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! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Meet the Real Life Hero Dogs!

 Teddy the Hero Dog
  Meet Teddy on Saturday, April 9th.
Clara the Hero Dog
Meet puppy Clara on Saturday, April 9th.
What is a service dog and how do they help veterans? 

Discover the important role Hero Dogs play in the lives of those who serve our country on Saturday, April 9th at 10:30 AMFree for all ages. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Special Program: America's First Ladies

America's First Ladies advertisement

Gaithersburg Library is proud to host "America's First Ladies: A Walk Through History" on Saturday, March 12 from 3 - 5 PM. This special program is free and appropriate for all ages.

The presentation is both educational and entertaining, revealing untold stories that helped shape America. It will be followed by an interactive discussion.

For more information & to register, visit the event's website.

Brought to you by the Montgomery County Commission for Women and Montgomery County Public Libraries.

America's First Ladies

Friday, February 26, 2016

Free Irish Dance Concert

Duffy School banner
Duffy School Irish dancers

Gaithersburg Library invites you to celebrate Irish-American Heritage Month with a free concert from the Duffy School of Irish Dance! The concert takes place from at 2 PM on Sunday, March 6th. No registration is required. We promise you'll have a "whale of a time!"

Want more information about Ireland and Irish dance?

Read books and stream or download Irish music.
Learn Irish with Mango Languages.
Attend other free MCPL Irish dance programs this month.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Teens, Got talent? Share It at the Library!

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Are you a teen with talent? Do you sing, play an instrument, read original poetry or act? We’re celebrating Library Lovers’ Month with “Readers Got Talent,” an Open Mic Event on Saturday, February 20, at 2PM in Meeting Room 2 (second floor of the library). Musicians, drama groups, writers and others are encouraged to share your talent in a supportive environment.

Performers will be eligible to win Amazon gift cards, and there will be a free teen book giveaway for attendees and performers alike. Light refreshments will be served after the performances.

Interested musicians who need use of our piano should contact the library in advance so it will be available on the day of the performances.

Readers Got Talent is open to teens and is sponsored by MCPL’s Teen Advisory Group (TAG), a committee of teens selected from all over Montgomery County. Please join us for an afternoon of entertainment and fun!