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.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summer Reading Events at Gaithersburg Library

Summer is upon us! School is almost out and long summer days are ahead. Have your kids signed up for our summer reading program? This year's summer reading program is titled "Fizz! Boom! Read!" with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math books. Kids can read any books they choose, but we also have handy booklists by grade available.

Children and teens ages 0 – 16 are invited to sign up online from June 1st to August 9th. All children who sign up will receive a voucher for a Frederick Keys Baseball Game!

To celebrate summer reading, Gaithersburg Library has these fun events scheduled:

Cosmic Adventures, Thursday, June 19, 1:30 & 2:30 pm
Tour the universe in a “star dome.” Registration is required and begins June 5.
For school-aged children.  

Silkworm Science, Monday, June 23, 6:00 pm
Meet the caterpillars who spin silk. Registration is required and begins June 9. For school-aged children.

*Uno, Dos, Tres con Andres,  Tuesday, July 1, 2:00 pm
Music in Spanish and English.  For children of all ages.

*Farm Animal VisitWednesday, July 2, 10:30 am
From the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  For children of all ages.

*Simple Gifts Music, Thursday, July 24, 2:00 pm
Music on many instruments from many cultures.  For children of all ages. 

Sciencetellers ”Potions”, Thursday, Aug. 7, 2:00 pm
Science and stories together!  For school-aged children.  

Maryland Zoo “Living Planet”, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2:00 pm
How do animals adapt to different environments? Pick up tickets at the Information Desk, beginning at 1:00 pm day of program. For school-aged children. 

*Suitable for children of all ages, including preschool children.

For more information, please call us at 240.773.9490 or stop by the library to speak with an Information Staff Member.

For a list of all Gaithersburg Library events, as well as events at other libraries, please check MCPL's Calendar of Events.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Borrow an e-Reader

Don’t have an e-reader but want to read e-books? Curious about using e-readers and want to try one out? Come to the library! GaithersburgOlney and Long Branch libraries have e-readers available to check out for free.

The 3M Discovery Station, pictured above, allows you to search for e-books and check them out to your library account. You can also browse the 3M Cloud Library collection.

After the books are added to your account, go to the Circulation Desk or Information Desk to check out the 3M e-reader and have the books transferred to the device.

Then, enjoy your book!

Do you already own an e-reader, tablet or smartphone? Download the 3M Cloud Library app to begin reading your books right now.

What are you waiting for? Come borrow a 3M e-reader today!

Monday, April 21, 2014

An Evening with Brian Jay Jones

Did you know that the first realistic computer generated imagery (CGI) animal to appear in a Hollywood film was in Jim Henson's cult favorite fantasy musical Labyrinth? These and more fascinating facts about Jim Henson's life and works were revealed when author Brian Jay Jones came to Gaithersburg Library to talk about his national bestseller Jim Henson: A Biography. Presented by the Gaithersburg Book Festival, the evening included a multimedia presentation with rare photos of Jim Henson's personal and creative life.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Everyone's a Poet at Gaithersburg Library!

gaithersburg library, national poetry month
National Poetry Month display at Gaithersburg Library.
 Are you the next Angelou, Cummings or Poe? Come show us what you’ve got at Gaithersburg Library!

In honor of National Poetry Month Gaithersburg Library has a Post-It Note Poetry display near the Information desk. All customers are invited to contribute their poems on Post-It notes. Any topic or poetry technique is allowed. You may even see your poem featured on our Facebook page or Twitter feed!

Here are some of the poems on display right now:

A sincere and true poem by a librarian at Gaithersburg Library.

Thanks to everyone who has participated so far. Come add your poems to our display!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Wellbeing Café at Gaithersburg Library

Do you love a warm beverage and a good book? If so, you’re in luck because the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library has a café in the foyer! The Wellbeing Café has tasty items such as coffee (of course), tea, smoothies, cookies, pastries, fruit and other snacks.

treats at Wellbeing CafeAccording to one of the employees, the “big cookies and muffins” are the top-selling treats.

