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March 28, 2015

International Bestselling Author Harlan Coben to Make Gwinnett Appearance

Gwinnett County Public Library, in partnership with Books for Less of Buford, welcomes internationally bestselling author Harlan Coben to Books for Less on March 28th at 6:30pm for a book discussion and signing for his latest thriller “The Stranger”.

With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Coben’s last seven novels have debuted #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.  Coben is also a winner of the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, respectively.

This event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Start: March 28, 2015 6:30 pm
End: March 28, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Books for Less of Buford
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2815 Buford Dr., #108, Buford, GA, United States, 30519

January 1, 2015

Membership Renewal – 2015

Hi Library Friends!

It’s time to renew your Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library membership.  Our membership dues are annual, based on the calendar year.  Dues paid by new members who registered after September 30, 2014 are covered thru 2015. (If you have already renewed your membership, thank you!)

With your support last year, the Friends:

  • Supported 16 author events attended by over 2000 guests
  • Hosted a luncheon fundraiser with author Nathalie Dupree attended by approximately 130 guests
  • Supported the 2014 Summer Reading Program enjoyed by over 30,000 Gwinnett County children
  • Provided holiday  plants and goodies trays to the hardworking staff of our  15 branch libraries
  • Purchased Art prints for the Norcross and Duluth branches
  • Landscaped the Peachtree Corners branch monument sign

In addition to supporting your libraries, your membership entitles you to:

  • Discounted tickets on preview night at the Aurora Theater
  • Advance notice of author events via email
  • Reserved front row seating at author events.

We have some exciting plans for 2015, and we hope you’ll continue to support and participate in the Gwinnett County Friends of the Library.

Thanks again for your support!

Here are two ways to renew your membership:

1.  Pay online.

  • Click on the Join tab at the top of the Friends webpage
  • Select your membership level
  • Enter your payment information

- OR -

2. Click on the Join tab at the top of the Friends webpage and follow the instructions to print the membership form and mail your payment to:

Friends of the GCPL
Lawrenceville Branch Library
1001 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA  30046

Membership Types :

Individual $15.00, Household $20.00, Business/Corporate $50.00

Contributing $100.00, Patron $250.00, Sustaining $500.00, Benefactor $1,000.00

Please email: if you need additional information.

Thank you!

Start: January 1, 2015
End: April 30, 2015

July 7, 2012

Karin Slaughter to Appear at Barnes & Noble Bookfair to Benefit Gwinnett County Public Library

Karin Slaughter, bestselling author and library advocate, will appear after a Curious George themed storytime for Barnes and Noble’s two-day Bookfair to benefit the Gwinnett County Public Library on Saturday, July 7th.  Customers at the Norcross store can browse, enjoy stories, and sign-up for the library’s Summer Reading Program, as well as benefit the library with their purchases during the fair.

The Karin Slaughter book talk and signing will take place at 3pm, while the fundraising portion of the bookfair will take place from 9am on Saturday through 8pm on Sunday.  The Curious George character visit and story time will be at 11am on Saturday morning.

Customers who specifically mention the library while checking out at this location anytime during the fundraiser can ensure that a percentage of their purchase goes to benefit the library.

“We are very grateful that Karin is such a vocal and caring advocate for libraries,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “Barnes and Noble has presented us with a fantastic opportunity to reach customers who want to support us while enjoying a day of fun for the whole family.”

Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of twelve thrillers, including Fallen, Broken, Undone, Fractured, Beyond Reach, Triptych, and Faithless.  She is a native of Georgia and a dedicated supporter of public libraries. Karin will discuss and sign her new book, Criminal, at this event cosponsored by Barnes & Noble and Gwinnett County Public Library.

For more information about ways to support the library and other library events, please visit, call (770) 978-5154,or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Google.

Start: July 7, 2012 3:00 pm
End: July 7, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Barnes and Noble @ The Forum
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5155 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross, GA, United States, 30092

June 14, 2012

“Meet the Author” Presents Jeffery Deaver

Gwinnett County Public Library is pleased to host Jeffery Deaver at the Norcross Cultural Arts and  Community Center on Thursday, June 14th at 7pm.  Deaver’s newest thriller, XO, is his third novel featuring heroine Kathryn Dance, to be released on June 12th in time for the book chat and signing.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, two collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book.  His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including The New York Times, The Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Los Angeles Times. His novel, The Bone Collector, was made into a film starring Denzel Washington, Angelina Jolie, and Queen Latifa.

“We know that Deaver fans will be as excited as we are to have him as part of our Meet the Author series this summer,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “His sophisticated, bestselling thrillers have had wide appeal in our county for some time now, so this gives fans and aspiring writers the opportunity to get to know the man behind the books!”

