-The Lost Order

2. Tayari Jones (Birthplace: Atlanta, GA)

Pearl Cleage was a major influence in Tayari Jones’ writing career. Jones met the author while attending Spelman College. She will teach creative writing at Emory University in Fall 2018.

Recent books published:
-An American Marriage
-Silver Sparrow
-The Untelling

3. Laura Lippman (Birthplace: Atlanta, GA)

Although born in Atlanta, Laura Lippman has spent most of her life in Baltimore. She worked as a journalist for the Baltimore Sun before becoming a full-time writer. Her novels have led her a spot as the first recipient for the Mayor’s Prize of Literary Excellence in Maryland.

Recent books published:
-Wild Lake

4. Frances Mayes (Birthplace: Fitzgerald, GA)

Remember the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? The one with Diane Lane restoring an old villa? The story’s loosely based on Frances Mayes’ life. Mayes travels back and forth from her homes in North Carolina and Italy. She is a co-founder of the annual Tuscan Sun Festival.

Recent books published:
-The Tuscan Sun Cookbook
-Under Magnolia
-Women in Sunlight

5. Karin Slaughter (Birthplace: Covington, GA)

Karin Slaughter’s books have been published in 120 countries. Her fascination with dark secrets and heinous crimes started when she was a child. She used to keep Marilyn Monroe’s autopsy photos in her lunchbox. Her teachers obviously disapproved.

Recent books published:
-Last Breath
-The Good Daughter
-The Kept Woman

6. Stuart Woods (Birthplace: Manchester, GA)

Stuart Woods’ literary journey began when his first novel, Chiefs, became a TV show. Since then, he has written over 70 books. You may find Woods in New Mexico, Maine, or Florida.

Recent books published:
-Shoot First

Who’s your favorite Georgia author?

Kona Ice to Appear at Select Summer Reading Programs

Kona Ice will appear during select teen programs and Summer Reading Programs finales! Use this opportunity to redeem your Kona Ice coupon or purchase a frosty treat to cool off in this summer heat. Check out a list of their stops below:

BUF​ORD​ 7/31 at 5:30 pm

CEN​TERVILLE 8/2 at 3 pm

C​OLLINS ​H​IL​L 8/3 at 10:45 am

DAC​ULA​ 7/23 at 2 pm & 8/1 at 10:30 am

DUL​UTH ​8/3 at 3:15 pm

F​IVE ​F​O​R​KS 7/27 at 3:30 & 7/31 at 2:30 pm

GRA​YSON​ 7/26 at 2 pm

H​A​M​I​L​TON MILL​ 8/1 at 1:30 pm

LIL​BURN​ 7/27 at 2 pm

M​OUNTAIN ​P​AR​K​ 7/27 at 11:15 am

NOR​CROSS​ 8/3 at 3 pm

P​EACHTREE ​C​O​R​NERS​ 7/23 at 3:15 pm