Featured Programs • Meet the Master of Barbeque Steven Raichlen • Book Talk & Publishing Advice with Author Soniah Kamal • An Evening with Commissioner Ben Ku • Small Biz Marketing Series • Asian Pacific American Heritage Programs
James Beard Award winning cookbook author Steven Raichlen
Programs are free unless stated otherwise. Some require an RSVP. Visit gwinnettpl.org/calendar for registration links. 770.978.5154 @gwinnettlibrary gwinnettpl.org
FEATURED PROGRAMS Book Talk and Publishing Advice With Author Soniah Kamal Thursday, May 2 at 7:00 pm Liberty Books 176 West Crogan Street, Lawrenceville 30046
Who Do You Think You Are Discovering Your Ancestry at the Generations Expo Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 am Gwinnett County Fairgrounds 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville 30045
Learn how to get started in the fun hobby of Join us for a book talk Jane Austen fans will love genealogy. Explore free genealogy databases including the Library Edition of Ancestry.com and a writer’s workshop with award winning and Heritage Quest. essayist and fiction writer Soniah Kamal. Questions about the writing and publishing process are welcome! BUFORD-SUGAR HILL BRANCH Free Comic Book Day - Meet My Little Pony and Batman Artist Andy Price Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm Galactic Quest in Buford 4264 Sudderth Road, Buford 30518
English in Your Language Basic English for non-native speakers (Japanese) Thursdays; 2:00 pm: May 2, 16, 23, 30
Common Threads (1st Sundays) Free Comic Book Day is a nationwide event that Sunday, May 5; 2 pm - 4 pm celebrates comic books, the graphic artists, and Monthly fiber arts meetup. the writers who create them. All ages welcome! Knit or crochet for charity Free comic books while supplies last. (Benefits Knit Your Bit for Veterans) Meet the Master of Barbeque Steven Raichlen Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center 10 College Street, Norcross 30071 Steven Raichlen is a five-times James Beard Award winning author of an impressive array of New York Times bestselling cookbooks. Join us as this PBS star shares his handbook for mastering brisket, The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke and Cure the World’s Most Epic Cut of Meat. Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing. A silent auction and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
NYT Bestselling Author Lee Child and The Naked Blue Band Explore Jack Reacher in Song Saturday, May 11 at 8:00 pm Live at Red Clay Music Foundry 3116 Main Street, Duluth 30096
Veterans Roundtable With Goodwill Industries of North Georgia Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month Wednesday, May 8 at 1:00 pm Meet with experts on Veterans resources. Discuss your needs and get real help on filing VA claims, medical care, housing, and job resources. Newly discharged or senior retirees welcome! For more information, please email email@example.com Not Your Average Mother’s Day Bouquet (Make a Fruit Bouquet!) Wednesday, May 8; 6:00 pm What Your Mother Gave You DIY Remembrance Token (bring photo) Thursday, May 9; 11:00 am Virtual Game Night Thursday, May 9; 6:00 pm Play competitive games in VR
What if Jack Reacher was a song? After a decades-long friendship, Lee Child and Jen & Scott Smith (Naked Blue) explored their favorite character, Jack Reacher, in a new medium. The result is a full-length album, Just the Clothes on My Back. Join us for conversation, music, and Q&A about all things Jack Reacher followed by a CD signing.
Brain Power Hour Thursday, May 16; 11:00 am Join us for brain flexing activities!
