Saturday, December 12, 2015

What’s Happening on Our Roof?

We're getting solar panels! 

Man holding solar panel on roof.
Solar panel installation on roof of the library
Solar panels on roof of Gaithersburg Library
 View of the library
There are many environmental benefits to solar panels and we’re excited to have them. Installation by Solar City will be wrapping up in the next few days. Stop by and see them for yourself!

Solar City display at Gaithersburg Library
Solar City display in the library.

For more information on solar energy, check out a book or search our online databases (try Opposing Viewpoints, Gale Virtual Reference Library or World Book Online).

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

College Funding Workshop

graduation cap

Are you concerned about paying for college? Come to Gaithersburg Library on December 3rd at 6:30 PM for a nationally renowned educational workshop to learn: 
  • How to avoid jeopardizing your retirement nest egg 
  • Effective ways to simultaneously save AND pay for college 
  • Methods to pay for multiple children attending college at the same time 
  • Strategies to attend private universities for the same out of pocket cost as in-state schools 
Registration is required for this free event. Please go to the College Funding Coach website for more information. 
The College Funding Coach logo

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Come learn about NASA’s Amazing Hubble Space Telescope

Hubble Space Telescope
NASA symbol
You’re invited to learn about the Hubble Space Telescope on Saturday, November 21st at 2 PM at Gaithersburg Library.

During this exciting program you'll learn about the engineering of servicing missions and the science results from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. You’ll also view breathtaking photos, hold some astronaut tools and participate in a Q&A.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Special Concert this Saturday, October 31st

This Saturday, October 31st, Gaithersburg Library welcomes Chilean composer and guitarist Javier Farias Caballero. Farias will perform musical compositions from various cultures in South America on guitar.

This free event starts at 3:00 PM and all ages are welcome. No registration required. See you there!

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 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 used 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 Lead 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