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Lewis A. Ray Library

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4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
(770) 801-5335

Hours

Monday – Wednesday: 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday – Friday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Closed Sunday

Your Commissioner is Bob Ott.

History

In 1962 the Lemons-Vinings area was a growing area of Cobb County with new subdivisions, stores, fire stations and schools – but no library.  The Trillium Garden Club voted to spearhead a drive to develop a branch library in cooperation with the Cobb County-Marietta Library System.  The Oakdale Library opened in October of that year in the basement of the Oakdale Fire Station on S. Atlanta Road.  The current facility located at 4500 Oakdale Road was built with $88,000 provided from bond funds and was dedicated in March 1967.   The branch was named in honor of Dr. Lewis A. Ray, a local dentist, who was the Chairman of the Cobb County-Marietta Library System.

The Lewis A. Ray Library is known as “the popular library,” as the collection focuses on current materials.  The patronage includes many who have been using the branch since it opened, as well as new residents and visitors seeking library services.  The Lewis A. Ray Branch provides a broad range of resources responsive to the diverse and changing needs of our community.

Lewis A. Ray Library

April 2019

Baby and Toddler TIme

Tuesday, April 30 @ 10:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 18, 2018

An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Babies and toddlers aged 2 and under, with their caregivers, are welcome to join us for a 30-minute program of stories, songs, rhymes, and play.  Support your child’s development of early literacy skills and have fun together!

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June 2019

Cobb 4H Yoga Program: Find your “SPACE” with 4-H Yoga!

Thursday, June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Find your “SPACE” with 4-H Yoga!  4-H Yoga is a great way for kids to exercise while having fun!  Join Cobb 4-H as we guide children through yoga exercises that promote positive physical, social, and emotional health.  Our activities will include a yoga safety orientation, breathing exercises, warm-up, and games.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats.  Cobb 4-H will also be able to provide some yoga mats.    For more information about 4-H Yoga, please visit: https://www.uaex.edu/4h-youth/activities-programs/healthy-living/curriculum.aspx.  This…

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Look, Up in the Sky! Join Ben Jenkins for Sky Exploration

Tuesday, June 11 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Join Ben Jenkins,  Director of University of West Georgia's Observatory, for a public observation of the Sun, Moon, planets, nebulas, star clusters, and galaxies.  He will bring telescopes for children to view the sky! If the sky is clear, who knows what you may get to see! Visit University of West Georgia's website to learn more about their Observatory : https://www.westga.edu/academics/cosm/physics/observatory.php To ensure everyone is able to utilize the telescopes, please RSVP with us by calling the Lewis A. Ray…

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Join us for Storytime with Para Athlete Cougar Clifford!

Thursday, June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Join us for a visit from quadriplegic Para Athlete Cougar Clifford, a Paralympic swimmer and triathlete. Cougar will read books to us and help us understand big words such as disability, quadriplegic, and inclusivity. He may even let us try out his recumbent bike and his running chair, both of which he uses in competition!  To learn more about Clifford, feel free to visit his website http://www.cougartracks.net/ where he updates his supporters about his upcoming events and projects.  Also, feel free to…

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Love Animals? Learn About What it Takes to Be a Veterinarian with Dr. Kathy Baker!

Tuesday, June 18 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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When your pet gets sick, you take them to the Vet! Veterinarians tend to the healthcare needs of animals, including pets, livestock, and zoo and laboratory animals; they are doctors for animals! Are you interested in becoming a Veterinarian? Meet Dr. Kathy Baker, the Founder of Lucy's Veterinary Care, and the rest of her team, to learn more about becoming a Veterinarian and what all it entails! If we are lucky, she may even let us view her mobile clinic!…

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July 2019

Meet Man’s Best Friend! Cobb County Police K9 Visits Lewis A. Ray Library!

Thursday, July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Calling all dog lovers! Here’s your opportunity to meet a real Cobb County K-9 Unit public safety dog! Join us and learn about how these specialized, hard working dogs are trained and what they do to help keep our communities safe.  A Cobb County Special Operations Division/K-9 Unit handler will demonstrate training techniques and commands with a certified K-9 Unit dog at the Lewis A. Ray Library  on Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 pm. This program is for school-age…

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Celebrate National Watermelon Month with the Cobb County Farm Bureau!

Monday, July 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Lewis A. Ray Library, 4500 Oakdale Road
Smyrna, GA 30080 United States
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Want to know some fun facts about watermelons? Watermelons are mostly water! About 91% of the watermelon by volume is made up of water which may explain why they are so refreshing during the hot summer months. The seeds and rind of the watermelon is edible. Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable. There are roughly 1,200 varieties of watermelon. The heaviest watermelon ever recorded weighed 350 pounds! Come celebrate National Watermelon Month with Chy Kellogg from the Cobb…

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