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2017 Food for Fines

Have some late fines that you need to pay off? Lucky you! It’s time for our annual Food for Fines drive, and you can clear your account by donating canned food items to your local library branch.

Library patrons may “pay” library overdue fines with a canned food item. This will help re-stock food banks in Dade and Walker County Georgia. Please help us as we give back to our community during the holiday season. Items collected will be donated to Tri State Food Bank, The Cottage, the Care Mission and the Rossville Church of Christ Food Pantry.

One canned food item equals $1.00 in paid fines with a limit of 10 cans (or $10 in fines). Lost or damaged book fees may not be paid with food. Food items must be in good condition and unexpired.


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.