Atlanta Hawks Reading Challenge
For a detailed information, visit the Check It Out Reading Challenge webpage.
This program is available to children and young adults, grades K-12.
Participants must read five (5) books—the type of book is not specifically defined, but it is heavily encouraged participants read books on athletics, health, sportsmanship, basketball, sports history, etc. Participants then visit checkitoutreading.com, fill out the form, and with the purchase an adult ticket they receive a free youth ticket to one (1) of four (4) Hawks games.
Blue Path Group
Our partnership with Blue Path Group is the first partnership specifically designed to benefit Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled. Its purpose is to exhibit works of artists with visual impairments or physical disabilities or artists who work with those who have visual impairments or physical disabilities. The exhibits raise awareness for artists who have a disability, whether physical, visual or developmental, and demonstrate how people with different abilities can still express themselves creatively and earn a living through art.
The partnership consists of art exhibits on display at GLS Atlanta.
Center for Puppetry Arts
The Center for Puppetry Arts and the Georgia Public Library Service have partnered to provide all Georgia library patrons access to the rich history of puppetry. Visitors will see famous puppets like Big Bird, the Fraggles, and Wayland Flowers' Madame. The Center also showcases the history of puppetry as an international artform, and how puppets factored into historical theater. The pass available from your library provides admission for four - a $33 value - as well as 25% off a performance or create-a-puppet workshop if space is available.
The pass has a seven-day checkout period, with one renewal available. Overdue charges are $3 per day, with a $50 replacement charge for a lost pass.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
When checked out and taken to the CNC, the Family Pass is good for four (4) free admissions to the Center.
The Family Pass is for general admission only, and is not valid for special events or exhibits.
The Family Pass has a circulation period of seven (7) days.
The Family Pass may be renewed once.
Fox in a Box
Fox in a Box is an interactive banner exhibit that focuses on how important events in the Fox Theatre’s timeline intersect with American history, the Civil Rights movement, economics, and the importance of communities.
Fox in a Box Version 2 is available on a limited basis to public libraries. It is currently on an established 18- month tour of libraries wrapping up in February 2021.
Poseidon is a traveling educational toolkit and exhibit of curated technology and activities jointly designed by Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Aquarium to take the Aquarium’s mission of community outreach, conservation support, and the rescue and rehabilitation of marine life outside of the Aquarium’s walls. The kit is available to public libraries only.
Public libraries in Georgia receive a special discount on tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. Library discount tickets must be purchased through georgiaaquarium.org/libraries.
The Georgia Public Library System in partnership with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority offers library patrons access to a Kill-A-Watt meter. The meter connects to any appliance in your home and gives a reading on how much power it actually uses to help you save on your power bill!
The Kill-A-Watt is available for a fourteen day checkout, with two renewals. Fines accumulate at $0.20 per day, witha $50.00 charge if the item is lost or damaged.
Georgia Farm Bureau
The Georgia National Fair provides one (1) Family Four Pack of tickets to the Georgia National Fair to every library branch.
Georgia Farm Bureau and Georgia Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presents one (1) copy of a selected book to every library branch. This book is typically the winner of the Book of Year Award from the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.
Download an Ag-centric reading list here.
GPB Great American Read
The partnership between the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS) and Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) is ever evolving and on a program-by-program basis.
This collaboration’s most recent form was to celebrate Public Broadcasting System’s (PBS) Great American Read, where PBS curated a list of 100 books (or series) for residents of the United States to vote on to select America’s favorite novel.
In Georgia, GPLS and GPB developed a traveling voting booth and display for the Great American Read. Five of the booths were provided and toured statewide in 54 library systems. Each booth contained: voting station with iPad; promotional item display with materials; upright banner.
See the results of GPB’s The Great American Read.
Georgia State Parkpass
Georgia Public Libraries and the Georgia State Park system have partnered for the past ten years to provide all Georgians access to the state's history and natural wonders! Every library in Georgia offers a Georgia State Park Pass which gives free parking at any state park in the state - an average savings of $5. Also, the Park Pass provides admission for up to four people to any of seventeen state historic sites, which saves $3 to $5 per person!
Also available is the Georgia State Park Discovery Backpack! This kit contains a pair of binoculars along with guides to Georgia's plants, birds, and wildlife!
Both items are available with a seven-day checkout, with one renewal possible. Late charges for both items are $3.00 per day. The replacement charge for the Park Pass is $100.00. The replacement charge for the entire Discovery Backpack is $75.00. Partial replacement charges are $35 for the backpack itself, $15 for the binoculars, and $8 for each guide contained in the pack.
