Pictured (l-r): Cobb County Public Library Board of Trustees Chair Les Still, Cobb County Manager David Hankerson, Cobb Public Services Agency Director Dr. Jackie McMorris, Cobb County Recreation Board Chair Bill Carver, Chairman, State Rep. Sharon Cooper, Cobb County Commissioner Bob Ott, Cobb Library Director Helen Poyer, Cobb PARKS Director Eddie Canon, library patron Emily Neal and Cobb County Commission Chair Tim Lee.

More than 100 people attended the spring groundbreaking ceremony for the new East Marietta Library and Cultural Center that will be located off Lower Roswell Road in east Cobb. The 28,000 square-foot building costs $10.6 million and is being funded through the 2016 SPLOST and the Georgia Board of Regents. A total of $8.6 million will come from the SPLOST program. The new facility will include classrooms, an art gallery, black box theatre, outdoor amphitheater and music practice rooms. It is scheduled to be completed in summer 2017.The existing East Marietta Library is the seventh-busiest in the county with about 55,000 annual visitors, but it requires a replacement since it was built in 1967. The building will remain open while the new library is constructed.