Hidden Gwinnett: Gwinnett County Public Library

Since the early 1900s, libraries have provided U.S. citizens literature via horseback and wagon, boat and motorcycle, vans and buses. They’re not about to let a little thing like a global pandemic get between you and a good book. The Gwinnett County Public Library is still currently closed to public browsing, but offer a plethora of ways to still get your literary fix.

Library card holders can utilize the all-new curbside holds pick-up system. Simply log in to GwinnettPL.org with your library credentials and select the materials that you would like to check out. Once a librarian has pulled your request, you will receive an email to pick up your books anytime Monday through Saturday from 10 am until 5 pm, or from noon until 5 pm on Sundays.

While you’re there, register Junior for the Summer Reading Program to help offset the mistakes you made while homeschooling (or, while actively ignoring digital learning). This summer’s theme is Imagine Your Story; kids can earn points by logging reading minutes and books (duh), but also through acitivities and challenges. Earning 480 points not only completes the program, but enters your little reader into a drawing for a Kindle Fire so they can read anywhere, any time.

GwinnettPL.org is also home to the Virtual Author Series where you can “meet” authors and speakers that have visited GCPL over the years. Episodes cover a variety of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance, cooking, and sports, and feature speakers such as Southern author Rick Bragg, children’s author Bret Witter, and Pulitzer Prize winner Jericho Brown. New videos drop every Monday and Friday.