*** The library will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day ***

*** UPDATE:  Tuesday Markets have been cancelled, so the library will participate in all scheduled Saturday markets through October 3 ***

New interactive events for teens – What is in my MOUTH?!?!
First tasting event Monday, Sept 14 @ 7PM
So…. nobody’s traveling the world right now. BUT we can learn about distant places and cultures through food and trivia from home! Take your tongue on a trip to a different country each month as we explore the world by asking: What is in my mouth???
The library will provide free snack foods from a different part of the world each month, and host a live, online tasting party on the second Monday of each month with facts about the featured country, trivia, and the chance for participants to rate their mystery snack.
Sign up to reserve your snack and get info about the next online tasting party. We’ll let you know when new snacks are available to pick up from the library each month. Snacks will be bagged so you won’t know what you got until it’s time to taste together. That means folks with food sensitivities will need to proceed with EXTREME CAUTION. Intended for middle and high school ages.

New Time for Zoom Storytimes – 7:00 PM on Tuesdays
Now that school has started, we are adjusting our Zoom story times to better accommodate busy families.  Beginning on September 8th, story times will start at 7:00 PM.  Share your completed craft (learn more about our themed craft kits at giblib.org/gokits) and listen to a story before bedtime!
Join Zoom Event at giblib.org/zoomstory or https://us04web.zoom.us/j/4229460001
Password is 498295      Meeting ID: 422 946 0001

STEAM activity boxes for K-5 – new activity each month
New in September: STEAM activity boxes!  Pick up an activity box at the library (or contact us to set up a curbside pickup).  This month, we’re growing beans in our new community garden AND in our take-home activity boxes.  The box includes everything you need to germinate bean plants – just add water!
New activity available on the first of each month.

Now accepting donations by appointment
The library is once again able to accept donations of gently used books.  Because we will quarantine all donated materials to ensure everyone’s safety, we ask that donors bring just one bag or box of books at a time.  You can set up a time to bring your donations to the library by calling us at 336-449-6455 or sending a message to mail@giblib.org.

Library Market Days all month long!

*** UPDATE:  Tuesday Markets have been cancelled, so the library will participate in all scheduled Saturday markets through October 3 ***

We just can’t sit September out!  Come see us at The Market at Gibsonville – currently held at the Gibsonville Community Center – every Saturday through October 3.
This is a big month for libraries, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you!  Library staff will be handing out free books and more on Tuesdays from 4:30-6:30 PM and Saturdays from 8 AM – noon all month long.  Learn more about the Market at gibsonville.net/marketatgibsonville.

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!
You can sign up for a library card online at giblib.org/card, in person at the library, or at one of our Market Day events.  If you want to get a physical card, you will need to bring a photo ID and proof of your current address if the information on your ID is not up to date. A piece of mail or an official document like a utility bill, vehicle registration or a lease agreement can be used to prove your current address.  Digital-only cards can be obtained online at giblib.org/signup.

National Hispanic Heritage Month starts September 15
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We look forward to celebrating with you at our September 15 and 19 Market Day events.  Learn more at hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Voter Registration Day is September 22
Voter registration is more important than ever as states shift policies to respond to COVID-19. At the same time, social distancing prevents many voters from getting registered in their communities, at DMVs, and more. Figure out how to get #VoteReady in NC, including the possibility to register online! If you are a DMV customer with a N.C. driver’s license or DMV-issued ID, you may now register to vote or change certain parts of your registration online for free.  Register online at https://payments.ncdot.gov/ and learn more about Voter Registration Day at our September 22 and 26 Market Day events or online at nationalvoterregistrationday.org.

Banned Books Week starts September 27
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.  Learn more at our September 29 and October 3 Market Day events and at bannedbooksweek.org.

2020 Census ends September 30
What matters to you – Schools? Transportation? Hospitals? Data from the Census brings federal tax dollars to our community – that’s $1,623 per person, per year in North Carolina according to a George Washington University report. Data from the Census also helps inform planning efforts for all these important community resources. Data from the Census also determines the number of US Representatives in Congress – NC is expected to gain at least one seat. To learn how Census data impacts you and your community, visit 2020census.gov and census.nc.gov.