Several community organizations will be presenting special events during the 2016 Cobb County Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program. The free programs will feature scientists, naturalists, public health educators, police officers, firefighters, expert gardeners and even savvy puppets! Learn more at cobbcat.org/srppartners or call (770) 528-2320.

Upcoming Summer Reading events led by our community partners at Cobb County libraries include:

Sgt. Maddox and His K-9 Partner will feature a demonstration by the Cobb County Police Department K-9 Unit team. The program for school age children is scheduled for Powder Springs Library on June 22 at 2 pm, Vinings Library on July 12 at 2 pm, and Switzer Library on July 21 at 3 pm.

4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Cobb County 4-H will present programs on health, the fourth H, with fun games and activities to strengthen children’s minds and bodies. The 4-H events include Acworth Library on June 6 at 11 am, Kemp Memorial Library on June 30 at 11 am, Powder Springs Library on July 7 at 3 pm and Stratton Library on July 14 at noon.

Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active!, an interactive education program for young people ages 11 to 13, will be presented in July by Cobb & Douglas Public Health. The free workshop series involves media awareness and media production about nutrition and physical activity. The program is scheduled for South Cobb Regional Library, July 11-15, 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm and East Cobb Library, July 18-22, 11:05 am to 2:05 pm. Participants will learn to think critically and make media samples. Registration is required and space is limited. To register, call South Cobb at (678) 398-5831 or East Cobb at (770) 509-2720.

Cobb County PARKS Natural Resources Program will present Hiking and Backpacking 101 workshops. Learn the proper way to pack a backpack, plan a hiking or backpacking trips and the great places Georgia has for outdoor adventures. The event for pre-teens and teenagers include Kennesaw Library on June 13 at 3 pm, Kemp Memorial Library on June 14 at 2 pm and Powder Springs Library on June 21 at 3:30 pm.

Great Blue Heron: Majestic Bird of the Watershed will be presented by the Cobb County Water System’s Watershed Stewardship Program. The presentation by Environmental Program Specialists for school age children and families will include stories, a Great Blue Heron puppet and cover why protecting watersheds for the largest bird in our area is important. The Great Blue Heron events include:

On Your Mark…Get Set…Elect!, a program for children ages 6-10 to explore two centuries of U.S. presidential history, is scheduled at nine Cobb County libraries. The program of games, crafts and Presidential trivia will be presented by the Cobb County Youth Museum. This program is made possible by a grant from Cobb EMC. For more information, visit www.cobbcat.org/event/on-your-mark-get-set-elect.

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre presents Mumferd Safety Tales. In this 30-minute puppet show geared for children ages 3-7, Mumferd shares safety and exercise skills with kids. Mumferd will appear at 2 p.m. at West Cobb Regional Library on June 13, South Cobb Regional Library on June 20, Mountain View Regional Library on June 27 and Switzer Library on July 25.

GEMS: Girls in Engineering, Math and Science is being offered at five Cobb County libraries in June. GEMS runs four weeks for two-hour afternoon sessions for girls ages 13-17. Explore tech and meet influential women in STEM careers. Registration is limited to 25 girls at each location, including the Switzer, East Cobb, South Cobb, Mountain View and West Cobb libraries. Sponsorship is provided by the Cobb Library Foundation. To register and for more information, visit www.cobbcat.org/gems.

Community Organizations Featured in Summer Reading Program 2016