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What’s Happening at Grayson: French Club

Submitted by Grayson Branch Staff

Grayson Library’s French Club (facilitated by Ijaaz Kingston and Khojasta Ghulam Hussain) is designed to complement Trip Elementary School’s Dual Language Immersion program with a focus on social and conversational French outside of an academic learning environment. Since Trip’s DLI students are mainly taught Science and Math in French, they don’t get much practice in social aspects of the French language and culture; therefore, our French Club aims to supplement that. We provide them an opportunity to socialize with each other in a relaxed, fun environment and get that needed practice. In the French Club, we cover a theme each month and have a mini-lesson, games, songs, and other activities based on that monthly theme. We design our programs for two sets of groups from Trip Elementary, grades K-2 and 3-4 so the kids in each group are on a similar French language proficiency level.

We also offer several “Conversational French” practice programs aimed at the parents of DLI students to help them learn basic conversational French. They can communicate with their children in French at home. These programs give parents an opportunity to get familiarized with GCPL’s resources to help them learn and/or practice French, such as Mango Languages, Tumblebooks Library’s French section, as well as our French collection and some outside resource.

More Great STEAM Learning Coming Your Way!

Contributed By: Tonya Aumack, Learning Lab Supervisor

Gwinnett County Public Library is busy working to provide STEAM programming and learning opportunities for all ages, including children and teens! STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, and we’re all about it.

In addition to our other great STEAM programs, our Learning Labs provide free access to the equipment and software needed for your own STEAM exploration. Learn how to record and edit video and music projects, create graphic designs, and much more! Free instruction on how to use our software and equipment can be obtained by requesting a Book A Librarian appointment. To use the Learning Lab alone, children should be 13 years old. Younger kids are welcome to use the space with a parent or guardian.

Learning Labs are currently located at our Five Forks, Hamilton Mill and Lilburn branches. Extra STEAM programs for kids and teens will be happening all year long at our Learning Labs, so come join in the fun. You might learn a new skill or hobby!

Shapes All Around

Contributed By: Amy Billings, Youth Services

Circle, Square, Triangle, more!

Teaching children to identify and name shapes is a fundamental early literacy skill. Recognizing the differences in shapes helps children when they need to learn to differentiate and learn the names of each letter. Shapes are also a basic math skill. Here is a resource from the experts at Zero to Three with suggestions for ways you can incorporate shape awareness when interacting with your children.

You are your child’s first teacher!

Homeschool Hangout


Do you homeschool your kids? Did you know that the library has monthly programs set aside just for you? We do!

In the first two weeks of every month, events happen at eight different libraries covering a different topic each month, from dinosaurs to space to math in nature. The Homeschool Hangout is a fun way for homeschooled kids to meet and make new friends and for parents to network and talk about how they homeschool.

December’s event will be all about computer programming in honor of the Hour of Code and the Computer Science Education Week, which is December 5-11.

Take part by attending any of the following events:

December 5, 10:30 at the Duluth Branch

December 5, 2:30 at the Lawrenceville Branch

December 7, 10:30 at the Grayson Branch

December 7, 2:30 at the Mountain Park Branch

December 8, 10:30 at the Five Forks Branch

December 8, 2:30 at the Collins Hill Branch

December 14, 10:30 at the Buford Branch

December 14, 2:30 at the Hamilton Mill Branch