This event is free and open to the public.  Books will be available for purchase and signing from Eagle Eye Bookshop.

For more information about library events, please visit, call (770) 978-5154, or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, or Google.

Start: June 14, 2012 7:00 pm
End: June 14, 2012 8:30 pm
Venue: Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center
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10 College Street, Norcross, GA, United States, 30071

June 1, 2012

Eat at Sonic to Support your Summer Reading Program!

Note:  You must mention the library to your server for the donation to be credited properly!

Start: June 1, 2012
End: August 31, 2012
Venue: All Gwinnett County Sonic Restaurants

May 25, 2012

John Smoltz to Appear at Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author Series Event at Coolray Field

John Smoltz will appear at the Gwinnett Braves Stadium for a Gwinnett County Public Library Meet the Author Series special event on Friday, May 25th 2012. Smoltz will be available to sign copies of his book, Starting and Closing: Perseverance, Faith and One More Year, for baseball fans and readers alike from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

John Smoltz, former starter and closer for the Altanta Braves, is an 8-time All Star and Cy Young award winner, and World Series champion, who is now an active sportscaster.  The Atlanta Braves will be retiring Smoltz’s number 29 in June of this year.

“It’s wonderful that the library can help welcome back John Smoltz as he begins a new chapter in his amazing career, this time as a bestselling author,” says Gwinnett County Public Library Executive Director Nancy Stanbery-Kellam.  “We love when we can bring both history and new beginnings to our community in unexpected places.  Hosting John Smoltz at Coolray Field allows us to be right where the action happens, with our customers in the moment.”

This event is free for ticket holders of Friday’s game.  Books will be available for purchase at the stadium and a percentage of books sales will benefit the library.  Books purchased at this event will be signed and personalized. 

Please do not bring pre-purchased books or memorabilia to the stadium.  Memorabilia signing will not be offered at this event.

For more information, please visit, call (770) 978-5154, or find Gwinnett Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Google.

Start: May 25, 2012 6:00 pm
End: May 25, 2012 7:30 pm
Venue: Coolray Field
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One Braves Avenue, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

April 17, 2012

Meet the Author Series to Feature Landscape Expert Jane Bath at Gwinnett Tech’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author Series to Feature Landscape Expert Jane Bath at Gwinnett Tech’s Annual Spring Plant Sale

Lawrenceville, GA – April 17th, 2012

Gardening enthusiasts are invited to meet Jane Bath, one of Georgia’s premier landscape designers, on Tuesday, April 17th.  Jane will share her expertise on new landscaping areas and those planning renovations.  A book signing for her bestseller The Landscape Design Answer Book will take place from 9am -11am, followed by a complimentary lecture and questions from the audience at 11am – 12pm.

Jane has over 25 years of landscape design experience at over 4,000 sites including residential, commercial, retail sites, and public gardens.  She is the former owner of Land Arts Nursery of 18 years,  Won Best in Atlanta (various categories) by Atlanta Magazine twice, and has written articles or been quoted as a resource by  the AJC, and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.  She has been a guest speaker at The Callaway Gardens Winter Symposium St. Louis Arboretum, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Georgia State Botanical Garden Symposium, Atlanta Historical Society, Georgia Native Plant Society, Georgia Green Industry Symposium, South Carolina Trade Show, Ohio State Trade Show, Charleston Botanical Society, and many Master Garden and Garden Clubs.  In addition, Southern Living Magazine included a full spread on her garden ‘Jane Bath is a Born Gardener,’ and she has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens with some of her projects.  She has also appeared in videos made for distribution on TV.

This event will take place at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043 in building 600, room 104.  Books will be available for sale and signing.  The plant sale will take place from 9am- 4pm at the Gwinnett Tech Greenhouse, adjacent to the 600 building.  For more information about library events, please visit or call (770)-978-5154.

Start: April 17, 2012 9:00 am
End: April 17, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Gwinnett Technical College
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5150 Sugarloaf Parkwa, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043
Cost: Free

February 26, 2012

An American Girl Doll Tea Party

The Friends of the Gwinnett County Public Library to Host  An American Girl Doll Tea Party Featuring an American Girl Series Author Visit

Duluth, GA – Sunday, February 26th at  2pm- 4pm

Evelyn ColemanEvelyn Coleman, the award winning author of several American Girl Doll books including the Addy series mystery titled Shadows on Society Hill will join guests and their dolls at the Historic Strickland House in Duluth on February 26th from 2-4pm.  This fundraiser benefits the Gwinnett County Public Library. The adult/child ticket price of $15 includes tea and pastries, a book discussion with the American Girl Doll book series author, one autographed copy of the American Girl book Shadows on Society Hill, and a free tour of the Duluth Historical Society Museum.  There will also be a raffle for American Girl doll, clothes, books, and other items.

