Life in Gwinnett County is exciting, constantly growing, diverse, and fun! Today’s Gwinnett County Public Library has evolved to keep pace! This is YOUR place to be inspired, learn new skills, improve your life, connect with others, or discover more about your community and the world.
By making a gift to this fund, your money will be used for the greatest need of GCPL.
We believe every child has the potential to succeed in life, but the path to success begins long before they enter a classroom. Researchers believe the learning skills that are developed between birth to age six hold the keys to success in school and life. Because 80% of a child’s brain is developed by the time the child enters kindergarten, the importance of providing young children with learning and early literacy experiences cannot be overstated.
According the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement (2o15-2016), only 57.9% of Gwinnett’s third graders are reading at or above target level. That means 42.1% are not reading on level by the time they reach 3rd grade, and studies have shown that children who have not developed reading skills by third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.
GCPL can help to bridge the educational gap by offering exciting programs for our kids. Your investment in our Early Childhood Literacy Fund will allow the Gwinnett County Public Library to continue the essential work of supporting early literacy skills and training in the areas of our community that are most at-risk.
Did you know that nearly 70,000 Gwinnett County residents between the ages of 18 and 64 haven’t graduated from high school? In fact, those without a high school diploma are nearly twice as likely to live in poverty as those with a high school diploma. More than one in four low-income working families with children include a parent who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Educating these adults is critical to mitigating poverty in our community.
Through the generous support of donors like you, scholarships are awarded for Career Online High School (COHS) to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, COHS pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors, and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in the students’ selected career fields, before progressing to the core academic subjects. Students are able to graduate in as few as six months by transferring in previously earned high school credits but are given up to 18 months to complete the program.
The library seeks to provide a spectrum of educational, cultural, vocational, and inspirational opportunities to learners of all ages and backgrounds.
The foundation is committed to helping the library expand its current diverse offering of author programs, lectures, presentations, classes and workshops often through varied partnerships and collaborative initiatives with a range of private philanthropic support.
You can help expand these opportunities by making a donation here.
Your gift to the Technology & Collection Enhancement Fund ensures that the library can provide continuous free access to the best educational and informational resources of yesterday, today, and tomorrow. By donating here, you will be providing the library with the ability to purchase the latest and greatest technology for our community to use.
Investment in imaginative and captivating environments provides not just a room for shelves but strategic spaces that foster community, innovation and contemplation.
While advancing learning for residents of all ages and stages the library provides a place for residents and citizens to come together on levels and ways that they might not otherwise. From creative children’s spaces, to the “right kind” of gathering places for teens, to access points to new media, technology and information, to contemplative oases, to flexible idea labs- today’s public library is a birthplace for inspiration. By giving here, you will be helping our newest branches to provide spaces that foster that inspiration.