The Bookmark: All Together Now! Summer Reading 2023


By JIMMY BASS, Special to The Paper

Join your neighbors and fellow residents as we all come together for Summer Reading at your Coweta libraries. We will do almost everything but ride the “Summer Slide;” there is no such thing for all who keep up the reading while attending entertaining programs and winning prizes. The Summer 2023 theme is “All Together Now” and our calendar for summer ( is full of activities for all of us to have a fun and educational summer together. 

Each branch will host a rousing kickoff party. Powell and Central libraries will start it off on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Our Senoia branch will also kick off on that day from 10 a.m. to noon. Grantville library will hold their party on Thursday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon as well. These parties will feature programs, games, crafts, and more. 

As always, reading contests will be a big part of the summer and sign up will begin on our website (see above) or at, on May 15. Staff will be available via telephone and in person to help anyone who needs assistance with signing up. There will be categories by grade level for the kids while teens and adults will have their own respective contests and prizes. 

All branches have talented, passionate staff who will lead cool programs, but we will also have featured performers too. Locally based, award winning magician Ken Scott will perform several shows for Coweta libraries as will popular magician and sleight of hand expert, Arthur Atsma. Music and dance will also be a part of this summer as musician Dave Holland will bring his multitudinous varieties of percussion and the dancing ladies of Mahealani’s Polynesian will provide exciting island entertainment for library families. The popular summer trivia series at Grantville will continue throughout the summer and the Talewise Science Show will take place at the Senoia library. There will be much more going on, so be sure and check our website or with staff for further information.

There are numerous benefits to summer reading for children and their families but please allow me to reiterate this point: 

• Encourages reading to become a lifelong habit

• Helps reluctant readers become drawn in by the activities

• Helps children keep their skills up

• Forms bonds between children, parents, siblings, and grandparents as they read/learn together

Most of all, we want everyone to have fun too and there will be no lack of that at Coweta Libraries this summer. Sign up, show up, and show out this Summer… All Together Now!!!

Jimmy Bass is director of the Coweta Public Library System. He also plays a mean guitar and sings at local venues.

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