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 Glitter and 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.

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.

Dig into reading this summer at the library!