Summer Reading is Here!

It’s Summer Reading time at our libraries!

What is Summer Reading, you ask? Summer Reading is an incentive program to motivate you and your family to READ this summer. This is especially important for children–because reading during the summer is a proven way to fight the “summer slump” and ensure that your child hits the ground running when school starts back up this August. But most of our branches have Summer Reading programs for Adults too!

Registration has already begun at all of our 4 branch libraries. Sign-up now to commit to reading a pre-set goal. There will be tons of great prizes throughout the summer, and some AMAZING programs.

  • Children can look forward to visits from the Zoo, Jugglers, Magicians and more!
  • Go putt-putt golfing at our Chickamauga and LaFayette branch libraries with the whole family!
  • Teens and Adults can look forward to programs like Resin Casting, Yoga, Zumba and more!

There are tons of activities, prizes and fun happening this summer so check it all out here. Pro Tip: Participate at multiple libraries to multiply the fun. 

And because our theme this year is all about Fitness–don’t forget that the library partners with the Georgia State Parks. Free State Park Passes are available for checkout at all of our four branch libraries. Just go to the circulation desk and ask!

On your Mark, Get Set, Read!

May Staff Picks

Carmella’s Pick

As Time Goes By by Mary Higgins ClarkAS-TIME-GOES-BY

This series features television journalist Delaney Wright, who is covering the trial of Betsy Grant. Betsy is on trial for the murder of her husband, who has Alzheimer’s disease. Her lawyer wants Betsy to accept a plea deal but Betsy refuses. She wants to prove her innocence.   As the trial unfolds and the evidence against Betsy mounts, Delaney’s own life is in danger as she gets closer to the truth that will leave the reader surprised to the very end.

Karen’s Pick

Siren by Kiera CassSiren

The Siren, by Kiera Cass, is a tender little love story that is perfect for younger teens! Light and airy, very gentle on the romance side, and a great introduction to this genre for this target age group. This is not like her popular Selection series in any way, but still has that same floaty language, and romantic angst that she’s known for! A sweet summer romance novel for your middle school reader!

Martha’s Pick

Treasure Concealed by Tracie PetersonA Treasure Concealed

This is a nice story about a girl dedicated to her family. She has great respect for her parents, letting her own needs go for them by nursing a dying mother. But in the end she is rewarded for her loyalty.

Dave’s Pick

An Ember in the AshesAn

I’m always a little cautious when I pick up fantasy books that are on the larger side. Often I feel that YA fantasy isn’t necessarily well-written, as if solid writing is sacrificed for a large world with swords and war, but with the amount of author buddies and writer friends who praised this book, I knew I had to take a chance on it.

I loved it. The story and concept felt both familiar and unique. The world wasn’t a place I’ve never read before, but rich and captivating none the less. What made the characters solid was their development arc. It was strong, and you could trace their growth from point A to B.

Well written, strong story, tried and true concepts made AEITA a book I’d recommend to any voracious reader, even cautious fantasy readers (let’s be honest, I’m probably the only one of those) like me.

April’s Pick

The Professionals by Owen LaukkanenThe Professionals

The Professionals by Owen Laukkanen is the first in a series of fast-paced page-turners. With short chapters and lots of action, these books are suggested for mystery fans. If you like The Professionals, you will enjoy the rest of the series which currently has 4 other titles.

Chelsea’s Pick

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin HobbAssassin's Apprentice

How did I miss this one, ya’ll? I had this recommended to me from one of my old Teen Advisory Board members, and it is FANTASTIC! Political maneuverings, old hedge magic, and the coming of age of a lonely ostracized boy–a must read for the fantasy fan. 

Free Access to Children’s Books

This summer your children can enjoy access to free e-books (with accompanying audio!) through the Get Georgia Reading Campaign’s partnership with myON.Get Georgia Reading

These incredible books are FREE to access now
through August 31st, by following the steps below:

Get Georgia Reading

You can read more about the program here.

Get Georgia Reading will be tracking books read by map, so let’s light up Dade and Walker counties! Check out this free resource today!

ABC Mouse now available for in-library use

We are very pleased to announce that the Cherokee Regional Library is now offering for Libraries in all of our branches.

Winner of numerous awards from national education, parent, and media organizations, offers a highly engaging, expert-designed curriculum for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and beyond. With more than 3,500 individual learning activities, 450 lessons, and more than 300 online books, for Libraries encompasses reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music, to help children build a strong foundation for academic success. for Libraries offers a safe, Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)-compliant, 100 percent educational environment for children, with no advertising or links to external websites. Parents also can create a personal account at the library to enable their children to customize their experiences and save their progress on the Step-by-Step Learning Path™.

Stop by the library today to start up your very own account!

New SAT Materials available in Learning Express Library

The new SAT test will be administered this month, and LearningExpress Library now includes updated content to help students prepare with 16 new practice tests and 5 test preparation tutorials. An “Introduction to the 2016 SAT” tutorial will be added soon. New ACT and AP practice tests have also been added. These test prep tools are available in the College Preparation Center in LearningExpress.

LearningExpress Library includes test prep and practice tools for the GED, college exams (e.g., MCAT, GRE, MAT.), occupation exams (e.g., dental assistant, CDL, pharmacy tech), and K-12 exams. It also includes online courses in computer skills and applications, including Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop, and Microsoft Office products.

Job and Career Accelerator, one of LEL’s centers, includes career exploration, a resume builder, job search tools, and other features to help with the job search and career advancement. Users can create an account to store and manage test preparation, online courses, resumes, and job applications in one place, accessible from any computer or mobile device.

Tip: Job seekers who complete one of the online courses in LearningExpress can add both the new skill and the completed professional education course to their resumes.