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2014

Celebrate National Library Week, April 13-19

MARIETTA, GA (April 10, 2014) – The Cobb County Public Library System is highlighting how libraries positively impact lives in meaningful ways during the 2014 National Library Week.

National Library Week will be observed April 13-19, 2014 with the theme “Lives change @ your library®.” Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April throughout the United States by public, school, academic and special libraries.

Staff members at Cobb libraries’ 16 locations are committed to providing excellent service to the patrons using library resources and engaging with the community. Young people develop literacy and early social skills through story times. Students visit libraries and use the library’s digital resources to advance in school. Adults of all ages use libraries for many aspects of life, including education, career development, personal finance, and life enrichment. One-on-one and in group settings with support from library staff members, lives change at your Cobb libraries.

In 2013, Cobb library patrons checked out more than 3 million items and library reference staff answered almost 500,000 questions. Library patrons spent more than 500,000 hours using public computer in Cobb libraries. The libraries provided space for about 30,000 people in community meeting rooms and private study areas.

“Every member of the Cobb community is encouraged to explore the dynamic mix of resources offered by your libraries for enriching lives,” says Helen Poyer, director of the Cobb County Public Library System. “Every librarian and library worker witnesses how lives change – every day – at Cobb libraries. We treasure the stories of how people have reached a special milestone in their lives or found entertainment that ties them to the community at the library.”

The Cobb County Public Library System is celebrating National Library Week with several activities, including the following. For a complete list of all our events, please visit our calendar at www.cobbcat.org.

Monday, April 14:
Do You Know Your Numbers? Free Community Health Screening, Switzer Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Wellstar Corporate and Community Health Department will be giving free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose and total cholesterol. No fasting is required. Your finger will be stuck to get the results for the glucose and total cholesterol. For more information, please call (770) 528-2330.

Start Your Own Book Club!, West Cobb Regional Library, 7 p.m. The presentation will be on how to start and run a book discussion group for adults. Everyone who loves books and talking about them is welcome to attend! For more information, please call (770) 528-4699.

Tuesday, April 15:
Land the Job of Your Dreams!, 11:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Get a great job with help from the Cobb County Public Library System and ReferenceUSA, a database that provides in-depth information on more than 14 million U.S. potential employers nationwide, find over 200,000 Human Resource Executives and prepare for interviews! Register today for this workshop at one of the following locations:
Switzer Library, 11:30 am
South Cobb Regional Library, 2 pm
East Cobb Library, 5 pm

Wednesday, April 16:
National Library Week Open House, Stratton Library, noon to 4 p.m.  Visit the library at 1100 Powder Springs Road, Marietta, to learn about its Adult and Juvenile Collections and special programs. For information, please call (770) 528-2522.

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft Seminar, Switzer Library, 2 p.m. Conducted by the staff of the Regions Bank, this seminar will teach attendees how to protect their personal and financial information from being stolen, and what to do if it happens. Registration required; call (770) 528-2320 for more information.

Thursday: April 17:
Sunny Day Yoga, Powder Springs Library, 3:30 p.m. This gentle introduction to yoga for children concentrates on breathing, stretching, and balance.  Children should dress appropriately and bring a beach towel or yoga mat. Caregivers are invited to participate. For more information, please call (770) 436-3600.

Friday, April 18:
Libraries closed for the Good Friday holiday.

Saturday, April 19:
Winnie-the-Pooh Movie: Many friendly adventures!, Switzer Library, 3 p.m. The theme for the Saturday Children’s Movie series in April at the Switzer Library is Winnie-the-Pooh movie month. For more information, please call (770) 528-2331.

For more information about the events listed here, please visit our website at www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 528-2320.

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Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

February 20, 2014 (MARIETTA, GA) -- The Cobb County Public Library System’s next semi-annual book sale will be held Friday and Saturday, March 7-8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from 1-5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5.

Last year, the book sales generated more than $100,000 which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs.

The March book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is one of the two large semi-annual sales held yearly.

The library is seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call Patty Latch at 770-528-2331.

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2013

Cobb County Public Library System Expanding Hours

Contact: Julia Huprich, huprichj@cobbcat.org, (770) 528-7953

Cobb County Public Library System Expanding Hours

MARIETTA, GA (December 30, 2013) -- In an effort to expand the public’s access to libraries, the Cobb County Public Library System will add one evening hour to the Monday-Wednesday schedule at all 16 library locations in early January. The library system is also restoring Saturday hours at three of the four small library branches.

The new schedule is effective Monday, January 6, 2014. The CCPLS also plans to restore Sunday hours at the Switzer Library in the fall.

Under the new schedule starting in January, three of the library system’s smallest branches – Acworth, Lewis A. Ray, and Sibley– will be open Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The three branches will now be closed on Thursdays under the change.

Sweetwater Valley Library’s Thursday hours will be changed to 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., opening two hours later for the day. Sweetwater, a small branch located in the Threadmill Complex in Austell, will continue to be closed on Saturdays.

Effective shortly after the start of the 2014-2015 school year in the fall, the Switzer Library in Marietta will be open on Sunday afternoons for most of the regular 2014-15 school year calendar. The new Sunday hours will begin after Labor Day 2014.

The new schedule in effect in January is a change from the hours of operation in place since April 2011, as the CCPLS’ budget was cut to close a county-wide budget shortfall in the wake of the Great Recession. “We are happy about the new hours,” says library director Helen Poyer. “We’ve heard people’s requests for additional evening and weekend hours, and it’s nice to be able to meet the demand for library services.”

All of the libraries’ hours can be found at www.cobbcat.org.

 

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Cobb County Public Library System
Dream · Dare · Discover

Celebrate Gritters Library’s 40th anniversary

The 40th Anniversary Party for Gritters Library, the Cobb County Public Library System branch uniquely located within a community park, is Saturday, November 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sparkling disco balls, a lava lamp, photos of pop stars and other 70s icons are already in place for Saturday’s “Party Like It’s 1973” celebration. The party will feature music, games, crafts, and snacks, says Branch Manager Jennifer Wells.

“Party Like It’s 1973” is part of a series of free “Celebrate the 70s” anniversary events at the library throughout November. Library patrons are responding positively to the choice to put the 70s in the spotlight as Gritters marks the anniversary, says Wells. “They say, ‘Oh, so cool!’”

Recognized as “a well loved ‘neighborhood’ library within a beautiful wooded oasis,” Gritters was an anchor public library for northeast Cobb before Mountain View Regional Library was built 16 years later on Sandy Plains Road a 5-mile drive away. Gritters Library was dedicated on November 18, 1973.

Gritters Children’s Librarian Rebecca Mendelsohn says the anniversary observance is an opportunity to bring attention to the library and attract new patrons. Gritters is situated off Canton Road on a path that passes by businesses and professional offices into the park and next to tennis courts and picnic tables. 

“We’re a hidden gem,” Mendelsohn says.

The Gritters’ “Celebrate the 70s” lineup also includes:

  • Mystery of the Trees, a presentation by the authors of a book that documents the place of trees in Native American culture, on Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Lego Extravaganza on Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., to make a super groovy 1970s-styled creation.
  • Screening of 70s movie The Sting, on Saturday, November 23 at 2 p.m.
  • Gritters Afternoon Book Club meets Tuesday, November 12, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The book for the gathering is Eudora Welty’s 1972 short novel The Optimist’s Daughter.
  • Book Worms Book Club meets on Thursday, November 21, 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The club for ages 7-12, is to discuss Ms. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien, a 1971 publication.

For more information on the Gritters Library anniversary events, please call (770) 528-2524.

Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

September 9, 2013 (MARIETTA, GA) – The Cobb County Public Library System’s next semi-annual book sale will be held October 11-13 at the Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta. One of North Georgia’s largest and most popular library book sales, the sale includes novels, non-fiction books, home and garden books, parenting resources, cookbooks and more.

About 175,000 items will be available at prices ranging from 10 cents to $5. Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Parking is free at the event, and cash and check are accepted.

The Cobb County Public Library System holds two large book sales each year and one smaller book sale that features comic books, antique books, and other “special” kinds of books. These book sales attract thousands of book-lovers each year and people are encouraged to shop the sales in support of the library system. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000, which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books, eBooks, and DVDs.

Hours for the book sale are Friday and Saturday, October 11-12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 13 from 1-5 p.m. The park is located at 2245 Callaway Road, near Austell and Powder Springs roads.

The library is seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call Patty Latch at 770-528-2331. More information can also be found online at www.cobbcat.org.

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Discover the Possibilities at Your Library during Library Card Sign Up Month

(August 30, 2013 - Marietta, GA) – September is Library Card Sign Up Month, a time when the Cobb County Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that everyone has the most important tool of all – a free library card.

Cobb County residents and business owners are encouraged to join us as we celebrate Library Card Sign Up Month and to take action. Cardholders should ensure that their library cards are valid and encourage family members, friends, and neighbors to get a card. It’s easy to get one, and of course, library cards are free for residents, business owners, and property owners.

Library cards can be used to discover so many possibilities. Think of everything a library card can help with: people can use their library cards for school, to discover exciting entertainment options, to learn a new language, to find a job, to discover their family tree, to download eBooks, to research business opportunities, to take up a new hobby… the possibilities are endless. Discover some of these possibilities at www.cobbcat.org/library-card and learn about the many things library card can help with.

People are also invited to share pictures of what the library has made possible for them and follow along in the conversation on social media:

Throughout the course of the month, the library will host a number of activities, including:

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any of the 16 branches of the Cobb County Public Library System in person or visit the library online at www.cobbcat.org.   

Central Library renamed Charles D. Switzer Public Library in honor of longtime library leader

Central Library renamed Charles D. Switzer Public Library in honor of longtime library leader

MARIETTA, GA (July 25, 2013) – On Tuesday, July 23, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners renamed the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System the Charles D. Switzer Public Library.

Charles D. Switzer served on the library’s Board of Trustees for 30 years, overseeing projects such as the digitization of the library’s catalog, the construction of many libraries, and the expansion of services to better serve the citizens of Cobb County. “We are so honored to be able to commemorate the hard work and lifelong dedication of Mr. Switzer,” says library director Helen Poyer. “The library system and the County have benefited so much from his leadership, wisdom, and guidance, and we can’t think of a better way to honor his commitment to the community.”

Prior to his retirement from the Library’s Board of Trustees in 2012, Mr. Switzer was the County’s longest-serving volunteer board appointee. He was appointed to the library’s board on September 28, 1982, as a replacement for Dr. Lewis A. Ray; Dr. Ray resigned from the Board when he moved from Cobb County and recommended Mr. Switzer to fill his position on the Board. Mr. Switzer served as the Chairman of the Library Board since January 26, 1999, replacing the retiring Dennis Kemp.

The Cobb County Public Library System saw many accomplishments during his tenure on the Board, including:

  • 1986: Renovation of Fort Hill Library, also known as the Hattie G. Wilson Library; this location closed in 2013 prior to the recent demolition of the Fort Hill Homes
  • 1986: Bond referendum to build the Central Library, 3 new libraries, and to expand the Kennesaw and Powder Springs Library
  • 1987: Merchant’s Walk addition
  • 1989: Central Library opened
  • 1990: Mountain View Regional Library opened
  • 1999: Online catalog introduced
  • 2002: West Cobb Regional Library opened
  • 2003: Sweetwater Valley Library moved to Threadmill Mall
  • 2005: South Cobb Regional Library opened
  • 2007: Georgia Room renovation and expansion at the Central Library completed
  • 2007: Powder Springs Library moved to current, expanded location at the Ford Center
  • 2009: Mountain View Regional Library expansion completed
  • 2010: East Cobb Library replaced the Merchant’s Walk Library with expanded facility and centralized floor plan

The Charles D. Switzer Public Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta. A dedication ceremony for the newly-renamed facility will be held at a later date.

 

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Cobb County Public Library System
Dream · Dare · Discover

Kids can discover their own hero this summer at the library

MARIETTA, GA (June 6, 2013) – The Cobb County Public Library System is partnering with Kutz4Kids Incorporated, a nonprofit organization, for the second year in a row to offer a series of art workshops for children that are designed to help them discover their own heroes. These inspirational events will be offered during the months of June and July at various library locations.

The concept of the workshops, developed by Kutz4Kids founder Justin Tutt, is to empower children to see that their own hero lies within themselves. Tutt, a Kennesaw State University graduate, was inspired to create the event when he saw the opportunity to help children in his own community. He founded his nonprofit organization with his own funds in an effort to raise awareness about the need for children to have opportunities to be educated about their own potential and to be inspired by the successes of others.

During the workshop, children will be introduced to the concept of the “hero in me” through a series of activities. Volunteers will help the “little heroes” illustrate their own heroes through a variety of art techniques.  The workshops are free and open to children ages 6-11. All materials will be provided. The workshops will be offered at the following libraries. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, parents should call the location they would like the child to attend. A parental permission slip will also be required.

  • June 19, Sibley Library, Noon – 3pm; to register, please call (770) 528-2520
  • June 21, South Cobb Regional Library, 1:30 – 4:30; to register, please call (678) 398-5834
  • June 24, Kennesaw Library, 1-4; to register, please call (770) 528-2529
  • June 25, Stratton Library, Noon – 3pm; to register, please call (770) 528-2522
  • July 2, East Marietta Library, 1pm – 4pm; to register, please call (770) 509-2711
  • July 9, Central Library, 2pm – 5pm; to register, please call (770) 528-2331
  • July 12, Powder Springs Library, 1-4; to register, please call (770) 439-3600

For more information about the events, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/hero.  

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"Dig into reading" this summer at the library

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Media Contact: Julia Huprich (770) 528-7953 | huprichj@cobbcat.org

“Dig into reading” this summer at the library

MARIETTA, GA (May 20, 2013) – The Cobb County Public Library System is launching its 2013 Summer Reading Program, and readers of all ages are invited to participate.

The 2013 Summer Reading Program begins on June 1 and ends on July 31, with an end-of-summer reading celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 3 at 5 pm at the Central Library. The library system has scheduled over 700 programs and activities this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Special programs to kick off the Summer Reading Program include the following events; registration requirements, library contact information, and more about these events can be found at www.cobbcat.org/calendar

  • Books Alive! Musical Theatre Program, featuring singer and storyteller Wendy Bennett, will be presented at the East Cobb Library on Saturday, June 1 at 2 pm.
  • ArchaeoBus Dig into Reading Kickoff is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 at 1 pm at the Powder Springs Library. The ArchaeoBus, Georgia’s Mobile Archaeology Classroom, will be at the library to provide a chance to learn what it’s really like to discover hidden treasures of the past.
  • Can You Really Dig a Hole All the Way to China?: Nancy Riggs of the Picadilly Puppets will present a puppet play based on an ancient Chinese tale about honesty to kick-off the Summer Reading Program on June 3 at 11 am at the Kemp Memorial Library.
  • Summer & Fall Trips and Tiks with the AAA: The AAA will present this informational travel program at the East Cobb Library on Monday, June 3 at 6:30 pm.
  • Dead Men DO Tell Tales! is a program offered by Joanne Ellars and Betty Hunter at the Mountain View Regional Library on Saturday, June 8 at 3:00 pm. Join these two experts as they tell you tales of the underground “life” in the Marietta Confederate Cemetery and the adjacent City Cemetery.
  • Author Tarra Elan McVoy will be at the Vinings Library on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:30 pm to talk to teens about how she published her first book.

To offer a wide variety of programs for the public, the library system has partnered with organizations like Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs; Cobb County Extension; Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office; Mushroom Club of Georgia; Keep Cobb Beautiful; Cobb County Police Department; Marietta City Parks and Recreation; Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History; the Royal Scottish Country Dancers; Mable House Arts Center; Chattahoochee River National Recreation Center; Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art; and Georgia Mineral Society. Other programs include visits from the ever-popular Queen Glitterand the Atlanta Zoomobile,movies, and special story times.  Information about these events and others planned throughout the summer can be found at www.cobbcat.org/calendar.

The Summer Reading Program is about more than just fun events: everyone is also encouraged to read all summer long. Children from birth to 5th grade should register to participate in the Summer Reading Program at the library. The children’s theme for the Summer Reading Program is “Dig Into Reading.” During registration, they will receive a folder to log the books they have read; they are encouraged to bring their folder back to the library to receive a certificate. Stevi B’s has also sponsored a pizza giveaway for kids, and the first 5000 children to return their folders any time after July 4 can receive a coupon for a free kid’s buffet at  any local Stevi B’s location.

Adults and young adults in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit book reviews. Forms can be picked up at the branches or submitted online at www.cobbcat.org/srp. Each person who enters a book review will be eligible to win one of five Kindles, which were donated by the family of Bernice B. Franklin, a library board member and long-time library supporter who passed away recently.

The Cobb County Public Library System has also partnered with the Cobb County School District to develop a complementary summer reading program to promote the importance of literacy to student achievement and to reinforce the value of the resources in the public libraries.

Summer is a great time for everyone to sign up for a library card. For information on how to obtain a Cobb County Public Library System card, please visit www.cobbcat.org/library-card. Cobb County Public Library cards are free to all Cobb County residents. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools (principals) and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees.

Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/srp.  

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The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Georgia Public Library System. The Summer Reading Program is made possible, in part, with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the Georgia Public Library System by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.

Celebrate National Library Week with the Cobb County Public Library System

MARIETTA, GA (April 3, 2013) -- The Cobb County Public Library System is highlighting the roles libraries play as focal points for communities during the 2013 National Library Week.

National Library Week will be observed April 14-20, 2013 with the theme “Communities matter @ your library®.”  Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1958, National Library Week is observed each April throughout the United States by public, school, academic and special libraries.

The Cobb County Public Library System’s 16 libraries promote connections. Meetings of neighborhood and community organizations, book discussion groups, youth activities, and business skills training sessions are regularly held in the libraries. The gatherings cover education, entertainment, health and fitness, neighborhoods, recreation, career development, personal finance, transportation, and other community concerns.

Last year, the Cobb libraries presented more than 3,000 programs that drew almost 82,000 people and were venues for more than 2,000 public meetings attended by more than 35,000 people. Library staff and databases help connect people to their community with information sources on community groups, government services, entertainment, and other resources relevant to library patrons of all ages and backgrounds.

“We are dedicated to the communities we serve,” says Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “Relationship building is a critical part of our mission. We are a vital resource for our patrons to take advantage of the services their communities provide.”

The Cobb County Public Library System is celebrating National Library Week with several activities, including the following. For a complete list of all of our events, please visit our calendar or www.cobbcat.org/national-library-week:

Tuesday, April 16:

  • Downloading eBooks to your iPad, Mountain View Regional Library, 11 a.m.
    Learn how to download free eBooks from OverDrive to your iPad. Registration is required. Participants will need to bring their iPad to practice on and also their valid library card and PIN.  For information, please call (770) 509-2725 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=4921.
  • Holocaust Remembrance Program, East Cobb Library, 6:30 p.m.
    Dr. Eugen Schoenfeld from the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust will share a program commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Month. Dr. Schoenfeld is a Holocaust survivor. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.

Wednesday, April 17:

  • National Library Week Program, South Cobb Regional Library, 3:30 p.m.
    Children ages 5 and up are invited to a special program in celebration of National Library Week featuring books, songs and music and up. For more information, please call (678) 398-5834 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=3268.
  • Downloading eBooks to your Kindle, Mountain View Regional Library, 11 a.m.
    Learn how to download from Overdrive’s eBook collection to your Kindle. Registration is required. Participants will need to bring their Kindle along with their valid library card and PIN. For information, please call (770) 509-2725 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=4922.

Thursday, April 18:

  • Downloading eBooks to Your Nook, Mountain View Regional Library, 11 a.m.
    Learn how to download free eBooks from OverDrive to your Nook device. Please bring your Nook with you to practice on. Participants also need their valid Cobb County Library Card number and PIN. Registration is required.
    http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=4934
  • Book Discussion, East Cobb Library, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
    Night by Elie Wiesel is the East Cobb Book Discussion Group’s selection for the April 18 sessions. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.
  • Love the Earth!, Powder Springs Library, 4 p.m.
    To prepare for Earth Day, children will learn about taking care of our planet. Each child will have the opportunity to “dig” in the dirt and plant something special. Caregivers for children under five must be present. Registration required. For more information, please call (770) 439-3600 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=3532.

Friday, April 19:

  • Westerns Film Festival, East Cobb Library, noon
    Patrons are invited to a screening of Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, starring Paul Newman. Bring a snack or boxed lunch to enjoy during the film. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.

Saturday, April 20:

  • How to Download eBooks from Your Library, Kemp Memorial Library, 1:30 p.m.
    Special Services Librarian Burr Osoinach will present a tutorial on how to download eBooks from the library website with Kindle, Nook and other portable devices. For more information, please call (770) 528-2527 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=4872.  
  • Children’s Saturday Cinema, Central Library, 3 p.m.
    The Great Muppet Caper will be shown as part of the regular Saturday afternoon children’s movies series. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=4131.

 

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Cobb County Public Library System
Dream · Dare · Discover

Cobb residents now have access to a Passport to Puppetry

January 30, 2013 (MARIETTA, GA) -- Cobb families can now pay a free visit to Big Bird, the Fraggles, and a host of other popular puppet characters by using their Cobb County Public Library System library card.

Thanks to a new partnership between the Center for Puppetry Arts and Georgia’s Public Libraries, citizens with valid library cards can check out the Center’s new Passport to Puppetry at their local library.

The Passport to Puppetry is valid for up to four free museum admissions -  a potential savings of up to $33 per family. Parties with children must include at least one adult. The museum provides educational fun with more than 350 puppets from around the world, highlighting the fact that every civilization on our planet has its own unique form of puppetry tradition.

The museum at the Center for Puppetry Arts is open Tuesdays through Sundays with hours varying upon day and programming. In addition to four free admissions, the Passport to Puppetry also entitles library patrons to attend a performance at the Center and/or participate in a Create-a-Puppet Workshop at a 25% discount, when space is available. Complete details, including valid dates, show times, hours of operation, and reservation information are available online at www.puppet.org.

For more information on the Passport to Puppetry, please visit www.cobbcat.org/puppets.

 

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Cobb County Public Library System
Dream · Dare · Discover

Cobb will close Hattie G. Wilson Library, honor librarian at dedication ceremony

Contact: Julia Huprich, huprichj@cobbcat.org, (770) 528-7953

Cobb will close Hattie G. Wilson Library, honor librarian at dedication ceremony

MARIETTA, GA (January 8, 2013) – On Tuesday, January 8, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved the closing of the Hattie G. Wilson Library, moving staff and resources to the Central Library, and naming the Central Library’s Youth Services Department the Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services Department in honor of Mrs. Wilson’s 33 years of service. The Hattie G. Wilson Library’s final day of service will be Thursday, January 17, 2013.

The Hattie G. Wilson Library was opened in 1947 as a branch of the Clarke Library to provide library service to the African American community in Marietta. The library was located in the Fort Hill Community and was originally called the Fort Hill Branch; the library was renamed for Mrs. Hattie Gaines Wilson in 1986 in honor of the librarian who had worked tirelessly to provide library services to the underserved African American population in Marietta. 

After the closing of the Fort Hill homes and the relocation of its residents in 2012, the library saw a sharp decline in usage of the library facility. “ By relocating staff and resources to the Central Library, the Cobb County Public Library System will ensure quality library service to the citizens of Marietta,” said library director Helen Poyer. “It is never easy to close a library that served a community so well. Mrs. Wilson nurtured the young people of the Fort Hill community, and we intend to honor her legacy and continue the service that she so diligently provided.”

The Cobb County Public Library System plans to dedicate the Youth Services Department at the Central Library in honor of Mrs. Hattie Gaines Wilson at a special ceremony on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend. For more information, please contact Dinah Bonesteel at (770) 528-2324 or bonested@cobbcat.org.

 

 

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2012

Cobb library book sale organizers hope to raise funds for e-books


MARIETTA, GA (September 19, 2012) – The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System’s semi-annual book sale will be held October 12-13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 14 from 1-5 p.m. in Exhibit Halls A & B at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000, which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs. This year, the group hopes to raise over $100,000, which the system plans to use to purchase additional materials, including e-books. “Demand for new materials continues to increase, and the library’s budget can only go so far,” says Patty Latch, coordinator of the library system’s book sale and coordinator of Youth and Media Services at the Central Library. “Every penny that we raise will go towards purchasing new materials for the citizens of Cobb County to enjoy. We appreciate all of the donations that people give us, and those donated books are sold for a great cause.”

The October book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is one of the two large semi-annual sales held yearly.

The Friends of the Library, a unit of the Cobb Library Foundation, are seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call 770-528-2345 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/friends.html.

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Library cards offer a lifetime of rewards

Contact: Julia Huprich, Digital Services Librarian & Public Relations Coordinator
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Library cards offer a lifetime of rewards

MARIETTA, GA (August 28, 2012) -- The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) encourages residents of all ages to participate in Library Card Sign-Up Month, a campaign highlighting the resources and activities offered by libraries.

With students beginning the 2012-2013 school year in Cobb County, now is an especially good time for families to make sure household members have library cards. All area public and most private schools opened in August, just ahead of Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national drive promoted each September by the American Library Association.

“Library cards pay dividends for a lifetime,” says CCPLS library director Helen Poyer. “Libraries offer free resources for many interests, from serving as tool for young people developing reading skills and succeeding in school, to providing useful information for families making choices about health, recreation, finance, and other aspects of life.”  

Young families use libraries as one of the earliest places for children to experience storytelling, books, and the arts outside the home. For students, libraries provide books and other resources, along with room to relax, study, or play outside the classroom. Among the other uses for libraries are its resources for consumers, company executives, and investors seeking up-to-date business information.

CCPLS Sign-Up Month activities include movie festivals, story times, book discussion groups, workshops, and more. For information on CCPLS events, please visit www.cobbcat.org.

Getting a library card is easy, only takes a few moments, and is free for Cobb County residents.  Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification, and fill out a short form. Library cards are valid for two years.  

New CCPLS patrons often turn into regular library patrons as they discover the array of resources – from books and electronic media to comfortable rooms for private or group gatherings available at various library locations.  

“Sign-Up Month is an excellent opportunity to invite friends, family members, and business associates to join or renew membership in the library system,” said Jonathan McKeown, associate director for central and outreach services. “Thousands of our patrons make Cobb’s 17 libraries destinations in their lives outside of work, school, social organizations, and home.”

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit any Cobb County Public Library System location in person or online at www.cobbcat.org.  

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Cobb residents taking advantage of free park passes from the library

MARIETTA, GA (August 6, 2012) -- Demand for ParkPass kits providing free admission to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Site locations is growing among Cobb County residents, new data shows.

Circulation of ParkPass kits in Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) grew by almost 40 percent during the most recent 12-month reporting period for Georgia. The growth in circulation helped state circulation reach a new annual record.

ParkPass kits give library patrons free admission and parking to the more than 60 State Parks & Historic Site system’s locations. Each ParkPass pass is available for check-out for one week to allow for free entry for up to four visitors. The Historic Site pass gives free admission for one adult.

CCPLS data show the library system circulated 1,235 kits from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, Georgia’s 2012 fiscal year. The CCPLS figure is almost a 39 percent growth over the 962 kits circulated in fiscal year 2011.

 “Several CCPLS patrons returning ParkPass kits have told us they enjoyed the experiences the ParkPass kits opened up for them,” said Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “While we’re excited about the technological innovations in our connected world, the ParkPasses are tickets for families seeking much needed outdoor activities.”

 This year’s summer vacation season shows demand remaining high in the first days of the new fiscal year, suggesting many CCPLS patrons are discovering ParkPass kits are a “staycation” option for travel. During July, the first month of the new fiscal year, CCPLS circulated 150 kits. Demand has generated waiting lists at some CCPLS locations over the summer. Reserves can be made in person or through the CCPLS Web site, www.cobbcat.org.

Cobb County library patrons helped push Georgia to a record 14,687 ParkPass kits circulating in fiscal year 2012, up almost 10.2 percent over the 13,169 kits circulated in fiscal year 2011. Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) collected the statewide data.

Launched in June 2008, the ParkPass Library Loan Program is a partnership between the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and GPLS.  ParkPass kits allow library patrons to save on park admission daily fees of $5. Annual ParkPass fees are $50, according to the DNR.

While there are no State Parks in Cobb County, several are located near or within a few hours’ drive from the county.  Nearby Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites include Sweetwater Creek, located in Lithia Springs; Red Top Mountain State Park in Cartersville,  Pickett's Mill Battlefield Historic Site near Dallas, and Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site in Cartersville. To learn more about healthy outdoor adventure ideas promoted by the DNR, visit www.getoutdoorsgeorgia.org.

 For more information ParkPass kits and other free recreational options available through CCPLS, visit www.cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures.

 

 

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End of Summer Reading Celebration will offer fun for the entire family

June 29, 2012 (MARIETTA, GA) – People of all ages are invited to join the Cobb County Public Library System for their annual “End of Summer Reading Celebration” on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Central Library. The celebration will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include activities for all ages. The event is free and open to the public.

The End of Summer Reading Celebration marks the end of the Summer Reading Program, which is the library’s initiative to engage all Cobb County residents in reading and literacy-related activities during the summer months. Last year, over 800 people attended the celebration.

Jill Tempest, event coordinator and associate director at the library, anticipates a greater number of attendees this year. “This year, we’re including new elements in the annual celebration: the ‘Hero in Me’ art gallery, a presentation by the Triple D Production Company, and the Jean Stromberg Memorial Evening of Stories. These are great opportunities for the community to come and see what the library has to offer for people of all ages.”

In addition, the celebration will also feature games, crafts, music, and an appearance by the READing Paws dogs. The library system will also be announcing the winners of their iPad 2 and Sony eReader giveaways at the celebration. Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program giveaways are Cobb EMC and OverDrive; funding for the End of Summer Reading Celebration was provided by the Cobb Library Foundation.

The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta. For more information, please call (770) 528-2330 or visit www.cobbcat.org.

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Cobb libraries giving away tickets to see world-famous children’s group The Wiggles

June 25, 2012 (MARIETTA, GA) – Children participating in the summer reading program can enter into a drawing at the Cobb County Public Library System to win free tickets to see “The Wiggles Celebration Tour” at the Fox Theatre on July 31, 2012. The drawing begins on June 25 and all entries must be received by July 25.

 

Families should visit any branch of the Cobb County Public Library System to enter the drawing. Each branch has a family four-pack of tickets to give away to the performance, courtesy of The Wiggles themselves. This is the second year that the library has given away tickets to see the group’s performance.

 

“The library is very pleased to partner with The Wiggles to give away tickets for this year’s performance,” said Jonathan McKeown, associate director for the Cobb County Public Library System. “Last year’s winners were so excited to be able to see The Wiggles, and we expect the same response this year.”

 

The Celebration Tour, which will correspond with the release of their new DVD and CD, “The Wiggles Big Birthday,” will honor over two decades of Wiggly singing, dancing, and performances for children and their parents. Beginning in 2013, The Wiggles will launch a new lineup that will usher in an exciting new era for future generations of children to continue to delight in the Wiggles unique brand of music, fun and learning. The group’s founder, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field, will be joined on stage by Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, and the first-ever female Wiggle, Emma Watkins, who have been handpicked by the group to become the Purple, Red and Yellow Wiggles.

 

For more information on the giveaway, please visit www.cobbcat.org/wiggles.

 

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Polish-Catholic Holocaust Documentary, Filmmaker at East Cobb Library

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Polish-Catholic Holocaust Documentary, Filmmaker at East Cobb Library

MARIETTA, GA (May 30, 2012) – The East Cobb Library of the Cobb County Public Library System is hosting filmmaker Mishael Porembski for a screening of her Emmy Award-winning documentary “Burning Questions” on Wednesday, June 13 at 1 p.m. The East Cobb Library is located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta. This “lunch and learn” event is free and open to the public.

The documentary chronicles the journey of filmmaker Porembski and her father Jan as they travel through Poland, visiting the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where he was interned during World War II and reliving the painful memories of his homeland. During World War II, six million Poles were killed by the Nazis; approximately half of these victims were Roman Catholics.  This film tells the story of one man’s life as a non-Jewish Holocaust survivor while exploring the horrors that all victims faced during World War II.

“We’re pleased to host this event,” says East Cobb Library manager Ansie Krige. “The tragedies of World War II will never be forgotten, and we are so honored to share one family’s story of how the Holocaust impacted their lives.”

The event will feature an introduction of the film by Porembski, followed by a question-and-answer session with her father, Jan. Due to the nature of the program, attendance is limited to those age 13 and over. Attendees are invited to bring a boxed lunch to the event. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.

 

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Kids can discover their own hero this summer at the library

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Kids can discover their own hero this summer at the library

MARIETTA, GA (May 29, 2012) – The Cobb County Public Library System is partnering with Kutz4Kids Incorporated, a nonprofit organization, to offer a series of art workshops for children that are designed to help them discover their own heroes. These inspirational events will be offered during the months of June and July at various library locations, and the resulting art gallery will be on display at the End of Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 4 at the Central Library.

The concept of the workshops, developed by Kutz4Kids founder Justin Tutt, is to empower children to see that their own hero lies within themselves. Tutt, a recent Kennesaw State University graduate, was inspired to create the event when he saw the opportunity to help children in his own community. He founded his nonprofit organization with his own funds in an effort to raise awareness about the need for children to have opportunities to be educated about their own potential and to be inspired by the successes of others.

During the multi-day workshop, children will be introduced to the concept of the “hero in me” through a series of activities. Volunteers will help the “little heroes” illustrate their own heroes through a variety of art techniques. At the end of the workshop, the artwork will be collected and then displayed at the End of Summer Reading Celebration, where people will be invited to meet the young artists and talk about the process of finding “the hero in me.”

