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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Gaithersburg Library Supports Local Authors

Are you a local Montgomery County author with a published book? See your work on our shelves! Gaithersburg Library would love to include your book in our Local Author collection. Please bring at least two copies of your book to the Information Desk along with your contact information.

We also accept works from authors, publishers and producers to include in Montgomery County Public Library’s systemwide collection.

Other library resources for writers:

Need some peace and quiet while writing your next novel? Reserve one of our study rooms online.

Conducting literature research? We’ve got databases such as the Literature Resource Center, Literature from the Gale Virtual Reference Library, NoveList Plus and more for you to use online for free with your library card.

We have online encyclopedias, dictionaries and directories - also free and available online with your library card.

Books on Gaithersburg Library's shelves about writing
We've got books about writing, too!

Of course, we also have books about writing (including the ever popular and useful Writer's Market series), about becoming a writer and more.

Now, stop procrastinating and start writing. We'd love to see your books in our library!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Free Community Yoga at Gaithersburg Library

Photo of woman meditating

Stop what you’re doing right now. Inhale deeply while counting to 5. Now exhale completely to a count of 5. Do this a few more times. You may even choose to close your eyes.

Now take notice of how you feel in this moment. Do you feel more relaxed and at ease than before? Are your thoughts clearer? Do you feel recharged?

Most of us are constantly multitasking and moving from one activity to another – commuting to work, working, taking care of our children, walking our dogs, exercising, spending time with our loved ones, cleaning, cooking & more.

Why not make time to connect to yourself by coming to a Free Community Yoga Program presented by Gaithersburg Library and Dahn Yoga Gaithersburg?  This 6 week program will take place every Tuesday from September 30th  – November  4th. The yoga class will begin promptly at 11 am and will last approximately one hour.

Be sure to bring your own yoga mat and arrive at least 5 minutes early.

This gentle yoga program is ideal for seniors and beginners, but all levels are welcome. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

The benefits of yoga are numerous. According to the Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health (accessible via MCPL's Health & Wellness Resource Center online database), yoga not only improves relaxation and reduces stress, but the benefits of yoga include alleviating problems associated with:

• high blood pressure
• high cholesterol
• migraine headaches
• asthma
• shallow breathing
• backaches
• constipation
• diabetes
• menopause
• multiple sclerosis
• varicose veins
• carpal tunnel syndrome

We hope to see you enjoying the many benefits of yoga at Free Community Yoga at Gaithersburg Library in the next few weeks.

If you can't make it to the yoga program, you can always check out a yoga DVD from the library to practice yoga anytime, anywhere.


Source Citation: 

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, 3rd ed., Detroit: Gale, 2013, pp. 3591-3595.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Teen Movie Nights at Gaithersburg Library!

Where can teens go to watch a free summer movie in a safe environment? Gaithersburg Library, of course! These movie showings are free with no reservation required – just show up ready to enjoy a fun film!

Remaining movies for this summer include:

The Lightning Thief  on Thursday, July 31
Synopsis: A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. (2010) PG, 1 hr. 58 min.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters DVD cover
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Edward Scissorhands on Thursday, August 7 
Synopsis: An eccentric inventor lovingly creates a gentle youth named Edward (Johnny Depp), but dies before he is able to give him hands. (1990) PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters on Monday, August 18
Synopsis: Percy continues the epic journey to fulfill his destiny, as he teams with his demigod friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece. (2013) PG, 1 hr. 46 min.

All movies start promptly at 6:30 pm and are shown in Room 1 on the second floor of the library.

For more information, please call Gaithersburg Library at 240.773.9490. Please see our Calendar of Events for all library programs.