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Featured Class:
This fun, introductory course will teach you how to write for meeting your business and marketing goals. Using real-life examples, the course explores marketing and business principles and aligning them with effective written communications. You'll get instruction in grammar, clarity, structure and more. Issues covered by the course include marketing ethics, working with a team and buzzwords.

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 16.
September 2015
Be Cooler than Cool: Get a Cobb County Library Card, Get Connected 

The Cobb County Public Library System joins the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide in celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month in September. Library cards are free for all Cobb County residents, business owners and property owners.

Snoopy, the world famous beagle, is Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month 2015. Snoopy is howling and dancing about the value of library cards to promote literacy and student achievement, connect citizens to community resources, and support economic vitality.

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.
It's easy to get a library card. For information on CCPLS library cards, please visit our website or go to any of the 16 Cobb library locations

Falls Prevention Awareness

Targeting a costly community health and safety issue, the Cobb County Public Library System is promoting Falls Prevention Awareness programs and resources for all ages. Several Cobb County and state organizations are engaged in the initiative.

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 National Council on Aging is spearheading the FPAD 2015 effort, reaching this year for the first time 50 states.
The Library System's 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, vendors and demonstrations such as music therapy, Tai Chi, adapted tango, and adaptive gardening. Community partners for the event include WellStar Health System, Cobb Senior Services, Emory Center for Health in Aging, and East Cobb Lions Club.
  • South Cobb Regional Library hosted a health screening event by WellStar Health System on September 4. The event included health screenings related to falls prevention.
  • Three 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 UGA Cobb Extension. For more information, click here.
  • Mumferd Safety Tales by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre is on a tour of four Cobb County libraries. In this 30-minute production appropriate for children ages 3-7, Mumferd learns skills to help him stay safe at home and in the community. Upcoming performances include the West Cobb, Mountain View and Switzer libraries. For information on Mumferd's schedule, 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.

Now Available - Free Digital Resources: and Value Line

Cobb County Public Library System library cardholders now have free access to two new robust digital resources, Value Line and

Value Line, one of the world's top investment research resources, provides data and up-to-date analysis on more than 3,500 stocks and news spanning across 100 industries. By providing online access to Value Line, the Library System is making available investment and financial information anytime, virtually anywhere. This service is replacing Value Line print subscriptions at Cobb libraries.

Cobb County library cardholders also now have free access to, an online learning site featuring 3,000 courses led by experts that include more than 130,000 videos. Courses offered by Lynda for Libraries include topics 
to help you achieve personal and professional goals. You complete courses at your own pace.

For information on the and Value Line resources, visit the Research & Resources section at
Free Tech 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
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

Fall Book Sale: October 16-18

The Cobb County Public Library System's 2015 Fall Book Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, October 16-17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

Items for sale include books for all ages in hardcover and paperback, DVDs, books on CD and audiocassette and magazines. 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, please call Patty Latch at (770) 528-2331 or email