Category : Teens

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

How to Protect Your Twitter Password

Submitted by Jon Freeman

You may have heard the recent news that Twitter discovered a bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log. What does this mean? If you have a Twitter account, your password could be exposed. Twitter says that there are no signs of a breach or misuse by anyone currently, but the Federal Trade Commission says it’s still a good idea to change your password. Did you use the password for your Twitter account for other accounts as well? You should probably change those passwords too.

To read some news stories about the Twitter bug issue feel free to read recent articles from the following:

NBC News
CNN Money
Fox Business

Here are some tips on creating new passwords from the Federal Trade Commission:

1. Make your password long, strong and complex. That means at least twelve characters, with upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid common words, phrases or information.

2. Don’t reuse passwords used on other accounts. Use different passwords for different accounts so that, if a hacker compromises one account, he can’t access other accounts.

3. Use multi-factor authentication, when available. For accounts that support it, two-factor authentication requires both your password and an additional piece of information to log in. The second piece could be a code sent to your phone, or a random number generated by an app or token. This protects your account even if your password is compromised.

4. Consider a password manager. Most people have trouble keeping track of all their passwords. Consider storing your passwords and security questions in a reputable password manager, an easy-to-access application that stores all your password information. Use a strong password to secure the information in your password manager.

5. Select security questions only you know the answer to. Many security questions ask for answers to information available in public records or online, like your zip code, mother’s maiden name, and birth place. That is information a motivated hacker could get. And don’t use questions with a limited number of responses that attackers can easily guess – like the color of your first car.

6. Change passwords quickly if there’s a breach. If you get a notification from a company about a possible breach, change the password for that account right away, and any other account that uses a similar password.

To get more information about personal finance from the library, visit our Personal Finance GCPL Guide.

Getting on with life after graduation

Discover books that speak to the hopes, fears, and dreams for a life of fulfillment, happiness, and success after graduation. Graduation is just the beginning!

10 Fun Things to Do at Zoo Atlanta

Submitted by Alexandria Ducksworth

Did you know you can visit the Zoo Atlanta free with your library card? Going to the zoo can be pricey especially if you have a big family and on a tight family outing budget. Here are 10 fun things to do at Zoo Atlanta you and your family can enjoy:

1. Meet friendly farm animals at the petting zoo.

2. Learn about owls, parrots, and birds of prey at the Fantastic Flights event.

3. Check out what animals do at night with special night goggles on the Twilight Trek.

4. Venture around the zoo aboard the zoo train.

5. Help Clue Spotter the Otter with Zoo Clues and win special prizes.

6. Learn more about your favorite zoo animals and zookeepers’ daily activities at the Keeper Talks.

7. Have Wild Encounters with Atlanta’s famous giant pandas, Aldabra tortoises, and more.

8. Swing around like a monkey on the Treetop Trail! This jungle gym adventure playground opened up just last year.

9. Can’t get enough birds? Register in advance for the zoo’s birdwatching program

10. Set up a sleepover at the zoo! Guests during this awesome event receive a night tour of the zoo, continental breakfast, and free zoo admission the day after.

Take note: some programs and events may cost extra and not be included with libraries zoo pass. Check Zoo Atlanta for further details.

Visit your local GCPL location to receive your pass.They’re our libraries hottest items. Make sure you get one before they’re gone! You can always check in advance the status of zoo passes available here before you leave home. Enjoy your trip!

GCPL to Host N-400 Citizenship Application Assistance Programs in May & June

Gwinnett County Public Library will again join the Latin American Association and Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta to host free N-400 Citizenship Application Assistance programs for permanent residents at the Lawrenceville and Lilburn Branches.

Sessions are scheduled for Fridays and run from 10 am to 1 pm.

Lawrenceville Branch: May 4 and June 1

Lilburn Branch: May 18 and June 15

Qualified legal representatives will provide assistance to attendees who provide required documents (below) on a first come, first served basis.