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Morse Coding with Circuits, all ages Wednesday, May 29; 6 pm - 7 pm Generate lights/sound with arduino
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Mystery Book Club Tuesday, May 21; 1:30 pm Discuss: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Writer’s Group Workshop Thursday, May 30; 6 pm - 7 pm Practice & discuss writing techniques
CENTERVILLE BRANCH Let’s Talk (Wednesdays) 4:30 pm on: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Practice speaking English with others
We All Have a Story to Tell What’s Yours? Wednesday, May 8; 10:30 am - 12 pm Be uplifted, inspired and entertained Host: Southern Order of Storytellers
Find Your Family: Jewish Ancestors Thursday, May 2; 1:00 pm Use library resources to locate family
Truth & Fiction Book Club Tuesday, May 14; 1:00 pm Discuss: Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
3D Printing @ My Library 3D Design for Beginners Thursday, May 2; 5:30 pm Make designs to print on 3D printer Intro to 3D Printing Thursday, May 23; 5:30 pm Learn the history/software/basic design
Amazing Women Series Tuesday, May 14; 6:30 pm Discuss Physicists and Medical Greats
Sewing Seminar 6 (Demos) Sunday, May 5; 2 pm - 4 pm Sewing hems Career Management Resumes & Cover Letters Monday, May 6; 4:30 pm Job Searching Monday, May 13; 4:30 pm Interview Skills Monday, May 20; 4:30 pm English in Your Language (Spanish) Mondays; 5:00 pm: May 6, 13, 20 Basic English for Spanish speakers Book Club Tuesday, May 14; 10:15 am Discuss: Faithful by Alice Hoffman CENsational Salads: Caprese Salad Wednesday, May 15; 5:00 pm Make mozzarella cheese for salads El Club de Lectura (Spanish) Monday, May 20; 11:00 am Join us for a bilingual book club! Raspberry Pi: Time Lapse Camera Thursday, May 30; 5 pm - 7 pm Build a camera to record slow events Registration required
COLLINS HILL BRANCH Novel Crimes Book Club Tuesday, May 7; 1 pm OR 6 pm Read: Caribbean Rim by Randy Wayne White
American Sign Language (ASL) For teens & adults Thursday, May 16; 3:30 - 5:00 pm Learn about signing, get info on ASL AARP Defensive Smart Driver Course In partnership with AARP Reservations requested: firstname.lastname@example.org Wednesday, May 29 from 10:30 am - 5:30 pm Learn defensive driving techniques and how to compensate for age related changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers - cash or check only. Pay at the door. Please bring a bag lunch. Your Family Timeline: How They Lived; 2 Part Series (Bring family tree) Thursday, May 30; 1:30 - 3:00 pm Set up personal timeline Saturday, June 1; 1:30 - 3:00 pm Overlay with historical data
DACULA BRANCH Learn American Sign Language (ASL) Wednesdays; 6pm: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 5 week course for families/kids, ages 3+ Compost Class Learn science behind composting Monday, May 6; 1:00 pm You 2.0 Book Club Wednesday, May 8; 7:00 pm Discuss self-help/business/health titles Read: Brain Maker by David Perlmutter Book Club for Adults (Monthly) Thursday, May 9; 1:00 pm Discuss: The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks
Right Plant for the Right Place Reservations requested: email@example.com De-Mystifying the FAFSA Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm Tuesday, May 14; 6 pm - 7 pm Step-by step instructions & tips Every plant has specific requirements for optimal growth. UGA Extension Gwinnett Agent Adult Crafting Club (Monthly) Timothy Daly will discuss what factors and needs to consider when planting your garden. Monday, May 20; 3:00 pm Talk environ impact of denim/make craft Food and Fiction! (Monthly) Thursday, May 23; 1:00 pm May theme: Ice Cream
English in Your Language (Spanish) Thursday, May 30; 10:00 am Basic English for Spanish speakers
DULUTH BRANCH Chess Club, for all skill levels Monday, May 6; 6 pm - 7 pm Wednesday, May 15; 6 pm - 7 pm Paper Fantasy Flower Creation Wednesday, May 8; 4:30 pm Investigate a flower / see how it grows
Second Time Around Book Club Tuesday, May 14; 10:30 am Discuss: Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Cozy Mysteries Book Club Thursday, May 16; 11 am - 12 pm Discuss: Mother’s Day, Muffins and Murder By Sara Rosett Elizabeth H. Williams SNELLVILLE Tech Guru (One-on-One advice) Wednesdays; 3:00 - 5:00 pm: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Thursdays; 11:00 am - 1:00 pm: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Welcome to bring your own device Snellville Writers Group (Public) Thursday, May 2; 6:30 pm Share writing and practical advice with other local writers. Creative Writing Workshop Saturday, May 4; 11 am - 2 pm Bring out the creative writer in you! Guest: Mickey Kulp, Author
Catching Up with the Classics! Wednesday, May 15; 6:30 pm Discuss & act out literary classics May: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Mobile Career Bus With Atlanta Regional Worksource Georgia Monday, May 20 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Climb aboard the Mobile Career Bus to receive assistance from a professional human resource specialist in career planning, job readiness coaching, resume assistance, information about training opportunities, access to computer workstations, free photocopying, printing, and much more!
