For immediate release: April 16, 2020
National Library Week is April 19-25: During times of crisis and calm, public libraries support lifelong learning and provide resources for everyone in a community
From free access to ebooks and online resources for families, to virtual programming and training to support entrepreneurship, libraries offer opportunity to all.
(Marietta, Ga.) – Cobb County Public Library joins libraries throughout Georgia and the country in celebrating all that libraries have to offer as part of National Library Week 2020.
Cobb County Public Libraries will celebrate by presenting special virtual programs by library staff members and special guests, and other online social activities during the week, April 19-25. “Find your place at the library” is the 2020 National Library Week theme with “Find the library at your place” also adopted as a theme. Library patrons are encouraged to use the hashtag #mylibrarystory to share on social media how the library has positively impacted their lives. For more information, check out www.cobbcat.org.
Georgia’s public libraries are playing an essential role in supporting community health, resilience and stability, even while they have temporarily closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Libraries have stepped up to provide virtual programming that ranges from weekly yoga to Facebook Live chats exploring tips for building a strong resume and job skills. Cobb library staff members are posting virtual storytimes featuring librarians and library workers reading children’s books, including many from their homes.
“Our Cobb library team is deeply committed to providing vital services to our patrons of all ages throughout Cobb with online resources promoting education, health and wellness, and more during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Cobb Library Director Helen Poyer.
All 16 Cobb library locations have been closed since mid-March. Access to the library’s digital resources is available all hours and is free for Cobb library cardholders and through the Library PASS program providing Cobb County and Marietta City students Cobb library accounts.
CCPL’s Use the Library from Home! campaign promotes the robust range of online digital resources offered by the library of eBooks, eAudios, digital magazines, streaming video, language courses and more. For an overview, visit www.cobbcat.org/use-the-library-from-home/.
“Cobb librarians and library workers continuously strive to open up access to information and technologies for improving the quality of life for all and are stepping up to overcome challenges of this crisis,” Poyer said. “We are inspired by giving families and neighborhoods, and our community partners in healthcare, public safety, education, business and other sectors of Cobb whose hard work reflects caring hearts.”
To help the thousands of Georgian families without vital internet access at home, as well as students who are continuing their lessons online while schools are closed, many public libraries are providing free wi-fi in their parking lots. Families can access high speed internet while maintaining a safe social distance from others.
Whether someone is working on a school assignment, doing research, or simply wants to gain a new skill, Georgia’s public libraries have easy-to-use online resources available with a simple sign-in using your library card.
Elected officials, small business owners, students, and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to meet local needs. Libraries and librarians are leading in their communities by providing free resources such as eRead Kids for students in pre-K to 4th grade; technology courses; access to the virtual library GALILEO for historical documents, language courses, GED test prep, and more; and job skills workshops such as Entrepreneurial Mindset training.
Contact: Tom Brooks, MPA