Several community organizations are presenting special events during the 2017 Cobb County Public Library System’s Summer Reading Program. The free events will feature scientists, naturalists, police officers, firefighters, expert gardeners, design professionals, musicians, and even savvy puppets!

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

GEMS – Girls in Engineering, Math and Science, a summertime workshop series for girls ages 13-17, returns for its fourth year of inspiring, positive STEM activities. GEMS 2017 runs in June at five Cobb County libraries on four dates each from 3 pm to 5 pm. Registration is limited to 25 girls at each location.

The GEMS series includes:

  • East Cobb Library, Mondays starting on June 5th. (770) 509-2730
  • Mountain View Regional Library, Wednesdays starting June 7th. (770) 509-2735.
  • South Cobb Regional Library, Wednesdays starting June 7th. (678) 398-5828
  • Switzer Library, Thursdays starting June 8th. (770) 528-2320
  • West Cobb Library, Thursdays starting June 8th. (770) 528-4699

The Cobb County Police Department will be featuring several demonstrations with their K-9 Unit this summer. We encourage school age children to come out and meet the brave men and women who serve Cobb County and their K-9 partners. The program will offer children an opportunity to ask any questions they might have and get to see police dogs in action. They will be making several appearances, including:

Cobb County Water System’s Watershed Stewardship Program is offering children and teenagers the chance to learn how to build their very own Fairy House! We invite children and teens 4 – 16 years old to learn about the magical world of fairies. They will be taught about the four essential things fairies need to survive: food, water, shelter, and a beautiful view. Supplies for the construction of the fairy houses will be provided, but children are welcome to bring their own favorite items from nature. The Workshops will be presented at the following Cobb County Library Locations:

The Watershed Stewardship Program’s Environmental Program Specialist Sonya Wood Mahler will present The Great Blue Heron: Majestic Bird of the Watershed at East Marietta Library on June 27 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm for school age children between the ages of 5 – 12.  There will be stories, a Great Blue Heron puppet, and craft-making. Registration is strongly encouraged. Reserve your spot by calling (770) 509-2711.

Cobb County Public Library System is partnering with the Atlanta chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA Atlanta) and Kennesaw State University’s Department of Archiecture to present Discover ARCHITECTURE: Public Library Edition, a program for students going into grades 4 to 8. Participants will learn about local buildings and work with an interactive program that allows them to add their own ideas to the structures. They will also be building the designs they envision out of various recycled materials. Due to the limited space for this program, registration is required.

The Discover ARCHITECTURE workshops include:

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater is presenting a live production of Mumferd Safety Tales at West Cobb Regional Library on June 15 from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. Join us for a 45 minute puppet show teaching young children about the importance of pool safety. Recommended for children preschool age and up. Registration is not required.

Representatives from Cobb County and the City of Marietta will be visiting Switzer Library on July 26 between 3 pm and 5 pm with their work trucks. Touch a Truck is an opportunity for kids to learn about all the departments that keep our community running safely. Kids will have the opportunity to have explore different trucks and have their photos taken with the trucks from the featured departments, including Marietta Fire DepartmentMarietta Police DepartmentMarietta Power and Water and Cobb County DOT. (770) 528-2320.

4-H of Cobb County is partnering with Cobb County Public Libraries this summer to teach children all about “Head, Heart, Hands, and Health” and how they can use the 4-H’s to make the world a better place. Activities will include storytime, hands-on activities, STEM activities, and a community service project to help us “Build a Better Tomorrow”. Join us for these activities at these Cobb County Library locations:

4-H of Cobb County will be at Sibley Library on June 13 from 11 am to noon, teaching kids all about drones in It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s Awesome! Kids will have the chance to learn all about drones and how they fly. Discussions will include flight dynamics, aircraft types, programming, and how drones are used today and will be used in the future. Space is limited, so be sure to contact Sibley Library today at (770) 528-2520 to sign up!

Special guests violinist Anastasia Agapova and violist Yiyin Li  of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Windy Hill Library on June 16 from 2 pm to 3 pm. Come to listen to Strings: Sounds of Summer. For more information call (770) 528-2677.

Cobb P.A.R.K.S is giving elementary children the chance to build habitat boxes this summer. East Marietta Library will be welcoming Cobb P.A.R.K.S Department instructor, Kevin Hill, on July 11 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm. Kevin will be teaching children ages 5 – 7 years old what it takes for an animal habitat to stay healthy. Registration is strongly encouraged. Reserve your spot by calling (770)-509-2711. Children will need to be accompanied by an adult caretaker.

Gritters Library will also be offering children a chance to build a balanced habitat on July 20 from 3 pm to 4 pm. This activity is open to all elementary aged children. This habitat construction class is limited to the first 40 participants. (770) 528-2524

If you can’t make either of those habitat building excursions, join us at one of our other locations on the following days:

“Keep Cobb Beautiful”, a program presented by Cobb County P.A.R.K.S at Stratton Library on June 15 from 12 pm to 1 pm will give children a chance to meet Detective Kasey B, the mascot of “Keep Cobb Beautiful”. He will teach kids all about his motto, “Litter Free for You and Me.” No registration required. Call (770) 528-2523 for more information.

Meet the Cobb County Medical Examiner at West Cobb Regional Library on June 5 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Medical Examiner Operations Manager Mike Gerhard, who has almost 20 years of experience, will be talking about forensic science and about what specifically the Cobb County Medical Examiner’s Office does. Participants must be 13 years of age or older. Registration required. Call (770) 528-4699 to reserve a spot.

For more information on SRP 2017 programs, visit

Community Organizations Giving Major Support for 2017 Summer Reading Events
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