The Cobb Public Library isn’t just for checking out books

I am posting this as an editor’s article rather than a news article because I will intersperse quotes from Cobb’s Public Library with my own observations of how I use the library.

I am a daily user of the Cobb County Public Library. I listen to downloaded audiobooks for entertainment while I do the dishes, use the library to search the many databases they host, occasionally watch movies on their streaming services, and participate to a monthly Graphic Novel Book Club.

Sometimes I even take a paper book, as I describe in an example you can visit by following this link.

Recently, the library published a list of 10 things to do with your library card.

Here’s the list, interspersed with my comments on whether I regularly use that specific service.

1 | TAKE THE INTERNET WITH YOU

Need to take the Internet with you? You can check out a hotspot or Chromebook to use anytime, anywhere. All Chromebooks are available for borrowing for 3 weeks and come with built-in cellular Wi-Fi. All hotspots can be checked for 7 days and can connect up to ten devices at a time. AWE early learning tablets for kids with preloaded educational games for the little ones are also available at the library.

cobbcat.org/connectingcobb

LJ: Chromebook Checkout is not something I’ve used. I myself have a Chromebook that I carry around.

2 | READ A NEWS PAPER

Whether you want to read a local or international newspaper, the library has many databases like America News, Black Lives Matter in Americaand Hispanic life in America where you can read your favorite picture and digital editions of the AJC, MDJ, WSJ, and more.

cobbcat.org/databases

LJ: I frequently use the library’s journal databases to research and verify articles.

3 | PLAN A CREATIVE STUDIO

Sewell Mill Library Creative Studios, located east of Marietta, has plenty of studios to learn, create, and collaborate. Reserve a spot to access soundproof suites and/or equipment for audio and video recording, digital editing, design and collaboration.

cobbcat.org/creativestudios

LJ: It’s a service I’ve just started using, and it’s awesome. I’m partnering with another Cobb resident on a podcast, and about a week ago we did our first test session at the Sewell Mill Library Creative Studios. My podcast partner had portable recording equipment, but we used the quiet studio space and a few props. The studio has all the equipment you need for a video, podcast or music demo.

4 | DEVELOP YOUR BUSINESS

Libraries are a place for entrepreneurs and innovators. Grow your business with library learning resources, including LinkedIn Learning, Commercial Source Completed, DemographicsNowand Weiss Financial Rating Series online.

cobbcat.org/businessincubator & cobbcat.org/databases

LJ: That’s another thing I use frequently, and there’s one the library forgot to mention: Data Axle, where you can get comprehensive listings of local businesses for sales listings. Demographics Now can give you most of what you need for a formal business plan, and LinkedIn Learning is a treasure trove of training videos.

5 | GO ON AN ADVENTURE

Through partnerships established by Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), all Georgia Public Library Cardholders have access to free passes to visit Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, in addition to the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Go Fish Education Center and Zoo Atlanta. You can also receive discounted admission to the Georgia Aquarium.

cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures

LJ: This is another service that I should use, but haven’t used yet.

6 | LEARNING THROUGH ART

Museums and theaters are great for learning about history and cultures, as well as bringing people together in conversation. Through various partnerships between GPLS and CCPL, cardholders enjoy free or discounted access to the Alliance Theater, Puppetry Arts Center, Macon area museums, Michael C. Carlos Museum, at the Museum of the South and the William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage.

cobbcat.org/outdoor-adventures

LJ: Same as my previous comment. I should use the free or discounted tickets more.

7 | MOVIES, TV SHOWS AND CONCERTS STREAMING 24/7

You can access countless streaming content, from movies to concerts for all ages right on your mobile device, wherever you are, with resources like Kanopi, IndieFlixand Qello.

cobbcat.org/streamingvideo

LJ: I got a bit addicted to Kanopy. It has stuff you won’t find on standard streaming services. I’ve written about this before, and you can read it by visiting this link.

8 | COOK YOUR WAY AROUND THE WORLD

Learn about cultures around the world while cooking with professionally-taught online courses via The Great Courses, such as “Cooking through the ages”. Find other courses on business and finance, health and mindfulness, history, professional growth and more!

cobbcat.org/streamingvideo

LF: I haven’t done it yet, but I love cooking, so I should definitely check it out!

9 | TACKLING VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Find reliable automotive repair and maintenance advice online or prepare for the Delmar ASE Technician Test Prep (TTP) with quizzes available to help you pass the ASE certification exam with Chilton Library.

cobbcat.org/databases

LJ: This is another feature that I haven’t used, but I’m sure it could be useful.

10 | HOST YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB

Can’t find a book club that suits you? Carefree. You can book book club kits to host your own club wherever you are. Choose from a list of different titles. All kits come with 12 copies of the book and discussion questions when available.

cobbcat.org/bookclubkits

LJ: As mentioned earlier, I’m a regular at one of the book clubs run by the library, and I can imagine self-organized clubs could be a lot of fun too.

BONUS: SOMETHING YOU DON’T NEED A LIBRARY CARD TO DO

11 | BUY A BOOK

You read correctly ! Although libraries focus on checking out books, you can also buy books. Most locations have special areas throughout the year where they have books for sale. Also, the library has not one but TWO big book sales with hundreds of books, music, games/puzzles, DVDs and magazines. All proceeds go back to the library.

Find a library near you: cobbcat.org/libraries

About Cobb County Public Library

According to Cobb County Public Library website:

The Cobb County Public Library is a 15-branch system headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, where its staff members serve a diverse population of more than 750,000 people. Cobb is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, and the Cobb County Public Library is dedicated to being a resource center in the community by providing equal access to information, materials, and services. .

History of the Cobb Library System

Cobb County’s first public library was opened at the home of Sarah Freeman Clarke in Marietta. The first free-standing library building, opened on Church Street in 1893 and is named after Clarke.

Libraries were opened in Acworth and Austell in subsequent years, and in 1959 the town of Marietta and several other libraries in Cobb County combined to form a countywide system that launched the County Public Library of Cobb as we know it today.

You can learn more about the history of the Cobb County Public Library by following this link.

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