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Featured Class:
Are your parents in their golden years? Learning how to help parents or other loved ones through their transition can prepare us for our own.  This compassionate and comprehensive class will give you helpful tools, techniques and insights. You will learn what to expect and where to find resources to help. You'll learn about financial and legal considerations, health issues and family interpersonal relationships. You'll learn to handle most of the challenges you will face while coming to appreciate and cherish the privilege of the journey.

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 April 13.
April 2016
Spring Break Fun 

Spring Break is April 4-8 for students and staff of the Cobb County and Marietta City school districts, and some area private schools and homeschoolers. 

Enjoy the break from school with fun activities at the library!
Upcoming Spring Break events at Cobb County Public Library System locations include:

Play Spring Break Away at Switzer Library each day through Friday, 3 pm to 5 pm. We will have a different two hour activity. Activities will include Legos, Jenga, board games, and an interactive film. For more information, please call (770) 528-2331.

Movies @ Mountain View: Tomorrowland (PG) Join us Wednesday at the Mountain View Library from 3 pm to 5 pm. Come and enjoy this American sci-fi mystery adventure movie! (770) 509-2725.

Family Fun Time: Hop To It on Wednesday at the East Cobb Library from 3:30 pm to 4:25 pm. This program for families with children of all ages can include books, activities, a short film, music, and a craft. (770) 509-2730.

Artsy Smartsy: School Age Art Club at Gritters Library on Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm. 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 art-making experience with a project to take home. (770) 528-2524

Lego Warriors at the Powder Springs Library on Wednesday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Join us for an hour of fun building with Legos. (770) 439-3600.

1st Thursday Lunch Pail Movie: Suffragette (PG-13) at the South Cobb Regional Library on Thursday from noon to 2:00 pm. Bring your lunch and enjoy a movie! (678) 398-5828.

Gritters Zen Meet-Up on Thursday from 1 pm to 2 pm. This recurring event at the Gritters Library is a doodling/coloring group for ages 16 and up. (770) 528-2524.

School-Age Storytime on Thursday from 4 pm to 5 pm at the South Cobb Regional Library. This recurring event involves stories and age appropriate activities which can include crafts, films, or music. Ages 5 and up. (678) 398-5828.

For more information, including other Spring Break events, visit
Sibley Library Temporarily Closed for Renovation and Repurposing

Sibley Library, 1539 South Cobb Drive in Marietta, is temporarily closed for a major renovation and repurposing. The month-long project includes the reconfiguration of library space to improve the delivery of technology training, adult education and workforce development resources. 

Sibley Library will re-open Monday, May 9. The two libraries in Marietta closest to Sibley - both open for regular hours during the Sibley renovation - are the Switzer Library at 266 Roswell Street and the Stratton Library at 1100 Powder Springs Road.
For more information, visit or call (770) 528-2320.
National Library Week

National Library Week 2016 is Sunday, April 10th through Saturday, April 16th. This year's theme is "Libraries Transform." 
For Cobb County, several special library events are scheduled for the week.

Sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), National Library Week 2016 promotes the ALA's Libraries Transform initiative on the changing roles of the nation's libraries, librarians, and library workers serving communities.

A highlight of the week is the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the East Marietta Library and Cultural Center, 2051 Lower Roswell Road, on Tuesday at 1 pm. Completion of the Cobb County Library and PARKS project is expected in the summer of 2017. The library will remain open during construction of the new facility.

Other events at Cobb County libraries scheduled for the week include:

Kennesaw Library Open House on Monday from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. Let us show you how we can transform - and enrich - your life! For more information, please call (770) 528-2529.

Gardeners' Night Out - Planning Your Spring Vegetable Garden at South Cobb Regional Library on Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm, Master Gardener Sandra Moore will go over all the basics to grow a successful vegetable garden. For more information, please call Cobb County Extension Service at (770) 528-4070.

Keeping our County TREES - Beautiful! at the East Cobb Library on Tuesday from 7 pm to 8 pm. The library will host an early Arbor Day presentation by the Marietta Tree Keepers organization on a range of trees topics, including varying types of trees, planting techniques and the history of MTK. Reservations are required. Please call (770)-509-2730 to secure a seat!

JF & CS Presents The Employment Workshop Series: How to Create a Successful Resume on Tuesday from 1 pm to 3 p.m. is a workshop in the Employment Workshop Series on successive Tuesdays at the South Cobb Regional Library. To register please contact Donna Coles at

A Visit to Oakland Cemetery on Thursday from 2 pm to 3 pm at the Powder Springs Library. David Moore, Executive Director of the Historic Oakland Foundation, presents an overview of this most beautiful and interesting of Atlanta's cemeteries. (770) 439-3600.

Legal Aid of Cobb County - Fair Housing Act at the South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm Legal Aid of Cobb County will present on a variety of topics related to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits housing discrimination. (678) 398-5828.

For more information on the full lineup of events scheduled during National Library Week at Cobb County libraries, visit or contact any library location.

'1000 Books' Graduation @ South Cobb library

If you have read 1000 books with your child before Kindergarten, it's time to celebrate! Bring the whole family to the South Cobb Regional Library on Saturday, April 9 at 2 p.m. for a special graduation ceremony.

Your child will be honored with a certificate and have a photo op with library mascot Dewey! If you can't make this one, additional ceremonies are planned for July and October.
For more information on the April 9th event, please call (678) 398-5828 or visit

To  learn more about the library's early literacy initiative, visit

Family and Consumer Sciences Classes

April is Family and Consumer Sciences Month in Cobb County. Join the UGA Cobb Extension staff for free classes and demonstrations at Cobb County libraries in FACS month. Each event will include samples of a healthy dish for you to try along with the recipe so you can make it at home.

Each class is from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, including:

April 11: Make Ahead Mediterranean Meals at the East Cobb Library.

For more information on the FACS series, call (770) 528-4070 or visit 
Computer Classes @ your Cobb 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:

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
Tax Prep Assistance 

Volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide Program for free tax assistance and preparation services designed for low- and moderate-income taxpayers will be at various Cobb County library locations through mid-April. AARP membership is NOT required. This service is available to everyone regardless of age. Special assistance is given to those 60 and older.

For information on the Tax-Aide schedule at Cobb County locations and other resources on federal and state taxes, please visit
Sunday Hours @ Switzer 

Switzer Library in downtown 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. 

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