The workshops are free and open to children ages 6-13. All materials will be provided. The workshops will be offered at the following libraries. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, parents should call the location they would like the child to attend. A parental permission slip will also be required.

  • Hattie G. Wilson Library: June 4 and June 5, 3-5 pm. To register, call (770) 528-2526.  The artwork from this workshop will be displayed at a special gallery opening at the library on Saturday, June 23 at 11 am.
  • Central Library: June 19 and June 20, 1-3 pm. To register, call (770) 528-2320. 
  • East Marietta Library: June 25 and June 29, 1-3 pm. To register, call (770) 509-2711. 
  • Powder Springs Library: July 9 and July 10, 3-5 pm. To register, call (770) 439-3600. 
  • Stratton Library: July 17 and July 18, 1-3 pm. To register, call (770) 528-2522. 
  • South Cobb Regional Library: July 19 and July 20, 2-4 pm. To register, call (678) 398-5834. 

For more information about the events, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/hero.

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Dream big this summer at the library, win prizes

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Dream big this summer at the library, win prizes

MARIETTA, GA (May 17, 2012) – The Cobb County Public Library System is launching its 2012 Summer Reading Program, and dreamers of all ages are invited to participate. This year’s theme is “Dream Big – READ!” 

The 2012 Summer Reading Program begins on June 1 and ends on July 31, with an end-of-summer reading celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 4. The library system has scheduled over 700 programs and activities this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Special programs include the following events; more information about these and all events can be found at www.cobbcat.org/calendar

  • Love Between the Covers: An Evening with Historical Romance Author Michele Sinclair, June 5, 7 p.m., Mountain View Regional Library. Join the award-winning author for a discussion of what it takes to write a book. Call (770) 509-2725 for more information.
  • Joe the Magician, June 12, 11 a.m., Powder Springs Library. Call (770) 439-3600 for more information. 
  • Kids Writing Workshop with author Margaret Johnson-Hodge, June 12, 1:30 p.m., Kennesaw Library. Registration required. For ages 9-12. Call (770) 528-2529 for more information and to register.
  • Lunch and Learn: Burning Questions, June 13, 1 p.m., East Cobb Library. View the Emmy Award-winning documentary and talk to the filmmaker.  Call (770) 509-2730 for more information.
  • Native Dreams, July 18, 2 p.m., Vinings Library. All ages are invited to hear Cherokee folklore from artist and Etowah Indian Mound volunteer Jeri Beckham. Call (770) 801-5330 for more information.

 

In addition to hosting fun, educational, and family-friendly events, the library system also encourages everyone to make reading an important part of their summer with incentives sponsored by Cobb EMC, OverDrive, and Stevi B’s.

Children from birth to 5th grade should register to participate in the Summer Reading Program at the library. During registration, they will receive a folder to log the books they have read; they are encouraged to bring their folder back to the library to receive a certificate and to be eligible to win prizes. Stevi B’s has also sponsored a pizza giveaway for participants, and the first 5000 children to return their folders any time after July 4 can receive a coupon for a free kid’s buffet at  any local Stevi B’s location.

Adults and young adults in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit book reviews. Forms can be picked up at the branches, downloaded from the website at http://www.cobbcat.org/srp, or submitted online. Each person who enters a book review will be eligible to win a Sony eReader, courtesy of OverDrive, a provider of downloadable books and audiobooks.

Every person, regardless of age, who completes the library’s reading program will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad 2, courtesy of Cobb EMC. All winners will be announced at the End of Summer Reading Party, which will be held on Saturday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m. at the Central Library. Any winners not in attendance can pick up their prize at the Cobb County Public Library System branch of their choice.

Summer is a great time for everyone to sign up for a library card. For information on how to obtain a Cobb County Public Library System card, please visit www.cobbcat.org/GetCard1_R.html. Cobb County Public Library cards are free to all Cobb County residents as well as people who own property or businesses within Cobb County. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools (principals) and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees.

Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information on the Summer Reading Program, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/srp.  

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The Summer Reading Program is sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Georgia Public Library System. The Summer Reading Program is made possible, in part, with Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds awarded to the Georgia Public Library System by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Art/graphics are copyrighted by Upstart for exclusive use by Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) members and are used by permission. Copying or reproducing these CSLP art/graphics in any way by non-CSLP members is prohibited.

Consumers now have access to investment research database online

MARIETTA, GA (May 15, 2012) — The Cobb County Public Library System is now providing online access to the Morningstar® Investment Research Center for all valid cardholders. The database is accessible via the library’s database webpage, at www.cobbcat.org/e-library.html.

The Morningstar Investment Research Center is an online investment database with information on more than 30,000 stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds. Designed specifically for libraries and other academic research institutions, it provides independent analysis, industry information, stock charts, portfolio building tools, and the Morningstar Investing Classroom(SM) series of web-based educational tutorials. The database, available at the library system’s 17 branches and online, is part of the array of resources offered by the Cobb County Public Library System that supports business research, investment education, and financial literacy.

“The Cobb County Public Library System is thrilled to be able to offer patrons free access to this valuable resource with the convenience and privacy of using it from home or work, day or night. Morningstar is a trusted source of information used by thousands of investors and we are proud to include it in the library’s free online resources,” said library director Helen Poyer.

Cobb County Public Library System patrons are able to access the Morningstar Investment Research Center online using their library card number. For information on how to obtain a Cobb County Public Library System card, please visit www.cobbcat.org/GetCard1_R.html. Cobb County Public Library cards are free to all Cobb County residents as well as people who own property or businesses within Cobb County. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools (principals) and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees.

Morningstar is ceasing publication of the print version of this investor information in late 2012 and will be providing the online format only. For more information about Morningstar, please visit http://corporate.morningstar.com

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Cobb Library Joins National Public Awareness Campaign

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Cobb Library Joins National Public Awareness Campaign

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is participating in Geek the Library, a community‐based public awareness campaign. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can support them, in an effort to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.

Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces ‘geek’ as a verb, and encourages the public to talk about what they ‘geek’—whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone ‘geeks’ something—and that the library supports them all.

“This campaign is designed to provoke conversation about the vital role that public libraries and librarians play in today’s challenging environment,” said Cathy De Rosa, global vice president of marketing for OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative which led campaign development and conducted a pilot campaign from June 2009 to April 2010. “We hope it will spark important community discussions about how public libraries can remain strong.”

The awareness campaign features social networking elements, a Web site (www.cobbcat.org/geek-the-library) and grassroots community initiatives to draw attention to the need for increased library support. The national campaign Web site, www.geekthelibrary.org, provides information about how people can get active and support their local library.

As the economic downturn slowly recovers, millions of Americans are turning to local libraries for educational opportunities, job‐searching resources and entertainment. The increased demand for library services is taking a toll on libraries already experiencing flat or decreasing budgets. And state and local cuts are impacting public library hours, programs and staffing, forcing some libraries to close indefinitely.

While most people have visited their public library and understand its important role in their community, many do not know that libraries are at risk or that local funding for libraries is heavily influenced by community members. This public awareness campaign hopes to start a conversation about library funding to inspire more people to take personal responsibility for keeping their local public libraries vital in their communities. The campaign will not support or oppose any candidate for public office, nor attempt to influence legislation. Funding for the national campaign was provided by OCLC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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East Cobb Library holds Mary Ellen Wright Memorial Poetry Contest

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East Cobb Library holds Mary Ellen Wright Memorial Poetry Contest

MARIETTA, GA, April 11, 2012 – The Cobb County Public Library System is holding a poetry contest in memory of Mary Ellen Wright, an active library supporter who passed away in 2011. The contest is open to ages 9-17.

The contest will have two categories: one for ages 9-12 and one for ages 13-17. Participants may enter one poem, of any topic and any length, between April 12 and April 26. All poems must be dropped off in person at the East Cobb Library and must be accompanied by an entry form (available at the East Cobb Library and available for download at www.cobbcat.org/poetry-contest).  The prize for the 9-12 age range is $25; the 13-17 age group prize is $75. Winners will be notified by the first week in May and the winning poems will be posted online and in the library.

Funding for the contest is provided by Maryann Strossner, a private donor who wishes to honor the memory of her friend Mary Ellen, who loved the library and enjoyed poetry.

For more information, please call Patricia Latch, Program Coordinator, at (770) 528-2342 or visit www.cobbcat.org/poetry-contest.

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You belong @ your library® this National Library Week, April 8-14

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You belong @ your library® this National Library Week, April 8-14

(MARIETTA, GA) – Whether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for research tools, you belong @ your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, e-government resources, and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. “Today's libraries provide a wide range of opportunities for people with diverse needs and interests,” says Helen Poyer, Library Director. “That means providing their communities with tailor made collections, services, and programs for people of diverse backgrounds, language abilities and technological skills.”  This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong.

The Cobb County Public Library System is celebrating National Library Week with several activities, including the following. For a complete list of all of our events, please visit our calendar.

  • Monday, April 9:
    • Introduction to eReaders and eBooks Class, Central Library, 2 pm. Registration is required for this class; please call (770) 528-7953 to register. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=944.
    • Exhibit: Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II, Central Library, 10 am – 8 pm. This exhibit is on loan from the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=888.
    • African American Authors Book Discussion Group, Stratton Library, 5:45 pm. The group will be discussing “The Warmth of Others Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson. For more information, please call (770) 528-2522 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=671.
  • Tuesday, April 10:
    • American Civil War in Film: The Red Badge of Courage, Central Library, 6:30 pm. Join us for the film, followed by a moderated discussion by Dr. David Parker from Kennesaw State University. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=143.
    • Butterfly Gardening, East Cobb Library, 6:30 pm. Part of the Master Gardener series; learn how gardens can become a destination for the area’s butterflies. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=27.
  • Wednesday, April 11:
    • Conversations with the Curator, Central Library, 3:30 pm. Kennesaw State University Curators Julia Brock and Richard Harker will talk about the roles that women played in World War II and how the exhibit, “Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II” was developed. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=141.
    • Flower Power! East Cobb Library, 4:15 pm. School-age children can join us for stories about all things garden-related, and then plant a seed to take home to watch it grow. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=91.
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  • Friday, April 13:
    • Exhibit: In Her Father’s Eyes, East Cobb Library, 11 am – 6 pm. This exhibit is on loan from the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education. For more information, please call (770) 50-2730 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/calendar/index.php?eID=954.

 

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. For more information, call (770) 528-7953 or visit the library’s website at www.cobbcat.org/national-library-week.

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Library makes it easy to have fun, inexpensive outdoor adventures

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Library makes it easy to have fun, inexpensive outdoor adventures

(MARIETTA, GA) – The Cobb County Public Library System is making it easy for residents and library cardholders to enjoy the outdoors with access to free passes to Georgia attractions, including Zoo Atlanta, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, and the Go Fish Education Center. Combined, the passes can save Cobb library cardholders an average of almost $150.00 annually. For information on any of these programs, availability of the passes, and a list of local state parks, residents can visit www.cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures.

Zoo Atlanta has been partnering with the Georgia Public Library System since 2011 to provide Family Passes to library cardholders. Zoo Atlanta Family Passes provide free admission for up to two adults and two children aged 3-12 (children 2 and under enter the zoo for free). To obtain the free Zoo Atlanta Family Pass, patrons must first check out a special DVD on the zoo and return it to receive the free pass. A family of four can save almost $75 by checking out this pass at the library.

The ParkPass kit for the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites gives library patrons in Georgia free admission or parking to more than 60 State Parks and Historic Site locations of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Each ParkPass pass is available for check-out for one week to allow for free entry for up to four visitors. The kits also include a parking pass and guide booklet. CCPLS patrons are encouraged to reserve ParkPass kits in advance, especially for busy vacation seasons. Planning is also highly recommended as hours vary at States Parks and Historic Sites, with several operating under limited schedules due to tight budgets. An annual pass to the Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites can cost $50.

New for 2012 for Georgia library patrons traveling to South Georgia is the DNR’s Go Fish Family Pass program. The Go Fish Passes provide free entry into the Perry-based Go Fish Education Center for up to six visitors on Fridays through Sundays. Each CCPLS branch received one Go Fish Pass per location. Cobb families can save up to $30 by using the pass.

For more information, please visit www.cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures

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Artist’s work on display at local library

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Artist’s work on display at local library

MARIETTA, GA, March 1, 2012 – Letters in the box, an art installation by Marietta resident and North Carolina native Duane Middleton, is now on display at the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System in the Youth and Media Services Department.

Duane Middleton, who is also known as the artist SkyRivers, was born in Kenansville, North Carolina and raised in Deer Park, New York.  He received his BFA in 1979 from Long Island University and has instructed art in public and private schools in New York, Viriginia, and Georgia.

The concept and creation of Letters in the box was developed in 1990. SkyRivers has designed them for exhibition in a variety of places ranging from parties to wedding receptions, dormitories to business offices, and nurseries to bedrooms. The letters are based on two of the platonic solids, the cube and the tetrahedron.  A version of the cubistic form of Letters in the box is also on display in the Cool Beans coffeeshop on Mill Street in the Marietta Square.

The exhibit will be on display through March 31, 2012.

 

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Renowned actor to offer acting workshops to Cobb teens

Renowned actor to offer acting workshops to Cobb teens

MARIETTA, GA (February 13, 2012) – In partnership with TheatreSouth Atlanta, the Cobb County Public Library System is offering Cobb teens an opportunity to develop their acting skills with a series of workshops as part of the Triple D Production series. The classes are being taught by Herman LeVern Jones, award-winning producer, artistic director, and actor, who has worked with celebrities like Sidney Poitier, Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones, August Wilson, and Oprah Winfrey. Mr. Jones founded TheatreSouth Atlanta in 2007 and is a professor at Life University.

Mr. Jones will teach two separate workshops at three different libraries: one hour-long workshop for middle-school students, and a two hour-long workshop for high school students. Students in the workshops will learn basic acting methods, techniques, and fundamentals.  The series is being held on the following dates at the Mountain View Regional, East Marietta, and East Cobb Libraries. The workshops are free, but registration is required and space is limited. For more information or to register, teens should call the location they would like to attend.

  • Mountain View Regional Library, located at 3320 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, is holding workshops on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The workshop for middle-schoolers will be held from 11 am-noon; from noon-2 pm, the workshop for high-schoolers will be offered. Teens should call (770) 509-2725 to register.
  • East Marietta Library, located at 2051 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, is holding workshops on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The workshop for middle-schoolers will be held from 1-2 pm; from 2-4 pm, the workshop for high-schoolers will be offered. Teens should call (770) 509-2711 to register.
  • East Cobb Library, located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta, is holding workshops on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The workshop for middle-schoolers will be held from 11 am-noon; from noon-2 pm, the workshop for high-schoolers will be offered. Teens should call (770) 509-2730 to register.

This program is part of the Triple D Production series. The Cobb Library Foundation received a grant from the Thrashers Foundation in support of this project. More information about the project can be found at www.cobbcat.org/TripleD.

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Author expo will showcase local talent

Author expo will showcase local talent

MARIETTA, GA (February 2, 2012) -- The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System’s second-annual Local Author Expo will be held on Saturday, March 3 at the Central Library from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta.

Local authors are invited to participate in the fundraiser. Interested authors should visit www.cobbcat.org/friends.html, download the registration form, and submit it to Patty Latch to reserve a table. Registration is free, although the Friends of the Library requests a 10% donation of sales to the organization. Space is limited.

For more information, please call Patty Latch, program coordinator, at (770) 528-2342 or visit www.cobbcat.org/friends.html.

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Book sale has big bargains for readers, opportunities for family fun

MARIETTA, GA (January 31, 2012) -- The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System’s semi-annual book sale will be held Friday and Saturday, March 23-24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 25 from 1-5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000 which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs.

The March book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is one of the two large semi-annual sales held yearly. This year’s sale also coincides with the Cobb Library Foundation’s second-annual Wild West Fest, which will be held on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park. Tickets to the fest are for sale online and available at the door; entrance is free for children 3 and under. All proceeds are designated to benefit the programs and services of the Cobb County Public Library System. For more information on the Wild West Fest, please visit http://www.cobblibraryfoundation.org

The Friends of the Library are seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call 770-528-2342 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/friends.html.

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Cobb libraries celebrate African American History Month with stories, movies, author visits, and more

Cobb libraries celebrate African American History Month with stories, movies, author visits, and more

MARIETTA, GA (January 24, 2012) – The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) is honoring the contributions and lasting legacies of African Americans throughout history with several events during January and February.  All events are free and open to the public.

The highlight of the library system’s celebration will be the second-annual African American History Month Gala on Saturday, February 11 at 2 pm at the Central Library. This informal event will feature performances by the Zion Liturgical Dancers, the AL Burruss Unity Drummers, the South Cobb High School Steppers, saxophonist Ravan Durr, and special readings by Mrs. Deane Bonner. This event is appropriate for all ages. For more information, please call Thelma Glover, event coordinator and Associate Director, at (770) 528-2335. The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta.

