The Cobb County Public Library System is gearing up for the launch of its 2016 Summer Reading Program. People of all ages are invited to participate in the community program.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program officially begins on Thursday, May 26 and runs through Friday, July 22. The Library System has scheduled hundreds of events and activities to encourage reading and promote physical and mental fitness.

The Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Switzer Library in downtown Marietta. The party will feature a reading pep rally followed by a live puppet show, music, dance and many other fun games and activities.

Themes for the 2016 Summer Reading Program are:

  • Children, from birth to 5th grade: “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read”
  • Middle and high school students: “Get in the Game – Read”
  • Adults: “Exercise Your Mind – Read”

The high-energy themes of the program are reflected in the lineup of Summer Reading events, said Lisa Cleary, Community Engagement Manager for the Cobb County Public Library System.

Everybody will be in motion at Cobb County libraries for a fun and fit summer,” Cleary said. “We’re encouraging everyone to get a head-start on planning for an active Summer Reading 2016.”

SRP On Your MarkThe Library System has partnered with several organizations to offer special Summer Reading Program events, including Scholastic, Cobb County PARKS, the National Park Service, Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, UGA Cobb Extension, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, Kennesaw State University, Northwest Family YMCA, and several area fitness and health groups.

The Summer Reading partnership of Cobb County libraries with the Cobb County and Marietta school districts and the Smyrna Public Library is marking its third year in 2016, Cleary said. The community-wide partnership is designed to keep students engaged in reading through the summer break.

Prizes will be presented to Summer Reading library patrons of all ages, including free books, Kindle Fire HDs, and Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks tickets.

Fitness and movement activities scheduled for the Summer Reading Program include dance, Tai Chi, yoga and more. Several crafts programs are scheduled, including opportunities to create science and tech objects. To learn more, visit

Featured Summer Reading Program events and activities line-up include:

Cobb 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

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

Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre presents “Mumferd Safety Tales” in June and July at four Cobb County libraries. 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.

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 or call (770) 528-2320.

‘Get in the Game!’: Cobb Libraries’ 2016 Summer Reading Program Starts Soon
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