Mobile Career Bus With Atlanta Regional Worksource Georgia Thursday, May 9 from 9:30 am -12:00 pm Thursday, May 23 from 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Climb aboard the Mobile Career Bus to receive assistance from a professional human resource specialist in career planning, job readiness coaching, resume assistance, information about training opportunities, access to computer workstations, free photocopying, printing, and much more!
Game Night for Adults Tuesday, May 21; 6:00 pm Bring a favorite board game or play ours
Armchair Travels: Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada Wednesday, May 22; 2 pm - 3 pm Top twenty sites to see in park
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Citizenship Classes Thursdays; 6:30 pm: May 2, 9 Study help for the civics exam Registration required
Intro to 3D Printing Wednesday, May 8; 6:00 pm Learn the history/software/basic design
Fiction Book Club (Monthly) Thursday, May 9; 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Theme: Short stories Social Security Pre-Retirement Program Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 am Join us for tips from a Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, and receive information about benefits and tools for you and your family. This is a great opportunity to hear a Specialist and get answers to your questions. Great for pre-planning.
Mystery Book Club Monday, May 6; 11:00 am Discuss: Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben
Gwinnett History Book Club Monday, May 20; 6:00 pm Discuss: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
Garden Thyme Tuesday, May 7; 11:00 am Learn, share and discuss gardening tips
Non-Fiction Book Club (Monthly) Wednesday, May 22; 2:00 pm Theme: Travel
Unraveled (Beginners/Advanced) Thursday, May 9; 12:00 pm Thursday, May 23; 6:00 pm Come knit with us!
English in Your Language (Weekly) Starts Tuesday, May 28; 4 pm - 5 pm Basic English for Spanish speakers
Library 101 (A Beginner’s Guide) Tuesday, May 14; 11:00 am Website, catalog, digital resources: bring your smartphone for Libby App pro use!
Chess Club, all ages & skill levels Sunday, May 5; 3:00 pm
GRAYSON BRANCH Foundations of Investing Thursday, May 2; 6:30 pm Key components of building personal portfolio for long-term success
Special events are listed in gray. Visit gwinnettpl.org/calendar to sign up for programs that require registration.
Culinary Literacy: DIY Salsa & Pico de Gallo for dipping Thursday, May 9; 4:00 pm Learn to make your own salsas! Stitched Together Wednesday, May 15; 6:00 pm Macrame Grocery Bags Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and Gwinnett Legal Aid Present: Wills 101 Legal Clinic Registration required: firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 pm Join the Gwinnett Chapter of the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers and Gwinnett Legal Aid for this free Will Clinic. Attorneys will be on hand to go over the basics of estate planning strategies and assisting in filling out a basic Will form. Chess Club, for all skill levels Sunday, May 19; 3:00 pm Book Club (Choose a date) Monday, May 20; 6:30 pm Thursday, May 23; 2:00 pm
Non-Fiction Book Club Thursday, May 30; 7:00 pm New title selected each month
LAWRENCEVILLE BRANCH N-400 Application Assistance Friday, May 3 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 14 from 10:00am - 12:30 pm Legal permanent residents will be offered free legal assistance with filling out the N400 citizenship application form. This event is free and on a first come, first served basis. Intro to Grant Proposal Writing Saturday, May 4; 2 pm - 3 pm Overview of the standard elements Stitch Craft - Lace Basics Thursday, May 9; 10:30 am Learn basics of lace knitting Mobile Career Bus With Atlanta Regional Worksource Georgia Thursday, May 9 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Thursday, May 23 from 1:30pm - 4:00 pm Climb aboard the Mobile Career Bus to receive assistance from a professional human resource specialist in career planning, job readiness coaching, resume assistance, information about training opportunities, access to computer workstations, free photocopying, printing, and much more! Book Club Monday, May 13; 6:30 pm Discuss: The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Mango Languages is an easy way for anyone to learn another language. visit gwinnettpl.org to get started!
