October is Blindness Awareness Month!

Do you or someone you know have difficulty reading, holding books or turning pages due to visual or physical limitations? If so, then you may qualify for G.L.A.S.S.  (Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services).

This amazing service provides books and magazines in Audio, Braille and even Digital Downloads (through BARD). All materials are delivered to your home for free through the U.S. Postal Service.

During the month of October, our library branches will be advertising our services with programming, visits to local organizations and displays.

If you are interested in learning more about G.L.A.S.S, please come to one of our informational sessions:

Dade County Public Library
October 20th @ 11am

Chickamauga Public Library
October 20th @ 1pm

If you can’t make it to one of these informational sessions, then call 1-800-248-6701 for more information. You can download an application here. Our libraries will fax it for free!

For those who struggle with low-vision, you should come to one of our Tools for Life presentations. Tools for Life, Georgia’s Assistive Technology Act Program, is dedicated to increasing access to and acquisition of assistive technology (AT) devices and services for Georgians of all ages and disabilities so they can live, learn, work and play independently and with greater freedom in communities of their choice. They will be demonstrating several low-tech gadgets that can assist those with low-vision to participate in the activities they love.

Chickamauga Public Library
October 16th @ 9:30am

LaFayette-Walker County Public Library
October 16th & 11:30am

For information about even more resources for the deaf, visually and physically impaired click here. There are so many resources available!

Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Hamilton Place Barnes & Noble is hosting a book fair from October 14th through the 21st to benefit the Cherokee Regional Library System. Books bought online with the code 11683745 will go towards benefitting our libraries!

To kick-off the Book Fair, stop by Barnes and Noble on October 14th at 6pm to meet five AWESOME Young Adult authors! See below for more details!
Barnes & Noble Bookfair

September Staff Picks

Ruth’s Pick

Gilead by Marilynne Robinsongilead-cover-full

This is a quiet, poignant story of an elderly
pastor. Knowing that he will die before his young son is grown, he records the memories of his life, as well as his present ongoing conflict with his prodigal godson. The story is strong, beautifully written and thought-provoking. It is quality literature that lingers in the heart long after the book’s last page has been read and the cover has been closed.

Misty’s Pick

Who switched off my brain? Controlling toxic thoughts and emotions by Dr. Caroline LeafWho switched off my brain?

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a Christian and a Neuroscientist. This book is about the power of God’s Word, and how controlling ones thoughts can lead to an emotional, mental, and physical health. Dr. Leaf follows a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia for 10 years, and through regular brain scans one can see how the power of speaking God’s Word over your body can heal. Dr. Leaf gives 13 ways to detox your thought life. I highly recommend this book for any Christian who is wanting to take control of their thoughts and emotions.

Debbie’s Pick

Does this beach make me lookDoes this beach make me look fat fat? by Lisa Scottoline & Francesca Serritella

I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Having never read either author
before, I didn’t know what to expect.  With an acerbic wit and amazing honesty, seemingly rare in our culture, the authors tell short stories about random topics of life.  Each author brings their gift of laughing at life and many times at themselves to each story.  This makes for a fun, easy read perfect for a fall afternoon.  I may just be tempted to delve into one of their  mystery books based on how well I enjoyed their writing style in this book!  We will see

Lecia’s Pick

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

This book will be one I will never forget.
TThe Girl on the Trainhe main reason is because it was my first.  My first electronic book, that is!  I finally took the plunge and became a Kindle user and this was a great book to start my new e-reading adventure.  The story has the initial feeling of being a creepy cousin to Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl.  There is a marriage in distress, a missing wife, an unexpected pregnancy and yes, a murder.  The principal dissimilarity is the setting.  The Girl on theTrain takes place in London, the Ashbury to Euston station route traveled daily by the unhappy and burdened Rachel.  What she sees and doesn’t see on her daily commute makes for a thriller you won’t soon forget either.  E-book or hardback, it’s worth the read. Continue reading September Staff Picks

Need an e-mail account? LaFayette and Dade can help!

The LaFayette-Walker County Public Library is now offering computer classes! In the month of September Lafayette Library will be starting with the basics: e-mail! If you know someone who has been wanting to learn more about computers, or needs to set up an e-mail address, then this class is for them. Space is limited, so you will need to sign up for one of two dates:

September 14th, 2pm to 3pm
September 29th, 5pm to 6pm

In this class we will be signing up for FREE gmail accounts (that’s e-mail through Google for those in the know). You’ll also learn about how gmail is different than other e-mails, and how it gets you access to other great websites (like youtube). Call today to reserve a spot! 706-638-2992

Dade County Library will also be offering a basic computer course this month! They will be covering e-mail, as well as basic internet navigation! They will have two classes:

September 8th @ 10am
September 8th @ 6pm

Call to reserve your space at 706-657-7857 today!

August Staff Picks

Ruth’s Pick

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This was a book that I pithe false princecked up from the library on a whim. I started it later that afternoon and within three days I had not only finished it but had also devoured the book’s two sequels! The story features a young, grubby orphan who finds himself, against his will, enve
lopedin a conspiracy to gain the royal throne. It is a fast-paced adventure yarn brimming with surprising compassion, wit and a few edge-of-your-seat twists. I loved the humor, loved the surprises, and loved the characters. I would recommend this book for both children and adults

Karen’s Pick

The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
Book 1 in the Red Queen series.

Red QueenAlthough I felt this book was slow to hook the reader, I really enjoyed the story once the momentum picked up. It has a medieval fantasy vibe and while the story premise overall is not new to YA readers, the little details make it feel like it’s a completely unique story! I’m convinced this is going to be a movie one day as long as the author can hold it together for the second and third books.

Renee’s Picks

The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence by Stan Lee
(Geared toward grades 4-7)

ZodiacCoverArtThis action packed book explores the powers of the Chinese Zodiac. Young adults already struggling with their place in life are suddenly given the powers of one of the zodiac creatures. This is the first in a series and briefly touches on character development and back story, which will expand in future books as the adventures in good versus evil continue. Good themes of leadership, trust, and team building. The illustrations are an excellent addition.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

51ILCS6EtSLThe Thirteeth Tale is full of intriguing characters, descriptive writing, and surprising twists and turns that move the story well. The story is about an aging writer telling her life story, which is filled with secrets, ghosts, death, and madness, to a chosen biographer with secrets of her own. The book concludes well with secrets disclosed and mysteries solved in a satisfying way. This is a clean read.

Chelsea’s Pick

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedEvery decade one village girl is forced into ten years of servitude to a wizard known as “The Dragon.” The girl always comes back, but never stays, always choosing to leave the village for a rich life in the city.  Once chosen, Agnieszka’s understanding of her world and her part in it is forever changed. This book has all of my favorite things: magic, romance, coming-of-age, a grumpy misunderstood hero, a feisty heroine and a plot that kept me guessing. A must-read for all Fantasy Genre fans.