Have You Tried Your New Library PASS?

The Cobb County Public Library has just implemented the Library PASS (Public Library Access for Student Success) program for ALL students in CCSD Schools!

This groundbreaking program allows students to use their Student ID to access all of the amazing resources the Cobb County Public Library has to offer, including nearly 100 online databases, thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks, streaming videos, and over half a million physical items in the library collection.

When logging in, students will be prompted for their library card number; they will enter their Student ID (“media key”) number in that field.  The next field asks for a PIN; students will use their birthday, in MMDD format.  Students in grades 2-5 are being introduced to PASS in the Media Center will receive login stickers.

The letter below outlines some of the features of PASS and also includes a directory of all Cobb County Public Library locations.

PASS Introduction Letter 2018

Click on the PASS Logo below to get started!


What is the Lexile© of that Book?

Our Destiny library catalog includes the Lexile© level for many, but not all, of the titles in our Media Center.  Perhaps you are reading a book from your own bookshelves or from the public library and would like to know the Lexile© level.  Follow the link below to the Lexile© website, and enter the book title in the box in the top right corner.  You can also use this site to generate a list of books in your range.  Keep in mind that books on this list might or might not be in our Media Center!  You will need to search Destiny to see if we have specific titles.

Lexile© is a registered trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc.

2017 Summer Reading Challenge

It is time again for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  Summer is the perfect time to read just for fun — continue with a series or discover new favorites — it’s all up to you!  Click on the button below to log your minutes; your username and initial password are on the sticker your teacher gave to you.

Remember to change your password to read2017 the first time you log in.

Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Follow these links for more information about the Summer Reading Challenge:

Screencast Introducing the Cobb Summer Reading page

Cobb Summer Reading (FAQs, Links to Reading Lists, etc.)

Cobb County Public Library


2016 Summer Reading: Be a Reading Superhero

Reading challenge imageClick on the logo above to log your minutes on the Scholastic site.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is back! This year’s theme is Be A Reading Superhero, and students around the country will once again be “Reading for the World Record” as they attempt to surpass last summer’s 286,611,349 minutes of reading.

Each student has received a bright orange flyer with personal login information for the Scholastic Reading Challenge.  The white sticker on the flyer shows the student’s randomly generated ID and password; it is strongly advised that students log in and change their password to read.

Here are several useful links:

Cobb Summer Reading has links to the Scholastic site, to the Cobb County Public Library site, and to reading suggestions for all grade levels.

This short screencast shows how to locate the lists of suggested titles and series.

If you have misplaced your flyer, click here for a copy:  Cobb Summer Reading Letter 2016.

In addition, visit any Cobb County Public Library

  • To pick up your stamp card (earn a free book!)
  • For help logging in if you forget your username or password
  • For a schedule of their amazing summer programs

Enjoy your summer, and Happy Reading!



Welcome Back to a New School Year


Media Center Orientation is well underway, and all students will have checked out their first books by this Friday.  We reviewed Media Center procedures, book care, and behavior expectations.  Many of our next lessons will focus on our Destiny library catalog and the wide variety of online resources available through MackinVIA.

For a link to MackinVIA and for a brief overview, see the Media Center Catalog and eResources page on this blog.


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Summer Reading 2015 : Read for the World Record

August 2015 Update The button is no longer active.  Thank you for participating in the summer reading program.   We’ll see you again next summer!

Click on the button at the top left of this page to log your reading minutes over the summer.

***If you have misplaced the red paper with your summer reading username, contact your public library or Scholastic at 1-800-SCHOLASTIC***

Here are several lists with reading suggestions.  The Children’s Librarian at your public library can also help you find “just right” books this summer.

Summer Reading Suggestions, Grades K-2

Summer Reading Suggestions, Grades 3-5

Summer Reading Challenge Book List, Ages 6-7

Summer Reading Challenge Book List, Ages 8-10

Summer Reading Challenge Book List, Ages 11-13

If you have a favorite title or author, this site may provide a suggestion for what to read next.

What Should I Read Next? 

National Geographic Kids Online

National Geographic Kids icon

 National Geographic Kids Flyer

We now have a subscription to National Geographic Kids Online, which is a fabulous resource from one of the most trusted names around.  The screencast below shows how to find National Geographic Kids in our MackinVIA.


National Geographic Kids online has over 200 National Geographic Kids books, over 500 kid-friendly downloadable images, and all of the National Geographic Kids magazines from 2009 until the present.   Viewers of our morning news show know that our daily Fun Fact often comes from this magazine.

These two short videos provide an overview of the resource and the search strategy.

Basics of NGKids

Searching in NGKids

Searching eBooks in Destiny

Did you realize that we have over 500 eBooks available? And that you can view these eBooks from any internet-connected computer?  Many of these titles are also viewable on devices such as tablets and smartphones,  so you really can take your library with you wherever you go.

You can use Destiny to search for eBooks by title, author, or subject, the same way you search for items in our print collection.  The short screencast below shows you how to filter search results to show only eBooks.