Libraries to host number of events before January's end

Clowns, a calligrapher and a civil rights activist headline a number of events going on at Gwinnett County Public Libraries before the end of January.

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 21, local calligraphy artist Maria Turk will visit GCPL's Buford-Sugar Hill branch and will demonstrate her craft for art enthusiasts and be available for questions and discussion throughout the demonstration. Turk is a member of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting and the Friends of the Alphabet Calligraphy Guild of Atlanta.

The Buford-Sugar Hill Branch is located at 2100 Buford Highway.

On Jan. 26, the Suwanee branch will welcome Carolyn McKinstry, a survivor of the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Ala. McKinstry has spent her life as a civil rights activist and has shared her story on the History Channel, CNN, BBC, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more.

McKinstry will be speaking about her book entitled "While the World Watched: A Birmingham Bombing Survivor Comes of Age During the Civil Rights Movement" beginning at 6 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

The Suwanee branch is located at 361 Main Street.

On Jan. 27, Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus will send in the clowns, as its fun-loving "Ambassadors of Laughter" will stop by the Hamilton Mill branch at 10:30 a.m.

The Ambassadors of Laughter provide free programs across the country to libraries and other organizations in "an effort to bring circus fun and literacy to the public." They will offer a story and share a few tricks during the visit.

The Hamilton Mill branch is located at 3690 Braselton Highway in Dacula.

All programs are free. For more information, visit www.gwinnettpl.org or call 770-978-5154.