- Historic Site Family Pass is for General Admission only, not valid for special events, tours, or program fees.
- Patrons may only check out the Pass once every four months per family.
- Historic Site Family Pass may only be used once per day, per site, per family.
Georgia Swarm Lacrosse
Georgia Swarm Professional Lacrosse and the Georgia Public Library Service have teamed up to offer you a FREE ticket to a Swarm home game simply for checking out and reading at least ONE book!
Go Fish Education Center
The Family Pass allows up to four (4) free admissions to the Center.
- The Family Pass has a circulation period of seven (7) days.
- The Family Pass may be renewed once.
- In-system holds are allowed.
The Family Pass may only be checked out by family once every six months. The Center reserves the right to deny entry to patrons who continually check out the Pass.
Museum of History and Holocaust Education
During the summer, Georgia’s public libraries have limited free access to one or more traveling banner exhibits from the Museum. The banners tour multiple libraries over the course of the summer. Public libraries request the exhibits through GPLS. Check with your local library to see if the banners are coming to a library near you.
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Through a partnership with Emory University, Georgia library patrons have access to one of the most revered museums in the state. The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University hosts a collection of art and archaelogical pieces from the Near East, the Americas, Asia, Africa, Ancient Greece, and Rome. There are also seasonal and temporary collections and exhibitions, such as the First Folio of William Shakespeare, and a display on Cats in Ancient Egypt. Full details on the Family Pass are available on the Carlos website.
The Michael C. Carlos Museum pass is available at your library for a seven-day checkout with one renewal. It accrues $3.00 per day in fines, and is subject to a $50.00 replacement fee if lost.
Macon Museum Pass
The Macon Museum Pass admits up to four (4) people to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of Arts and Sciences, and Tubman Museum.
- The Family Pass is for general admission only, and is not valid for special events or exhibits.
- The Macon Museum Pass has circulation period of seven (7) days.
- The Macon Museum Pass may be renewed once.
- In-system holds are allowed.
On a limited basis, public libraries can host a banner exhibit on loan from Visit Macon. These eight banners highlight and celebrate the three Macon museums and the Ocmulgee National Monument. Please check with your local library or view the tour schedule here if you are interested in seeing the exhibit.
Virtual Dementia Tour
The Virtual Dementia Tour Family Edition© is a sensory altering kit that simulates what day to day tasks are like for those who suffer from dementia. Its primary purpose is for individuals who are caretakers or have family members suffering from to dementia to gain an understanding of what these individuals experience. It is not to be used alone as the experience can be disorienting or overwhelming.
A circulating Family Edition VDT kit is being piloted in 25 library systems. Circulation numbers, library staff and patron input, SWD input, logistics, and wear and tear on the kits is tracked. The results will dictate the future growth of the program.
- The VDT Kit has a seven (7) day circulation period
- One (1) renewal is permitted
- In-system holds are allowed.
Stuart A. Rose Rare Book Library
She Gathers Me examines the connections found within intimate correspondences, personal projects, and speaking engagements and furthers our understanding of the interconnectedness of Black women writers beyond their published works. The exhibit features luminaries like Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, Pearl Cleage, Tayari Jones, and others.
Thanks to an exciting partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia residents can check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass for free admission for three. Check out the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass DVD at your local library. When you return the DVD, you will receive a receipt. This receipt is required for Zoo admission.
Present your Zoo Atlanta Library Pass receipt and your library card at the Zoo Atlanta front gate for admission. The pass is valid Monday through Friday only. The pass is valid for up to three guests, and is good for general admission only, and is redeemable for twenty eight days after being issued. The pass is not valid with any other discount, offer, or promotion.
If the Zoo Atlanta Library Pass DVD is lost or damaged, a $30 replacement fee will be charged by the library. Overdue fines will be charged for late returns.
The Breman Museum
** CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC**
The William Breman Museum of Jewish Heritage and Georgia Public Library Service are partnering on a statewide program.
Patrons can now check out a Breman Family Pass from any of the 407 public libraries in Georgia. When checked out, just like any other library item, and taken to the Breman Museum, it is good for four free general admissions.
The Breman Museum has connected visitors and Georgia residents to the Jewish history, culture, and arts for over 20 years in the form of permanent exhibits, guided tours, programming for all ages, and immersive events featuring lectures and discussions with Holocaust survivors, and live events.
Atlanta Braves Summer Reading
Every summer, the Atlanta Braves' Summer Reading program gives children the opportunity to earn a ticket to a Braves baseball game through reading.