Other events for adults include the following:

January 31: African American Genealogy Presentation. 6:30 pm, Central Library (266 Roswell Street, Marietta). Carolyn Crawford, head of the CCPLS’ Georgia Room, will highlight specific tools for researching genealogy, including online databases and local resources.  For more information, please call (770) 528-2333.

February 2: Author Visit: Shelia P. Moses.  3:30 pm, Vinings Library (4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta).  Ms. Moses will discuss her background and how she researched and wrote several of her historical fiction novels for young readers. She will also take questions from the audience and do a book-signing. Books will be for sale through the Friends of the Library, which is also sponsoring the event. For more information, please call (770) 801-5330.

February 6: Film Screening: The Help. 5:30 pm, Central Library (266 Roswell Street, Marietta). PG-13, 146 minutes. An aspiring author during the civil rights movement of the 1960s decides to write a book detailing the African-American maid's point of view on the white families for which they work, and the hardships they go through on a daily basis. Film based on the book. Part of our Monday evening film series; future movies have also been scheduled on February 13, 20, and 27. For a full title list, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/african-american-history-month.

February 13: Author Visit: Alisha Thomas Morgan. 5:45 pm, Stratton Library (1100 Powder Springs Road, Marietta). Join us for a discussion of "No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love, and Politics," with author and State House Representative Alisha Thomas Morgan. For more information, please call (770) 528-2522.

Events specifically for children and families have also been planned and include:

February 3: African American History Month Story Time. 3:30 pm, South Cobb Regional Library (805 Clay Road, Mableton). Join us for stories, songs, and fun. For more information, please call (678) 398-5834.

February 4: Family Craft Program. 11 am, West Cobb Regional Library (1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw). Drop in for a fun craft; this week’s theme is African masks. On February 20 we’ll make Underground Railroad Quilt Squares. For more information, please call (770) 528-4699.

Begins February 4: Film Festival. 3:30 pm, West Cobb Regional Library (1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw). Each Saturday at 3:30 pm in February we’ll screen a different family-oriented movie. Bring your snack! Movie titles include: Daddy Day Care (2/4); Akeelah and the Bee (2/11); Michael Jackson’s This Is It (2/18); and The Princess and the Frog (2/25).  For more information, please call (770) 528-4699.

February 22 and 29: Special Programs. 4:15 pm, East Cobb Library (4880 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta). We’ll have a special story time on February 22 and a series of short films on February 29 related to African American history. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.

February 29: African American History Month Bingo. 3:30 pm, West Cobb Regional Library (1750 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw). School age children are invited to play games and win small prizes. For more information please call (770) 528-4699.

More information about these events can be found by visiting http://www.cobbcat.org/african-american-history-month or by calling Patty Latch, program coordinator, at (770) 528-2342.

 

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Meet nationally-renowned, award-winning author Shelia P. Moses

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Meet nationally-renowned, award-winning author Shelia P. Moses

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System invites the public to meet Shelia P. Moses at the Vinings Library on Thursday, February 2nd at 3:30 pm.  Moses is the co-author of Dick Gregory's memoir, Callus on My Soul, as well as the award-winning author of several books for young readers: The Legend of Buddy Bush; The Return of Buddy Bush; I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott; Joseph; and The Baptism.

Moses has received several awards for her writing; she was honored as a National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature in 2004. She also earned the Coretta Scott King Book Award Author Honor in 2005 for her book The Legend of Buddy Bush. Her book I, Dred Scott earned her the Georgia Author of the Year Award in 2006. 

Her visit to the Vinings Library will include a discussion on historical fiction and research as well as a question-and-answer session.  A book signing, sponsored by the Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System, will be held after the event. Her visit is part of the library’s program series in honor of African American History Month. A full schedule of these events can be found at http://www.cobbcat.org/multicultural

The Vinings Library is located at 4290 Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. For more information, please call (770) 801-5330.

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Second-annual African American History Month Gala highlights culture, history in Cobb County

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Second-annual African American History Month Gala highlights culture, history in Cobb County

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System invites the public to its second-annual African American History Month Gala, which will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2 pm at the Central Library. The program is appropriate for all ages. The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta.

An afternoon of entertainment, culture and history in celebration of African American History Month has been planned. Scheduled performers and presenters include the A.L. Burruss Unity Drummers, the Zion Liturgical Dancers, the South Cobb High School Steppers, Mrs. Deane Bonner of the Cobb NAACP, and noted saxophonist and recording artist Mr. Ravan Durr. “We’re pleased to offer this program again to highlight the rich cultural history in Cobb County,” said event coordinator and Associate Director Thelma Glover. “Last year’s program was such a success.”

The gala is part of the library system’s series of African American History Month activities. Over a dozen programs have been scheduled at the different libraries throughout Cobb County; these events include story times, films, crafts, and other activities. A full list of all programs related to African American History Month can be found at http://www.cobbcat.org/multicultural. For more information on these programs, please contact Patty Latch, Program Coordinator for the Cobb County Public Library System, at (770) 528-2342. For more information on the African American History Month gala, please contact Ms. Glover at (770) 528-2335.
               

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Public invited to discover healthy living tips, learn about community resources at the library

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Public invited to discover healthy living tips, learn about community resources at the library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is launching an informative healthy-living campaign in 2012, called “Discover Your Health at the Library.” The goal of the campaign is to provide opportunities for Cobb County residents to learn how they can have a healthier lifestyle.

According to Cobb & Douglas Public Health, a higher percentage of Cobb residents reported being overweight and to binge drinking than other Georgia residents; Georgia also has a higher percentage of obese children than other states in the nation (source). “The health challenges facing Cobb County are mainly preventable, and we’d like to highlight the resources available to help residents make healthy choices in 2012,” said library director Helen Poyer. “Our ‘Discover Your Health at the Library’ campaign is designed to do that.”

The campaign has several components, including monthly presentations and integration of healthy living tips on the library’s social media networks. Organizations scheduled to present at the library system include Life University, the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta, Cobb Senior Services, and Cobb & Douglas Public Health. A full schedule of the presentations and more information about the campaign can be found at http://www.cobbcat.org/health.

             

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Cobb library launches e-government tool

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Cobb library launches e-government tool

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System has launched a new tool to help the public find government resources online: its e-gov webpage, available at http://www.cobbcat.org/egov. This webpage lists local, state, and federal government resources, including information on financial assistance and benefits; legal, health, and education information; and answers to frequently asked questions.  This e-government tool was created as part of a national grant from The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was awarded to the American Library Association (ALA) and the Center for Library and Information Innovation (CLII) of the University of Maryland’s iSchool.

Public libraries, including the Cobb County Public Library System, are experiencing an increased demand for e-government assistance. In 2004, the Pew Research Center reported that approximately 97 million adult Americans interacted with the federal government online in 2003 (source), and this number is expected to be much higher today. “As government agencies have continued to digitize forms and services, the Cobb County Public Library System has experienced a tremendous growth in the demand for assistance with e-government resources,” said Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “This portion of our website is designed to help the average citizen of Cobb County find the government services they’re looking for.”

Future plans for the e-government initiative include online and in-person training, helpful publications and checklists, and additions to the webpage. More information about these e-government resources can be found by visiting http://www.cobbcat.org/egov

 

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Teens invited to participate in digital media production program

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Teens invited to participate in digital media production program

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System will begin a multimedia initiative for teens in 2012. The “Triple D Production Company,” which is being funded by the Cobb Library Foundation, will develop a total health audiovisual program for children ages 6-12. The Cobb Library Foundation received a grant from the Thrashers Foundation in support of this project.

Cobb teens are invited to participate in the program, which will begin in January 2012. Staff members at the library system will schedule events to help teens learn about the process of making films. Teens will also be able to create films of their own. All films will be related to health and will be geared for children.  These films will be shown at the library’s end-of-summer reading party in August 2012. Other components of the program include researching, writing, and editing health-related films.

More information can be found about the project by visiting http://www.cobbcat.org/TripleD. For more information on the Cobb Library Foundation, please visit http://www.cobblibraryfoundation.org.

 

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Children can meet local author at East Cobb Library

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Children can meet local author at East Cobb Library
MARIETTA, GA -- Local author and artist Britt Menzies is scheduled to present programs for children at the East Cobb Library of the Cobb County Public Library System on Saturday, December 10, 2011. These programs are free and open to the public. The East Cobb Library is located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road in Marietta.

Menzies, author of the StinkyKids series, will present two programs at the library. The first will be at 11 am and will be a story time for families. The story time will feature characters and stories from the StinkyKids series and will also have a fun coloring activity. The second program, at 12:30 pm, will be a creative writing workshop. This program is designed for school age children. Menzies will share tips and tools for helping children express themselves through writing.

“This is a great opportunity for children to meet a real author and hear fun stories that share a good message,” says Program Coordinator Patty Latch. Menzies’ books will also be on sale at the event, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System, Inc. The Friends group is a non-profit organization whose activities benefit and support the Cobb County Public Library System.

Britt Menzies is an Atlanta mom, artist, author, and graduate of Florida State University, and has recently spoken at the AJC Decatur Book Festival. Menzies’ StinkyKids books and characters have inspired a musical, plush dolls, and more. More information about StinkyKids can be found at www.stinkykids.com.

For more information on the programs at the East Cobb Library, please contact Patty Latch at (770) 528-2342 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html.

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Families can connect over board games, other activities at the library on National Gaming Day

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Families can connect over board games, other activities at the library on National Gaming Day

MARIETTA, GA -- On Saturday, November 12, the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System will join more than 20,000 people in communities across the U.S. for the American Library Association’s fourth annual National Gaming Day @ your library. Sponsored by FamilyandPartyGames.com, the event aims to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.

Activities scheduled at the Central Library include board games, video games, and scavenger hunts. The events begin at 11:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The programs are free and appropriate for all ages. “We encourage the residents of Cobb County to bring their entire families and connect by playing fun games,” says Jennifer Wells, Youth and Media Services Coordinator at the Central Library. “Libraries aren’t just about books – we help to foster a learning environment. If children come in to play games, we know that they might check out the great resources we have while they’re here. We’re looking forward to having fun on National Gaming Day!”

National Gaming Day @ your library is an annual initiative supported by the American Library Association and 2011 Sponsor, FamilyandPartyGames.com, who has donated 3,000 copies of its best-selling titles, including Loaded Questions, Awkward Family Photos, The Greatest Day Ever Game and Loaded Questions Junior.

The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta. For more information about the National Gaming Day activities, please contact Jennifer Wells at (770) 528-2331 or wellsj@cobbcat.org.

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Public invited to honor veterans at Cobb library

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October 27, 2011

Public invited to honor veterans at Cobb library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is honoring the veterans of the United States Armed Forces with several programs and an exhibit during the month of November. All programs are free, open to the public, and will be held at the Central Library. The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta.  

In addition to the programs listed below, the Central Library is also hosting the exhibit “Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of World War II,” November 2 through January 2, 2012. This exhibit explores the history and heroism of the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. The exhibit is on loan from Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education. It is available for viewing during regular library hours. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

            Programs scheduled include the following:

  • Film: “Flags of Our Fathers,” November 7, 2 p.m. Rated R. 132 minutes. This film tells the life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima.
  • Film: “True Whispers: The Story of the Navajo Code Talkers,” November 28, 5:30 p.m. Not rated. 57 minutes. Exploring the personal and heartfelt story of the Navajo Code Talkers, this film tells the stories of the young Navajo men who devised an unbreakable code using their native language to transmit vital messages during World War II.
  • Presentation: “Tuskegee Airmen: Conversation with the Curator,” November 30, 3:30 p.m. Dr Jennifer Dickey, Coordinator of the Public History Program at Kennesaw State University will speak about the Tuskegee Airmen and their role as Civil Rights pioneers. Dr. Dickey will also explain how the exhibit was curated by public history students at Kennesaw State University.

For more information about these programs or the exhibit, please call Patty Latch, program coordinator, at (770) 528-2342 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

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Children can hear stories celebrating Native American heritage, history at South Cobb Regional Library

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Children can hear stories celebrating Native American heritage, history at South Cobb Regional Library

MARIETTA, GA – The South Cobb Regional Library of the Cobb County Public Library System will be presenting a Native American Heritage Month Story Time on Friday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The South Cobb Regional Library is located at 805 Clay Road in Mableton.

The story time will feature Native American stories, songs, and cultural information, and is geared for children ages five and up.  “Celebrating different cultures is extremely important for people of all ages,” says youth services librarian Julienne Marks. “We’re proud to host programs that celebrate the diverse nature of our community.”

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.  The Cobb County Public Library System encourages the public to check out items from the collection related to Native American heritage, history, and culture; a booklist and other resources can be found at http://www.cobbcat.org/multicultural

For more information about the story time, please call (678) 398-5834 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

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Cobb libraries participating in “On the Same Page” initiative

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Cobb libraries participating in “On the Same Page” initiative

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is participating in “On the Same Page,” an initiative organized by the Little Shop of Stories in Decatur. The goal of the program is to foster a community of readers by bringing families together around the same book. This year’s book selection is The Phantom Tollbooth, written by Norton Juster and illustrated by Jules Feiffer.

Programs have been planned in conjunction with the initiative:

  • Thursday, November 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the Acworth Library. The Acworth Library is located at 4569 Dallas Street in Acworth. For more information, please call (770) 917-5165.
  • Tuesday, November 8 at 4 p.m. at the Mountain View Regional Library. The Mountain View Regional Library is located at 3320 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. For more information, please call (770) 509-2725.
  • Friday, November 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Regional Library. The South Cobb Regional Library is located at 805 Clay Road in Mableton. For more information, please call (678) 398-5834.
  • Saturday, November 19 at 11:15 a.m. at the Central Library. The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta. For more information, please call (770) 528-2331.

All programs are free, open to the public, and designed for school-age children. For more
information about these programs and others, please call Patty Latch, program coordinator, at (770) 528-2342 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

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Cobb libraries celebrate Teen Read Week

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Cobb libraries celebrate Teen Read Week

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 16-22, 2011) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Picture It! @ your library®, which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including graphic novels, movie scripts, books about photography, and more. Teen Read Week™ is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association.

The Cobb County Public Library System is dedicated to serving teens’ need to read. “Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever — web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activities, athletics —and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said Jennifer Wells, Youth and Media Services Coordinator at the Central Library. “It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.”

The Cobb County Public Library System hopes to show parents and other concerned community members what the library can offer by hosting special programs and events during Teen Read Week™. “Many families have learned to make do with less as a result of the economy and have flocked to the library,” Wells said. “Teen Read Week™ is a great time to make sure teens and their families know about all the free services the library can offer them and to reach out to teens who aren’t regular users and encourage them to come see what they can find here.”

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week™ at home, as well. Wells offers these ideas:

  • Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
  • Set aside time each night for the family to read.
  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
  • Share your favorite book with your teen.
  • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.
  • Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

Special events offered by the Cobb County Public Library System during Teen Read Week include a showing of the movie “Twilight” at the Gritters Library on Monday, October 17 at 5 pm; an Anime Club meeting at the West Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, October 22 at 11:30 am; and a Halloween-themed Improv workshop at the Mountain View Regional Library, also on October 22, at 1 pm. More information about these events can be found at www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html.

Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the Web site, www.ala.org/teenread.

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Cobb library helps college-bound find financial aid

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Cobb library helps college-bound find financial aid

MARIETTA, GA – The Powder Springs Library of the Cobb County Public Library System will be hosting a financial aid seminar on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at 11 a.m. It is free and open to the public. Registration is not required. The Powder Springs Library is located at 4181 Atlanta Street in Powder Springs.

The seminar is open to anyone interested in learning more about the financial aid process. A representative from Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) will present general information about the types of financial aid available, sources of funding, the forms required to receive scholarships, grants, and other types of financial aid, and more. Interested participants do not need to be students at GPC or planning to attend the college.

            For more information about the presentation, please call (770) 439-3600 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

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Cobb library book sale brings big bargains for readers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 21, 2011
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Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers
MARIETTA, GA – The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System’s semi-annual book sale will be held October 14-15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and October 16 from 1-5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000 which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs.

The October book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is one of the two large semi-annual sales held yearly.

The Friends of the Library are seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call 770-528-2342 or visit http://www.cobbcat.org/friends.html.  

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Cobb Friends of the Library encourages the public to go green, donate books

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Cobb Friends of the Library encourages the public to go green, donate books

MARIETTA, GA - The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System, a nonprofit group whose activities benefit the library system, is requesting that the public recycles their gently used books by donating them to the Cobb County Public Library System. Donations from the public support the ongoing and special book sales held by the Friends, which in turn support the library system’s book budget. Some items are also added to the library’s collection. Items in high demand include popular fiction titles and children’s books. Items may be dropped off at any location of the Cobb County Public Library System, and all donations are tax-deductible.

The purpose of the Friends’ book sale is to raise money for the library system’s existing book budget, which has been reduced 17% in the past twelve months. “We have had a substantial decrease in our funding from the state and from Cobb County,” according to library director Helen Poyer. “The Friends organization is helping the library make ends meet at a time when demand for books has increased dramatically. And by recycling their books by donating them to the library, the public is helping not only the environment but also the library and the community.”

