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Summer reading to help dreams grow

Staff Reports

The Cobb County Public Library System has launched its 2012 Summer Reading Program, and dreamers of all ages are invited to participate. This year’s theme is "Dream Big – READ!" alt

The 2012 Summer Reading Program begins June 1 and ends on July 31, with an end-of-summer reading celebration scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. The library system has scheduled more than 700 programs and activities this summer to celebrate reading and to encourage the development of lifelong literacy skills. Special programs include the following event and more information can be found at

• Native Dreams, July 18, 2 p.m., Vinings Library. All ages are invited to hear Cherokee folklore from artist and Etowah Indian Mound staff member Jeri Beckham. Call (770) 801-5330 for more information.

In addition to hosting fun, educational and family-friendly events, the library system also encourages everyone to make reading an important part of their summer with incentives sponsored by Cobb EMC, OverDrive and Stevi B’s.alt

Children up to 5th grade should register to participate in the Summer Reading Program at any library. During registration, they will receive folders to log the books they have read; they are encouraged to bring their folder back to the library to receive certificates and to be eligible to win prizes.

Stevi B’s has also sponsored a pizza giveaway for participants, and the first 5,000 children to return their folders any time after July 4 can receive a coupon for a free kid’s buffet at any local location.

Adults and young adults in grades 6-12 are encouraged to submit book reviews. Forms can be picked up at the branches, downloaded from the Web site at, or submitted online. Each person who enters a book review will be eligible to win a Sony eReader, courtesy of OverDrive, a provider of downloadable books and audiobooks.

Every person, regardless of age, who completes the library’s reading program will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad 2, courtesy of Cobb EMC.

All winners will be announced at the End of Summer Reading Party, which will be held 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at the Central Library. Any winners not in attendance can pick up their prizes at the Cobb County Public Library System branch of their choice.

For information on how to obtain a Cobb County Public Library System card, please visit Cobb County library cards are free to all Cobb County residents as well as people who own property or businesses within Cobb County. CCPLS also issues library cards to schools (principals) and businesses (owners) in Cobb County, and current Cobb County employees.

Participation in the Summer Reading Program is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, please visit