For questions and more information, please email

Required Documents:

  • Green Card
  • Driver’s License
  • Passports
  • Most recent federal tax return
  • Proof of public benefits such as food stamps or Medicaid
  • List of employer names and work addresses for the past five years, and the dates you worked for each employer
  • List of all addresses where you have lived in the past five years, and the dates when you lived at each address
  • If either of your parent is a U.S. citizen, parent’s full name, date of birth, and a copy of parent’s certificate of naturalization
  • List of all trips outside the U.S. in the past five years and the dates of each of those trips
  • If married to a green card holder or U.S. citizen, your spouse’s green card/U.S. passport, spouse’s employer name and address, marriage certificate, divorce decrees if previously married
  • For your biological children (including deceased or living in another country) and all current step-children. Bring completed names, dates of birth, green card, and home address
  • Driving record from Department of Driver Services for any traffic tickets

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with Artists Andy Price & Drew

Meet comic book artists Drew Geraci & Andy Price on May 5 as part of Free Comic Book Day, a national event that celebrates comic books and the local comic shops that provide them to their communities.

Drew Geraci, a comics professional with more than 20 years of experience including his work on Batman and Spiderman, will appear at Galactic Quest Buford on May 5 at 9:30 am.

Andy Price, a world renowned illustrator and artist best known for his work on the My Little Pony series, will appear at Galactic Quest Lawrenceville on May 5 at 10 am.

Meet the artists, grab an autograph, and be sure to pick up your FREE comic book!



GCPL to Host Pulitzer Prize Winner Rick Bragg in Norcross on April 27

Gwinnett County Public Library will host Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center on Friday, April 27 at 7:30 pm.

Bragg is a journalist and writer whose most lasting legacy may be the elegantly written collection of stories about his Alabama family. The Best Cook in the World: Tales from My Momma’s Table, Bragg’s newest offering, is filled with lessons on life and cooking from a woman who’s never consulted a recipe.

He won a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 1996 recognizing his work with The New York Times.

The program is free and open to the public. The Friends of GCPL will host a silent auction and wine bar, and books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Norcross Cultural Arts & Community Center is located at 10 College Street, Norcross, GA 30071.

How to Get Money for College

Submitted by Jon Freeman

Peterson’s How to Get Money for College 2018 is a guide to college financial aid that gives an overview of the financial aid process. The book lists aid at over 2,400 colleges and universities, including non-need gift aid, loans, and work study. It also provides an alphabetical listing of college financial aid programs, and has an appendix of state scholarship and grant programs. The book goes over the basic steps of paying for college with topics like:

1. What you need to know about FASFA

2. Tips for financing your child’s college education

3. An alphabetical listing of college financial aid programs

4. Impressing the College Financial Aid Counselor

5. The federal work study program

6. Analyzing financial aid award letters

For more great information on money management and information about preparing and paying for college, check out the Personal Finance GCPL Guide and the College Planning GCPL Guide.

Coding: The Newest Engaging Family Activity

Submitted by Ashley Melonson

Coding has become a powerful movement within schools and communities in today’s culture. Whether someone is working on building websites or apps, coding can open up a fun, intellectual world. GCPL is offering an inventive three day program, Coding with the fam, so you can find out about coding’s vast capabilities. This opportunity will have many benefits for those looking to delve into something new or get out with the family.

Teaches a Specialized Skill

Learning to code will teach you a creative tool that can turn into much more. Getting your children interested in coding early could lead to them discovering a love for the craft and an interest in technology-related careers. You can help them uncover a desire to learn and create by getting involved in coding events.

Expands Minds

Not only are you utilizing a unique trade, but by doing so, you’re expanding your computer competency and informational intellect. Mastering the practical applications of coding can help you and your family stretch both your technical abilities and imagination with the things you choose to design.

Brings People Together

Spending time coding with your family can also bring you together. Experiencing an educational adventure can excite new aspirations and increase a common connection. Bonding with your family can become both engaging and informative with celebrations like Coding with the fam.

Join us at the Mountain Park Branch from April 17-19 at 4-5 pm.

Alien Invasions: A Book List

Discover sci-fi stories about aliens coming to Earth.