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.

CCPLSCardStaff 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 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.

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.

 

Celebrate National Library Week 2014 @ your Cobb libraries