September 2012
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Cobb libraries closed for Labor Day holiday

All branches of the Cobb County Public Library System will be closed on Monday, September 3 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

For a full list of all closings, please visit

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month

my library card helped me travel to new worlds

What can your library card do for you?

Each year, libraries around the country celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month. Join us as we encourage all Cobb County residents to get a library card. It's easy to get one, and library cards are free for Cobb County residents.

There's so much your library card can help you do. Whether you're learning a new language, traveling to new places, finding a job, or discovering your family tree, there's something at the library for you. For more information, please visit our website.


Learn gardening tips, tricks with Cobb Master Gardeners

The Cobb Master Gardeners will be making the rounds at local Cobb libraries with free educational sessions on the following dates:

  • September 18, 6:30 pm: East Cobb Library, When Autumn Leaves Start to Fall with Donna Kennedy
  • October 16, 6:30 pm: West Cobb Regional Library, Daylilies with Fran Sommerville
  • November 27, 6:30 pm: South Cobb Regional Library, Houseplants and Holiday Plants with Linda Hlozansky

For more information, please visit

Mark your calendar: Friends of the Library Book Sale

The semi-annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Friday-Sunday, October 12-14 at the Jim R. Miller Park in Exhibit Halls A & B. For more information, please visit our website.

This event is sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation.

Resource Spotlight: LearningExpress Library

examLearningExpress Library is an interactive online learning platform featuring over 770 practice tests, tutorials, and eBooks related to job search and workplace skills improvement, career certification and licensing exam preparation, college entrance and graduate school admissions exam preparation, GED exam preparation, and basic skills improvement in reading, writing, and math, for all ages. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

LearningExpress Library includes courses on:

  • GED preparation and practice exams
  • Firefighter, police, EMT, and other similar practice exam preparation and practice tests
  • Practice tests for college and graduate school entrance exams (including SAT, AP, TOEFL iBT, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, and more)
  • Civil service exam preparation
  • Real estate exam preparation
  • US Citizenship exam preparation
  • ...and more!

Access to this database is restricted to library cardholders. If you don't have a library card, now is a great time to get one. For more information about this resource, please visit our website.

Teens can fight hunger at the library with Hunger Games Challenge

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The Cobb County Public Library System is offering teens an opportunity to fight hunger in Cobb County while having fun with its Hunger Games Challenge. The event will be held on Thursday, September 13 at 4 pm at the Central Library. Middle and high school students are encouraged to attend, and registration is required.

The challenge will be based on the popular Hunger Games book and movie, which tells the story of a post-apocalyptic society with rampant hunger, where teens fought to save their lives and for food for their district. At the event, teens will be split into teams (like the districts from the novel) and will earn points based on challenges. Teens are encouraged to bring food items to earn points for their team. These items will be donated to MUST Ministries, a nonprofit that provides food and services to meet the basic needs of people living in poverty.

Registration for the event is required; to register or for more information, teens should visit our website or call (770) 528-2338.

the orchardAuthor Jeffrey Stepakoff to visit East Cobb Library

Jeffrey Stepakoff, best-selling author, screenwriter, and professor, will be at the East Cobb Library to talk about the craft of writing and his new book, The Orchard. The event will be held on Thursday, September 20, at 11 am.

Copies of his new book will be for sale. The event is free and sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation.

Registration is required. To register and for more information, please visit our website or call (770) 509-2730.

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