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Featured Class:
Interior design takes training as well as talent. This course will show you how to transform plain living spaces into beautiful and functional rooms. These lessons will give you the know-how you need to design a room from floor to ceiling. Color theory, floor plans, traditional and modern interior design ideas, "green" sustainable design and designing for people with special needs are covered in the course. Your new knowledge and hands-on practice will give you the confidence to start creating residential interiors for yourself and others.

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 December 9.
December 2015
Upcoming Holiday Observances and Special Closings

The Cobb County Public Library System wishes everyone a happy holiday season! We look forward to seeing you at the library in December and in 2016!

The library system will be closed on the following dates:

  • Christmas: closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25
  • New Year's: close at 5 p.m. on Thursday, December 31; reopen on Saturday, January 2
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 18
For a full list of all holiday observances, please visit our website.

Fun Activities in December @ your Cobb libraries 

Lots of crafts, games, and other fun hands-on activities are scheduled for December at Cobb County libraries. Join in and be creative! 

The lineup of December programs on the library calendar includes:

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

Kids Create! at the West Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, December 5, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, December 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Make a cool craft project with us. All ages. All materials are provided. The same monthly craft program is offered both dates. (770) 528-4699

Toddler/Preschool Story Time at Stratton Library on Wednesday, December 9, 11 a.m. to noon. A wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy books and group activities of stories, songs, crafts and a short movie. (770) 528-2522

Artsy Smartsy: School Age Art Club at the Gritters Library meets Wednesday afternoon on  December 9  and December 16, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fun for ages 5-10! Learn about art and explore paintings, sculpture and architecture. Each class includes a story, analysis of works of art and a hands-on experience of art-making with a project to take home. (770) 528-2524

Craft Time: Make Holiday Cards for Your Loved Ones at Switzer Library on Saturday, December 12, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Swing by the library and make personalized and imaginative cards! (770) 528-2320

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.

Acworth Library presents Acworth Evening Family Storytime: Gingerbread House on Tuesday, December 15, 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Acworth Toddler Time: Gingerbread House on Wednesday, December 16, 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The programs include a movie and craft. Information: (770) 917-5165

Fun with Legos at Sweetwater Valley Library on Wednesday, December 16, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Have fun exploring your talents with LEGOs. (770) 819-3290

Holiday Card Make-and-Take at the East Cobb Library on Tuesday, December 22, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Families with children of all ages can create cards for the holidays during this drop-in program. Children 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. (770) 509-2730

Acworth LEGOmania! at the Acworth Library on Tuesday, December 22, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Bring your imagination; we'll provide the LEGOs. (770) 917-5165

Chess Night at the South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday, December 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We'll have Chess boards, books about chess as well as a place to play. Meet other chess aficionados in Cobb County! (678) 398-5828

Science Drawer at East Marietta Library on Wednesday, December 30, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in simple hands-on science experiments using items found in your library's junk drawer. Grades 1-5. (770) 509-2711

'Star Wars' Sci-Fi Parties Before 'The Force Awakens'

Cobb libraries are hosting Sci-Fi parties full of activities ahead of the opening of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in December.

Upcoming Star Wars events at Cobb libraries include:

Star Wars story time and party at Switzer Library on Saturday, December 5, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Come dressed in costume or try something on at our photo booth and join in craft projects. Information: (770) 528-2320.

Star Wars Party! at Acworth Library on Wednesday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Get ready for Episode 7 with games, activities and crafts. Information: (770) 917-5165.

Get inspiration for your party costume from DVDs and books on Star Wars in the library catalog. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy by Brandon Alinger features lots of images and sketches. 
Movies for All Ages

Movie screenings at Cobb libraries in December include films for all ages and a range of genres. Screenings include:

The Teen Cinema & Anime Club meets at the East Cobb Library on Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For teens in grades 6-12. The program includes a movie or shows, snacks and other activities. No registration is required. Next month's meeting is scheduled for January 2.

Switzer Library presents Jimmy Stewart films for the Tuesday Lunchtime Movie series in December. Bring your lunch and enjoy classic Stewart films starting at noon: December 8: The Naked Spur,  December 15: Winchester '73, December 22: It's a Wonderful Life and December 29: Harvey.

Movie screenings for the After School Special - Shadowcasts and Sing-Alongs! program Monday afternoons at the Vinings Library during the Winter Break include Big Hero 6 on December 21 and How to Train Your Dragon on December 28, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. both dates. A shadowcast is a group of people acting out a movie while it's being shown. All ages; a grownup must stay with the child throughout the movie. (770) 801-5330

Watch Disney's Frozen movie and do a craft at Switzer Library on Saturday, December 26, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (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:
Tech Lessons 24/7: Instructor-led Gale Courses and lessons by are offered online free for Cobb County library cardholders. For information on these and other options for expanding your tech skills and knowledge, visit
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 - open even through Winter Break. 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