Library program gives key to arts

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Gwinnett County Public Library is giving patrons a new way to check out the arts.

"A Key to the Arts" will allow library card holders to use a museum pass available at each branch to gain free admission to the Hudgens Center for the Arts. The program begins Monday.

The passes are a joint effort by the library and the arts center, and each pass represents a $100 donation made by an individual or organization, library marketing director Cindy Murphy said.

Passes can be checked out for one week and are nonrenewable. Each is good for a family of four, and each additional person receives a $2 discount off the $7 price of admission.

"I think it's a great way to offer library card holders an art experience," Murphy said.

The passes can be reserved online and returned to any branch or at a book drop. For more information, call the library at 770-978-5154 or visit www.gwinnettpl.org.

Ricoh Electronics receives award

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County Senior Services Thursday presented a certificate of appreciation to Ricoh Electronics Inc. and its employees for recently fulfilling the wish lists of 173 senior citizens.

"The heartfelt willingness of Ricoh Electronics Inc. employees has managed to bring much happiness and joy into the lives of our seniors," said Linda Bailey, Gwinnett Senior Services manager. "On behalf of the county, we are humbled at their generosity."

The company started its connection with seniors in 2004 by personally adopting individuals living in a housing complex. Since then, the company has provided dinners to several seniors in the community and has established a partnership with Gwinnett Senior Services' Lawrenceville Senior Center.

For the second year, Ricoh employees adopted several of the Lawrenceville Senior Center clients and fulfilled all of their wish lists. Amy Hendrix, Ricoh Electronics supervisor for facilities maintenance, said the gifts given to the seniors are personalized to what they need.

"The seniors submit wish lists that typically consist of things like socks and food," Hendrix said. "Our employees then choose their senior and purchase the items from their wish list. That way, each individual senior truly gets what they need most."

"It says a lot about the nature of a company to have such a great group of giving employees," Gwinnett Senior Services volunteer coordinator Gary Galloway said.

More than 25 companies, church groups and civic groups have partnered with Gwinnett Senior Services, but Galloway said help is always needed.

For more information, call Galloway at 770-822-8837. To make a donation, call Friends of Gwinnett County Senior Services at 770-822-8775.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.