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Nature photography can be a fun, relaxing and exciting hobby! In this course, learn about the many aspects of outdoor photography and how to master your camera's controls and features.

This free, online course is offered through  Gale Courses, which provides access to hundreds of instructor-led online courses covering everything from health and wellness to creative writing, computer programming, GED test preparation and much more.
The six-week classes begin September 17.
September 2014
'The Smartest Card'

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month.
The Cobb County Public Library System joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide in encouraging everyone to get a free library card.



It's easy to get a library card. Library cards are free for Cobb residents, business owners and property owners. For information on CCPLS library cards, please visit our website or go to any of the 16 Cobb library locations.


Cardholders should ensure that their library cards are valid and we encourage you to spread the word about the value of the card to your family, friends, neighbors and business associates. Library cards are valid for two years.  


Library cards are for everybody. Young people develop reading skills with library books.  Students use library resources for academic achievement and recreation. Seniors use library print and digital resources for entertainment, health, personal finance and travel planning. Entrepreneurs get key information about their markets from demographic databases available online and free with a library card....Everybody!

Coming Soon: The Educator Card! 

Cobb County Public Library System will soon make available a special library card that will entitle educators to borrow materials and access digital resources for the classroom. Benefits will include nine-week checkouts and more!


Applications for the Educator Card will be accepted from the following educators:

  • preschool, K-12, public, private and parochial schools, and licensed childcare centers
  • Cobb homeschool parents and guardians
  • educators who teach in Cobb and live outside the county

Details about the availability of the Educator Card will be announced soon at your school and your Cobb libraries at

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

Hispanic Heritage Programs

Programs at Cobb libraries for National Hispanic Heritage Month are on the library calendar.  Hispanic Heritage Month is observed officially from September 15 through October 15.


Upcoming programs include:

Hispanic-American Heritage Film Series in September at Switzer Library on Monday evenings, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The series of PG-13 rated films include: September 8: Bless Me, Ultima; September 15: Cesar Chavez; September 22: In the Time of the Butterflies; and September 29: Instructions Not Included. For more information, please call (770) 528-2320.


From Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal to Atlanta, a program on Lusophone or Portuguese-speaking communities in metro Atlanta, on Tuesday, September 23, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dr. Robert Simon, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Coordinator of Portuguese with the Kennesaw State University Department of Foreign Languages, will present the program on the Brazilian, Portuguese and Cape Verdean populations of our area. Information: (770) 528-2320. 


Hola Amigos!, a childrens' event at East Cobb Library on Wednesday, September 24, 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The bilingual program will feature stories, songs and a craft. All ages welcome. Information: (770) 509-2730.


Talk Bluebirds @ West Cobb

The next Gardeners' Night Out program of Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County will feature Master Gardener Jim Bearden speaking on "All About Bluebirds - And More" at West Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, September 9, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Bearden is a leader of the effort that turned the Green Meadows Preserve, a county-owned park and historic farm site, into a bluebird sanctuary. The preserve, which includes trails within view of biuebird nesting boxes, is located off Dallas Highway and Old Hamilton Road, near the Avenue at West Cobb retail center.

For information on Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County, including Gardeners Night Out programs in the fall at Cobb libraries, visit

Fall Planting for Spring Blooms


Planting Bulbs in the Fall, a program by Debra Stockton, a Cobb County Master Gardener, at Sweetwater Valley Library will be presented Tuesday, September 9, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. 


She will talk about flower bulbs, including the anatomy of a bulb as well as where, when and how to plant. Emphasis will be on bulbs to plant in the fall for spring blooming. Daffodils, tulips and some little known beauties will be featured. The September 9 program is free.


For more information, please call (770) 819-3290.

School Break Films @ West Cobb


West Cobb Regional Library is presenting free moving screenings during Cobb County School Districts' School Break in mid-September.


School Break Mystery Film Fest! at West Cobb starts at 2:30 p.m., Monday, September 15 through Thursday, September 18. The lineup: Monday - Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (G); Tuesday - The Pink Panther (PG); Wednesday - The Great Mouse Detective (G), and Thursday: Scooby-Doo (PG)


For more information, please call (770) 528-4699.


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:


Book Sale: October 10-12

The Cobb County Public Library System's next semi-annual book sale will be held Friday and Saturday, October 10-11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.   books

Donated items for the book sale include books, textbooks, DVD and VHS movies and children's books. Prices range from 10 cents to $4. All profits from the sale go directly to buying more items for the 16 Cobb libraries.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2345.

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