The Friends hold two large semi-annual book sales and several special book sales throughout the year, and has just implemented a new ongoing book sale at most library locations. The next semi-annual sale is scheduled to be held at Jim R. Miller Park on October 14, 15, and 16. These book sales have raised almost $80,000 in the past twelve months, but continued success of the sales is dependent upon donations. “We wouldn’t have a book sale at all without the support of our donors,” says Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director of Central and Outreach Services. “We are always accepting donations.”

For more information about the Friends of the Library and how the public can donate books to the organization, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/Friends.html or call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2342.

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Georgia Department of Labor offers employment seminars at the library

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Georgia Department of Labor offers employment seminars at the library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is hosting a series of seminars presented by the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL). These sessions will be held at the Powder Springs Library on Tuesdays in October at 11 a.m. They are free and open to the public; registration is not required. The library is located at 4181 Atlanta Street in Powder Springs.

            The seminars are designed for job seekers and will address issues like federal training programs, employee benefits and rights, social media, résumés, salary negotiations, and emerging employment trends. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentations.

            Full listing of dates, times, and topics:
October 4: 11 a.m. – Navigating the Job Search
October 11: 11 a.m. – Education and Training
October 18: 11 a.m. – Using Social Media in Job Searching
October 25: 11 a.m. – Employee Benefits and Rights

            For more information on these seminars, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 439-3600.  Information about the Georgia Department of Labor can be found at http://www.dol.state.ga.us/.

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Public is invited to explore the wonders of the universe at the library

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Public is invited to explore the wonders of the universe at the library

MARIETTA, GA – Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages will have an opportunity to discuss current discoveries in deep space at the program “Wonders of the Universe.” The program will be held at the Vinings Library of the Cobb County Public Library System on Tuesday, September 27 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The program will be led by Chris Miller, a retired local educator, counselor, and writer who shares his love of astronomy with the public at events throughout Georgia. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss different types of home telescopes, view photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, and ask questions.

The Vinings Library is located at 4209 Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 801-5330.

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Bestselling author presents writing workshop at Kennesaw Library

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Bestselling author presents writing workshop at Kennesaw Library

MARIETTA, GA – The Kennesaw Library of the Cobb County Public Library System will host “Write Your Own Story,” a writing workshop, on September 15. The workshop will begin at 12:30 pm and is led by bestselling author Margaret Johnson-Hodge. The workshop is free and open to the public; space is limited and registration is required. Interested writers should call (770) 528-2529 to register. 

The workshop will focus on leading participants through the process of developing their writing skills. Margaret Johnson-Hodge, author of such books as True Lies, Some Sundays, and In Search of Tennessee Sunshine, will share tips and tools for writers beginning or continuing in their writing journey. 

“We’re very excited to be able to offer this workshop to the public,” says Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “We’ve offered it once before and it was very popular, and we’re honored that Mrs. Johnson-Hodge is willing to share her skills and talents to help others become better writers.”

The Kennesaw Library is located at 2250 Lewis Street in downtown Kennesaw. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html or call (770) 528-2529.

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Cobb library hosts Holocaust exhibit

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Cobb library hosts Holocaust exhibit

MARIETTA, GA – The Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System will host a travelling exhibition, “Parallel Journeys: World War II and the Holocaust through the Eyes of Teens.” The exhibit will be on display from September 1 until October 8. It is free, open to the public, and available to view during regular library hours.

The exhibit tells the stories of teenagers and young adults – not all of them heroic – who were witnesses, participants, and often victims of World War II and the Holocaust. “Parallel Journeys” is on loan from the Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education (MHHE). For more information on the MHHE, visit http://www.kennesaw.edu/historymuseum/.

“We look forward to bringing this exhibit to the Central Library, and we’re grateful to the Kennesaw State University’s Museum of History and Holocaust Education for their willingness to share this valuable resource with the community,” says Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “It also makes a nice companion piece for the Maurice Sendak exhibit.” “In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak” will be on display at the East Cobb Library from September 8 through October 14.

The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in downtown Marietta. The library is open from 10 am until 8 pm Monday through Wednesday; and 11 am until 6 pm Thursday through Saturday. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/exhibits or call (770) 528-7953.

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the library

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Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month at the library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of free activities at several library locations. The community is invited to attend these events, which include story times and film festivals. A full listing of all activities can be found at  http://www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html.

            In addition to offering activities, the library system is also highlighting Spanish-language resources and materials, including language-learning databases, bilingual books and movies. “We look forward to celebrating the culture that Hispanics have contributed to Cobb County and to Georgia,” says Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director for Central and Outreach Services. “We hope the public will join us for these special activities.”

            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. For more information on National Hispanic Heritage Month, please visit http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/.

For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 528-7953.

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Develop your small business with help from the library

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Develop your small business with help from the library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is hosting a small business training session on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 6 pm at the Central Library. The program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. The library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta.

            The seminar will be presented by a representative from ReferenceUSA, a database that provides information on more than 14 million companies nationwide. Access to the database is free to all Cobb County Public Library System cardholders. Topics that will be discussed include identifying new sales prospects, creating customized business and consumer marketing lists, gathering competitive business intelligence, and identifying major industry groups. Attendees will also be shown how to use the database to identify key business contacts. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.

            For more information on this event, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 528-2377.

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Land the job of your dreams with help from the library

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Land the job of your dreams with help from the library

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is hosting a job search training session on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 4 pm at the Central Library. The program is free and open to the public; registration is not required. The library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta.

            The seminar will be presented by a representative from ReferenceUSA, a database that provides information on more than 14 million companies nationwide. Access to the database is free to all Cobb County Public Library System cardholders. Topics that will be discussed include career research, networking, resume writing, interview preparation, and salary negotiation. Attendees will also be shown how to use the database to conduct research about industries and companies. There will be time for questions and answers after the presentation.

            For more information on this event, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 528-2377.

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Cobb library hosts Sendak exhibit

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New traveling exhibition explores the work of renowned illustrator Maurice Sendak.

MARIETTA, GA – In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak,” a traveling exhibition opening at the East Cobb Library on September 8, 2011, reveals the push and pull of New and Old Worlds in Sendak’s work and shows how Sendak’s artistic journey has led him deeper into his own family’s history and his Jewish identity. The exhibit will be on display at the East Cobb Library through October 14, 2011. It is open to the public during regular library hours. The East Cobb Library is located at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510, in Marietta.

Maurice Sendak is best known as the illustrator of more than 100 picture books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He was born to Polish immigrants in Brooklyn in 1928, and his childhood was typically American in a number of ways. At the same time, he became fascinated as a child with the worn black-and-white photographs of his European relatives, and the influence of both of these worlds – the threads of Jewish family, geography, and culture – can be seen in his imaginative works.

The exhibit is an exploration of Sendak’s illustrations and picture books, revealing connections between these iconic works and Sendak’s childhood, family, and the popular culture of the time. The colorful exhibit panels feature illustrations of ferocious creatures, curious children and vibrant neighborhoods, alongside thematic explorations of the Jewish culture and history – and Sendak’s own family experience – that influenced Sendak’s work. 

“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Helen Poyer, director of the Cobb County Public Library System. “A study of Sendak’s work proves that his illustrations and stories aren’t just for children. He explores immigration, urban life, nostalgia, the New World versus the Old World, even the legacy of the Holocaust, weaving these seemingly adult themes into his imaginative and playful illustrations. Our library is thrilled to host this exhibition and present a more thorough look at the life of a talented author and illustrator beloved by fans young and old.”

“In a Nutshell” was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life. The exhibit was curated by Patrick Rodgers of the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

The East Cobb Library is sponsoring free programs for the public in connection with the exhibition. An opening reception is scheduled for September 8, 2011 at 6 pm. Sendak-themed storytimes for children will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 11 am; Tuesday, September 20 at 4:15 pm; and Tuesday, October 4 at 4:15 pm.  The public is also invited to explore the worlds of Maurice Sendak with storyteller Barry Stewart Mann on Tuesday, September 13 at 6:30 pm. Films and book discussion groups have also been scheduled. Contact Ansie Krige, East Cobb Library Branch Manager, at (770) 509-2730 or visit www.cobbcat.org/sendak for more information.

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Cobb libraries celebrate National Library Card Sign Up Month

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Get your kids ready to head back to school @ your library®

MARIETTA, GA – As Cobb County’s students head back to school this fall, the Cobb County Public Library System wants to make sure that all children have the most important school supply of all – a library card. 

Owning a library card provides students the resources they need to compete academically. The Cobb County Public Library System provides students free access to databases of news articles, encyclopedias and test preparation materials, as well as homework help and resources. In addition, public libraries are the number one access point for free Internet access, an important resource for families without access at home when 96 percent of school districts require students to use the Internet to complete their homework.  

Library Card Sign-up Month, held each September, is a time when libraries across the country celebrate the value of the library card. Activities at the Cobb County Public Library System during Library Card Sign-up Month include book discussion groups, story times, workshops, movie festivals, and more. For information on all of the programs being offered, please visit www.cobbcat.org/eventspage.html.   

“Today’s libraries provide all types of students with the tools they need to succeed,” says library director Helen Poyer. “Libraries provide young readers with exciting and engaging programs that make learning fun. It is for these reasons that now more than ever that a library card is most important school supply of all.” 

Getting a library card is easy, only takes a few moments, and is free for Cobb County residents.  Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification, and fill out a quick form. Information about signing up for a library card can be found online at www.cobbcat.org.

Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. 

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the Cobb County Public Library System in person or online at www.cobbcat.org.  

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Cobb Friends of the Library expands book sale

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Cobb Friends of the Library expands book sale

The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System, a nonprofit group whose activities benefit the library system, has started a new ongoing book sale. The sale is being held at most branches of the library system. Prices for the items, which are primarily paperbacks and popular hardback novels, start at $2.

The purpose of this expanded book sale is to continue to raise money for the library system. “The ongoing sales allow people to purchase items even if they’re not able to attend our large book sales,” according to sale coordinator Patty Latch. “It’s also a great chance for people to pick up a copy of a paperback to bring with them on vacation.” The Friends organization has in the past held two large semi-annual book sales and several special book sales throughout the year. These sales will be scheduled as usual. All proceeds from the Friends’ book sales supplement the library system’s existing book budget.

While there is no projected end date for this expanded sale, it is dependent upon donations. “We wouldn’t have a book sale at all without the support of our donors,” says Latch. “We are always accepting donations.” Book donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at any branch of the Cobb County Public Library System.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org/Friends.html or call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2342.

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Library workers walk their way to awards, healthy habits

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Library workers walk their way to awards, healthy habits

MARIETTA, GA – Four employees at the Cobb County Public Library System have won a coveted top spot in the Walk Georgia competition. They were awarded their prizes on Thursday, June 2. The contest began in February and ended April 30, 2011.

The “CCPLS Walkaways” team, comprised of members Maryellen Baker, Alexandra Beswick, Patty Latch, and Dorothy Shea, won the “Top Team” award for Cobb County. The group walked and exercised for over 1,427 miles during the competition. Baker, their lead walker, took home the county’s award for the “Top Walker” with over 460 miles.

Walk Georgia is an eight-week competition sponsored by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and its county affiliates. The goals of the program are to encourage participants to be more fit, develop healthy habits, and get support from others also in the program.  Prizes are awarded on a county-wide and state-wide level for the teams and participants who have logged the most miles during the competition.

More information about Walk Georgia can be found at www.walkgeorgia.org.

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Find comics, antique books, other unique items at the special book sale

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System’s Friends of the Library will be holding a special book sale on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 from 9 am to 5 pm. The public is invited to this sale, which will be held at the Central Library in downtown Marietta. Entrance to the sale is free, and prices of the items start at $1.

Items to be sold at the special book sale include comic books, antique books, and special collector’s items. “We use this special book sale as an opportunity to sell items that might otherwise be overlooked at our regular book sale,” said sale coordinator Patty Latch. “These items are special and are worth having their own designated sale.” The Friends of the Library hold this special sale about once a year; their other larger semi-annual book sales are usually held in May and October.

The proceeds from all of the Friends of the Library book sales benefit the Cobb County Public Library System and are used to supplement the library system’s materials budget.

The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta. For more information on the book sale, please call (770) 528-2342.

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Kids should "wiggle" their way to the library to win prizes

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Kids should “wiggle” their way to the library to win prizes

Marietta, GA – Children participating in the summer reading program can enter a contest at the Cobb County Public Library System to win free tickets to “The Wiggles Big Birthday Party” at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on July 12, 2011. The contest begins on June 7 and all entries must be received by July 6.

To enter, children should read a book, then complete a book report form and turn it in at the library. The forms are available to download at www.cobbcat.org/wiggles. Parents should bring the completed form back to their local Cobb County Public Library System branch by Wednesday, July 6 to be eligible for the drawing. Winners will be notified via phone or email. All prizes must be picked up by noon on Tuesday, July 12. Only one entry is allowed per child.

“The library is very pleased to partner with the Cobb Energy Centre to provide these tickets,” said Jonathan McKeown, associate director for the Cobb County Public Library System. “Anytime we can help kids get excited about reading, it’s a good thing.”

The Wiggles are a globally-recognized performing group for children who formed in Australia in 1991 and have since become that country’s most successful preschool television program. The group has received worldwide acclaim for its educational and charitable efforts and its members were named UNICEF goodwill ambassadors in 2008. They are currently on a tour of 31 cities in the United States and Canada to celebrate the group’s 20th birthday.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, located at 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway in Atlanta, is a major performing arts center in Atlanta. Completed in 2007, the facility is home to the Atlanta Ballet, the Atlanta Opera, and the Gas Light Broadway Series. More information about the Cobb Energy Centre can be found at www.cobbenergycentre.com.

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Cobb libraries, Atlanta Hawks team up for kids

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Cobb libraries, Atlanta Hawks team up for kids

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is taking part in the seventh annual Atlanta Hawks “Check It Out Reading Challenge,” running June 8 through August 19 for students in grades K-12. The event is designed to encourage youth to read throughout the summer months. By reading at least five books, participants can earn a free ticket to a regular season 2011-2012 Atlanta Hawks home game.

After reading their selected books, participants can visit www.checkitoutreading.com to register for the program. An email will be sent out after September 1, 2011 with reward details. A parent or guardian can redeem the tickets using the instructions in the email. Each student completing the program can choose from among several Hawks-selected home games to use the free ticket. Additional tickets for families of the participants can be purchased at discounted prices. The last day to register online for the Reading Challenge is August 19.

For more information on the Reading Challenge and its regulations, log on to www.checkitoutreading.com or visit one of the 17 Cobb County Public Library System branches in your area. To learn more about other Atlanta Hawks educational programs, visit www.hawks.com.

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Children will have a world of fun at polka performance

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Children will have a world of fun at polka performance

MARIETTA, GA – Nationally known accordion player and children’s polka musician Mike Schneider will be performing his Pint Size Polkas program for children of all ages at the Vinings Library of the Cobb County Public Library System. The special performance begins at 6 pm on Monday, June 13, 2011. This event is part of the library’s global-themed Summer Reading Program.

Schneider began performing professionally in 1996. In 2008, he began his Pint Size Polkas venture as “Uncle Mike” with the release of his groundbreaking Pint Size Polkas Volume One CD. Since that time, he has brought a little bit of culture, education, and a whole lot of fun to children and their families across the United States with his Pint Size Polkas program. Uncle Mike educates on concepts like the alphabet, numbers, occupations, personal hygiene, relationships, and foreign language through the happy sounds of polka music. Audience participation is encouraged through numerous sing-along and volunteer opportunities, including the “Chicken Dance.”

Sponsorship for the program was provided by the Vinings Village Civic Club.

For details about this free library program call (770) 801-5308 or visit www.cobbcat.org. The Vinings Library is located at 4290 Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30339.

Additional information about Pint Size Polkas is available at  www.pintsizepolkas.com. Mike Schneider may be contacted directly about Pint Size Polkas at mike@pintsizepolkas.com or (414) 431-4683.

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The Summer Reading Program is part of a reading initiative from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national literacy initiative. The summer reading program is made possible by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia.

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Digital photography workshop introduces basic editing, organization techniques

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Digital photography workshop introduces basic editing, organization techniques

Marietta, GA – Amateur photographers are invited to a basic digital photography class at the Mountain View Regional Library on Saturday, June 25 at 2 pm. Local hobby photographer Steve Roy will be presenting this program, which will focus on the organization of digital photographs and basic editing techniques. This event is free and open to the public; registration is required.

Photographers just beginning to work with digital photographs will learn about Picasa, a free photo editing software from Google. Participants will be shown how to use the program to organize, edit, and share photos, as well as create digital prints using this program. Important topics like backing up digital photographs will also be discussed.  

Steve Roy has presented similar classes for local groups like the Enrichment of Life Movement at the First United Methodist Church in Marietta.

