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

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.