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November 2015
Upcoming Holiday Observances and Special Closings

The Cobb County Public Library System will be closed in November on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, November 25: All branches close at 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 26: All branches closed
  • Friday, November 27: All branches closed
Regular operating hours resume on Saturday, November 28. For a full list of all holiday observances, please visit our website.

Self-Published and Local Author Fair, Tellabration

The second annual Self-Published and Local Author Fair is Saturday, November 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at Switzer Library. 

Sponsored by the Cobb Library Foundation, the event will feature local author S.H. McCord speaking on his journey as a self-published author, with tips and advice on promotion, publishing and dealing with publishers. The gathering will include 17 authors selling and signing their books. The event is free and open to the public.

Along with McCord, the authors scheduled to participate in the fair include Tiah Rodriguez-Crawl, Andrea Mitchell, Chikita & Octavia Mann, Cheryl Boyle, Heather Harlow, Stephanie Davis, Portia Tewogbade, Rachel Jones, Margaret Edinburgh, Mickey Goodman, Tia Grubb, Grace Hawthorne, Sarah Donegan, Chavonne Stewart, Doris English, Deborah Cooper, Terry Dodd, Debra Byrd.

In conjunction with the Self-Published Author Fair, the storytelling workshop Tellabration is scheduled for 4 p.m. after the fair. Tellabration will be led by Margaret Edinburgh, a Certified Storytelling Facilitator and author of books and CDs of storytelling. This program is made possible by a Community Service Grant offered to retired IBM employees.

For more information on the November 14th events, visit

Cobb Libraries Collecting Cards for Veterans

The holidays can be a lonely time for people who are in the hospital. For Veterans Day, the Cobb County Public Library System will be collecting cards from all across the county and deliver them to the Atlanta VA Hospital to be distributed to veterans over the holiday season.

The library will collect cards from Wednesday, November 11th until Wednesday, November 18th. The following library locations will have tables set up to create and collect cards:

Holiday Events for All Ages on the Calendar

Visit the Cobb County libraries events calendar for upcoming holiday programs at Cobb County libraries - crafts, storytime, movies, and more! - at

Among the holiday programs on the calendar are:

Family Fun Time Celebrates Thanksgiving at East Cobb Library on Wednesday, November 18 at 3:30 p.m. Information: (770) 509-2730.
Gift Tags making program for teens at Mountain View Regional Library on Saturday, November 21, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Set your gifts apart from others. Create customized gift tags. Appropriate for grades 6-12. Registration is required. (770) 509-2725.
It's Elementary! Have a Happy Minecraft Holiday! at Mountain View Regional Library on Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Kids in grades K-5 will build their very own Minecraft gingerbread house. Registration is required. (770) 509-4964.

Graham Cracker Building at South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, December 15, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The whole family is invited for this STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, math) event. (678) 398-5828.
Tuesday Lunchtime Movie: It's a Wonderful Life at Switzer Library on Tuesday, December 22 from noon to 2 p.m. Frank Capra's classic featuring James Stewart. (770) 528-2320.

Free Computer Classes

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:
ReferenceUSA Workshop: East Cobb Library will present a free workshop on the dynamic online resource ReferenceUSA on November 17, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn how to use ReferenceUSA as a business resource for growing or starting your enterprise! Space is limited. To register, call (770) 509-2730 or register online at
Celebrate and Play: International Games Day is Nov. 21st

International Games Day @ the library! The Haines Gaines Wilson Youth Services Department at Switzer Library in Marietta presents challenging and fun gaming for children and families on Saturday, November 21, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

November 21st is International Games Day @ your library at more than 1,000 locations around the world. At the Switzer Library, learn to play the Yu-Gi-Oh card game, challenge your family or others in various board games and puzzles or try your hand at team Mario Kart racing and other fun activities! Please arrive at 3 p.m. for the Yu-Gi-Oh gaming. Other gaming options are open-ended.

For more information on International Games Day at Switzer Library, please call (770) 528-2331.

Sunday Hours @ Switzer 

Switzer Library in Marietta is 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