Interested photographers should register for the class at the Mountain View Regional Library or by calling (770) 509-2725. The Mountain View Regional Library, part of the Cobb County Public Library System, is located at 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, 30066. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

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Children will enjoy hearing "tails" of historical animal at the library

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Children will enjoy hearing “tails” of historical animal at the library

Marietta, GA –  Locomotive history will come alive at the Mountain View Regional Library with a special presentation for preschoolers on Wednesday, June 1 at 11 am. The Southern Museum will present a short story about Owney, the canine mascot of the Railway Mail Service, and provide an opportunity for children to learn about animals that work on the railroad.  The program is free and is designed for children, ages three to five, and their caregivers.

Judy Parker, Museum Early Childhood Educator at the Southern Museum, will share the story of Owney and his life on the railroad. According to the National Postal Museum, the dog wandered into a New York post office in 1888 and quickly became a good luck charm for the postal carriers. He rode the rails across the world, serving as a goodwill ambassador and mascot of the Railway Mail Service until his untimely death in 1897. Owney’s legacy will be commemorated by the United States Postal Service with an official stamp that goes on sale July 27, 2011.  More information about Owney, his life, and his dedication to the mail is available at http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/owney/default.html.

The Southern Museum, in association with the Smithsonian Institution, is a premier metro Atlanta museum, featuring exhibits on Civil War and locomotive history. More information about the Southern Museum is available at http://www.southernmuseum.org.

The Mountain View Regional Library, part of the Cobb County Public Library System, is located at 3320 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, Georgia 30066. For more information about this program, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 509-2725. 

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Local author to discuss World War II history, new book

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Local author to discuss World War II history, new book at East Cobb Library

Marietta, GA – The public is invited to meet local author Jonathan W. Jordan and learn about World War II history at the East Cobb Library on Thursday, June 16 at 12:30 pm. The event presents a unique opportunity for history enthusiasts of all ages to talk to a nationally-recognized author and scholar. There is no cost to attend. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System.

Jordan’s presentation is entitled “Eisenhower, Patton, Bradley, and the Allied Conquest in Europe.” Participants are encouraged to bring a light lunch and enjoy a discussion on these three military leaders and their impact on the outcome of World War II. Copies of the author’s new critically acclaimed book, Brothers, Rivals, Victors, will also be for sale.

Jordan, an attorney at the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding LLP, is the author of the award-winning book Lone Star Navy: Texas, the Fight for the Gulf of Mexico, and the Shaping of the American West (Potomac Books 2007), a contributing author to The Armchair Reader: World War II and The Armchair Reader: The Amazing Book of World History, and the editor of the Library of Texas edition of To the People of Texas.  His writing has appeared in World War II magazine, Armchair General, Military History, World War II History, and MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. He currently resides in Marietta.

The East Cobb Library, part of the Cobb County Public Library System, is located in the Parkaire Shopping Center at 4880 Lower Roswell Road, Suite 510-B in Marietta, Georgia. More information about this event and the library can be obtained at http://www.cobbcat.org or by calling (770) 509-2730.

To join the Friends of the Library or for more information about this organization, visit http://www.cobbcat.org/friends.html.

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Press contact: Julia Huprich | huprichj@cobbcat.org | (770) 528-7953

Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month at the library

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-19
May 11, 2011

MARIETTA, GA – Children ages 5 and up and their caregivers are invited to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a special story time on Friday, May 20 at 3:30 pm. This program will be held at the South Cobb Regional Library of the Cobb County Public Library System. It is free and open to the public. Participants will enjoy stories, music, costumes, and crafts celebrating Asian-Pacific American culture and history.

The South Cobb Regional Library is located at 805 Clay Road in Mableton, Georgia. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (678) 398-5834.

Cobb County Public Library System

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May has been celebrated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month since the official designation by Congress in 1992.

Cobb libraries celebrate reading all summer long

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-19
May 11, 2011

MARIETTA, GA – Readers of all ages will travel the globe this summer as the Cobb County Public Library System presents its travel-themed Summer Reading Program. Children, teenagers, and adults will explore places from Oceania to Russia through stories, crafts, music, puppet shows, book discussions, and other activities.

The 2011 Summer Reading Program begins on June 1 and ends on July 31, with an end-of-summer reading celebration scheduled for Saturday, August 13. The library system has scheduled over 700 programs and activities this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and is free of charge.

Children from birth to 5th grade should register to participate in the Summer Reading Program at the library. During registration, they will receive a folder to log the books they have read; at the end of the summer, they are encouraged to bring their folder back to the library to receive a certificate and other prizes.

Young adults in grades 6-12 and adults are encouraged to submit book reviews. Forms can be picked up at the branches, downloaded from the website at http://www.cobbcat.org, or submitted online. They are also invited to check out the library’s social media networks for fun activities, contests, and prizes. The Cobb County Public Library System is on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cobbcountylibrary and Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/cobblibrary.

For more information on the Summer Reading Program, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org.

Cobb County Public Library System

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The Summer Reading Program is part of a reading initiative from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, a national literacy initiative. The summer reading program is made possible by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia.

Press Contact: Julia Huprich

(770) 528-7953 | huprichj@cobbcat.org

Astronomy program explores changes in the night sky

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-18
May 3, 2011

MARIETTA, GA – Astronomy enthusiasts of all ages will have an opportunity to discuss current discoveries in deep space at the program “What’s New in the Universe? Starry, Starry Night.” The program will be held at the Kemp Memorial Library of the Cobb County Public Library System on Tuesday, May 17 at 6 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The program will be led by Chris Miller, a retired local educator, counselor, and writer who shares his love of astronomy with the public at events throughout Georgia. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss different types of home telescopes, view photos from the Hubble Space Telescope, and ask questions.

The Kemp Memorial Library is located at 4029 Due West Road in Marietta, Georgia. For more information, please visit http://www.cobbcat.org or call (770) 528-2527.

Cobb County Public Library System

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Cobb Library Foundation holds annual storytelling event

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-17
May 2, 2011

Cobb Library Foundation holds annual storytelling event

The entire family is invited to the 4th Annual Jean Stromberg Memorial Afternoon of Stories, which will be held Saturday, May 7 at 2 pm at the Central Library of the Cobb County Public Library System. This event features well-known local storytellers B.J. Abraham, Natalie Jones, and Jo Sanders. This event is sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation.

This hour is in memory of Jean Stromberg, a remarkable woman and storyteller whose love of libraries and storytelling lives on with this annual free event. The friends of Jean Stromberg have established a memorial storytelling fund with the Cobb Library Foundation. For more information, please call the Central Library at (770) 528-2320.

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Library System operating as usual

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-16
April 27, 2011

Library system operating as usual despite budget reductions, furloughs

MARIETTA, GA. – The Cobb County Public Library System, faced with budget cuts, furloughs, and reductions in staffing hours, is making changes to their operating hours starting May 1. No branches will be closed, despite a previous proposal from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners to close 13 of the system’s 17 branches.

The changes in operating hours come as a result of the $31 million budget shortfall in the Cobb County budget for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2011. The Cobb County Board of Commissioners approved a 10% budget reduction across the board at their meeting on April 12.

To manage these budget cuts and reductions in staff hours, the library system will reduce service hours beginning May 1. The full list of library locations and hours can be found online at http://www.cobbcat.org/ under “Library Hours.” The largest libraries – Central, East Cobb, West Cobb, South Cobb, and Mountain View – will remain open Monday through Wednesday, 10 am – 8 pm; Thursday through Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm.

Despite this reduction in hours, the library system “will continue to provide the level of customer service that people have come to expect from us,” says library director Helen Poyer. “We’re committed to being a vital resource center for the community, and we’ll continue to do so despite these challenges.” The library received an outpouring of support from the community after the initial proposal to close libraries. “The comments, letters and presence at the Board of Commissioners’ meeting brought awareness to the fact that libraries are important, valuable and necessary institutions in our communities,” Poyer said.

Schedules and availability of some programs may change due to the new service hours. Information about any of these changes can be found on the library’s website at http://www.cobbcat.org.
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Email: huprichj@cobbcat.org

Meet Madeline at South Cobb library
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-15
April 21, 2011

Meet Madeline at South Cobb library

MARIETTA, GA – Vous êtes invités! The Cobb County Public Library System staff invites you to a meet and greet with the character made famous in Ludwig Bemelmans' beloved children's story, ‘Madeline,’ July 12 at 10 a.m. in the South Cobb Regional Library children’s department.

Madeline will host an English -- French storytime for about 20 minutes, followed by time for photos and hugs.

The Madeline meet and greet is part of the free, 2011 Summer Reading Program events themed, ‘One World, Many Stories.’

“The South Cobb Regional Library is honored to host such a wonderful summer event,” said Tracey Phillips, adult services librarian. “We are anticipating a big turnout as children will be excited to see the popular book character, Madeline.”

The Madeline book series, first published in 1939, included five sequels. The original Madeline was named a Caldecott Honor Book, and the first of its sequels, ‘Madeline's Rescue’ received a Caldecott Medal.

Madeline books and videos are available throughout the Cobb library system, including, ‘Madeline--Next stop, America [video recording],’ ‘Madeline and the cats of Rome,’ and ‘Madeline says Merci: the-always-be-polite book.’ To search for other Madeline items logon to the library web page at www.cobbcat.org and click, ‘Search the Catalog.’

South Cobb Regional Library is located at 805 Clay Road in Mableton. For information call 678-398-5828.


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Cobb County libraries celebrate National Library Week
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-2342
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 11-14
April 21, 2011

Cobb County libraries celebrate National Library Week

MARIETTA, GA – Join the Cobb County Public Library System for a week of free events held to celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16 to celebrate libraries and the contributions of library staffs.

This year’s theme, ‘Create Your Own Story @ the Library,’ emulates a timely message about the vast amount of library resources for community members of all ages.

Activities for National Library Week include:

*Get a peek into local history in the ‘Coming of Age in Marietta: Conversations with the Marietta’s Elite Social Club,’ event April 14 at 1 p.m. in the Central Library (266 Roswell St., Marietta). For information call 770-528-2320.

*Write your own story workshop. Author Margaret Johnson Hodge shares tips and tools to tap into creativity for both beginning and seasoned writers, April 14 at 11 a.m. in the Kennesaw Library (2250 Lewis St., Kennesaw). For information call 770-528-2529.

*New to the Cobb County Public Library System? Visit the Stratton Library (1100 Powder Springs Rd., Marietta) during the open house, April 13 from noon to 4 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. For information call 770-528-2522.

*Tell library staff a story! Write a message to the entire library staff, hosted at the Powder Springs (4181 Atlanta St., Marietta) and Vinings libraries (4290 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta), April 10-16 during library hours. Tell us how the library helped to accomplish goals or enriched your life. (Selected entries may be displayed or printed in the library newsletter). For information call 770-528-3600 or 707-801-5330.

* Teens ages 13-18 can enter the, ‘Why I Need My Library’ video contest for a chance to win, for 1st place, $3,000 for their library. Two 2nd place winners can win $2,000 for their libraries. Three 3rd place winners may win $1,000 each for their selected libraries. Winners may also receive $50 gift cards for an online bookstore. This event runs through April 18. For information logon to www.ilovelibraries.org.

*Other events at the Cobb County Public Library include storytimes, book clubs, family flicks, workshops and crafts. For details visit http://www.cobbcat.org/EventsPage.html.


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National Library Week, held since 1958, is an observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association.

‘Children perform for children’ in mini-musical at Mountain View
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-13
March 23, 2011

‘Children perform for children’ in mini-musical at Mountain View

MARIETTA, GA – Children ages 3 and older, along with their parents are invited to a free performance by, ‘Encore, Encore’ from the Georgia Ballet School, May 21 at 3 p.m. in the Mountain View Regional Library.

The mini-musical will be followed with a brief question and answer session and then theater games.

Encore, Encore is an award-winning children’s performing group, ages 7-11, who performs in part, to educate youth on the various aspects of theater.

“Encore has served the community for 25 years performing in schools, at the Scottish Rite Hospitals and in senior’s residences. Mountain View Library will be the perfect nurturing place for the children’s stories to come to life right in front of their eyes,” said Barbara Hancock, CEO, founder, and director of Encore, Encore. “This is children performing for children in a safe, loving environment accompanied by their parents.”

Due to the school’s association with The Georgia Ballet professional company, some students also performed in professional productions including, ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘A Sleepy Hollow Story,’ and ‘The Sleeping Beauty.’

Encore, Encore, Inc. was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization. Hancock won two Golden Globe nominations for, ‘Best Supporting Actress’ and ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ for her work in ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ with Fred Astaire. She worked at the Alliance Theater School since 1979 and taught theater and dance workshops in California and throughout Georgia.

The Mountain View Regional Library is located at 3320 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta. For information call 770-509-2725.

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Forum at library showcases local, oral history
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-2342
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-12
March 21, 2011

Forum at library showcases local, oral history

MARIETTA, GA – Join the Cobb County Public Library System staff for a National Library Week event, ‘Coming of Age in Marietta: Conversations with the Marietta’s Elite Social Club,’ April 14, 1-2 p.m. at the Central library in Marietta.

The ‘Coming of Age in Marietta’ event is a round-table session about Cobb County history through the eyes of the ‘Elite Social Club’ members, a social club of African American women that started more than 50 years ago.

The members outgrew their initial intent, a sewing club. In a society and time that did not permit African Americans to join social clubs, the ladies blossomed into friends who provided each other strength and encouragement.

National Library Week is a celebration of libraries and the contributions of library staffs. This year’s theme, ‘Create Your Own Story @ the Library,’ emulates a timely message about preserving history.

In this forum, hear the stories of the Elite Social Club ladies and the history they lived: enduring struggles, witnessing changes, and raising children.

For information on this or other National Library Week events logon to www.cobbcat.org or call 770-528-2320. The Central Library is located on 266 Roswell St. in Marietta.


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National Library Week, held since 1958, is an observance sponsored each April by the American Library Association.

Zoo Atlanta Library Program launches statewide
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-11
March 4, 2011

Zoo Atlanta Library Program launches statewide

MARIETTA, GA – Georgia families can now check out free excursions to Zoo Atlanta, just by owning a library card. Announced Feb. 23 from the steps of the state capitol, a partnership between Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Public Library Service allows adults with valid library cards access to the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass at any participating public library branch throughout the state of Georgia.

The Cobb County Public Library System has Zoo Atlanta Family Passes available to check out today. Each of the 17 Cobb County library branches has one pass. When individuals check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD from a Cobb County library and return it to the same location, they will get a receipt. They can then use the receipt for zoo admission. The receipt is good for two adults and two children and has to be redeemed within a week.

“We are very pleased to offer this wonderful opportunity to Cobb County residents,” Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director of Central and Outreach Services said. “The treasures that are held in the Cobb County Public Library System paired together with those held at the Zoo Atlanta make for a fitting partnership with the summer just around the corner.”

The pass may be checked out once per year, per card, per household. The pass is not valid for fee-based events or programs and may not be combined with other discounts or promotions. Standard general admission will apply to families with additional children; children must be accompanied by an adult. Passes are not ‘renewable,’ nor can it be reserved.

Library patrons can check out a Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD for one week. If the DVD is lost or damaged, a $30 replacement fee, in addition to any processing fees or overdue fines will be charged by the library.

Launched in 2009, the program originally applied only to branches of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Wednesday’s announcement marks the first time the program has been available in all 159 Georgia counties.

Visit zooatlanta.org for details on the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass or call the Cobb County Public Library System for information at 770-528-2320.

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About Zoo Atlanta

An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. For information, call 404.624.WILD or visit zooatlanta.org.

Grab your hat, celebrate reading with America’s famous cat
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-10
March 2, 2011

Grab your hat, celebrate reading with America’s famous cat

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library invites the community to join in ‘Read Across America,’ an annual reading awareness program that also celebrates Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2.

Read Across America is a national reading motivation and awareness program that has taken place since 1998. The program invites children and community members to celebrate reading on March 2.

Throughout the Cobb County Public Library System, branches will incorporate a ‘touch of Dr. Seuss’ during read-celebrations in storytimes, songs and crafts. To find out about library programs in your area, logon to www.cobbcat.org.

Participating readers are also encouraged to take the reading oath:

“I promise to read each day and each night. I know it’s the key to growing up right. I’ll read by myself, I’ll read in a crowd. It makes no difference if silent or loud. I’ll read at my desk at home and at school, on my bean bag or bed, by the fire or pool. Each book that I read puts smarts in my head, ‘cause brains grow more thoughts the more they are fed. So I take this oath to make reading my way of feeding my brain what it needs every day.”

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The Read Across America is hosted by the National Education Association and the Georgia Association of Educators.

Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-09
Feb. 28, 2011

Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

MARIETTA, GA – The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System semi-annual book sale will be held, March 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 6 from 1-5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children’s books. Prices range from 10 cents to $2. Last year, the book sales generated more than $50,000 which enabled the library staff to purchase new books, CDs and DVDs.

The March book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is the first of two sales held yearly.

The Friends of the Library are seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call 770-528-2342.


Tell dogs stories at Cobb libraries
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-08
Feb 23, 2011

Tell dogs stories at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System teamed up with Reading Education Assistance Dogs for another exciting season of READing Paws programs with several newly-trained dogs joining the team.

