February 2013
Library eNewsletter

Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services Department Dedication Ceremony 

The public is invited to attend the ceremony dedicating the Hattie Gaines Wilson Youth Services Department at the Central Library on Saturday, February 9 at 1 p.m.

A leading figure for expanding library services to the African American community of Marietta and Cobb County, Mrs. Wilson served for 33 years as the branch manager of the library in the Fort Hill community located near the Marietta Square. The library, which was founded as a branch of the Marietta city library in 1947, was added to the Cobb library system in 1959. Mrs. Wilson was also a longtime volunteer for the Red Cross, PTA, Boys and Girls Scouts, and other organizations.

Mrs. Wilson led the library from 1951 to her retirement in 1984. She died in 2001, four years after the library she loved was renamed in her honor. The Hattie G. Wilson Library closed in January after the closing of the Fort Hill Homes.

For more information on the ceremony, please visit our website or call (770) 528-2332.


Celebrate African American History Month at the library


The Cobb County Public Library System is honoring the contributions and legacies of African Americans throughout history with several events in February. All events are free and open to the public.


The highlight of the library system's celebration will be the 3rd annual African American History Month Celebration on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. at Central Library. Special guests for the informal event will include the AL Burruss Unity Drummers, the South Cobb High School Platinum Steppers, the Rev. Cassandra Marcus, and Jo Lahmon.


Other events include:


African American History Month Film Festival: Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella kicks off the African American History Month Film Festival at West Cobb Regional Library, February 2 at 3 p.m.


Film Screening: The first movie in Central Library's African American Heritage Month film series is Cabin in the Sky, showing Monday, February 4 at 5:30 p.m. A Broadway musical adaptation released in 1943, the film features an all African American cast, including Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Ethel Waters.


Discover Georgia's African American History: Tuesday, February 7 at Powder Springs Library, 4 p.m. Explore history through stories, film, and art. Families are encouraged to attend together. Registration required. For more information, please call (770) 439-3600.


Our Nation is a Rainbow: Vinings Library presents a special program for young people ages 5 and up on our similarities and differences Tuesday, February 19 at 4 p.m. The program will feature stories and songs, and making a craft to take home. For information, please call (770) 801-5803.


Celebrate African American History Month: A special program at East Cobb Library for youths ages 3 and up is slated for Wednesday, February 27 at 3:30 p.m. The program will include African American folktales and stories, songs, a short film, and a craft. For information, please call (770) 509-2730.


Information on African American History programs at the library is posted on the library's web site. Click here to learn more.


Cobb residents now have access to a Passport to Puppetry

Cookie Monster. Image courtesy of the Center for Puppetry Arts.Cobb families can now pay a free visit to Big Bird, the Fraggles, and a host of other popular puppet characters by using their Cobb County Public Library System library card.


Thanks to a new partnership between the Center for Puppetry Arts and Georgia's Public Libraries, citizens with valid library cards can check out the Center's new Passport to Puppetry at their local library.


The Passport to Puppetry is valid for up to four free museum admissions -  a potential savings of up to $33 per family. Parties with children must include at least one adult. The museum provides educational fun with more than 350 puppets from around the world, highlighting the fact that every civilization on our planet has its own unique form of puppetry tradition.

The museum at the Center for Puppetry Arts is open Tuesdays through Sundays with hours varying upon day and programming. In addition to four free admissions, the Passport to Puppetry also entitles library patrons to attend a performance at the Center and/or participate in a Create-a-Puppet Workshop at a 25% discount, when space is available. Complete details, including valid dates, show times, hours of operation, and reservation information are available online at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BQAk8F4fhMv4d1CBLODNVcIw51wkVD7a8uC5cWT8dDsYod4N2CSPhADSrpTMvCg-9sTAwikvGO3kbQHCqyBL389Ux5RHzc_zhYZTI8x0HoUmt_lVVKymZQ==.


For more information on the Passport to Puppetry, please visit http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001BQAk8F4fhMuzuNIvljt7aKfHaPsnPC_qeH8H8tlINDE7GCdVgCfgt85ya0XSvKONz3to_cDHj0_C2Fml1iubiLt-TMScLcHfq2FOmf9pMcux4L7V1p1zrnGvOhmAEAZc.



