Registration space is close to three-quarters full for GEMS, Cobb County Public Library System’s annual workshop series offering girls ages 13 to 17 opportunities to explore technology and STEM careers during summer break.

GEMS 2017 runs in June at five Cobb County libraries on four dates each from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is limited to 25 girls at each location.

The positive, encouraging environment experienced by past GEMS participants is a key reason the fourth year of GEMS is attracting strong interest, said GEMS 2017 organizer Kate Jacobson.

GEMS stands for Girls in Engineering, Math and Science. Support for GEMS is provided by the Cobb Library Foundation.

“Every session of GEMS will feature hands-on activities with tech and the girls meet professional women from a range of tech and scientific fields,” Jacobson said.

The GEMS series schedule includes East Cobb Library on Mondays starting June 5th; Mountain View and South Cobb libraries on Wednesdays starting on June 7th; and Switzer and West Cobb libraries on Thursdays with the first session on June 8th.

As of mid-day Tuesday, 87 of the 125 spaces available overall for GEMS registration were filled, library officials said. The Mountain View and West Cobb regional libraries are near capacity, with registration ranging from 12 to 17 at the three other libraries by noon Tuesday.

GEMS is talked about all year as a signature library program, so at one month before the 2017 edition launches, it isn’t a surprise for full registration to be on the horizon,” said Jacobson, a Youth Services Librarian at the Kennesaw Library. “GEMS is fun and inspirational.”

Since the first year of GEMS in 2014, several of the participants returned to the program for a new round of sessions, Jacobson said.

“I’ve gotten to watch a core group of girls continue to explore and develop their interest in STEM each summer,” she said. “It’s exciting to watch them grow up and get serious about STEM because of their involvement in GEMS from a young age.”

For information on GEMS, visit or call (770) 528-2320.

Registration Numbers Strong for 2017 GEMS Program
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