The Bookmark: Coweta Libraries are hotter than July


By JIMMY BASS, Coweta County Public Library System

The year was 1980 when Stevie Wonder released the album “Hotter than July”.” His previous album had disappointed critically and commercially but “Hotter” received rave reviews while burning up the Billboard charts. 

2022 Summer Reading program …

Due to a little thing called Covid, I feel like our last two summers have been a touch disappointing, but it is 2022 and our libraries are once again scorching a path to sweet summer success. It is not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading program; we are still welcoming readers and giving out prizes. We have spent more on supplies and prizes than planned which makes me happy – money well spent!

125+ programs in July …

So, we now move on to July and boy, can it be hotter in every sense of the word? The show will go on at all libraries as we offer over 125 programs in July alone while bringing in the most professional library entertainers working today. Please allow me to give you some examples. Our staff-created and led programs include t-shirt making, Escape rooms, STEM and STEAM crafts, Abstract Graphic Art, Legos, Gaming and Trivia, Comic Challenge, and so much more! 

Go to our website at for all events to see dates and times. 

Some special programs …

Also, we bring in the big guns for July special programs as local and nationally known magician Ken Scott brings his special brand of family entertainment to our Central and Powell branches. Also, we welcome the always eruptive Dr. Donald White’s Mad Science Show and we close the month with award winning magician and sleight of hand artist, Arthur Atsma. I promise you will be impressed and entertained by these accomplished performers. 

Finale Friday …

Finally, we will tie the summer programming up in a big red bow with our Finale Friday party at the Central Soccer Fields on July 22, 2022. Beginning at 5 p.m.  the finale will feature performers, music, food, sweets, crafts, and our own Coweta Recreation Department will be there with their own fun games and challenges. Families are welcome to bring picnic baskets and blankets if they like in addition to partaking of food offerings from Chick-fil-A and FRIOS Gourmet Pops. There will be cool door prizes including one from the Georgia Aquarium. Reading and Recreation…. It just does not get better! As Stevie himself would say, July is going to be a Master Blaster!! We hope to see you lots in July! 

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

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