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Featured Class:
 
If you have an art or craft and dream of launching your own small or home-based business, this course is for you! You'll explore how to create your unique business identity, how marketing in arts and crafts differs from most enterprises and find a sales approach that aligns with your personality and creative integrity. Learn how to set yourself up for success selling through craft shows, in galleries, online or your own store. 


 
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 August 12.
August 2015
Get the 'Smartest Card'

Now is an excellent time for Cobb County students and parents to make certain everybody has a Cobb County library card. With a library card, students will have free access to print and digital resources on virtually every subject they'll encounter throughout the 2015-16 school year.
 
Library cards are free for Cobb County residents and valid for two years. We encourage all Cobb students and parents to make sure library cards are up to date.
 
Visit any Cobb library location to get a library card. Getting a Cobb 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.
 
The Cobb County Public Library System is gearing up for Library Card Sign-Up Month, a national drive in September led by the American Library Association (ALA). Out front in this campaign is Library Card Sign-up Month Chair Snoopy, the world-renowned beagle from the Peanuts comics.

Storytelling Workshop @ Switzer
The Southern Order of Storytellers Cobb County (SOS) presents the 3rd Annual Evolving Voices Storytelling Workshop at Switzer Library on Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m. to noon. The workshop is free and open to the public.

If you always wanted to learn to tell stories, this workshop is for you. There will be sessions for adults and children from pre-K to teens - and there will be many stories to listen to. SOS is a group of storytellers and listeners bringing stories to wider audiences and helping to make storytelling once again an integral part of culture and entertainment in Georgia and the Southeast.

Please pre-register for the August 22 workshop in person at the Switzer Library or by calling (770) 528-2320.
Library System Promoting Falls Prevention Awareness
 
Throughout September, the Cobb County Public Library System will be hosting Falls Prevention Awareness programs and promoting health and safety resources for all ages.
 
Injuries from falls are a leading reason Cobb County residents visit hospital emergency rooms - about one Cobb resident per hour, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. For seniors, falls can be devastating and life-altering. The good news: "Serious falls are not an inevitable part of aging."
 
The national Falls Prevention Awareness Day 2015 is September 23, the first day of the fall season. The 2015 theme is "Take a stand to prevent falls."
 
The health and safety events include:
  • Falls Prevention Awareness Open House at East Cobb Library on Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The free event will include health checks based on falls prevention best practices or evidence-based criteria, vendors and demonstrations such as music therapy, Tai Chi, tango, and adaptive gardening. Community partners for the event include WellStar Health System, Cobb Senior Services and other organizations.
  • South Cobb Regional Library will host a health screening event by WellStar Health System on Friday, September 4, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will include health screenings related to falls prevention.
    Information: (678) 398-5828.
  • Four Cobb County libraries will host CarFit, an interactive program designed to improve older driver safety. Trained volunteers will provide information to ensure the safest "fit" for older drivers in their vehicles. Support for the CarFit events is being provided by Chattahoochee Technical College and Cobb County Cooperative Extension Services. For more information, click here.
 
For more information on the library's Falls Prevention Awareness initiative and events schedule, click here.
 
For more information on Falls Prevention and related health and safety resources, click here.
Gardeners Night Out @ East Cobb
Master Gardener Volunteers of Cobb County's next monthly Gardeners' Night Out program is scheduled for Tuesday, August 11, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at East Cobb Library. The August program is "The Contained Garden: The Evergreen, The Elegant and the Whimsical" with Master Gardener Shirley Priest. Learn how to create a beautiful contained garden to enhance a patio, a porch, or use as a focal point in your garden in this demonstration. Please call the East Cobb Library at (770) 509-2730 to reserve your seat.

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

Sign-up Deadline for 'Home Run Readers' Program

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 free Subway "Fresh Fit 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. All-Star Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is the Braves' ambassador for the program's third year.

The sign-up period for Home Run Readers runs through August 31. Program rules, a list of suggested titles, registration information and redemption forms are available online at www.atlantabraves.com/reading.

Summer 'Reading Challenge' is Still On

There is still time for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to sign up for the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge. Co-sponsored by the Atlanta  Hawks and Georgia Public Library Service, the supplemental Summer Reading program gives students the opportunity to receive free Hawks tickets.

The deadline to sign up for the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge is August 28.

For information on the Check-It-Out Reading Challenge and to sign up, visit www.checkitoutreading.com.

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:

Gale Courses:A variety of online tech courses are available for free at www.cobbcat.org/research/databases/.
Sunday Hours @ Switzer 

Starting September 13, 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 22, 2016, coinciding with the 2015-2016 school year for Cobb County and Marietta City public schools. The library will be closed March 27 for the Easter holiday.

A summary of all hours for all Cobb County libraries is on the library's website at www.cobbcat.org.

Libraries Closed for Labor Day

Cobb County Public Library System will be closed Monday, September 7 for the Labor Day holiday. Regular library hours will resume the following day.

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