10 Things To Do With Your Library Card
Libraries are more than just books and programs, they are places for the community to gather, create memories, and enrich lives. With 15 locations, a Bookmobile, and various online resources there is something for everyone of all ages. Here are 10 (of many) things you can do if you are a Cobb library cardholder.
1 | TAKE THE INTERNET WITH YOU
Need to take the internet with you? You can check out a hotspot or a Chromebook to use anytime, anywhere. All Chromebooks can be checked out for a 3-week period and are equipped with built-in cellular Wi-Fi service. All hotspots can be checked out 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.
2 | READ A NEWSPAPER
Whether you want to read a local newspaper or an international one, the library has many databases like America’s News, Black Life in America, and Hispanic Life in America where you can read your favorite and digital image editions of the AJC, MDJ, WSJ, and more.
3 | SCHEDULE A CREATIVE STUDIO
The Creative Studios in Sewell Mill Library, located east of Marietta, has many studios for you to learn, create, and collaborate. Schedule a spot for access to soundproof suites and/or equipment for audio and video recording, digital editing, design, and collaboration.
4 | GROW YOUR BUSINESS
Libraries are a place for entrepreneurs and innovators. Grow your business with learning resources from the library including LinkedIn Learning, Business Source Complete, DemographicsNow, and Weiss Financial Rating Series Online.
cobbcat.org/businessincubator & cobbcat.org/databases
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 a discounted entry to the Georgia Aquarium.
6 | LEARN THROUGH ART
Museums and theaters are great for learning about history and cultures as well as to bring people together in conversation. Thanks to various partnerships by GPLS and CCPL, cardholders have free or discounted access to the Alliance Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts, Macon Area Museums, Michael C. Carlos Museum, Southern Museum, and William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.
7 | STREAM MOVIES, TV SHOWS, & CONCERTS 24/7
You can access countless streaming content from movies to concerts for all ages straight to your mobile device no matter where you are, with resources including Kanopy, IndieFlix, and Qello.
8 | COOK YOUR WAY THROUGH THE WORLD
Learn about cultures around the world while cooking with online classes taught by professionals through The Great Courses, like “Cooking Across the Ages”. Find other courses in business and finances, health and mindfulness, history, professional growth, and more!
9 | TACKLE VEHICLE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS
Find trustworthy online automotive repair and maintenance guidance or prep yourself for the Delmar ASE Technician Test Preparation (TTP) with available quizzes to help with the ASE certification exam with Chilton Library.
10 | HOST YOUR OWN BOOK CLUB
Can’t find a Book Club that fits you? No worries. You can reserve Book Club Kits to host your own club from anywhere. Choose from a list of various titles. All kits come with 12 copies of the book and discussion questions when available.
BONUS: SOMETHING YOU DON’T NEED A LIBRARY CARD TO DO
11 | BUY A BOOK
You read right! While libraries are all about checking books out, you can also buy books. Most locations have special areas throughout the year where they have books for sale. Additionally, the library has not one but TWO large 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