Saturday, July 25, 2015

aimHI at the Library!

Working on library PCs to develop mobile applications.
This summer Gaithersburg Library has hosted a group of high school students working in collaboration with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Food and Drug Administration in a program called aimHI.   These past few weeks we have watched as these students went from meeting each other for the first time to working together as a project team to research, develop and produce a mobile application.    Using open web applications and library and FDA resources these students have learned to use entrepreneurial skill sets to build and develop a product. While they have had much help from collaboration partners they have been the driving force behind this product.  We have been thrilled to host them at Gaithersburg Library and have taken great pride in the work they have done here.   Besides working in our computer lab, the students have used some of the libraries free resources.   These are available to all of our members and might spur you on to great things as well.  Two highlights are:

Safari Books-A collection of over 9000 web-based e-books that provide a wide variety of technical information. These materials will help you learn to code, draft a resume, and develop your project management skills, all useful when you are on your way to the next big thing.


Gale Health and Wellness Resource Center-This database focuses on health related topics and provides the user with up to the day, current information on their topic of choice.  You can search multiple medical dictionaries as well as peer-reviewed journals.  This database is extremely easy to use and beats googling what prescription your doctor just gave you any day.


One of many lessons on best business practices.
The students have utilized a variety of resources and have come a long way since day one.  Visit us on Monday, July 27 at 1:00 PM as the students will be on hand in our lobby to demonstrate some of what they have developed. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Do you want to run a book club?

We’re looking for volunteers to run a book club at Gaithersburg Library! This book club will read all genres – fiction, nonfiction, mystery, sci-fi, etc.

Potential volunteers must have:

· Diverse reading interests.
· Availability to meet and prepare for monthly meetings, which will most likely occur on a weeknight.

Major plus: 

· Experience running a book club.

Current book clubs can meet at the library, but the book club has to be open to the public.

If you're interested, please call Gaithersburg Library at 240.773.9490 or stop by the library to speak with Kay Bowman. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Financial Boot Camp for Teens

Teens, do you want to know how to budget money and save for college, a car or a trip? Come to the library this summer to get FIT (Financially Independent Teen Boot Camp) with us!
Experts from the Financial Literacy Organization for Women and Girls will provide a unique and age appropriate workshop of financial tips for young women and men ages 13-17.

You’ll also learn about:
  • Needs vs. Wants
  • Understanding Credit
  • Identity Theft
  • Savings and Banking
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Investments
This FIT boot camp takes place from Monday, July 27 to July 30 from 9:30 AM - noon. All attendees must attend each day. Registration is required. This event is free.

For more information, please call Gaithersburg Library at 240.773.9490

Thursday, May 28, 2015

We're in Bloom!

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary, 
How does your garden grow? 
With silver bells, and cockle shells, 
And pretty maids all in a row." 

 - Mother Goose, The Real Mother Goose board book. (1998)

Mary's garden would undoubtedly grow quite well if she had help from the Master Gardeners at Gaithersburg Library! The Master Gardeners are happy to answer such questions as:

"What gardening zone is Gaithersburg in?"  
"How come my tulips look so sad? " 
"How can I make my rhododendron live longer?" 
"Where's the best place in my garden for a rose bush?" 

No appointment necessary, just come to the lobby of Gaithersburg Library every Saturday from 10 AM -  2 PM from now until October to get free help from our Master Gardeners.  To help them better assist you, please bring a plant sample and/or pictures. 

Also, don't forget to come to the Gaithersburg Library to see our beautiful display of books and other resources to meet your gardening needs. 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Gaithersburg Book Festival

We’re excited about the Gaithersburg Book Festival next Saturday, May 16th! Since 2010, the Gaithersburg Book Festival has fostered an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation in the Gaithersburg community with programs and visits by authors, poets and songwriters.

Featured programs this year include free writing workshops for adults and children , a children’s village, exhibitors and more.

Parking and admission to the festival is free. The Gaithersburg Book Festival will take place at Gaithersburg City Hall in Old Towne Gaithersburg from 10 AM to 6 PM.

Gaithersburg Book Festival display at Gaithersburg Library

To celebrate at Gaithersburg Library, we have a convenient book display with works by some of the authors who will be featured at the Gaithersburg Book Festival including Ellen Oh, Winifred Conkling, Kwame Alexander, David Axelrod and more. Stop by the library to pick up a book or two in preparation! 

Some of the Gaithersburg Book Festival author's books