April 2012
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Holiday Closure: April 6

All branches of the Cobb County Public Library System will be closed on Friday, April 6 in observance of the Good Friday holiday. We will resume regular operating hours on Saturday, April 7.

National Library Week, April 8-14

national library weekWhether you are a job seeker looking for resources to land a new job, a parent looking for free activities for children or a student searching for research tools, you belong @ your library.

Today’s libraries help level the playing field by making both print and digital information affordable, available and accessible to all people. Libraries provide cultural heritage and genealogical collections, materials in print and electronic formats, job seeking resources, e-government resources, and many other creative and resourceful programs.

Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, join our nation’s libraries and librarians by celebrating the place where we all belong.

Find more information about the activities at the library during National Library Week at www.cobbcat.org/national-library-week.

Your library card is your key to outdoor adventures

flowerThe Cobb County Public Library System is making it easy for residents and library cardholders to enjoy the outdoors with access to free passes to Georgia attractions, including Zoo Atlanta, Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, and the Go Fish Education Center. Combined, the passes can save Cobb library cardholders about $150.00 annually.

For information on any of these programs, availability of the passes, and a list of local state parks, please visit www.cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures.

Spend Spring Break at the library!

Spring Break is almost here! If you're still looking for things to do with your kids April 2-5, the fantastic staff members at the Cobb County Public Library System have planned activities that you may be interested in. All of the activities are free and open to everyone, even if you don't have a library card (although if you don't, now is a great time to sign up for one - get details on our website).

The library system has over 75 different events planned during Spring Break. Take a look at our calendar - we're sure you'll find something that's right for your family!

Holocaust Remembrance Month activities

The Cobb County Public Library System is honoring the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died during the Holocaust and World War II with several events throughout the sytem. For information on any of these events, please click on the event title below or call (770) 528-2342.

Monday, April 2: "Defiance," Central Library, 5:30 pm. Join us to watch this film, based on a true story.

Wednesday, April 4: The Mountain View Regional Library Book Discussion Group will be discussing "The Book Thief," by Markus Zusak at 10:30 am.

Monday, April 9: "Life is Beautiful," Central Library Library, 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 11: "Conversations with the Curator," Central Library, 3:30 pm. Join us as we hear from Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education curators Julia Brock and Richard Harker; they'll discuss the exhibit "Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II," which is currently on display at the Central Library.

Monday, April 16: Join us to watch "Paper Clips," an award-winning documentary, at the Central Library at 5:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 25: Holocaust Remembrance Lunch and Learn, Mountain View Regional Library, 1 pm. Featuring Dr. Eugen Schoenfeld, Education Director at the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust. Dr. Schoenfeld, a Holocaust Survivor, will be discussing his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz, Warsaw, Dachau and
Muehldorf Concentration Camps during World War II. Registration is required. Please call the library at (770) 509-2725 to register.


Exhibits on loan from Kennesaw State University

The library system will also have two World War II-related exhibits on display, both on loan from the Kennesaw State University's Museum of History and Holocaust Education. The exhibits are available for viewing during the library's regular operating hours.

  • In Her Father's Eyes, on display at the East Cobb Library. Born the same year as Anne Frank, a Czechoslovakian girl named Kitty Weichherz and her parents were deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Thirteen year-old Kitty and her immediate family did not survive, but a detailed and loving diary kept by Kitty's father remained safe with her aunt. Kitty's story provides a powerful and poignant document of daily life in Europe on the eve of Hitler's Final Solution and the basis of In Her Father's Eyes. This exhibit will be on display Tuesday, April 3 through Thursday, April 26.
  • Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II, on display at the Central Library. beyond rosie women in world war iiRosie the Riveter has become the symbol of women's involvements in World War II. She only tells a small part, however, of the larger stories about the ways women contributed to and were affected by war. World War II changed the everyday social, cultural and economic realities of life in the United States - especially for women. This exhibit explores the stories of these women in their complexities and honors women in World War II. This exhibit is currently on display through Thursday, May 31.

Our thanks to Kennesaw State University for loaning these exhibits to the Cobb County Public Library System.

Discover Your Health: Evaluating Health Information

life logoDo you want to make informed decisions about your health? Do you want to educate yourself so you can ask the right questions when you visit your doctor? Do you want to know how a certain procedure is done and what kind of complimentary or alternative treatments are available?

Then don't miss out on this valuable informative session on health literacy.

The Cobb County Public Library System, partnering with Life University, will be providing this free informative session on April 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the South Cobb Regional Library. The class will be taught by Geetha Sridaran, Reference Librarian at Life University.

You will learn how to evaluate information you find online, how to search information on some reliable sources and how to stay current. You will also receive a packet of information with a list of websites to use.

There is no charge to attend, but seats are limited and registration is required. Please call (770) 528-7953 to register.


American Civil War in Film Series, brought to you by
Kennesaw State University

kennesaw state universityInterested in the Civil War? Want to learn more from experts, while enjoying related films? Then please join us for our Civil War Film Series, starting in April! We’ve teamed up with historians and professors from Kennesaw State University to join us for a moderated film discussion, which will be held each Tuesday night in April at the Central Library.

Titles and moderators:

  • April 3, 2012 6:30pm – “Glory” led by Michael K. Shaffer – Kennesaw State University. Assistant Director of the Civil War Center and Lecturer of History. He is a Civil War historian, author, and newspaper columnist, who has written various articles for state and local publications. Get more information about this event on our calendar.
  • April 10, 2012 6:30 pm – “The Red Badge of Courage” led by Dr. David Parker – Kennesaw State University. Assistant Chair, Department of History and Philosophy. Professor of History. He teaches classes in Georgia history, the history of American religion, the Gilded Age, and research methods. Get more information about this event on our calendar.
  • April 17, 2012 6:30 pm – “The Horse Soldiers” led by Dr. Brian S. Wills. Kennesaw State University. Director of the Civil War Center and Professor of History. He is the author of numerous works relating to the American Civil War, including a biography of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest. Get more information about this event on our calendar.
  • April 24, 2012 6:30 pm – “Shenandoah” led by Dr. Brian S. Wills. Get more information about this event on our calendar.

This film series is brought to you by the Cobb County Public Library System and Kennesaw State University. We hope that you’ll join us for a discussion of this fascinating period in America’s history!

For more information, please call (770) 528-2320.

Resource Spotlight: ReferenceUSA

referenceusaReferenceUSA is the leading provider in business and consumer research. This database provides access to more than 20 million business listings, which can help users create market plans, conduct competitive analyses, and raise funds.

You'll need your library card number and PIN to access this resource. Need a library card? Find information on how to sign up for yours on our website.

Have questions about how ReferenceUSA can help you? Please join us for one of the instructional sessions below. For more information, please call (770) 528-2332.

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