Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Special Author Event: An Evening with Frederick Forsyth

Photo of Frederick Forsyth
Author Frederick Forsyth

On Wednesday, October 7th, Gaithersburg Library is pleased to host a special evening with international bestselling author Frederick Forsyth.  Forsyth will discuss his newest work, a memoir titled The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue.

Forsyth, known for popular suspense thrillers such as The Day of the Jackal and The Kill List, draws from his fascinating life experiences as a pilot for the Royal Air Force and as a BBC and Reuters journalist in his fictional works, but his personal experiences, which he describes in his new memoir, have proven to be just as exciting and intriguing.

This free event is presented by the Gaithersburg Book Festival and the Politics & Prose Bookstore. A book signing by Forsyth will follow the book talk. Copies of The Outsider will be on sale during the event.

Doors open at 6:30 PM and the event starts at 7 PM, but arrive early. 

More information available on the Gaithersburg Book Festival website. You can also call Gaithersburg Library at 240.773.9490.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Register to attend the Library of the Future Summit

Library of the Future Summit logo

What is the future of your library? Help us find the answers.

Register to attend the County Executive’s Library of the Future Summit on Thursday, September 24th from 9 AM to noon at Gaithersburg Library.

Gaithersburg Library staff by the entrance of the library
Gaithersburg Library staff welcome you to attend the Summit
We are inviting members of the community to join library staff and Montgomery County Elected Officials, including County Executive Leggett, at the Silver Spring Civic Building, or at the Gaithersburg Library. Attendees will hear from keynote speaker Susan Benton, President and CEO of the Urban Libraries Council, and the County Executive Mr. Leggett. The two locations will participate in an interactive question and answer session with Mr. Leggett following the presentations. At Silver Spring, attendees will also participate in afternoon discussion sessions that will provide greater opportunity to share ideas.

Before the event, you can help us answer important questions about the future of your library at any Montgomery County Public Library or on social media using #MCPLFuture.

If you have questions, please go to the Library of Future Summit website or call Gaithersburg Library at 240.774.9490.

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