READing Paws programs are available throughout the Cobb County libraries. The free children’s program is a one-on-one storytime and is used to enhance children’s love of reading and to encourage literacy through the use of therapy animals.

Children participating, read to a trained dog for 15-minute sessions that are monitored by a dog handler. Through the process, handlers help develop reading pronunciation and comprehension. With the dog present, the program intent is to help children be less anxious about their reading abilities and more apt to explore reading as a fun learning experience.

Dogs are registered, tested and insured therapy animals. They have been screened for skills and temperament, health and cleanliness, good manners and attitude.

Children can read to Maya at the Central Library on 266 Roswell Road in Marietta, every other Tuesday at 4 p.m. For information call, 770-528- 2331. (Registration for READing Paws is required).

READing Paws programs are also scheduled at:
Acworth Library (4569 Dallas St., Acworth)
**The newest dog to the Cobb County Public Library System.
For information call, 770-917-5165.

Future site of READing Paws partner:
Kemp Library (4029 Due West Rd. NW, Marietta)
Watch our web page for updates.

Kennesaw Library (2250 Lewis St., Kennesaw)
For information call, 770-528-2529.

Mountain View Regional Library (3320 Sandy Plains Rd., Marietta)
For information call, 770-509-2725

Powder Springs Library (4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1, Powder Springs)
For information call, 770-439-3600.

South Cobb Regional Library located (805 Clay Rd., Mableton)
For information call, 678-398-5828.

Vinings Library (4290 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta)
For information call, 770-801-5330

West Cobb Regional Library (1750 Dennis Kemp Ln., Kennesaw)
For information call, 770-528-4699.

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‘In search of Tennessee sunshine’ writer leads book chat at South Cobb
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-07
Feb. 16, 2010

‘In search of Tennessee sunshine’ writer leads book chat at South Cobb

MARIETTA, GA – The South Cobb Regional Library staff will host a book discussion by award–winning local author Margaret Johnson-Hodge, Feb. 24 from 6-8 p.m.

Margaret Johnson-Hodge, a Georgia resident and national bestselling author, will talk about her newest book, ‘In Search of Tennessee Sunshine.’ The novel describes the life of Erica Lorraine Simpson who becomes an un-expected widow.

‘In Search of Tennessee Sunshine’ is Johnson-Hodge’s tenth published novel, and she wrote that it is, “the most honest book” she has written.

The program is free and open to the public. South Cobb Regional Library is located on 805 Clay Road in Mableton.

The Friends of the Library will have ‘In Search of Tennessee Sunshine’ books available for purchase at the event. For information call 678-398-5828.

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Enjoy family time at ‘TV Turn-off Week’ at Cobb libraries
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 11-06
Feb. 7, 2011

Enjoy family time at ‘TV Turn-off Week’ at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – Join the Cobb County Public Library System, April 18-24 for the fourth annual ‘TV Turn-off’ Week where the celebration for family-time begins.

Free, drop-in style, activities will be held in the Central Library’s children’s department in Marietta each day of ‘TV Turn-off’ week. Monday-Thursday events run from 6-8 p.m., Friday the event is held all day, and Saturday, the event starts at 11 a.m. Game Week will be held at the East Cobb Library, April 18-21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

“These are all drop-in activities,” Jennifer Wells, head of youth and media services, said, “so … that families can get a few fun hours away from the distraction of their TV and computer screens.”

Central Library will host a scavenger hunt in the library Monday. Family members can team up to answer library-related questions and discover the library. Create and take home a craft together on Tuesday, when the library will have craft supplies available for whatever you can dream up. Challenge someone to a board-game duel on Wednesday night with one of several board games available at the library, if you dare! Thursday, enjoy hearing stories from Cobb County local celebrities. These heroes will get to read their family’s favorite story and share it with your family. Enjoy TV Turn-off Week all day, Friday when Central will host a paper airplane obstacle course. Don’t forget the finale: Join the Central Library tradition of Saturday Storytime at 11 a.m. to wrap up TV Turn-off Week.

At East Cobb Library, enjoy the ‘classics’ with a variety of board games for families to play in the East Cobb Teen Zone and program room. Patrons are welcome to enjoy games set out by the library staff or bring their own games.

Families with children of all ages will find so much to do at the Central Library during TV Turn-off Week. For information call 770-528-2331.

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Cobb library services e-reader fans, expands selections
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 11-05
Feb. 7, 2011

Cobb library services e-reader fans, expands selections

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System has transitioned its downloadable audio books service from ‘NetLibrary’ to ‘OverDrive’ digital service company.

NetLibrary and OverDrive are companies that provide and manage online content for libraries like the Cobb County Public Library System.

While the library still offers e-books books through the NetLibrary venue, the audio book service has been discontinued. Since October 2010, audio books in OverDrive are used more than NetLibrary in the Cobb County Public Library System.

“As a result of the change, we will be adding more audio book titles. Additionally, by March 1, we plan on offering downloadable e-books that will be compatible with most e-readers such as the NOOK and Sony Readers,” Jonathan McKeown Associate Director of Central and Outreach Services said. “With the money we are saving, we’ll also be able to add more best-sellers to our print collection as well.”

According to the OverDrive web page, the system hosts more than 500,000 digital titles from more than 1,000 publishers, including Random House, HarperCollins, BBC Audiobooks America, Harlequin, and Bloomsbury.

McKeown said the Cobb County Public Library System wants to deliver when customers ask for a more extensive and popular selection.

People can access both audio and downloadable books with their library card through the library’s web page. Fiction and non-fiction selections are available.

The library offers classes on downloading audio books at the East Cobb Library. These classes will be expanded to the other Cobb County Public libraries by National Library Week in April. McKeown said library patron will want to check for information updates on the library web page because plans are coming together for classes on downloading e-books as well.

For information visit the Cobb County Public Library System web page at www.cobbcat.org or call 770-528-2320.

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Steve Berry author visit rescheduled at Mountain View
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-04
Jan 25, 2011

Steve Berry author visit rescheduled at Mountain View

MARIETTA, GA – Meet Steve Berry, author of ‘The Emperor's Tomb’ on Feb. 24, 7-8 p.m. in the Mountain View Regional Library (3320 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta).

After enduring the recent winter storm in Georgia, the Cobb County Public Library System is excited to be able to reschedule this author visit, previously slated to take place in January.

Berry is the New York Times bestselling author of 10 novels including, ‘The Balkan Escape,’ ‘The Paris Vendetta,’ and ‘The Charlemagne Pursuit.’ He has 11 million books in print, which have been translated into 37 languages and sold in 50 countries.

Before being published Berry twice won the annual fiction contest of State Bar of Georgia. In June 2005, he was selected by the Georgia Writer's Association (based on The Romanov Prophecy) as its Author of the Year. Then, in October 2005, the Amelia Book Island Festival bestowed on him their Nova Award. More recently, The Charlemagne Pursuit was selected as one of the five Best Thrillers for 2008 by Library Journal.

This author event is free and open to the public. Canton Book Exchange will have books available for purchase and signing at the event. For information call 770-509-2725.

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Cobb library hosts GA Department of Labor to offer job clinics
Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-03
Feb. 1, 2011

Cobb library hosts GA Department of Labor to offer job clinics

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System will host a free job-search workshop in March at the Powder Springs Library. The event, lead by the Georgia Department of Labor, is a three-part series designed to work as a ‘toolbox’ to empower the search of both employees and employers.

Workshops are held at 11 a.m. on the following days:

March 1: Job hunters can get tips on how to write résumés and cover letters. Get information on how to turn a job interview into a job offer, how to negotiate a higher salary, and tips on stretching your income while you are searching for that job.

March 15: Get information on and referral to federal training programs, as well as the Georgia Career Information System – an interactive PC application for gathering information about occupations, education and training programs, schools, and financial aid.

March 29: In the, ‘Recruiting Assistance for Employers,’ people can learn how to use local, state, and national applicant-tools or conduct a specialized recruitments with assistance from the Georgia Department of Labor’s marketing team.

The Powder Springs Library is located at 4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1 in Powder Springs. For information on these programs call 770-439-3600.

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Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-02
Jan. 19, 2011

Cobb library book sale has big bargains for readers

MARIETTA, GA – The Friends of the Cobb County Public Library System semi-annual book sale will be held March 4-6 at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Rd. in Marietta. The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, 1–5 p.m.

“We have a lot to sell,” Patty Latch, Program Coordinator, said. “This money goes directly into buying new materials for the library which is a win-win situation!”

For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event call 770-528-2342.

Celebrate African American History at Cobb libraries

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 11-01
Jan 19, 2011

Celebrate African American History at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – Celebrate African American History Month at the Cobb County Public Library System in February. Join the library staff for the, ‘Celebrate Your Heritage’ event, Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library Gail Rogers Multipurpose conference room.

The program will feature a dance performance by the Paisley Dance Ensemble directed by Dr. Kisha Cunningham, the ‘A.L. Burruss Unity Drummers’ from A.L. Burruss Elementary School and a steel-drum performance by South Cobb Regional Library’s own Bobby Crosby.

The community is also invited to explore the Cobb County Public Library System’s recently-launched ‘Cobb African American Connection.’ The ‘Cobb African American Connection’ is a web page that features a growing collection of African American genealogy that highlights the cultural life and contributions of people of African descent in Marietta and Cobb County.

Housed in the Central Library’s ‘Georgia Room,’ the African American genealogy collection contains books, microfilm, microfiche and periodicals. Other resources in the collection include photographs and documents that highlight the historical, social, civic, religious, economic, and cultural life of African Americans in Cobb County.

Examples of African American resources found in the Georgia Room are: ‘Kennesaw State University Oral History Project Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series,’ ‘African American National Biography,’ and published biographies, ‘Gal, a True Life’ by Ruthie Bolton and ‘Freedom’s Child’ by Carrie Allen McCray.

The Central Library is located at 266 Roswell St., Marietta. For information on these free events call 770-528-2320. To see more African American History programs, logon to the library web page at www.cobbcat.org/EventsPage.html.

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Cobb Library Foundation Sponsors "A Day of Service"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL 770.528.2196 Cobb Library Foundation is sponsoring “A Day of Service”, as part of Nathan Deal’s Inaugural activities, on Saturday, January 8th.

Volunteers will be coordinating a day of children’s activities at The Mountain View Regional Library, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Activities include movies, music, and story times. Special guests for reading include newly elected District 3 Commissioner, JoAnn Birrell. Crafts and activities include jugglers, and creating mosaic penguins.

Children of all ages are invited to the festivities!

 

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Let’s Read 2010 explores Vietnam War era

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-00
Sept. 25, 2010

Let’s Read 2010 explores Vietnam War era

MARIETTA, GA – Calling all readers! Cobb County Public Library System staff members are calling on Cobb County residents to participate in the 4th annual, ‘Let’s Read Cobb.’ The program takes place Sept. 25 through Jan. 1.

Let’s Read Cobb is a community-wide campaign held by Marietta Schools and the Cobb County libraries to promote books, encourage literacy, and energize the community to read.
Judges select a book for Let’s Read Cobb, and this year's selected title is, ‘The Things They Carried,’ by Purple Heart recipient Tim O’Brien. The fiction is a collection of short stories about his platoon in Vietnam.

People interested in joining Let’s Read Cobb can check out ‘The Things They Carried’ from their local library, are invited to join a book club, check out a book club kit or attend any of the three special programs slated in November. The Let’s Read Cobb events, held at the Central library (266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060), are free and open to all ages. Programs are:

What They Carried
Cobb Chamber of Commerce representative Bob Humphries will host a discussion with several Vietnam veterans who will talk about their tours of duty, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. in the Central Library, large multipurpose room.

What They Wore
Visit the Central Library Nov. 9 when a mini-museum of military artifacts showcased by Ken Myers, library volunteer, will be on display throughout the day in the large multipurpose room.

The War That Divided a Nation
Join Kennesaw State University professor, Dr. Tom Scott who will bring to life Cobb County as it was during the Vietnam era, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Central Library, large multipurpose room

For information call 770-528-2342 or visit the library web page for updates on more programs.

Local authors needed for library fundraiser

Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-00
Sept. 29, 2010

Local authors needed for library fundraiser

MARIETTA, GA – Calling all authors! Local authors are invited to support the Friends of the Cobb County Library System fundraiser held Oct.23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Library in Marietta. By registering, authors will have table space to display their books and the opportunity to meet and greet their fans.

Registration is free although a donation of 10 percent of sales to the Friends is suggested. Space is limited.

For information call 770-528-2342 or visit the library web page for updates on more programs.

Cobb library cards are great school tools
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Cobb County Public Library System
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-2342
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-20
Sept. 2, 2010

Cobb library cards are great school tools

MARIETTA, GA – September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Cobb County Public Library staff wants to make sure that all students in Cobb County have the smartest tool of all – a library card.

The Cobb County Public Library System will celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by giving away a free gift every Monday in September at each library branch to the first patron who signs up for a new-account library card. Other activities at the Cobb County Public Library System during Library Card Sign-up Month include storytimes, book clubs, adult programming and a new series of computer classes for all computer learning- levels.

Library programming and materials make a difference in the lives of students. By providing the public with engaging programs and amazing collections, students from all backgrounds and ages become excited and enthusiastic readers.

A library card has always been an important start to the school year, according to Jonathan McKeown, Associate Director of Central and Outreach Services.

He said, there’s a lot happening at the Cobb County Public Library System and the best part for both children and parents, in these though economic times, is that it’s all free with a library card. More than that, our trained staff offers the excellent support system for students and parents alike.

Getting a library card is easy. Cobb County residents need to bring identification and an item verifying their Cobb County residency. People who are not Cobb County residents can obtain a library card for a nominal fee.

Observed since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card or the latest programs, visit the Cobb County Public Library System at 266 Roswell Road in Marietta, call 770-528-2320 or visit the library online at www.cobbcat.org.

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Cobb County ‘Friends of the Library’ host free author event
Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
266 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-18
June 21, 2010

Cobb County ‘Friends of the Library’ host free author event

MARIETTA, GA – The Friends of the Library are hosting Georgia author Joshilyn Jackson, July 29 at 6:30 p.m. in a free event at the Vinings Library on 4290 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta.

Jackson, a New York Times bestselling author, will discuss her newest book ‘Backseat Saints.’

‘Backseat Saints’ (June, 2010), is the story of Rose Mae Lolley, a fierce, tiny ball of war wounds who was a minor character in ‘Gods in Alabama.’ The character’s life changes dramatically when she meets a gypsy who shares her past and knows her future. The gypsy's dire prediction: Ro's handsome, violent husband is going to kill her - unless she kills him first.

Jackson is also the author of, ‘Between, Georgia,’ and ‘The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.’ Several of Jackson’s books are available to check out from the Cobb County Public Library System.

For information on this event or to join the Friends of the Library call 770-528-2342.

Children are invited to ‘Sing in the Stacks’ at Central Library

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org

RELEASE NO. 10-17
June 10, 2010

Children are invited to ‘Sing in the Stacks’ at Central Library

MARIETTA, GA – Children ages seven and younger are invited to attend a free concert by singer and song-writer Steve Weeks, June 24 at 10 a.m. in the Central, Cobb County Public Library System.
This program will be held on the main floor of the Central library located at 266 Roswell St. in Marietta as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program.
Weeks is the ‘2007 USA Songwriting’ winner in the children’s music category; He is the ‘2005 Parents’ Choice’ award-winner and is known for songs featured on XM-Kids Radio, channel 116. Fans will recognize some of his hit, Americana-folk songs, including, ‘Kiki Kangaroo’ and ‘Someday.’

Weeks’ CDs, ‘Alphabet songs, Vol. 1 Aaron and his Aeroplane,’ and ‘Alphabet songs, Vol. II: Ivan Idea’ are available in the library system to check out.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian to attend. For information call, 770-528-2342 or logon to www.cobbcat.org.

Cobb libraries, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers team up

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060 
Public Affairs - (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-16
May 27, 2010
Cobb libraries, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers team up
MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System is taking part in the sixth annual Atlanta Hawks/Atlanta Thrashers ‘Check-It-Out Reading Challenge,’ running June 2 through Aug. 15 for students in grades K-12.
The event is designed to encourage youth to read throughout the summer months. By reading at least five books, participants can earn a free ticket to an Atlanta Hawks game and a free ticket for an Atlanta Thrashers game. Tickets are valid for 2010-2011 regular season home games.
After reading their selected books, participants can then visit www.checkitoutreading.com to receive their rewards. Each student completing the program can choose from among three Hawks and three Thrashers, selected home-games to use the free tickets. Additional tickets for families of the participants can be purchased at discounted prices. The last day to register for the Reading Challenge is Aug. 15.
    
