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Georgia State Parks Discovery Backpacks

Families can check out stuffed backpacks at Georgia public libraries beginning Friday, September 30th.

ATLANTA — Beginning the weekend of Sept. 30, Georgia residents will be able to check out a stuffed backpack kit at any of the state’s 400-plus public libraries and, in combination with an already available state ParkPass, take it with them on a free visit to any of Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. This includes all four branches of the Cherokee Regional Library System.

Each co-branded kit includes a sturdy, five-pocket backpack containing a pair of 5×30 binoculars, a guide to Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites and foldout Pocket Naturalist Guides to Georgia Wildlife, Georgia Birds and Georgia Trees & Wildflowers.

The kits are the latest additions to the popular ParkPass library loan program, which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary in the coming year. More than 100,000 families have checked out and used a ParkPass since Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites began the program, which has saved residents more than $1 million in admissions and parking fees.

“Our goal for these backpack kits is to help families learn about nature and the natural wonders we have throughout the state,” said State Librarian Julie Walker, “and this objective aligns well with the important role that libraries play in education for all Georgians. From backyards and local parks to any — or all — of Georgia’s state parks, historic sites and National Park Service lands, the learning opportunities here are endless.”

The loan period for the backpack kits is one week, matching that of the ParkPasses, which must be checked out separately.

This project is made possible, in part, with funds provided by a grant to GPLS from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).


Request for Proposals–Coffee Shop

The Cherokee Regional Library System (CHRLS) invites you to submit a proposal on a Coffee Shop to be located inside the LaFayette-Walker County Library Branch.  The RFP can be found below and at each branch of the Cherokee Regional Library System.  There will be a site tour at 3:00 on August 14th. Deadline for receiving proposals is 5:oo pm E.D.T, August 31, 2017. Direct all questions concerning the RFP to Lecia Eubanks,, 706.638.7557.

LaFayette Library Coffee Shop
Request for Proposal
LaFayette Library Coffee Shop_RFP

Check out a visit to the Chattanooga Zoo!

We at the library hope that your summer has been full of fun, books and good times with family! We’ve got some big news that could make your summer even better!

The Cherokee Regional Library System has partnered with the Chattanooga Zoo to offer free visits to the zoo for the local community. There is a Chattanooga Zoo Library Pass (good for 2 adults and 4 children) at each of the four branch libraries—(For those not already in the know, we have four–LaFayette, Chickamauga, Rossville & Trenton.) Passes are good for 7 days, with a $3 per day late fee if turned in late. Passes can only be checked out once a year per family.

The partnership with the Chattanooga Zoo is just the latest in experiences available for checkout at the library. Other free passes include:

Georgia State Parks
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Atlanta Zoo
Center for Puppetry and the Arts
Go Fish Education Center

For more info on all our passes just click here.

Library cards must be present for checkout. Library cards are free for Georgia residents. If you do not already have a library card, you will need a picture ID and proof of your current residence.

Get Wrapped up in Reading

Ready  for some more free stuff? How about a bag of scarab beetle beads from Egypt, Carlos Museum postcards and a $10 gift card to the Carlos Museum Bookshop?

Here what you need to know:

  1. This program is for children
  2. Download and print this book diary or ask for a copy from the circulation desk at any of our four branch libraries
  3. Pick out five books from this Reading List and put them on hold using our PINES catalog, or ask for assistance from our circulation staff.
  4. Once you receive your books (this could take between 1-3 weeks!) read them, and log them.
  5. Come to any of our four branch libraries and check out our Michael C. Carlos Museum Family Pass (good for up to 6 admissions!)
  6. Go to the Museum and turn in your log to receive your prize! Enjoy the day with your family in one of the Southeast’s premier ancient art museums with major collections of art objects from ancient Egypt, Nubia, Near East, Greece, Rome, ancient Americas, Africa, and Asia, as well as a collection of works on paper from the Renaissance to the present.

Free Atlanta Hawks and Braves Tickets

Looking for ways to reward your little reader this summer? How about taking them to a free basketball game or a free baseball game?

That’s right, our summer partnership with the Atlanta Hawks and the Atlanta Braves continues! Here is what you need to know:

Atlanta Hawks

  1. Have your child read 5 books (should be easy, if you are part of our summer reading club!)
  2. Go to and fill out the form, and submit
  3. Start checking your e-mail after October 5th for ticketing information

The Fine Print

  1. This program is for students K-12
  2. You must buy an adult ticket to receive the free child’s ticket
  3. More FAQs can be read here

Atlanta Braves

  1. Register for the program, and complete an online activity.
  2. Read one book about sports or sportsmanship. Click here for a list of suggested titles. Or ask a library staff member for help!
  3. Print your “Home Run Readers” Certificate and take it to one of our four branch libraries to receive a code to redeem a free Braves ticket.
  4. Go to and select “redeem tickets” to choose the game you wish to receive a ticket for. Important: you must register at least a week in advance for your tickets! See schedule below

Sunday, June 18, 1:35 PM, vs. the Marlins (redeem by June 11)
Monday, June 19, 7:35 PM, vs the Giants (redeem by June 12)
Sunday, June 25, 1:35 PM, vs the Brewers (redeem by June 18)
Wednesday, July 5, 7:35 PM, vs the Astros (redeem by June 28)
Tuesday, August 1, 7:35 PM, vs the Dodgers (redeem by July 25)
Sunday, August 27, 1:35 PM, vs the Rockies (redeem by August 20)

The Fine Print

  1. This program is for students K-12
  2. You must redeem your tickets at least one week before the game of your choice
  3. Additional tickets can be purchased for $8 a piece at the time you redeem your free ticket