Libraries closed on July 4
All branches of the Cobb County Public Library System will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Regular operating hours will resume Thursday, July 5. For a complete list of all of our hours, please visit our website.
Enter our Summer Reading Program giveaways
Each year, the Cobb County Public Library System encourages people of all ages to read during the summer with this fun and free program.
The Summer Reading Program ends July 31, and it's not too late to participate!
This year, teens and adults can win a Sony eReader, courtesy of OverDrive, just by reading books and writing reviews. Kids can earn free pizza by reading, courtesy of Stevi B's.
Each person who participates in our Summer Reading Program is also entered into a grand prize drawing to win an iPad 2, courtesy of Cobb EMC.
Get all of the details about the Summer Reading Program, including how to register for the prizes, at www.cobbcat.org/srp.
Mark your calendar for our End-of-Summer Reading Celebration
The Cobb County Public Library System is celebrating the end of the summer with our annual party at the Central Library. This year's theme is "Celebration! Library Stars."
Please join us on Saturday, August 4 from 5-7 p.m. for fun activities, music, crafts, and more. Artwork from the Hero in Me program will be on display, and videos from the Triple D Production Company will be available to view. We'll also be announcing the winners of the iPad 2 and the Sony eReaders!
For more information, please visit www.cobbcat.org/srp or call (770) 528-2330.
Learn about the new Senior Wellness Center
On Tuesday, July 10, join us at 2 p.m. at the Central Library to learn all about the new Senior Wellness Center, which will officially open in August 2012. Cobb Senior Services staff will share information about the new facility and the classes and services that will be offered.
Registration is required. For more information or to register, please visit our calendar or call (770) 528-7953.
Win tickets to see the Wiggles!
The Wiggles, the world's most famous children's entertainment group, will be on stage at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, July 31st at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and you can win tickets at your library!
This is the last time all of the original Wiggles will be on tour together before they introduce new members. Red, Yellow, and Purple will all be retiring after this year.
To win tickets, just stop by any of our 17 locations before July 25 and enter your name into the drawing. For more information, please visit www.cobbcat.org/wiggles.
Learn about Ravensbruck, women and the Holocaust
Dr. Jennifer Dickey, coordinator of the Public History program at Kennesaw State University, will give a behind-the-scenes look at the Museum of History & Holocaust Education's newest traveling exhibit, "Remembering Ravensbruck: Women and the Holocaust." The exhibit, on display at the Central Library, tells the history of Ravensbruck, a Nazi concentration camp north of Berlin where 150,000 were interred between 1939 and 1945. Dr. Dickey will also talk about the creation of the exhibit and the involvement of her Kennesaw State University public history students.
Join us for a different book club experience
Think all book clubs are the same? Our Book Club Noir, at the West Cobb Regional Library, might change your mind. For this book club, we're not reading the latest and greatest bestseller, beach read, or chick-lit novel. In fact, we're focusing solely on detective and mystery classics from the mid-1900s. In July, we'll be reading the classic Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith.
A little about the author, courtesy of her publisher: "As a writer of novels, short stories, and teleplays, Highsmith is known for her character studies exploring people's darker side---the side of an apparently moral person who is capable of murder. Highsmith likes to examine the ways in which people can get to the point at which they are capable of murder, as well as who they become after they have committed a crime. In carefully constructed stories and novels, she integrates this scrutiny of the human psyche into complex plots that often take unexpected twists. An example is her first novel, Strangers on a Train (1950), in which architect Guy Haines meets Charles Bruno on a train. Bruno conceives a plan to have Haines kill Bruno's father, while Bruno will kill Haines's wife. The effect that this plan has on Haines is the focus of the story. Highsmith does not publish a great amount of fiction, but when she does, her work is always among the best in the genre."
Please join us at the West Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (770) 528-4699 or visit our calendar.
Not a fan of the noir classics? Don't worry - we have over 20 different book clubs that meet at our libraries, and we're sure that there's one for you. Take a look at the list and let us know if you have any questions.
Get assistance with your eBooks, eAudiobooks with OverDrive Help
Have you wondered how eBooks work? Are you wondering if the library's eBooks will work with your eReader? Learn more about all of these things with OverDrive Help!
OverDrive, the company that provides some of the library's digital downloads, has compiled helpful instructions, videos, tutorials, and more on their Help page. If you have a question about how to install OverDrive Media Console, how to transfer books to your device, or other related questions, this is a great place to go for information. We have also compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions on our website. And, of course, you're always welcome to contact the library for assistance.
Resource Spotlight: DemographicsNow
DemographicsNow offers a variety of simple, ready-to-use demographic data reports. Users may customize them by geography, choosing the area that best suits their needs. In addition, users may also run an unlimited number of reports in summary, comparison or ranking formats.
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.