For more information on the Reading Challenge and its regulations, log on to www.checkitoutreading.com or visit one of the 17 CCPLS branches in your area.  And to learn more about other Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers educational programs, visit www.hawks.com and www.atlantathrashers.com .
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The Reading Challenge is sponsored by GPLS and Atlanta Spirit LLC. Atlanta Spirit LLC is parent company that owns the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers and the operating rights to Philips Arena. The CCPL is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to promote interest in reading and to support research, knowledge and cultural enrichment for all people.

Join reading dogs at Cobb libraries

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
Central Cobb County Public Library
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060  
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-15
June 3, 2010

Join reading dogs at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System teamed up with Reading Education Assistance Dogs for another exciting summer of READing Paws programs.

READing Paws programs are available throughout the Cobb County libraries. The free children’s program is a one-on-one storytime and is used to enhance children’s love of reading and to encourage literacy through the use of therapy animals. 

Children participating, read to a trained dog for 15-minute sessions that are monitored by a dog handler. Through the process, handlers help develop reading pronunciation and comprehension. With the dog present, the program intent is to help children be less anxious about their reading abilities and more opt to explore reading as a fun learning experience.

Dogs are registered, tested and insured therapy animals. They have been screened for skills and temperament, health and cleanliness, good manners and attitude.

Registration for READing Paws is required. READing Paws programs are schedule at the following Cobb County libraries:
Central Library on 266 Roswell Road in Marietta:
Every other Tuesday at 4 p.m.
For information call,  770-528- 2331.

West Cobb Regional Library at 1750 Dennis Kemp Lane in Kennesaw:
July 10 at 10 a.m.; Aug. 5 at 3:30 p.m. and Aug. 14 at 10 a.m.
For information call, 770-528-4699.

Powder Springs Library on 4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1 in Powder Springs:
Every other Saturday at 2 p.m.
June 5 at 2 p.m.;  June 19 at 10 a.m.;  July 17 at 2 p.m.;  July 31 at 2 p.m.
For information call, 770-439-3600.

South Cobb Regional Library located at 805 Clay Road in Mableton:
Programs start at 3:30 p.m. June 3 is the registration day for the June 17 program.
For information on other summer slots call, 678-398-5828.
Mountain View Regional Library at 3320 Sandy Plains Road in Marietta:
1st and 3rd Mondays at 2 p.m.
For information call, 770-509-2725.
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Adult reading program launches at Cobb libraries

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060  
Public Affairs – 770-528-2332 or 770-528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-xx
April 26, 2010
Adult reading program launches at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – Summers are not just for kids anymore – at least not at the library. For the first time, the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) is hosting an adult summer reading program, ‘Water Your Mind — READ’ starting June 1.

In an effort to encourage families to read together, the adult program will run in conjunction with the youth, ‘Make a Splash — Read!’ and the teen, ‘Make Waves @ Your Library’ reading programs through July 30.

For Water Your Mind — READ, participants can catch a film, join a book club, or learn something new at the library. The Water Your Mind — READ programs are free and open to adults ages 18 and older. The list below showcases some the CCPLS events. Check the library web page at, www.cobbcat.org for program information at a branch near you!

Water Your Mind @ the Powder Springs Library
The staff at the Powder Springs Library (located on 4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1 in Powder Springs),
will hold a discussion-series on the book, ‘All Aunt Hagar’s Children’ by Edward P Jones, hosted by program speaker, Dr. IdaBelle Minnie. Meetings are scheduled for June 7 and 21, and July 12 and 26 from 1-3 p.m. For information call, 770-439-3600.

Water Your Mind @ a CCPLS book club
The Central Library Book Club (located on 266 Roswell Street in Marietta) will meet June 15 and July 20 at 7 p.m. The June book is, ‘Cutting for Stones’ by Abraham Verghese and the July book is, ‘Half Broke Horses’ by Jeannette Walls.
Many CCPLS branches have book clubs with a variety of reading materials to suite every interest. Check your local branch for details or view the library event list on the web.

Water Your Mind @ the Central Library
Join the ‘Water Your Mind’ Mondays at the Central Library. Central Library programs include:

  • ‘Trails to Suit Your Hiking Needs,’ July 12 at 3 p.m. by the ‘Mountain Stewards,’ a Jasper, GA non-profit organization whose mission it is to build hiking trails.
  • ‘Garden Insects’ workshop,  July 19 at 3 p.m. by  the Cobb County Extension Service.
  • ‘Watercolor, a demonstration,’ July 26 at 3 p.m. in which participants can see color come to life by local artist, Jean Ann Wright.

For information call, 770-528-2320.

Summer reading participants are encouraged to write anonymous, short, book recommendations. These book reviews will be displayed for other readers in the library to get the inside scoop by Cobb County community members on great books. By submitting reviews, writers can be entered for a drawing and one lucky writer from each branch will be entered to win great prizes such as theater tickets or meals!

For information call 770-528-2023 or visit, www.cobbcat.org.

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GLASS applications are available at Cobb libraries

Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS)
Central Cobb County Public Library
266 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060  
Public Affairs – (770) 528-2332 or (770) 528-7953
www.cobbcat.org
RELEASE NO. 10-13
April 26, 2010
GLASS applications are available at Cobb libraries
MARIETTA, GA – People with visual challenges of all ages and reading levels can borrow ‘audio-books’ and Braille through a free program. Applications are available at the Cobb County Public Library System.
The loan-program was developed to make library materials accessible through a delivery service made possible by ‘Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)’ and ‘Georgia's Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.’
Eligible applicants must be certified by a doctor or competent authority as, ‘unable to read or use standard print materials as the result of a visual or physical limitation.’ Librarians may provide certification in some cases.
Participants can start getting library materials, such as magazines and audio-books, delivered within about a week of submitting a request. Books on tape require equipment which is provided for free. All of the library loans are sent to borrowers and returned by postage-free mail.
GLASS is available digitally too; GLASS now supplies patrons with digital players and books. Patrons can also download books.
A variety of items, for all interests, are available to check out. GLASS members can request specific subjects, titles, or ask that library staff suggest titles. The member may even request various languages.
There are currently 528 Cobb County residents and 26 Cobb County organizations, including schools and nursing homes, registered with GLASS. Last year, 13,625 items were ‘checked-out’ to Cobb residents from the GLASS program.
The library goods for the ‘Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS)’ are provided by the Library of Congress, National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (NLS).
The National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped was first established in 1931 to meet the needs of blinded veterans retuning home from war. Later, library services were extended to other blind people and children, although veterans are given preference on titles and other library materials.
For information call the Central Library at, 770-528-2320 or a call the Atlanta-metro Subregional Library at, 404-756-4619.
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GO Georgia park passes are available at Cobb libraries

RELEASE NO. 10-12
April 28, 2010

GO Georgia park passes are available at Cobb libraries


MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) is participating in a statewide, ‘Get Outdoors Georgia’ campaign now through Dec. 31, 2010. As part of the campaign, library card holders can check out Park Pass folders for seven days, which contains a parking tag for Georgia state parks and a free family-pass, for up to four people, to Georgia historical sites.

The free parking tag, a $50 savings, can be used at any of Georgia’s 48 state parks. The family-pass can be used at any of the 15 historic sites in Georgia. Additionally, a ‘Guide to Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites,’ pamphlet is included in the folder.

Checking out a ParkPass folder is just as easy as checking out a book. A participant must have a valid library card to check out one of the 34 ParkPass folders that are available throughout the CCPLS system. Park Pass folders can be renewed twice. Patrons with overdue packets are charged 10 cents daily until it is returned, and fined $50 to replace lost folders.

Library patrons interested in reserving Park Pass folders can go online at www.cobbcat.org or visit one of the 17 Cobb County Public Libraries for information.

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The ParkPass program is a joint initiative of the Georgia Public Library Service and Parks, Recreation & Historic Sites Division (PRHSD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Teen summer program kicks-off at Cobb libraries

RELEASE NO. 10-11
April 28, 2010
Teen summer program kicks-off at Cobb libraries

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) invites teens to ‘Make Waves—Read,’ as part of the free summer reading program that kicks off June 1 and runs through Aug. 1.

As part of the summer reading program, teens can write a book review on a book they read during the summer program and enter for a chance to win a Target gift card. The drawing will be held in the first week of August.

The summer reading program is a nationwide effort designed to encourage teens to read and to promote family reading events. The CCPLS schedule is full of free programs. Just a few of our programs follows:

Taking place at East Cobb Library:
Teen Improv, June 8 at 3:30 p.m.,
Scene of the Crime, June 15 at 3:30 p.m.
Mike Gerhard from the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office will present a program about the forensic science of performing autopsies and what they reveal. Due to the graphic nature of this program, participants must be at least 13 years old.
Wii game night, June 17 at 7 p.m. (*bring your games)
Anime Club, June 24 at 7 p.m.
Poetry Slam, July 15 at 7 p.m.
Teen Movie Night, July 29 at 7 p.m.

Taking place at West Cobb Library:
Teen Book Club, June 22 and July27 at 4:30 p.m.
Anime Club, June 26 and July 24 at 11a.m.
*membership required

Taking place at South Cobb Regional Library
Anime and Asian Culture Club, June 12 & July 24 from 2–4 p.m. Membership is required.

Taking place at Kennesaw Library
Yoga for Teens, June 7, at 2 p.m.
Video Game Design Lab for Teens, June 10 at 2:30 pm
Watercolor Technique for Teens, June 14 at 2 p.m.
Introduction to Forensics presented by the Cobb County Medical Examiner, June 21 at 2 p.m.
Military Tactics/Civil War board game presented by the Southern Museum, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Beginners Crocheting for Teens, July 8 at 2 p.m.
Advanced Painting Techniques, July 19 at 2 p.m.
Introduction to Martial Arts, July 22 at 3 p.m.

For details, visit the library web page at, www.cobbcat.org or call 770-528-2320.

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These programs are made possible by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia.

Cobb County Library makes a splash with reading program

RELEASE NO. 10-10
April 26, 2010

Cobb County Library makes a splash with reading program

MARIETTA, GA – The Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) invites youth to ‘Make a Splash —Read,’ as part of the free summer reading program that kicks off June 1 and runs through Aug. 1.

The annual summer reading program is a nationwide effort designed to encourage children to read and to promote family reading activities. The CCPLS schedule is full of free water-themed activities for the Cobb County children. Just a few of our programs follows:

Cobb County Fire Department will present fun and fire-safety. Attendees get the chance to meet Firefighter Officer Orlando Zapata at the following libraries: Vinings Library, June 9 at 3 p.m.; Kemp Library, June 3 at 10 a.m.; East Cobb Library, June 16 at 3:30 p.m.; Stratton, June 2 3:30 p.m.

Join the Brooke and Branch Puppet Show presented by the Cobb County Watershed (CCW). The CCW teaches children about water conservation and will be at the following libraries: East Cobb Library, June 23 at 3:30 p.m.; Mountain View, July 8 at 7 p.m.; Powder Springs, July 20 at 11 a.m.; Kennesaw, June 2 at 3:30 p.m.; Stratton, June 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Children can learn about water pollution prevention in an interactive program presented by the Cobb County Watershed (CCW) at: Powder Springs, June 1 at 11 a.m.; Kemp Library, June 22 at 10 a.m.
Stratton, July 7, 3:30 p.m.; Vinings Library July 7 at 2 p.m.

Children can enjoy an interactive story and a craft while learning about the wetlands and all the critters who call it home with storytime by a member from the Cobb County Parks & Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. The wetlands programs are scheduled for: Kemp Library, June 10 at 10 a.m.; South Cobb Library, July 29 at 2 p.m.; Stratton, June 23, 3:30 p.m.; Kennesaw, July 7 at 3:30 p.m.

A member of the Cobb County 4-H Youth Club will present ‘The Story of The Rain Drop.’ The program will be a fun, interactive story about the water cycle. This storytime is scheduled at:
Kemp Library, July 24 at 10 a.m.; Vinings Library, June 30 at 3 p.m.; Stratton, July 14 at 3:30 p.m.

Participants in the summer reading program can also attend a free end-of-summer celebration involving storytelling, games and crafts, Aug. 7 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Central Public Library in Marietta. To sign up, visit any CCPLS branch, where program packets and event schedules are available. Check out all of the summer reading programs at www.cobbcat.org.

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These programs are made possible by funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under provision of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Georgia Public Library Service, a unit of the University System of Georgia.

Cards for Troops kicks off in May at Cobb County libraries

RELEASE NO. 10-09
April 9, 2010

Cards for Troops kicks off in May at Cobb County libraries

MARIETTA, GA – Children of all ages are invited to join the Cobb County Public Library System for the, ‘Cards for Troops’ program, May 24-29.

The free, drop-in style event allows participants to make Fourth of July cards to be sent to military members both stateside and those soldiers deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.

No registration is required and supplies are provided. For information on this free program, call 770-528-2331. Participating branches will the host Cards for Troops, in the library’s children’s departments, on the following days:

Kennesaw – May 27, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
West Cobb – Open all week during library hours
Stratton – Open all week during library hours
Vinings – Open all week during library hours
Mountain View – May 25, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
South Cobb – May 28, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Central – Open all week during library hours
Acworth – May 28, during library hours
Powder Springs – Open all week during library hours


Sign up for Georgia Work Ready ‘skills gap training’ at Central CCPLS

RELEASE NO. 10-07
March 19, 2010

MARIETTA, GA – Starting today, the Cobb County Public Library System (CCPLS) staff is committed to supporting Georgia Work Ready participants by making signing up for the program’s skills gap training easy.

People interested in Georgia Work Ready can use a self-paced online skills gap training system to improve their scores on the Georgia Work Ready assessment. The skills gap training is free and is used to improve assessment scores. By improving the scores, people can improve their Work Ready Certificate levels.

Getting great scores on the Georgia Work Ready assessment can not only showcase the best and brightest Work Ready Georgia citizens, but participants may be able to really cash-in on their success. Based on the Work Ready Certificate level, Georgia Work Ready participants who are also unemployed may be eligible for up to $200 in financial aid to help in their job search by visiting www.begaworkready.org.

Participants are not required to take the skills gap training, but it can be helpful for people who want to improve their scores.

The CCPLS staff at the Central Library can help people obtain a password and username, a requirement to access the training. Staff can also show demonstrate how to navigate the Web site. People can even call our librarians for help registering at 770-528-2377.

According to the CCPLS Associate Director of Central and Outreach Services Jonathan McKeown, it is also possible for people to register for the site through a technical college. Still, the library staff wants make the program as accessible as possible to the entire community and are ready to register people interested in the initiative.

“It is important for us to be involved with [Georgia Wok Ready] to help make it available to residents not enrolled in a school because we see a lot of patrons [that do not fall into those two categories and] who are looking for jobs,” McKeown said. “This is one way we can help them be better prepared.”

The Georgia Work Ready initiative is a four-year-old program that is empowering thousands of individuals to demonstrate their core skills and work habits to prospective employers by taking core skills assessment and obtaining Work Ready Certificates.

The Work Ready Certificate demonstrates career readiness by categorizing results into groups to show how well test-takers scored in a math category, a reading category and a ‘locating information’ category, and then places the applicant in to one of the four groups:

· Bronze indicates a minimum score of three in all three core areas
· Silver indicates a minimum score of four in all three areas
· Gold indicates a minimum score of five in all three areas
· Platinum, offered only in the state of Georgia, indicates a minimum score of six in all three core areas.

For information on Georgia Work Ready and how to obtain a Work Ready Certificate, log on to http://www.gaworkready.org/. register for Georgia Work Ready skills gap training, call 770-528-2377 or visit the Central Library reference desk personnel. Central Library is located at 266 Roswell Street in Marietta.

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Enjoy family time during ‘TV Turn-off Week’ at CCPLS

RELEASE NO. 10-06
March 19, 2010

MARIETTA, GA – Join the Cobb County Public Library System, April 19-25 for the third annual TV Turn-off Week where the celebration for family-time begins.

Free, drop-in style, activities will be held in the Central Library’s children’s department in Marietta each day of TV Turn-off week. Monday- Thursday events run from 6-9 p.m., Friday the event is held all day, and Saturday, the event starts at 11 a.m.

“These are all drop-in activities,” Jennifer Wells, head of youth and media services, said, “so people can come and stay for a short time or a long time. Families can get a few fun hours away from the distraction of their TVs and computer screens.”

Central Library will host a scavenger hunt in the library Monday. Family members can team up to answer library-related questions and discover the library. Create and take home a craft together on Tuesday, when the library will have craft supplies available for whatever you can dream up. Challenge someone to a board-game duel on Wednesday night with one of several board games available at the library, if you dare! Thursday, enjoy hearing stories from Cobb County local celebrities. These heroes will get to read their family’s favorite story and share it with your family. Enjoy TV Turn-off Week all day, Friday when Central will host a paper airplane obstacle course. Don’t forget the finale: Join the Central Library tradition of Saturday Storytimes at 11 a.m. to wrap up TV Turn-off Week.

“Children are spending more time than ever in front of a screen, an average of 7.5 hours a day. TV isn’t inherently bad,” Wells said. “The problem is what we aren’t doing.”

Families with children of all ages will find so much to do at the Central Library during TV Turn-off Week. For information call 770-528-2331.

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