Goodwill Teen Summer Job Fair With Goodwill of North Georgia Tuesday, May 28 from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Meet local employers and learn about the hiring process. Be ready to apply and have a resume available! Nature Photography Workshop Thursday, May 30; 6:30 pm Tips & info about cameras / software
Borrow eBooks, audiobooks, and more anywhere, anytime. All you need is your library card.
English in Your Language Basic English for non-native speakers (Chinese) Wednesdays; 6:30 pm: May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (Korean) Mondays; 10:30 am: May 6, 13, 20
Beginner’s Spanish with Mango Thursdays; 6 -7 pm: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 8 week course to learn basic Spanish
As the Page Turns: Book Club Thursday, May 9; 6:30 pm Discuss: The Magic Strings of Frankie Preston by Mitch Albom Lilburn Seniors Blazin’ the Trail Tuesday, May 14; 10:30 am Guest Cathryn Bergeman will discuss using uncommon plant fibers in clothing Tertulia Literaria: Literary Gatherings Thursday, May 16; 6:30 pm Discuss: Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple N-400 Application Assistance Friday, May 17 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Legal permanent residents will be offered free legal assistance with filling out the N400 citizenship application form. This event is free and on a first come, first served basis. Crafting with the Cricut Tuesday, May 21; 6:00 pm Learn to use machine for projects Microsoft Word Basics Saturday, May 25; 2 pm - 3 pm Learn basic formatting techniques; bring laptop if it has Word installed Registration required
MOUNTAIN PARK BRANCH Seniors Meeting (Monthly) Wednesday, May 1; 11:00 am Guest: USGS Hydrologist Learn about GA rivers, plus the hurricane and flooding responses Fiction Book Club Saturday, May 4; 2:00 pm Discuss favorite books with others! Genealogy 101 Thursday, May 16; 3:00 pm Explore ancestry with digital resources Summer Reading 101 Thursday, May 16; 6:00 pm Learn about Beanstack/ summer events Etsy and Ebay 101 Wednesday, May 22; 6:00 pm Tips on selling your brand on these De-Stress Aromatherapy Saturday, May 25; 12:00 pm Create soothing oils and bath bombs
Norcross Connect Thursday, May 9; 10:30 am - 11:30 am Enjoy coffee & fellowship at the library ~ Drop-in and bring a friend! ASMR Friday, May 17; 3 pm - 4 pm Experience the phenomenon ASMR Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration, all ages Saturday, May 18; 1 pm - 2 pm Korean traditional drumming & dances Guest: SE Korean Dance Association Resume Workshop Tuesday, May 21; 11am - 12:30 pm Update or create your resume Space: The Final Frontier (Trivia) Wednesday, May 29; 4 pm - 5 pm Contest: Journey through the Universe
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Information on Becoming US Citizen Saturday, May 25; 11 am - 12 pm Learn the benefits & about the process
SUWANEE BRANCH Family Game Night! Every other Wednesdays; 5 pm - 6 pm: May 1, 15, 29 Decoding US-China Trade & Diplomatic Relations Wednesday, May 1 at 7:00 pm Join Dr. Laurel Wei Wei from the University of North Georgia to learn about the history and current state of US-China trade and diplomatic relations. This program is part of the Foreign Policy Association’s Great Debate Series. Dr. Wei Wei will discuss how both countries view the relationship today as the US-China power gap becomes narrower. English in Your Language (Korean) Thursdays; 10:30 am: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Basic English for Korean speakers (Chinese) Mondays; 10:30 am: May 6, 13 For Cantonese/Mandarin speakers (Spanish) Mondays; 6:00 pm: May 6, 13, 20 Basic English for Spanish speakers
Genealogy 101 Saturday, May 4; 11:00 am Explore ancestry with digital resources
