With only one full week remaining before public schools open in Cobb County, the back-to-school shopping season is in full swing. Here’s one essential item for all back-to-school checklists and it’s free: a library card.

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Sign-up before the school year starts, even before the Library Card Sign-Up Month.

The launch of the 2014-15 school year is an excellent time for Cobb students and parents make certain everybody has a Cobb County Public Library System library card. We encourage students and parents to make sure library cards are up to date. Library cards for Cobb County residents are valid for two years.

Visit any Cobb library location to get a library card. Getting a library card is easy and only takes a few minutes. Parents and guardians should visit the library with their children, bring proof of residency and photo identification, and fill out a short form. While you’re at the library, learn how libraries can be part of students’ educational and entertainment plans during the busy school year.

CCPLSCardThe first day of classes for Cobb County School District is Monday, August 4 and classes start at Marietta City Schools on Wednesday, August 6. Classes also start soon at many area private schools and for several homeschooled students.

For more information on CCPLS library cards, please visit our website. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national drive led by the American Library Association (ALA). As the ALA campaign says, “a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

There’s still time to register children for Cobb libraries’ Summer Reading Program. Reading folders for children (birth to 5th grade) to record what they read over the summer should be completed and back at the library on or before July 31st to claim certificates and to be eligible for prizes. Join us for “Among the Stars,” the End of Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Switzer Library. For more information on the Summer Reading Program 2014 for all ages, please visit www.cobbcat.org/srp.

‘The Most Important School Supply of All’