Next start date for ed2go courses is February 20


The next opportunity for Cobb County library patrons to start ed2go classes is Wednesday, February 20.


Offered for free to CCPLS library cardholders, the instructor-led ed2go classes last six weeks and include 12 lessons per course. A wide range of personal enrichment and career development classes are available in computer skills, health and wellness, test preparation, photography, and much more.


To learn more about ed2go classes and the library's other online resources, please visit the E-Library at www.cobbcat.org/e-library.




Gardeners' Night Out: Winter Plants

The next Gardeners' Night Out program is slated for Tuesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m.at West Cobb Regional Library. The February program is "My Favorite Winter Plants" with Master Gardener Terry Barton. Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County presents the free monthly Gardeners' Night Out programs at CCPLS locations.


For information on the Master Gardeners program, please visit www.cobbmastergardeners.org.



Mark your calendar: Book Sale March 8-10


The Cobb County Public Library System's semi-annual book sale will be held March 8-9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and March 10 from 1-5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park on 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.


Donated items for the book sale include soft-cover and hard-back books, magazines, text books, DVD and VHS movies, and children's books. Prices range from 10 cents to $5. Last year, the book sales generated more than $80,000 which enabled the library staff to purchase new materials, including books and DVDs.


The March book sale attracts thousands of book-lovers to the event and is one of the two large semi-annual sales held yearly.


The library is seeking book sale volunteers to pull off another successful year. For information on the sale or to volunteer for this event, call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2331.

Librarian recognized for service to community, expertise

Librarian Carolyn Crawford was recently recognized by the Cobb Landmarks and Historical Society for the outstanding service she provides to the community. Carolyn has overseen the Georgia Room at the Central Library for many years, and she is an expert in genealogy and local history.


We are proud of Carolyn and of the dedicated service she has provided to the community. Congratulations, Carolyn!


Free computer classes offered at your library

Various CCPLS offer introductory classes on using computers, downloading e-books, creating e-mail accounts, and more throughout the year. Registration is required, unless otherwise noted, and space is limited.


 Here are some of the classes in the February lineup:

Library Board of Trustees has a new lineup

Members of the Cobb County Public Library System's Board of Trustees recently elected a new Chair, Jim Croft, after the departure of long-time Board member Charles Switzer. Jim Croft is president of the architecture and planning firm Croft & Associates and is an active member of the Cobb community.


The Board also welcomed a new member at their recent meeting: Ellen Springer, who is a resident of Kennesaw and an author, educator, consultant, and president of the accounting firm Springer & Cobb, CPA. 


For more information on the Board of Trustees, please visit our website



Sweetwater Valley Library hosted KSU exhibit

In January, the Sweetwater Valley Library hosted the exhibit In Her Father's Eyes, courtesy of the Kennesaw State University's Museum of History and Holocaust Education.   The exhibit told the story the short life of Kitty Weicherz, a Czechoslovakian girl who was born the same year as Anne Frank.  Thirteen year-old Kitty and her immediate family were deported to Auschwitz in 1942 but did not survive the camp.  Kitty's father kept a detailed and loving diary of their short lives.  The diary was rescued by her Aunt and is the basis of the powerful and poignant portrayal of daily life in Europe on the eve of Hitler's Final Solution.


The display consisted of eight free-standing fabric panels each 7' by 4', placed along the library's exterior glass wall, making it visible to all visitors to Austell's historic Threadmill.  In conjunction with the exhibit, the library created several displays to help customers of all ages gain a deeper understanding of the Holocaust.


The Sweetwater Valley Library is located in the Threadmill Mall Complex at 5000 Austell-Powder Springs Road, Suite 123, Austell, GA 30106. The library will be hosting a second Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education display in May highlighting the Tuskegee Airmen; this exhibit is currently on display at the East Cobb Library through February. 


 For more information about the Sweetwater Valley Library, please call (770) 819-3290.



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Marietta, Georgia  30060
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