Ms. Coleman’s work has received an Edgar nomination for Best Juvenile Mystery, the Distinctive Children’s Literature Award, and The Black & Latino National Teachers of English Award.

Tickets for this fundraiser event are $15.00, which include admission for one adult with one child, and additional guests are $10.00 each.  Each child with a guest ticket will receive one autographed copy of the American Girl book Shadows on Society Hill. Seating is limited.  The event will take place at the Historic Strickland House located at 2956 Buford Hwy in Duluth, Ga.

This event is sold-out, tickets are no longer available.

Start: February 26, 2012 2:00 pm
End: February 26, 2012 4:00 pm
Venue: Historic Strickland House
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2956 Buford Hwy, Duluth, GA, United States, 30096

February 15, 2012

Georgia Gwinnett College in Partnership with Gwinnett County Public Library present Lauren Willig, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Pink Carnation Series

Lawrenceville, GA – February 15, 2012

Lauren Willig, the New York Times Bestselling author of the Pink Carnation Series will appear at Georgia Gwinnett College on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 as part of the Gwinnett County Public Library’s Meet the Author series. Fans are invited to celebrate the release of Lauren Willig’s ninth book
in the series, Garden Intrigue, available in stores February 16, 2012.

Lauren Willig, a Yale educated Harvard Graduate School and Law School graduate, is best known for the New York Times Bestselling Pink Carnation series. Willig, who began a PhD in English History, completed the first book in the series, The Secret History of the Pink Carnation, while working on her doctorate and received her first book contract during her first month of law school. She went on to complete the second and third installments of the series during her second and third years, but after a brief stint as a litigator at a large New York law firm, she gave up law in order to become a full time author. Since then, her books have hit the New York Times list, been nominated for a Quill Award, featured regularly on the American Library Association’s annual “best of” list, and won the Booksellers’ Best, RITA, and Golden Leaf awards.

The reception for the author starts at 6pm, followed by a book chat and signing at 7pm.

The event will take place in the Student Center LVIS room at Georgia Gwinnett College and is free and open to the public. Books in the Pink Carnation series will be available for signing and purchase.

Start: February 15, 2012 6:00 pm
End: February 15, 2012 8:00 pm
Venue: LVIS Room, Student Center, Georgia Gwinnett College
Phone: 770-978-5154
1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA, United States, 30043

February 9, 2012

“Lunch & Listen” Series Luncheon with New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner

Gwinnett County Public Library Proudly Announces New York Times Bestselling Author Lisa Gardner Will Appear at the February 9th “Lunch & Listen” Series Luncheon

EVENT SOLD OUT – February 3, 2012

Lawrenceville, GA – Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 1:00pm- 2:30pm

Lisa Gardner

On February 9th the Gwinnett County Public Library will host an upscale weekday luncheon with New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels Lisa Gardner as she embarks on her national book tour to promote her newest novel Catch Me.

Lisa’s detective D. D. Warren novels include The Neighbor, Hide, and Alone.   Her FBI Profiler novels include Say Goodbye, Gone, The Killing Hour, The Next Accident and The Third Victim. Two of her books were on the NYT Bestseller List at the same time in 2010 and a movie based on her novel Hide will premier on Turner Broadcasting’s TNT network in December 2011.

Catch Me, Gardner’s latest work, will be released the same week as the library’s February 9th event.   The author will read from the book, followed by a Q&A session, a delicious lunch, and then an onsite book-signing session with the author.  Proceeds from luncheon will support the Gwinnett County Public Library systems author events and other popular literary programs.

The “Lunch & Listen” series is a new way to bring authors and readers together, providing the ultimate food for thought with a wide range of authors — from bestselling mystery writers, to award-winning regional novelists to nonfiction and cookbook authors.

Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per person by calling 770.978.5154, by visiting your local library branch, or online at   Tickets at the door will be $15.  Books will be available for purchase during the luncheon thanks to Eagle Eye Books of Decatur.  Doors open at 12:30pm.

The luncheon will take place at and in partnership with Garden Plaza in Lawrenceville, off of Route 316 at 230 Collins Industrial Way in Lawrenceville.  For more information email:

Start: February 9, 2012 1:00 pm
End: February 9, 2012 2:30 pm
Venue: Garden Plaza
Phone: 770-978-5154
230 Collins Industrial Way, Lawrenceville, GA, United States