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July 2015
Summer Reading Activities for All Ages


Several activities are scheduled for the remaining days of the Cobb County Public Library System's Summer Reading ProgramUpcoming Summer Reading events include special programs by our community partners, story times for children and families, book discussions, and crafts.


Summer Reading is for everyone: The 2015 themes for the Summer Reading Program are "Every hero has a story" for children, teens' "Unmask!" and "Escape the Ordinary" for adults.

Program highlights include the Library System's partnership with Cobb County and Marietta City schools in collaboration with Scholastic to make it easier for kids and parents to keep track of time spent reading all summer. Millions of minutes have already been logged by Cobb kids!

For more information about the Summer Reading Program, please call or visit our library locations and visit our events calendar and the Summer Reading Program webpage.

Superhero City: Summer Reading Celebration 2015 

Join in the fun at the End of Summer Reading Celebration 2015 on Saturday, August 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., as Switzer Library is turned into Superhero City! The activity-filled event is free and for all ages.

Superhero City will feature storytellers, DJ Mello, games on the plaza, crafts, food trucks, and more. Everyone is encouraged to dress up as a super hero for the Superhero Parade!

For updates on the Superhero City event, please visit


Free Heroic, Out of the Ordinary Movies 

Join us for free movies at Cobb County libraries. Several upcoming films were selected based on the Summer Reading Program 2015 themes of "Every hero has a story" for kids, "Unmask" for teens and "Escape the Ordinary for Adults." 


Upcoming free screenings include:

On the day of the release of Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman, East Cobb Library is hosting a screening of To Kill a Mockingbird, the classic film based on Lee's first novel. The program is scheduled for Tuesday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


The Escape the ordinary...every Monday night! film series based on travel themes for adults at Mountain View Regional Library is 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. For details, click here.


"Real-Life Heroes" is the July theme for the Tuesday Lunchtime Movies series for adults and young adults at Switzer Library. Screenings are at 12:30 p.m. Bring a lunch and join us for a free movie. The movie line-up includes: July 14, Sergeant York; July 21, Hotel Rwanda; and July 28, Valkyrie.


 Hero Film Festival at East Cobb Library continues every Friday afternoon in July, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please call the library at (770) 509-2730 for titles and details.

Family Movie Matinee at Stratton Library in July on Friday afternoons starting at 3 p.m. For information, please call (770) 528-2522.


Monday Family Movies at East Cobb Library on July 20 is Frozen Sing-Along; July 27 is Big Hero 6; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each evenings. Families with children of all ages are invited.

For the complete lineup of movies at Cobb libraries in July, visit


Meet Homer at Powder Springs

Homer, the Atlanta Braves mascot, is scheduled to visit Powder Springs Library on Thursday, July 23, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30. Meet Homer, play Braves BINGO, and win prizes at the free events.

The Atlanta Braves are again joining with the Georgia Public Library Service, Subway Restaurants and Cobb County Public Library System to offer the Home Run Readers program, which allows students in grades K-12 to earn certificates and free game tickets by reading and participating in online writing activities. For more information, visit

For more information on the Homer event, call the Powder Springs Library at (770) 439-3600. 

'PIG TALES' Writing Workshops @ Kennesaw


Creative writing workshops at the Kennesaw Library for students preparing for the PIG TALES Writing Competition are scheduled for Tuesday, July 21 and Friday, July 24, each session is 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Students in grades K-8 attending public, private or home school in Cobb County are invited to write a short story or essay, in 750 words or less, about their favorite trip to the beach or a dream island vacation. The PIG TALES Writing Competition winners will be presented prizes (including tickets to area attractions, T-shirts and goodie bags) at the City of Kennesaw's Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival on August 22.

The workshops will be led by "Miss Mary" Felts, children's book consultant and critic, and professional story time leader. The July 21 workshop is for grades K-3 and the July 24 workshop is for grades 4-8. Registration required. Register at


Kennesaw Parks & Recreation, Cobb Schools Foundation and the Cobb County Public Library System are partnering to offer the third annual PIG TALES writing competition, presented by SCANA Energy.



Free Computer Classes @ your libraries 

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

 Upcoming classes include:

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