New Resource: Digitized Walker County Messenger

The Cherokee Regional Library System has a new modern resource for history lovers and genealogists alike. The library has recently digitized their collection of the Walker County Messenger from 1880 to 1965.

The digital version of the Walker County Messenger can be searched using keywords, specific dates, and more. Currently, the digital version is only accessible in-house at the Chickamauga and LaFayette branch libraries. Plans to make the digitized copies available online are in progress.

The Walker County Messenger was digitized at low-cost by Tom Tryniski of New York, an amateur archivist who has been highly lauded by the national genealogy community for his dedication to newspaper archiving. This partnership was created with the help of Sam Hall, founder of Deep Zoom Chattanooga, and a voice for historic preservation in the Chattanooga/North Georgia community.

The library hopes to digitize the Dade County Sentinel next.

October Staff Picks

Renee’s Pick

The Lost Track of Time by Paige Britt, Illustrator Lee White Lost track of time

I loved, loved, loved the whimsical play on words. Penelope is like many kids these days with full schedules and no free time to daydream. She falls, literally, into a “hole” in her schedule into the “Realm of Possibilities” Her adventures are full of fun characters and silly situations that are alive with time references and Poor Richard aphorisms. It’s a fun read for any age, and reminds us time is precious, but so are the people we meet along the way. (Ages 8-12)

Marshana’s Pick

Cinder by Marissa MeyerCinder

This is a steampunk, futuristic fairytale which has been sitting on my shelf because I just thought this is something I would not enjoy. But I loved it! You will connect with the characters and be rooting for their happy ending. This is the 1st book in the Lunar Chronicles. The second book, Scarlet, is Little Red Riding Hood’s story and the third book, Cress, is Rapunzel’s. I love the way Meyer weaves the stories together and can’t wait to see how she brings Snow White’s story together, which comes out this month. Continue reading October Staff Picks

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

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.



On Thursday night, Cherokee Regional Library Board of Trustees voted to restore Saturday hours for the Rossville and LaFayette branches. This is the first time in several years that all four branches of the Cherokee Regional Library System are open on Saturdays. The change is effective August 1st.

The Rossville Library will be returning to branch status by increasing their hours open from 18 hours a week to 30 hours a week.  This decision was made possible due to a generous donation and upcoming additional funding from local funding agencies.

The LaFayette-Walker County Branch will be rearranging their 30 hours open to include Saturdays.

“The Community let us know it was important for us to be open on Saturdays. We are delighted to be in a position to make it happen,” says Director Lecia Eubanks.

Cherokee Regional Library System Hours

LaFayette-Walker Co. Public Library
Mondays: 10-6
Tuesdays: 10-7
Thursdays: 1-7
Fridays: 11-2
Saturdays: 10-2

Rossville Public Library
Tuesdays: 9-6
Wednesdays: 9-5
Thursdays: 10-7
Saturdays: 10-2

Chickamauga Public Library
Tuesdays: 9-7
Thursdays: 9-6
Fridays: 9-5
Saturdays: 9-12

Dade County Public Library
Tuesdays: 9-7
Thursdays: 9-6
Fridays: 9-4
Saturdays: 10-2