The Sequoyah Regional Library System offers items for people of all ages, including free passes to popular attractions, STEAM kits, daily activities, job search services and more.

The Sequoyah Regional Library System serves Cherokee, Gilmer and Pickens counties with locations in Ball Ground, Canton, Woodstock, Jasper and Ellijay. With a new strategic plan, the library system is looking forward to creating a safe and educational environment for everyone who walks through the doors.

“Libraries are so much more than books,” John Rodgers, the library system’s community engagement manager said. “Our mission statement is to connect people with ideas and opportunities to explore, learn and create. And that’s what we keep in mind when we are designing our programs and our calendar.”

Residents possessing a free library card have access to all the services of these local libraries. Non-residents can obtain a library card for a fee. Card holders are able to check out books, magazines, games, puzzles, audio books, movies, CD’s, STEAM kits, inter-library loans and laptops/tablets for in-library use at no cost. To see a full list of the items available to check out, visit sequoyahregionallibrary.org/library-of-things/

The libraries also have many different services available to help people explore their family tree, do scholarly research, free admission to local attractions, learn new job skills and learn computer skills. They also provide assistive services for people who may not be able to physically get to the library, GLASS for people with disabilities and BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Downloads) access.

A money saving trick the library holds is free passes to popular Georgia attractions such as:

♦ The Georgia Aquarium

♦ Zoo Atlanta

♦ Go Fish Georgia

♦ Chattahoochee Nature Center

♦ Center for Puppetry Arts

♦ Michael C. Carlos Museum

♦ The Breman Museum

♦ Any Georgia State Park & Historic Sites

♦ Experience passes can be viewed at www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/pass.

The Sequoyah Regional Library System is dedicated to providing ample activities and services for children. To help kids stay engaged and productive, local libraries are stocked with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) kits. They have different varieties that are stored in backpacks for easy access and transportation.

Kits available at local libraries include:

♦ Blocks Rock!

♦ Chime Bars

♦ Cubelets

♦ Digital Microscope

♦ LittleBits

♦ Makey-Makey

♦ Math Flash

♦ Q-Ba-Maze Marble Run

♦ Spirograph

For students looking to engage with other kids or get more of a hands-on experience can attend STEAM programs including creation station, dash and dot, LEGO robotics, raspberry pi, Sphero sprk and virtual reality. All libraries also have a 3D printer available for use in the facility and you can bring home your creation, Bee Bots for coding experience and there are sewing machines for check out.

The library has vast resources but they also have programs to make sure children and adults alike are connected and engaged in the community. Programs like early literacy story time, reading dogs and seasonal programs are some of the favorites. Programs at the library do not require a library card. For more information on library programs visit the calendar at www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/calendar.

For more information, to apply for a library card or to find a library near you, visit www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org.

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