I’m posting this article as from an editor rather than a news article because I’m going to intersperse the Cobb Public Library citation 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 while doing the dishes to stay entertained, I use the library to do research in the many databases they host, I occasionally watch movies on their streaming service, and I also participate in the monthly graphic novels book club.
Sometimes I even pick up a hard copy book, as I described in one example You can access via 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 how often I use that particular service.
1 | Take the Internet with you
Need to take the internet with you? You can check your hotspot or Chromebook to use anytime, anywhere. All Chromebooks can be checked out for a 3-week period and come 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. The library also offers AWE Early Learning Tablets, preloaded with educational games for kids.
LJ: Chromebook checkout isn’t something I’ve ever used. I have my own chromebook that I carry with me everywhere.
2 | Read a newspaper
Whether you want to read local or international newspapers, libraries have many databases such as US News, black life in americaand Hispanic life in America where you can read your favorite digital image versions AJC, MDJ, Wall Street Journal, and more.
LJ: I often use the library’s newspaper database to research and verify articles.
3 | Arrange creative studios
The Creative Studio at the Sewell Mill Library, just east of Marietta, has many studios for you to study, create and collaborate on. Arrange the use of soundproofed suites and/or equipment for audio and video recording, digital editing, design and collaboration.
LJ: It’s a service I just started using and it’s awesome. I’m working on a podcast with another Cobb resident, and we had our first test at the Sewell Mill Library Creative Studio about a week ago. My podcasting buddies have portable recording equipment, but we used the quiet space of the studio and some accessories. The studio has all the equipment you need for a video, podcast or music presentation.
4 | Grow your business
Libraries are gathering places for entrepreneurs and innovators.Grow your business with the library’s learning resources, including LinkedIn Learning, business source completed, current demographicsand Weiss Financial Ratings Series Online.
cobbcat.org/businessincubator & cobbcat.org/databases
LJ: Here’s another thing I use a lot, the library forgot to mention one: Data Axle, where you can get a comprehensive list of sales listings for local businesses. 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 a partnership established by the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS), all Georgia Public Library cardholders receive free passes to Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites, as well as Chattahoochee Nature Center, Go Fish Education Center and Zoo Atlanta. You can also get discounted admission to the Georgia Aquarium.
LJ: This is another service I should be using, but haven’t.
6 | Learning Through Art
Museums and theaters are great for learning about history and culture and bringing people together for conversation. Thanks to various GPLS and CCPL partnerships, cardholders receive free or discounted admission to the Union Theater, Puppet Art Center, Macon Regional Museum, Michael Carlos Museum, Museum of the South, and William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage.
LJ: Ditto my previous comment. I should use free or discounted tickets more.
7 | Streaming movies, TV shows and concerts 24/7
Access a myriad of streaming content, from movies to concerts, right from your mobile device, no matter where you are, including: Canopy, independent filmand Kello.
LJ: I’m a little addicted to Kanopy. It has things you won’t find on standard streaming services. I wrote before, You can read it by visiting this link.
8 | Cook the world your way
Learn about cultures around the world while cooking through online courses taught by professionals great course, such as “Cooking Across the Ages”. Find other courses in business and finance, health and mindfulness, history, professional growth, and more!
LF: I haven’t made it yet, but I love to cook, so I’ll have to check it out!
9 | Handling vehicle maintenance and repairs
Find your trusted online auto repair and maintenance guide, or prepare for the Delmar ASE Technician Test Prep (TTP) with quizzes to help complete your ASE certification exam Chilton Library.
LJ: This is another feature I haven’t used, but I’m sure it will be useful.
10 | Start your own book club
Can’t find the book club that’s right for you? do not worry. You can book a book club kit to host your own club anywhere. Choose from a list of various titles. All kits come with 12 books and discussion questions (if available).
LJ: As mentioned, I’m a regular at a book club run by the library, and I can imagine self-organizing clubs would be fun too.
Bonus: Things You Can Do Without a Library Card
11 | Buy Books
You read that right! While libraries are all about borrowing books, you can also buy books. Most places have dedicated areas to sell books throughout the year. Also, 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
according to Cobb County Public Library website:
The Cobb County Public Library is a 15-branch system headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, and its staff serves more than 750,000 people. Cobb is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, and the Cobb County Public Library is committed to being a resource center for the community by providing equitable access to information, materials and services.
Cobb County’s first public library opens at Sarah Freeman Clark’s home in Marietta. The first free-standing library building opened on Church Street in 1893 and was named after Clark.
Libraries opened in Acworth and Austell in subsequent years, and in 1959 the City of Marietta and several other Cobb County libraries merged to form a county-wide system that began what we know today as Cobb County. Clos County Public Library.
You can read more about the history of the Cobb County Public Library by clicking this link.