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Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

The Sara Hightower Library in Rome has a plethora of library perks waiting to be discovered. Take a look at the benefits you have just by holding a library card
Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

Besides all of the (many) benefits of literacy your child gains from attending the library regularly, the Sara Hightower Library in Rome has a plethora of library perks waiting to be discovered. Take a look at the benefits you have just by holding a library card (which is FREE).


During the school year October through April every Tuesday at both 10 AND 11 am for 30 minutes. Take your little one to see puppets, hear stories, and see puppets tell stories! Each week has a different theme, and I love that Ms. Jeanne will often suggest other books you can check out on the theme.

Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

Zoo Atlanta (Atlanta)

Perhaps the most widely known and popular advantage you have with your library card is admission for 4 to Zoo Atlanta. This is available once per household every year ( and is up to a $100 value). Upon returning the DVD, you will receive a receipt required for admission and to be used 21 days from the receipt date. More details here.

*Note: Each Georgia library only has one Zoo DVD, so it is not easy to get a hold of. We recommend stopping in often to see if it is available. The Sara Hightower Library has a designated holder behind the circulation desk that prints the due date if it is unavailable.

Center for Puppetry Arts (Atlanta)

25% off an all-inclusive ticket (includes a puppet show, make a puppet workshop, and museum exhibit entrance. Typically $20) OR Admission for 4 to a museum exhibit.

The Center for Puppetry Arts museum exhibit features everything from puppets throughout history to an extensive Jim Henson collection.  The Family Series Performances presents a wide variety of family fun, including innovative adaptations of classic stories and dynamic new works by the Center’s company as well as other American and international artists.

*Note: Most puppet show performances are kid-friendly, but at least 45 minutes, so not for children who can’t sit still (unfortunately, I know from experience).

Atlanta Hawks Ticket

Earn one ticket per child (Grade K-12) with the purchase of an adult ticket by logging at least 5 books read, and then registering online here.

Note: Bookmarks with details are available in the children’s section. In order to receive tickets together, all children in the same household must register together.

Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

Georgia State Parks Pass

Up to 4 visitors to any Georgia State Parks and Recreation or Historic Sites. ($5 value) The library has a few passes that may be checked out at any given time.

Sites in Northwest Georgia:

*Note: In addition to the State Park Pass, you may also check out a backpack with useful items such as binoculars and bird and tree guides.

Carlos Museum on Emory Campus (Atlanta)

General admission for up to 6 people (not valid for events). Normally $8/adult or $6/senior, student, or child.

The museum holds one of the most comprehensive collections in the region with artwork from ancient Egypt, Nubia, and the Near East; Greece and Rome; the Americas; Africa; and Asia as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

*Note: If I’m being honest, the artwork in this museum, though beautiful and artistic, could be a little creepy for younger children. There are plenty of children’s activities, but use discretion.

Chattahoochee Nature Center (Roswell, GA)

Admission for four (kids free) all day to the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Check pass out at the circulation desk. Details here.

Enjoy picnicking, hiking trails, family fun days, aviaries with wild birds, concerts, and plenty of activities for all ages. CNC is open seven days a week, year-round.

*Note: During summer months, CNC’s popular Butterfly Encounter is open every day, allowing guests to walk among hundreds of butterflies.

Go Fish Education Center (Perry, GA)

Admission for a family. If you’re heading down south, stop at the Go Fish Education Center to take a fun interactive look at Georgia’s diverse aquatic wildlife and natural habitats.

Audiobooks and Digital Magazines

RB Digital provides you with a whole online library of audiobooks, magazines, independent film streaming, and Artistworks video-based art and music instruction. App is available right on your phone. You want to be a part of this!

*If you are a busy parent who used to enjoy reading, but hasn’t had time lately, download the RB Digital app on your phone to have easy (and free) access to several popular magazines and audiobooks. Though the selection of audiobooks is not huge, it’s a great way to get back into reading!

Learn a New Language with Mango

Whether you’d like to learn another language for yourself or your kids, Mango’s award-winning technology can make it easy and fun. Sign in with your library card for free access.

Genealogy and Local History

Bring history to life as you search for local people, family members, and information in past public records.


With our library’s amazing selection of DVDs and Blue Rays, you may as well cancel your cable subscription. Just be sure to get your weekend movies before Friday or Sunday, as the library is closed.

Books, of course

The Sara Hightower library already houses a huge variety of awesome books available for checkout, but did you know you can request anything they don’t have that is available within the regional system and have it sent to your local library? If it’s on the computer system, it’s available to you (there are some exceptions, but it will say so on the website if that is the case).

If you’ve got a summer road trip planned, look into audiobook CDs for easy, educational entertainment for your kids.

Library Games

My friend Megan from The Many Little Joys has put together these awesome activities you and your children can do on your own time at the library. Check them out:

Library Scavenger Hunt

Library Scavenger Hunt Part 2: Bingo

Turn a normal library trip into a treasure hunt adventure your kids will love using this free printable library scavenger hunt BINGO game.

Learn, Learn, Learn!

My last little secret is to utilize the Juvenile Non-fiction section for summer (or year-round) learning. Each time I walk through the aisles, I see possibilities to teach my children. The books for kids are simple, direct, and include pictures. It’s a great foundation for kids to start learning. Possible topics (and reference #’s) include:

  • General Science (500)
  • Math & Money (513)
  • Weather (551)
  • Space/Sun (523)
  • Animals and Habitats (591)
  • Engineering and Mechanics (620s)
  • Human Body and How it Works (612)
  • Music (781)
  • Physics (530)
  • Maps/Atlas (912)
  • Geography and Places (many of the 900’s)
Your Local Library Perks Exposed!
Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

Where you can find topics with the Dewey Decimal System:

Your Local Library Perks Exposed!

So head on over to take advantage of all of the benefits your library can offer you!

Sara Hightower Regional Library – Rome Branch
205 Riverside Pkwy
Rome, GA 30161
Monday – Thursday: 8:30 am – 8:30 pm
Friday & Sunday: Closed
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Your Local Library Perks Exposed!


Summer Reading Details (Coming Spring 2023!)

Kids Summer Reading Program and Summer Fun

Movies, games, and prizes galore; the library has something for YOU this summer!

With chances to win food and fun prizes like tickets to Skater Zone and even the Rome Braves, you don’t want to miss out on Summer Reading Fun.

How it works: watch for more information coming soon for the Summer of 2023!

*For updated information, see the Rome Floyd County Library Children and Young Adult Facebook Page