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Books, books and more: Sale to draw the readers

The semi-annual Cobb County Friends of the Library Book Sale will be held Oct. 12-14 at Jim R. Miller Park.
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There will be an estmated 175,00 items for sale, including books both hardbound and paperback for children, young adults and adults; audio-visuals including books on tape and compact disc, videocassettes, compact discs, and records; magazines and some comic books.

All proceeds are used to purchase new books and other library materials.

Only cash and checks will be accepted at the book sale. The sale will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14. Jim R. Miller Park is located at 2245 Callaway Road in Marietta.

The Friends of Cobb Public Library hosts two large semi-annual book sales, several special book sales throughout the year and hold an ongoing sale at most library locations.

For more information about the Friends of the Library, visit cobbcat.org/friends.html or call Patty Latch at 770-528-2345.

Modern county maps made mobile

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Checking property information has become even easier in Cobb County, thanks to a new mobile service being offered free to the public. Information Services staff developed new geographic information system mobile maps for obtaining parcel and zoning information.

These maps, which have been available for many years on the county Web site, are now accessible using smart phones or tablets.

"Before this…if someone wanted to access our data, they had to be physically at their computer," Cobb County GIS Manager Jennifer Lana said.

Now, home buyers, real estate agents and developers can easily look up information about a property while still at the location. They can look up tax assessment information, zoning classifications and the county municipal code.

Lana said a mobile device’s ability to locate itself on a map even allows a person not familiar with the area to find what parcel they are looking at, along with its detailsalt.
"It actually provides more access to people who are new to the area," she said.

The mobile maps feature is available at no cost and compatible with both Android and Apple iOS devices.

Cobb Chairman Tim Lee said the new services are good examples of how the county uses the Web to provide the public with easier access to services at a lower cost.

"While we always sought better, more cost-effective ways of doing things, recent years have caused us to redouble our uses of innovation and adaptation," Chairman Tim Lee said. "We have found ways to continue and even improve our level of services in the face of necessary budget cutbacks and declining revenue."

To run the mobile maps, users may visit the county’s GIS Web page at cobbcounty.org/gis and scan the QR codes or launch the maps by clicking on the links. For more information, contact GIS_Support@cobbcounty.org.

Likewise, many of the county’s existing Web sites are updating their looks and services. The Cobb County Tax Commissioner’s Office recently launched its new Web site and IVR payment system. When you visit cobbtax.org, you will see a brand new look.

The new Tax Commissioner site also supports mobile technology for smart phones and tablets, provides self-service abilities such as online address changes and a payments portal for taxpayers with quicker updates of payment transactions. Convenience and transaction fees charged by the payment processor have been lowered. Feedback and comments are welcome through the Web site cobbtax.org.

By spring, the main site, cobbcounty.org, will have a new design and improved navigation.

"We are here to help you and these are just a few of the ways we do that," Lee said of the new features.

Cobb County parks photo contest open to all

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The Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is accepting entries for its 8th Annual "Fun in the Park" Photo Contest up to Nov. 2. The contest, which is free to enter, accepts up to 10 photos taken at a Cobb County park, facility, activity or event. Photos may be submitted in either print or digital format (or combination of both)alt.

Any county or city park in Cobb County accepted. Please note that this excludes national parks; Kennesaw Mountain and Chattahoochee River National Park photos are not eligible. Pictures taken during programs and events sponsored by Cobb Parks but occur off park property are eligible for entry. The contest is open to all photographers.

Photographers agree by entering contest to give permission to Cobb County to use their images in publications and on Cobb County’s Web site. Pictures may be displayed in exhibits and exhibited online. Photos will not be returned.

There will be awards for first, second third as well as honorable mentions for each category. Judges will be provided by the Cobb Photographic Society and CCPRCA. Winners will be notified by email.

Categories: General Category - any photo / any subject that depicts ‘Fun in the Park’, Sports and Action - any photo depicting sports and/or action in the park, Nature and Wildlife - any photo of nature or wildlife in the park.

Entry form and submission details are available at Fun in Park Photo Contest.

 

Fall Festival to provide safe fun for the family

Cobb County is hosting the 13th Annual Fall Festival of Fun on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Cobb County Safety Village. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 7 p.m. This event will provide the children of community a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. The festival will include arts and crafts, games, inflatable rides, police and fire activities, costume and coloring contests, a photo booth and other surprises. Parking, entrance to the park, games, candy and contests are free (there is a fee for concessions and inflatable rides). Kids should wear their Halloween costume and be sure to bring a bag to carry their candy. The Safety Village is located at 1220 Al Bishop Drive, Marietta. The event is sponsored by the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department along with Cobb County Public Safety, Safe Kids Cobb County and Cobb County 4-H.