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August 2014
'The Most Important School Supply'

The launch of the 2014-15 school year is an excellent time for Cobb students and parents to 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.

 

Classes at the Cobb County School District and Marietta City Schools began this week. 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 at www.cobbcat.org.  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."


Still Time to Be a Home Run Reader!

 

Cheers greeted Freddie Freeman's arrival for the Home Run Readers event on July 23 at Switzer Library 

 

All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman and SUBWAY Restaurants spokesman Jared Fogle greeted nearly 100 Cobb County students during a special event for Home Run Readers at Switzer Library on July 23. The special guests took turns reading Dan Gutman's "Casey Back at Bat" to the students in third through fifth grade, answered questions, played a word game with them and gave away Braves-related prizes to the winners.

 

Cobb County students are eligible to participate in Home Run Readers, the Atlanta Braves Summer Reading Partnership with Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), presented by SUBWAY Restaurants. 

 

Home Run Readers rewards students in grades K-12 throughout Georgia with a free Braves ticket and a free SUBWAY "Fresh Fit For Kids Meal" for reading books and completing an online activity.

 

Designed to encourage a love of reading, as well as strengthening reading skills during the summer months, Home Run Readers was launched in 2013. Freeman is the Braves' ambassador for the program's second year.

 

The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through August 24. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.atlantabraves.com/reading

 
Sunday Hours @ Switzer

Starting September 7, the Switzer Library in Marietta will be open Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Sunday hours will be in effect through May 17, 2015, coinciding with the 2014-2015 school year for Cobb County and Marietta City public schools. The library will be closed April 5, 2015 for the Easter holiday.  


 

A summary of all hours for all Cobb libraries can be found on the library's website at www.cobbcat.org.

Storytelling Workshop by SOS


 

The Southern Order of Storytellers (SOS) Cobb County Cluster presents the 2nd Annual Emerging Voices Storytelling Workshop at Switzer Library on Saturday, August 30, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to the public.


 
If you always wanted to tell or listen to stories, this workshop is for you. Choose your subject or story and prepare to be a storyteller! There will be sessions for adults and children from pre-kindergarten to teens. SOS is a group of storytellers and listeners bringing storytelling to wider audiences and helping to make storytelling once again an integral part of culture and entertainment in Georgia and the Southeast.

 

Please RSVP for the August 30 workshop online, in person at the Switzer Library, or by calling (770) 528-2320.

Tasty, Healthy Nutrition Series Starts August 14

The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) begins at Powder Springs Library on Thursday, August 14, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

The six-week program for families is designed to provide timely information on preparing delicious and healthy meals on a limited budget and quick. The program presented by the UGA Cooperative Extension Service runs through Thursdays through September 18. Each session features food preparation demonstrations and prizes. Attend all six sessions and receive a certificate of achievement. 

For more information, please call (770) 439-3600.
Gardeners' Night Out @ Mountain View


Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County's next monthly Gardeners' Night Out program is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., at East Cobb Library. The August program is "The Annual Sequence of Blooms Beloved by Worker Honeybees" with Master Gardener Rita Buehner.


 

For more information on the August 12 workshop, please call the Cobb County Extension Service at (770) 528-4070. 


 

For information on Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, including future Gardeners Night Out programs, visit www.cobbmastergardeners.com.

Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit, Presentation


 

Tuskegee Airmen: The Segregated Skies of World War Two, a traveling exhibit on loan from the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University, will be on display at the Powder Springs Library through August 28. The exhibit explores the challenges and triumphs of the first African American pilots to fly in combat in the war.


 
A presentation on the Tuskegee Airmen, America's First Black Military Pilots, by Dr. Jennifer Dickey, assistant professor and Coordinator of Public History at Kennesaw State, is scheduled for Powder Springs Library on Tuesday, August 12, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.


 
For more information on the exhibit and presentation, please call (770) 439-3600.

Watch Oscar Films


 

The 2014 Oscar Films series at Switzer Library continues Mondays at 6 p.m. through August. Stars in the series include Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Emma Thompson. For information, please call (770) 528-2320.


 

Cobb libraries regularly show movies. For a full list of film screenings at library branches, please visit our calendar

 

Free Computer Classes


 

Cobb County Public Library System offers free introductory computer classes on the general skills of using a computer, email, and e-Readers. Registration is required and space is limited. 

 

Upcoming classes include:

 

Libraries Closed for Labor Day 


 

Cobb County Public Library System will be closed Monday, September 1 for the Labor Day holiday.  Regular library hours will resume the following day. 

For a list of all holiday observances, please our website.


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