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September 21, 2014

Meet the Author Series: Fmr. Capt. Luis Carlos Montalvan and his service dog Tuesday

Start: September 21, 2014 3:00 pm
End: September 21, 2014 4:00 pm
Venue: Georgia Gwinnett College
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1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

August 14, 2014

Free Writers’ Workshop

For more information on this and other Gwinnett County Public Library events:

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Start: August 14, 2014 6:30 pm
End: August 14, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Suwanee Branch
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361 Main Street, Suwanee, GA, United States

July 10, 2014

Karin Slaughter Book Discussion And Signing

Bestselling author and library advocate Karin Slaughter will have a book discussion and signing at the Barnes & Noble store located at the Forum in  Peachtree Corners.  She will discuss her new book “Cop Town” — her first-ever stand alone novel.

When customers mention the library while making a purchase in the store’s cafe, music department, or at the checkout counter,  Barnes & Noble will donate a percentage of that sale to the Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library.  The book talk and signing will take place at 7 p.m.

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of 14 thrillers, including “Undone,” “Fractured,” “Beyond Reach,” “Triptych,” “Faithless” and “Unseen.” She is a native of Georgia and a dedicated supporter of public libraries.

For more information about Gwinnett County Public Library programs, events and services, please visit, call 770.978.5154, or find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Start: July 10, 2014 7:00 pm
End: July 10, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Barnes & Noble at The Forum
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5141 Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree Corners

June 7, 2014

EVENT POSTPONED, Inaugural Library Bike Ride: Turning Pages – Turning Wheels


We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

Start: June 7, 2014
End: June 7, 2014
Venue: Peachtree Corners Branch
5570 Spalding Drive, Peachtree Corners, GA, United States, 30092

June 4, 2014

Gwinnett County Public Library Presents a Luncheon with New York Times Bestselling Authors and Award Winning Chefs: Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart

Gwinnett County Public Library in partnership with Garden Plaza of Lawrenceville will host an upscale weekday luncheon with New York Times bestselling authors Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart. The authors will discuss their 2013 James Beard Award winning book: Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking and host a Q&A session followed by an onsite book-signing while guests enjoy a delicious lunch. Cookbooks will be available for purchase during the luncheon. Proceeds will support the Gwinnett County Public Library.
Nathalie Dupree is the author of 15 cookbooks and has appeared on more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and others. She has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping magazines. She is a three time James Beard Award winner and was awarded the prestigious “Grand Dame” of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, an international organization of top women in the culinary field, and was named the 2013 Woman of the Year by the prestigious organization of French Chefs of America.
Cynthia Graubart, a James Beard Award winner, is the author of Slow Cooking for Two: Basics, Techniques, and Recipes. Her other books include Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking (2013 James Beard Award) and Southern Biscuits, both coauthored with Nathalie Dupree. Her first book was The One-Armed Cook: Quick and Easy Recipes, Smart Meal Plans, and Savvy Advice for New (and not-so-new) Moms. She is also a columnist for Southern Living magazine and cooking teacher.
The “Lunch & Listen” series brings authors and readers together, providing the ultimate food for thought with a wide range of authors — from bestselling mystery writers, and award-winning regional novelists, to nonfiction and cookbook authors.

Seating is limited.   Tickets are $12 per person in advance.  If seating is available, tickets may be sold at the door for $17.  Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

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Please note:  You will not receive a “ticket” for this event.  Please print a copy of your Paypal receipt and bring it to the event.  Your Paypal receipt will serve as your ticket and proof of your purchase.


For more information or if you need assistance, please email

Start: June 4, 2014
End: June 4, 2014
Venue: Garden Plaza at Lawrenceville
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230 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, 30043

March 25, 2014

Award-Winning Author Samuel G. Freedman to Visit Gwinnett County

Georgia Gwinnett College’s Department of Student Involvement and the GGC Student Center, in partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library system present Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, Columbia University professor, and New York Times columnist.  He will discuss his books: “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights”, National Book Award finalist “Small Victories”, Pulitzer Prize finalist “The Inheritance, How Three Families and America Moved from Roosevelt to Reagan and Beyond” and his other books at 2 p.m. March 25th on the Georgia Gwinnett College campus.

His is newest book “Breaking the Line” shares the story of the historic battle for the 1967 black college football championship. In the novel, Freedman writes about two African-American coaches, Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University and Jake Gaither of Florida A&M University, and two African-American quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley. These four individuals helped integrate the South’s segregated colleges. They also redefined the roles of NFL quarterback, head coach and franchise general manager.

Freedman is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He writes the column, “On Religion,” for the New York Times and has contributed to several other publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and USA Today.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held in the LVIS Room in the Student Center. Ample free parking is available at dorm building 3000B on Lonnie Havel Boulevard in Lawrenceville.

For more information:

Start: March 25, 2014 2:00 pm
End: March 25, 2014 3:30 pm
Venue: Georgia Gwinnett College Campus
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1000 University Center Ln, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

February 25, 2014

Live via Facebook! Meet the Author Series with Author April Smith

Gwinnett County Public Library in Partnership with Random House Publishing and Chase Emerson Memorial Library of Deer Isle Maine presents:  A Meet the Author Series Event with author April Smith.

Live via Facebook!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:00pm.

Join in the discussion about the book, the Gold Star Mothers and Deer Isle.

An emotionally charged, brilliantly realized novel set in the 1930s about five American women — Gold Star Mothers — who travel to France to visit the graves of their World War I soldier sons: a pilgrimage that will change their lives in unforeseeable and indelible ways.

