Library named YMCA “Partnership of the Summer”

On July 22nd, the Cherokee Regional Library System was recognized as the YMCA Summer Food & Fun Program’s Agency Partnership of the Summer. This was the first summer that the library system as a whole participated. Library Director, Lecia Eubanks stated, “It was our pleasure to partner with the YMCA in such a worthy endeavor.   Our libraries are full of children during the summer so it just made sense.  We had an excellent group of volunteers that made it possible and we hope to do this again next year. ”

The Cherokee Regional Library System comprises four branches located in Chickamauga, LaFayette, Rossville and Trenton.

The Summer Food & Fun Program is organized by the North Georgia Community YMCA. The program provides a free meal to all children and teens under the age of 18. The Summer Food & Fun Program was run in conjunction with the library’s Summer Reading Club each week.  Over 15,000 meals have been given out in Walker and Catoosa Counties this summer through the program.

The Summer Food & Fun Program will continue through the end of July at host library sites. Other volunteer sites throughout Walker and Catoosa counties continue through the first week of August.

For those who are interested in helping feed children throughout the school year, the YMCA also hosts a program called Backpack Blessings. This program provides nutritious, non-perishable food items to students each Friday to reduce weekend hunger and help prepare for Monday’s learning in the classroom. If you would like to volunteer, please contact the YMCA at 706-935-2226 or

Introducing Mango Languages

Cherokee Regional Library is pleased to announce that it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons.

Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user’s native language. In addition to traditional language courses, Mango also offers access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at the library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.

We are thrilled to join the growing list of libraries across the country that offer Mango to their patrons. Some people need to learn a second language for business or travel. Others want to for personal or professional development. No matter the reason, learning a language should be fun. With Mango, it definitely is.

To learn more about Mango, stop by the library and ask a librarian for an introduction. Or, get started today by clicking here!

Kindle Readers Available for Checkout at Dade County Library

The Dade County Library is now offering Amazon Kindles for checkout.  The Kindle is a convenient, portable reading device with the ability to wirelessly download books, blogs, magazines, and newspapers.  Exclusive Kindle features now include Goodreads integration, Kindle Free-Time, Vocabulary Builder, Word Wise and more.  A single charge can last up to one month, but battery life will vary based on wireless usage.  The Kindle requires a personal credit card to access certain materials not provided by the Dade County Library.  To ensure privacy of passwords and other sensitive data, each Kindle will be re-registered to the library upon return.

  •  Kindles may be checked out at the Circulation Desk on a first come first served basis.  A valid PINES Library card, current and in good standing, as well as a photo ID such as a Drivers’ License, Georgia ID card, or school/college ID is required each time a Kindle is checked out.
  • Borrowers must be 18 years or older.
  • Kindles may be checked out for one week
  • The cost of lost or damaged Kindles will be charged to the patron in full, under State Statute
    § 20-5-52
  • Patron must be willing to enter his/her own credit card information in order to add content not      already loaded on the device.
  • Replacement costs include:  replacement of entire device $150.00; replacement of USB cord
    $15.00; and library processing fees of $10.00.
  • In order to check-out our Kindles, you must fill out the Dade County Library Kindle Borrower Agreement.


Free Tickets to the Braves & Hawks

School is almost out, and that means Summer Reading is back at your hometown library!

Each of our four library branches has a completely different line up of fun programs and prizes. For the full schedule and rules at each library you can go here.

Make sure you take advantage of our Summer Reading Partners for more free fun with your family. For example, did you know you can get a free ticket to a Braves Game? How about a free ticket to the Hawks Game?

There is a ton of free programs to be had this summer, and they aren’t all at the library!

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New Hours at the Dade County Library

Due to an increase in local funding to the Dade County Public Library, the Cherokee Regional Library Board of Trustees voted to increase hours at the library from 24 hours a week to 30 hours a week. The change is effective Friday, May 1st.

The extra hours will be used to extend Friday hours to 4pm, and to open the library on Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. Community members can look forward to the return of Saturday family events, such as Saturday movie showings and Game Days.

The Dade County library is currently seeking a part-time employee to help with the extra hours. Interested applicants can download the application from here or pick up an application at the library. The deadline for applications is May 12th.

Dade County Library Hours
Tuesday: 9:00am –  7:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm