Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Celebrating Writers, Old and Young

Gaithersburg Spanish Book Club
Author Mario Bencastro at Gaithersburg Library
Our local literary scene continues to thrive as we kicked off June at the Gaithersburg Library with two writer events.

Salvadoran author Mario Bencastro talked about his life and work the evening of Tuesday, June 6. Bencastro is the award-winning writer of several works of fiction and a collection of poems, Waves of the East River. His most recent novel, The Mansion of Oblivion, was published in 2015. House of Culture and Montgomery County Sister Cities sponsored this successful event that was attended by members of the library’s Spanish Book Club.

Chalked text of the Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhyme with a chalked drawing of a catOn June 8 the library’s Teen Writers’ Club finished up another successful year with their third annual sidewalk chalking event on the pavement outside the library. Teen members transcribed and illustrated familiar nursery rhymes for the area’s children to enjoy.

Sidewalk chalk of the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with a chalk picture of the moon.

Keep an eye on the Gaithersburg website for future events, and information about future meetings of the Teen Writers’ Club, which will resume meeting on September 20.

Teens chalking text and pictures on the walkway of Gaithersburg Library.
Teens making chalk art outside Gaithersburg Library

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sunday Jazz at the Gaithersburg Library with the Eastern Standard Time Quartet

What do musical greats Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Danny Gatton, Placido Domingo, Ray Charles, and Stevie Wonder have in common? They’ve all performed with members of the Eastern Standard Time jazz quartet, featuring Chris Vadala on saxophone, Rick Whitehead on guitar, Barry Hart on percussion, and John Previti on bass.

The Eastern Standard Time quartet playing their instruments
The Eastern Standard Time Quartet
All four musicians hail from the East Coast and enjoy performing jazz standards (think “Stella by Starlight” and “Caravan”), hence the group’s name. Their recently released first album has been called a “musicianship…standard of excellence.”

We’re excited and honored to be hosting this talented group of musicians for an afternoon of jazz at Gaithersburg Library on Sunday, June 4 at 2 PM. The concert will take place on the second floor of the library.

Best of all, this show is FREE and open to everyone. Join us for an afternoon of outstanding music!

Here's a sample of the Eastern Standard Time quartet performing at the 2016 Takoma Park Jazz Festival -

Friday, June 3, 2016

New Americans Sworn in at Gaithersburg Library!

We had the privilege of hosting a Naturalization Ceremony on June 1st here at Gaithersburg Library. We welcomed 34 new citizens to our Maryland community representing 27 different countries. Special remarks were made by Library Directory Parker Hamilton, Gaithersburg Mayor Jud Ashman, Office of Community Partnerships Director Bruce Adams, and USCIS Baltimore Field Office Director Conrad Zaragoza.  Gaithersburg was recently named the most diverse city in America. We wanted to honor that with this ceremony.  

Gaithersburg Library and many Montgomery County Libraries are host to a variety of classes that are geared toward helping members of our community work towards their citizenship.  Our partnerships with the Gilchrist Center, Montgomery College, The Literacy Council and Baltimore Community College allow us to host English Language Classes, Conversation Clubs, Citizenship Prep Courses, and Workforce Development Classes.  Check are online events calendar for upcoming dates and times. 

Besides a growing collection of in library resources we also offer online databases. We off citizenship prep through Gale Testing and Reference Center and for those becoming new citizens or those interested in learning over 71 other languages we offer Mango Languages or for our ESOL friends we also have six week instructor led courses through Gale Courses.  

We look forward to seeing these new citizens as well as those beginning that journey here at our library and keeping strong our motto to be where the county reads...where the county meets...where the county learns!

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Gaithersburg Library’s Teen Writers’ Club will help kick off Summer Reading with another sidewalk publishing project. Club members will chalk original poems on the sidewalk in front of the library on Wednesday, June 1, starting at 6:30 pm.
Last summer the club took over the pavement outside the library and chalked an original children's story for library visitors. The group transcribed and illustrated the tale on the sidewalk outside the library’s entrance, and then performed a dramatic reading for onlookers. The event was covered by the Gaithersburg Town Courier.
Gaithersburg Teen Writers’ Club is open to writers aged 13-18 and meets in the teen room on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 7-8:30 p.m. The group is sponsored by the Maryland Writers’ Association and is led by MWA volunteers Lucinda Marshall and Peggy Ruppel. Because advance preparation was required, new club members cannot be admitted on June 1st, but are welcome to observe. New members are welcome at the club’s next regular meeting on June 15.

Come cheer on our teens and celebrate summer at the library!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Gaithersburg Book Festival 2016

We’re excited about the Gaithersburg Book Festival next Saturday, May 21st! 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 villageexhibitors 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.

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 Diane Rehm, Eric Ripert, Gennifer Choldenko, Tim Kurkjian, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  and more. Stop by the library to pick up a book or two in preparation!