Gaithersburg Library foyer with cafe tablesWe have tables and chairs in our foyer for you to sit in while enjoying your treats, but remember, food and drinks are not allowed inside the library. The café is open during regular Gaithersburg Library hours.

Tables and chairs in the Gaithersburg Library foyer. So come and give the café a try when you visit the library!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Roland Hayes Program

Who is Roland Hayes? Last week, Gaithersburg Library hosted a Black History Month recital featuring spirituals arranged by Roland Hayes - a world renowned lyric tenor considered to be the first African American male concert artist to receive wide international acclaim in the 1920s.
 Cover of Hayes' My Favorite Spirituals songbook, originally published in 1948.

According to Contemporary Musicians (accessible via Biography in Context, one of MCPL's biographical databases), "Hayes shattered the color barrier in the world of classical music, becoming one of the highest paid musicians of his time and paving the way for later African American singers.” It is important to note that Hayes, a black man, experienced such widespread eminence during the Jim Crow era in American history.
The concert was performed by B. Jackson Caesar,  an accomplished vocalist from Washington, D.C. who is also a Hayes historian. Piano accompaniment was provided by Alma Sanford. Caesar engaged the audience with his beautiful tenor vocals and animated performance. It was truly a treasured evening for all attendees!

Photo of Caesar's performance at Gaithersburg Library.
The audience was captivated by Caesar's renditions of Hayes' spirituals.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Past and Present Art at Gaithersburg Library

The Muktesvara Arch at the former Gaithersburg Library
Do you remember the beautiful white arch in front of the former Gaithersburg Library building? Designed by artist Mary Ann Unger, the Muktesvara Arch, also known as Gateway to the Mind, was installed in 1988 and remained in front of Gaithersburg Library until the library closed for renovations in May 2010.  The arch, constructed of painted aluminum and concrete, represented a pathway to knowledge and enlightenment for all visitors to the library, with its books and resources for all.

Where's the arch now? It's in the process of being relocated to the Germantown campus of Montgomery College and will be conserved and re-installed there in the near future. 

Leaf mobile above the children's area at renovated Gaithersburg Library

Another view of the leaf mobile at Gaithersburg Library
Have you seen the leaf mobile hanging above the information desk and children’s area of the newly renovated Gaithersburg Library?  The mobile, designed by architect Steve Gerrard of Ann Beha Architects and installed by Acorn Sign Graphics, consists of thin perforated aluminum leaf shapes that dangle and fall in a random pattern from stainless steel wire.  As you can see in the photos above, the autumnal hues add warmth and dimension to the open main hall of the library as light filters through the leaves.

The leaves of the mobile symbolize “leaves” of a paper bound book as well as paying homage to the representative logo of the City of Gaithersburg – the Forest Oak tree!

The official logo of the City of Gaithersburg - featuring an oak tree

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What an Opening!

Opening day finally arrived, after lots of preparation and hard work.  What a thrill to see so many eager people thronging into our library on Saturday morning!

Despite the cold weather, MCPL fans of all ages flocked to the new Gaithersburg Library.  Many heard the dedicatory speeches of local officials, including County Executive Isiah Leggett, who described libraries as a "hub of community life."

We who work amidst the stacks applaud that sentiment.  And we loved hearing what people had to say: "What a beautiful library!" "It was worth the wait." "My family is so glad the library is back."  We're glad you're back too.

Read more about the special day and the building's features in the County's press release about the success of the opening.  Thanks to the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County, Inc., and its Gaithersburg Library Chapter for supporting our opening day's activities, including musical performances, face-painting, magic shows, crafts projects, and an appearance by Newberry-award-winning author Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

celebration speaker list

crowd at opening of the Gaithersburg Library

ribbon cutting at Gaithersburg Library
Ribbon cutting

library entrance and kiosk
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Gaithersburg Library wide-angle view

two children inside the puppet theater at Gaithersburg Librar
Fun in the puppet theater.

well-stocked children's shelves and young browser
Bringing books to readers -- it's what we do.