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In this high-energy class you'll learn many tricks from the published writer's toolbox. Whether you're working now or hope to write a novel, nonfiction book, a memoir, short stories or articles, the Writeriffic class will make it happen.


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 February 18.
February 2015
African American History Month Events @ your Cobb libraries


A variety of programs are scheduled for African American History Month at Cobb libraries in February. Highlights include:

Celebrate African American History Month, Special Family Program at East Cobb Library at February 4. 3:30-4:15 p.m. All ages are welcome to celebrate with a

 variety of books, a short film and crafts.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day at East Marietta Library on February 4, 4-5 p.m. School age children will discover how to use digital technology to learn more about the fascinating lives of African Americans in history. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by calling 770-509-2711.

Race Relations and Strategies for Change in the Post-Civil Rights Era, a program led by Dr. Seneca Vaught of Kennesaw State University, will be presented on February 9 at Mountain View Regional Library and on February 23 at Switzer Library, 7 p.m. both dates.  Dr. Vaught will discuss race relations and strategies for change in the post-civil rights era.


Storyteller Josie Bailey will present a program on Black History at South Cobb Regional Library Monday, February 9 at 7 p.m. She has toured throughout the Southeast for more than two decades as a storyteller and inspirational speaker. For more information, please call (678) 398-5828.



Book Discussion at Switzer Library on Sunday, February 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Local author Marian L. Thomas will take part in a discussion on her novel "Color Me Jazzmyne" with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Marietta/Roswell Alumni Chapter hosting the discussion. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information, please call (770) 528-2320.


The Marines of Montford Point: Commemorating America's First Black Marines at West Cobb Regional Library on February18, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In 1942, African American men joined the Marine Corps for the first time. This program explores their experiences serving in World War II and their contributions to the Civil Rights movement. The program is presented by Education Specialist James Newberry of the Museum of History and Holocaust Education at Kennesaw State University.


For more information on African American History Month, please visit the CCPLS calendar or contact any library location.

Kids' Valentine's Day Programs @ your Cobb Libraries


Several children's Valentine's Day themed programs and activities are on the calendar for Cobb County Public Library System in February. 

Upcoming Valentine's Day-themed programs include:


Terrific Twos @ Mountain View, I Love Valentine's Day at Mountain View Regional Library on Tuesday, February 10, 10:15-10:45 a.m.. Toddlers are introduced to pre-literacy skills and socialization.


Wiggle Worms! Toddler Story Time at Gritters Library on February 10, 10:05 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Stories and songs for you and your toddler.


Be My Valentine, Preschool Pollywags! at East Cobb Library on Tuesday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 11, 11 a.m., both dates. Stories, songs, fun activities and a short film.  Ages 3-5.


Toddler Tales: Valentine's Cards at Kemp Memorial Library on Wednesday, February 11, 10-10:45 a.m. Story time with age appropriate stories, songs and activities.


Toddler Time at Switzer Library on February 11, 11-11:30 a.m. Everyone 18 months to 3 years old with a caregiver will have a great time with age appropriate books, rhymes, songs, activities and more!


Ms. Frizzle's Science Lab at Powder Springs Library on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Elementary age students will explore the science of magnetism.


Preschool Power Lunch at Powder Springs Library on Thursday, February 12, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Toddlers will bring lunches to celebrate Valentine's Day with art, reading, music and movement.


Valentine Make and Take at East Marietta Library on Saturday, February 14. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Kids will make a valentine for either someone special or a character from favorite books.


For all of the Valentine's Day theme programs, please visit the library calendar or contract any Cobb library location.

Films for All Ages @ your Cobb libraries 

Catch a movie at a Cobb library in February! Screenings include:


The Brown Bag Lunch Film Series in February at Switzer Library features screenings Oscar winners and nominees. Bring your lunch and settle in for a mid-day treat! The line-up is February 2: Ray; February 9: Invictus; February 16: The Help; and February 23: Get On Up.


Teen Cinema & Anime Club at East Cobb Library on Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m. Join other teen anime and film enthusiasts for a movie, snacks and activities. For grades 6-12. Free; no registration is required. For more information, please call (770) 509-2730.


Teen Movie Saturday: Don't Judge a Book by Its Movie Series at South Cobb Regional Library starting at 2 p.m. with a movie and discussion. Screenings include February 7: Warm Bodies and February 28: Jurassic Park. Visit the library's calendar for the full lineup.


The Family Movies series at Switzer Library runs Saturdays at 3 p.m. Upcoming screenings include February 7: Cars; February 14: Cinderella; and February 21: Gnomeo and Juliet.


Master Gardeners @ Cobb libraries in February


The Art of Pruning: Tools, Timing and Technique is the topic for the Gardeners' Night Out program at West Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, February 10 at 7 p.m. Master Gardener Pam Bohlander of the Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County will lead the program. The program is free. Registration is required. 

For more information on the Gardeners' Night Out Workshops, please call the Cobb County Extension Service at (770) 528-4070.

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:


Tax Prep Assistance

Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide Program for free tax assistance and preparation services designed for the low- and moderate-income taxpayers will be at various Cobb library locations starting in February. AARP membership is NOT required. This service is available to everyone regardless of age. Special assistance is given to those 60 and older.

For information on the Tax-Aide schedule at Cobb County locations and other resources on federal and state taxes, please visit

More Magazines in Zinio


Cobb County Public Library System's Zinio downloadable magazine collection recently expanded with 20 additional titles. Available free for Cobb library cardholders, Zinio now features more than 110 magazines full-length magazines that can be downloaded to PCs and digital devices.


The 20 new titles added in mid-January to the library's Zinio collection include Atlanta Magazine, The New Yorker, Vogue, GQ, Architectural Digest, Cooks's Illustrated, Golf Digest, Inc. Magazine, Brides and more. Titles already in the collection include Redbook, The Economist, Field & Stream, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Popular Mechanics, Runner's World, and many more.


For more information about digital resources offered by the library, visit

Winter Warm-Ups: 2015 Adult Winter Reading Program


Adults now have a fun way to warm up the cold winter months with great reads for a chance to win a $50 gift card. The Winter Warm-Ups Reading Program runs from January 5 to March 20.

Here is how to play: Pick up a Tic-Tac-Toe board from your favorite library of the Cobb County Public Library System. Read any three books or listen to any three audiobooks in the different categories to make three squares in a row.

Turn in the completed board for an entry to a drawing for a $50 gift card, courtesy of the Cobb Library Foundation.

All Cobb County Public Library System cardholders ages 18 and up are eligible to enter an unlimited number of times.


For more information, please contact Jill Tempest at (770) 528-2330 or


Upcoming Book Sale: March 13-15


The Cobb County Public Library System's next semi-annual Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, March 13-14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 15 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Jim R. Miller Park at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

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

For more information, please call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2345.