Registration for the Summer Reading Program Begins on May 24th.
A Universe of Stories

How to Participate
  • Register online beginning May 24th for the Summer Challenge.
  • Read five books, listen to five audiobooks, attend five library programs from May 24th - July 31st or any combination of the three.
  • Bring your completed Summer Challenge log to any of the Bartow County LIbraries or fill out an online completion form to pick up your prize! (one prize per patron)

Special Programs

Cartersville Library

Join us for a special Summer Book Club! Out of this World: Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club.

Find Us at the Downtown Cartersville Farmers Market
Saturday, June 1st from 7am - 12pm

We're setting up shop with fun activities. We'll be available to talk books, library services, and programs, and register patrons for our Summer Reading Programs!

New Moon Journaling Workshops
Monday, June 3rd & Tuesday, July 2nd from 2pm-3pm

Full Moon Guided Meditations
Monday, June 17th & Tuesday, July 16 from 2pm-3pm

Wednesdays, June 5th - July 17th at 10 am

Join us for free guided yoga sessions at the Cartersville Library with Susan Rodney of Etowah Valley Yoga! Bring your own mat or towel.

Crafternoon: Lunar Cycle Textiles
Wednesday, June 5th from 2pm - 4pm

Bring any sort of textile to decorate with the phases of the Moon! All other supplies are provided. Please register.

Crafternoon: Galaxy Shoes
Friday, June 7th from 4pm - 6pm

Bring a pair of white canvas shoes and we'll show you how to transform them!

National Get Outdoors Day
Saturday, June 8th

Celebrate Get Outdoors Day with a special display. Ask questions about our partner passes, get ideas for excursions, or join There & Back Again Hiking Society. We will be giving out activity guides and coloring pages.

Crafternoon: Constellation String Art
Monday, June 10th from 4pm - 6pm

Join us to try out this trending craft. Supplies provided. Please register.

How to Prepare for an Alien Invasion with Chief Millsap
Tuesday, June 11th from 5pm - 6pm
Friday, June 14th from 9am - 10am

Bartow County Fire Chief Craig Millsap will present on how to prepare for true emergencies like tornados, ice storms, and extra-terrestrial takeovers.

Artist Reception
Tuesday, June 11th from 5pm - 6pm

The artwork of Betsy Holt will be on display in the art gallery. Meet the artist, view their work and enjoy light refreshments.

A Universe of Flavors: Asian Cooking Demonstration
Wednesday, June 12th from 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Join Sehrish Ashraf for an information session and tasting of Asian cuisine.

A Universe of Family History Stories: Ice Cream Social with EVHS
Thursday, June 13th from 6:30pm - 8pm

The Bartow County Library System is partnering with the Etowah Valley Historical Society to present a story swapping Ice Cream Social. Come together to share your own genealogy and family history research stories and hear those of others. Learn a few research tips and tricks too!

Lunch & Learn: Solar Astronomy
Wednesday, June 19th from 12pm - 1:30pm

Photographer Nick Johnson demonstrates how to safely observe and photograph the sun, solar events and transits.

There & Back Again Hiking Society
Summer Solstice Hike: Thursday, May 20th from 6pm - 8pm

Details on location, length, difficulty parking and all other info will be provided on the Bartow County Library Facebook Page, There & Back Again Facebook Group and email list and online closer to the time of the hike. Stay tuned, like our Page, join the Group or send your email to to stay up-to-date on all hiking club outings.

Crafternoon: Summer Solstice Sun Prints
Friday, June 21st from 2pm - 4pm

Celebrate the official beginning of Summer by creating your own work of art.

Sew Creative Stitchery
Saturday, June 22nd from 1pm - 4pm

Presented by the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild. Art Quilt: Cost is $10, includes project kit.

Even Stars Get Spots: Skin Cancer Screening
Tuesday, June 25th from 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Come to the library for a free skin cancer screening from full service dermatology practice, Skin Cancer Specialists, P.C. & Aesthetic Center. Appointments receive priority, walk-ins welcome. Call ext 138 to reserve a time slot.

Space Crafts: Papier-mache Moon Lamps
Thursday, June 27th from 6pm - 7:30pm & Tuesday, July 2nd from 6pm-7:30pm

Bring the magic of celestial light into your home with a hand-made papier mache moon lamp. Two-part program. Supplies provided. Please register.

Regular Programs and Events

Brown Bag Mystery Chat
2nd Mon. of every month 12:30-1:30 pm

Book Chat
3rd Mon. of every month 6:00-7:30 pm

Mexican Train Dominoes - Now twice a month!
January 3rd from 2:00pm - 4:00pm and January 15th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Have fun playing Mexican Train Dominoes at the library. If you don't know how to play, we'll teach you!  Adults only.

Mindful Meditation
Every Saturday at 10:30am

Begin your weekend building your own personal better world. We invite you to join us as we come together to explore mindful meditation. Classes are led by experienced mindfulness meditation leaders who volunteer their time, and each bring their own style of sharing and unique perspective to the group. Open to all. No cost. No experience necessary.

Knit & Crochet Group
2nd Thursday of every month at 6pm

Knitters, crocheters, and crafters of all kinds are encouraged to join us each month for socialization, encouragement, or help with your current project. Bring your projects for "show and tell."

2nd Monday & 4th Thursday of every month from 2pm - 3pm

Take an afternoon break with Bingo at the library. Have fun, meet new people and win prizes! Game play for adults only.

Movie Night
1st Tuesday of every month at 6pm

Sit 'N' Stitch
4th Thursday of the month from 10am - 12pm

Needlecrafters of all kinds are encouraged to stop in for this group co-hosted with the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild.

Library Scan Day
2nd Saturday of the month from 9am - 3pm

Use the Library's scanner to preserve your memories. Call the Reference Desk at ext 138 to reserve a time slot.

Monthly Hand Spinners Meetup
1st Saturday of the month from 1pm - 4:45pm

If you have a passion for hand spinning and weaving, come spend time with others who share the same passion for this ancient textile art.

Adairsville Public Library

Free Yoga at the Adairsville Library
Every Thursday (except July 25th) from 3-4pm

All Levels welcome. Bring a yoga mat, if you have one, or a large towel.

DIY Galaxy Bath Bombs
Thursday, June 6th at 6pm

Supplies will be provided to create your own out of this world bath bomb! Please register.

Father's Day DIY BBQ Sauce
Thursday, June 13th from 6pm - 7:15pm

Come to the library and make a gift for your #1 Dad. Please register.

Crafternoon: Summer Solstice Sun Prints
Thursday, June 20th from 4pm - 5pm

Celebrate the official beginning of Summer by creating your own work of art.

Crafternoon: Galaxy Shoes
Thursday, June 27th from 4pm - 6pm

Bring a pair of white canvas shoes and we'll show you how to transform them!

Emmie Nelson Public Library

Crafternoon: Galaxy Shoes
Wednesday, June 26th from 4pm - 6pm

Bring a pair of white canvas shoes and we'll show you how to transform them!