Learn Korean Using Mango Thursdays; 6 pm: May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Common Threads Mondays; 6:30 pm: May 6, 20 Biweekly fiber arts meetup
Flipped Classroom: Citizenship Prep Saturday, May 4; 2 pm - 3 pm Prep/Practice for the citizenship exam
Not Your Mom’s Book Club Tuesday, May 7; 6:00 pm Discuss: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
Let’s Get Fit! (Exercise DVD) Tuesday, May 7; 10:30 am Low impact exercise; wear comfy shoes
The Writers’ Group Thursdays; 6 pm: May 9, 23 Meet writers, share work, learn skills Salsa Intergenerational Saturday, May 18; 1 pm - 2 pm Learn to make salsa from your elders Use Your Library for Summer Reads Wednesday, May 22; 1 pm - 2 pm Use resources to identify books to enjoy An Evening With Commissioner Ben Ku Thursday, May 23 at 7:30 pm Commissioner Ben Ku was elected to the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners in 2018 and serves District 2 which includes Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Norcross, Tucker, and Lilburn. Commissioner Ku is a Georgia native and the grandson of Chinese immigrants, who moved to Atlanta to help engineer the original MARTA heavy rail system. Join Ben Ku to hear about his vision for Gwinnett County.
Small Biz Marketing Series: Email Marketing Trends of 2019 Registration required: email@example.com Tuesday, May 7 at 6:00 pm Join accredited small business consultant, Stephanie Sokenis, to learn about the email marketing trends of 2019. Learn the next moves for your business, how to stand out from your competitors, and put together your email strategy for the year ahead. Seniors Helping Seniors: Facebook (Basic Info) Thursday, May 9; 3 pm - 4 pm Learn to use FB to connect with others
Southeast Asian Americans: Roots of Their Migration & Life After Resettlement Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 pm Join Asian Americans Advancing Justice Atlanta for a community discussion on the history of war, imperialism, and refugee resilience that has shaped the present-day Southeast Asian American community across the country. Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month With Children’s Author FB Smit Saturday, May 18 at 1:00 pm “Connecting language, connecting culture...one story at a time,” is author FB Smit’s mission. Her picture books are based on traditional Korean folktales and highlights bilingual narration, dialogue, and culturally diverse characters. All ages are welcome! Free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing (cash or check only). Fitness & Nutrition Workshop Tuesday, May 21; 11:30 am Discussion with Personal Trainer, Terry Gatewood Free Falls Assessment Screening A Wellness Series event In partnership with Mercer University Wednesday, May 22; 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Fall risk screenings include vital sign assessment; tests for gait, balance, and mobility; foot screenings; medication reviews; and interpretation of screening results. All participants will leave with a report of fall risk screening results, recommendations on how to avoid falls, and information for community resources for fall risk reduction. Free Pharmacists One on One Prescription Drug Interaction Review A Wellness Series event In partnership with Mercer University Wednesday, May 22; 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Bring a list of the prescription drugs and the over the counter drugs and herbs you take. Meet with an expert to talk about how they interact. This is a walking service between the hours listed above. Ted Talks Tuesdays Tuesday, May 28; 10:30 am Share thoughts on compelling issues
Book Club with Becca Thursday, May 9; 4:00 pm Discuss: No One is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Watts
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