Category : Teens

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

The Tower Gardens’ 6 Healing Herbal Secrets

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Noticed our tower gardens teeming with green life? Did you know some of the herbs grown can be used to treat diabetes and inflammation? This is no old wives’ tale!

Here are six herbal secrets you may not know:

*PLEASE NOTE: Talk to your doctor before using the herbs listed or any herbs in general for medicinal purposes.

Basil: Scientists have discovered basil’s compounds can fend off bad bacteria. This herb can relieve one from awful stomach cramps when consumed as tea.

Cilantro: Try a dose of cilantro for a good night’s sleep. It helps calms nerves, supports the digestive system, and regulates blood sugar.

Oregano: Oregano can be used to treat certain allergies, kill harmful stomach parasites, and colds.

Dill: Many parts of the world have used dill as an alternative to treat epilepsy. Add this herb to meals as it helps lower cholesterol.

Chives: Chives contain vitamin K which is helpful for strengthening bones. For pregnant women, the folic acid in chives helps produce healthy newborns.

Thyme: In case you’re feeling low, Vitamin B-6 in thyme can boost your mood. Plus, it helps your respiratory system.

Want to know more how you can enhance your health with herbs? Check out these books:

Alchemy of Herbs by Rosalee de la Foret
Herbal Goddess by Amy Jirsa
Herbs & Nutrients for Neurologic Disorders by Sidney Kurn
The Organic Medicinal Herb Farmer by Jeff and Melanie Carpenter

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.”

8 Amazing Products Made With a 3D Printer

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Did you know you can print a house? What about a car? It can be printed and purchased for only $10,000!

Since Chuck Hull made the 3D printer, innovators all over the world have created incredible items.

Here are eight amazing products made with a 3D printer:

1. Prosthetic Beak

Tieta the Toucan has been rescued from an animal fair with a broken upper beak. Designers have printed a 3D prosthetic beak for Tieta so she can properly eat again.

2. Prosthetic Arm

Ben Ryan has 3D printed an arm for his son after his original arm was amputated. Since then, Ryan has established Ambionics, a company helping disabled children in similar situations.

3. High Heels

Former fashion student Pauline van Dongen created 3D printed heels for her fashion show project Morphogenesis.

4. Cast

Don’t want to deal with the itchy issues wearing a traditional cast? Patients now have the option to wear the 3D printed Cortex Cast. Price ranges from $200 to $500.

5. Bikini

The 3D printed N12 waterproof bikinis are made from waterproof nylon. You can find them at the Consortium store.

6. House

Startup company Agis Cor has completed a 400 square 3D printed house in 24 hours. Price: $10,134.

7. Apartment

China has taken 3D printing to the next level creating a five-story apartment. WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. printed the building from recyclable material and leftover industry material.

8. Pizza

NASA has given the 3D printing company BeeHex a grant to design a 3D printing machine for hungry astronauts, especially those headed to Mars. Beehex made Chef 3D to make pizzas. There are talks for an app for customers to select their pizza toppings and design.

Inspired to create the next 3D product? Look out for these 3D printing events coming to a branch near you:

-3D Design with TinkerCad
-3D Printing 101 & 102
-3D Printing Fashion Accessories
-Teen Hydraulic 3D Food Printer

Solve Tricky Math Problems With These Sites

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Ready to get better at math? You’re in luck!

GCPL provides many sites for solving tricky math problems. The sites below are categorized in the Digital Resource page by Homework Help categories: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School.

Here are some sample topics you’ll find within a few of the websites:

1. Homework Help: Elementary School

Site: Study Jams
-Data Analysis

Site: Math Playground
-Geometry and graphs
-Telling time

2. Homework Help: Middle School

Site: Web Math
-Complex numbers
-The Metric System

3. Homework Help: High School

Site: Math Planet
-Algebra I and II
-SAT and ACT

Site: Khan Academy
-AP Statistics
-AP Calculus AB and BC

Check out more valuable math resources and books for extra help!