The women meet for the first time just before their journey begins: Katie, an Irish maid from Dorchester, Massachusetts; Minnie, wife of an immigrant Russian Jewish chicken farmer; Bobbie, a wealthy Boston socialite; Wilhelmina, a former tennis star in precarious mental health; and Cora Blake, a single mother and librarian from coastal Maine.

In Paris, Cora meets a journalist whose drug habit helps him hide from his own wartime fate — facial wounds so grievous he’s forced to wear a metal mask.  This man will change Cora’s life in wholly unexpected ways. And when the women finally travel to Verdun to visit the battlegrounds where their sons fought as well as the cemeteries where they are buried, shocking events — a death, a scandal, a secret revealed — will guarantee that Cora’s life and those of her traveling companions will become inextricably intertwined.  Only now will they be able to emerge from their grief and return home to their loved ones.  This is a timeless story set against a footnote of history: little known but unforgettable.

April Smith is the author of North of Montana; Be the One; Good Morning, Killer; Judas Horse; and White Shotgun. She is also a television screenwriter and producer, whose most recent work was a TNT original movie based on Good Morning, Killer. She lives in Santa Monica.

Start: February 25, 2014 7:00 pm
End: February 25, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Facebook - Gwinnett Library
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January 27, 2014

Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library – New Chapter Open House

To better serve the needs of library patrons in the communities that surround the fifteen branches, FOGL has announced the formation of our second regional chapter of the group. The South Central Gwinnett Chapter of The Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library will support all of FOGL’s countywide initiatives and programs but will also focus on the needs of the branches and patrons who live in the Five Forks, Lilburn and Mountain Park areas. They will host events, fundraisers and projects that benefit FOGL as a whole and the Five Forks, Lilburn and Mountain Park branches in particular.

Members promote library advocacy and raise funds to support the library system’s cultural, artistic and literary events such as the award winning annual Fall into the Arts series of free programs, Gwinnett Reads, the annual countywide adult reading program, and the enormously successful children’s Summer Reading Program.

The South Central Chapter will host an open-house and new member drive on Monday, January 27th from 6:30pm-8pm at the Five Forks branch.  Please join us to learn more about FOGL.  And, thank you for your support!

Start: January 27, 2014 6:30 pm
End: January 27, 2014 8:00 pm
Venue: Five Forks Branch
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2780 Five Forks Trickum Road, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30044-5865

December 13, 2013


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(SUWANEE, Ga., Dec. 3, 2013) — Christy Jordan, cookbook author, blogger, and the South’s favorite home cook, will share complete menus to help readers plan family meals at the Suwanee branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library. Her book, Come Home to Supper, and website,, offer tips and real-life solutions for getting a delicious and affordable supper on the table every night. This book talk and signing will take place on Dec. 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

Come Home to Supper reflects the reality of today’s family schedules, gathering more than 200 deeply satisfying dishes that are budget-conscious, kid-friendly, and quick to make. These are the everyday meals that Christy most loves to cook and her family most loves to eat, and she serves them up with generous helpings of her folksy wisdom, gratitude, and lively stories. Many of the recipes make ingenious use of the slow cooker or a single pot or skillet, and they all use easily found supermarket ingredients.

Christy Jordan is the publisher of, a contributing editor to Taste of the South magazine, former editor-at-large at Southern Living, and a judge on the Game Show Network’s Beat the Chefs. She’s appeared on TODAY, Paula Deen, QVC, and a host of other media outlets. She lives with her family in Huntsville, Alabama.

This event is free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase. The Suwanee branch is located at 361 Main Street Suwanee, Ga. Please visit or to learn more about this and other library events, or find GwinnettLibrary on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Start: December 13, 2013
End: December 13, 2013

December 2, 2013

Elf on the Shelf Author Chanda Bell To Appear At Barnes and Noble Fundraiser To Benefit The Friends of the Gwinnett County Library System

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Elf on the Shelf Author Chanda Bell To Appear At Barnes and Noble Fundraiser To Benefit The Friends of the Gwinnett County Library System

Bestselling children’s author and co-creator of the wildly popular Elf on a Shelf books and movie will partner with the Friends of the Gwinnett County Library to host a very special story time and book signing at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Peachtree Corners.  Listen to Chanda read her newest Elf book, have your picture taken with Chanda and the Elf, enjoy special elf coloring sheets and games, and have your book signed!

When customers specifically mention the library while checking out at the Barnes and Noble store and café any time that day, the store will donate a percentage of that sale to the Friends of the Library to support their literacy projects and initiatives.

Chanda Bell, a former reading and English teacher, is the co-author (with her mom, Carol) of The Elf on the Shelf®: A Christmas Tradition and the new sequel, The Elf on the Shelf®: A Birthday Tradition. In 2011, The Elf on the Shelf® came to life as an animated special. An Elf’s Story™ debuted on CBS, boasting a combined viewing audience of almost 10 million people. Bell co-founded Big Canoe Entertainment-the production company that produced the special-and served as one of the executive producers on the project.  She co-wrote the script and penned the lyrics to one of the musical numbers.

The book talk and signing will take place on December 8, 2013 at 2pm at the Barnes and Noble bookstore located at 5141 Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree Corners, Ga. For more information about ways to support the library and other library events, please visit, call 770-978-5154, text (770) 450- 5305, or visit the Friends website at to join the Friends.

Start: December 2, 2013
End: December 10, 2013