Friday, November 30, 2018

Stress Relief Week Flyer

There will be a lot of stress relief activities December 3 - 7 in the library! 

For one, the library will be open an hour later Monday - Thursday. An extra hour each night to get those papers and projects done. 

Plus there will be food, coloring books, meditation, board games, and massage chairs!  Look at the tentative schedule below for more information!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

New KLIC Audiobook: Note to Self

By Dwight Hunter

Note to Self: Inspiring words from inspiring people is a new audiobook to the library this month. I decided to check it out for my long drive during the Thanksgiving holiday. This is an inspiring, worthwhile audiobook. 

Gayle King shared her favorite inspiring letters from the popular CBS This Morning segment Note to Self, in which twenty-first century luminaries penned advice and encouragement to the young people they once were. Each of the letters were read by the authors. This made the audio delivery of each letter mean so much more as I could hear the emotions or the tonal emphasis.

King asked at the end of the audiobook to consider writing a note to yourself. To your younger self. What would you write? What would you focus on? What age would you write to yourself? I think if I did this, I would write to my 16-year old self. 

I want to point out some of the letters that are on the audio book. The essays read by Ryan O'Callaghan and by Jimmy Greene will absolutely tear your heart out. Gut-wrenching letters.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tim Howard will make you laugh. Tyler Perry and Vice President Joe Biden will make you think. Frank Gehry's letter will surprise you. All of the letters were so great and worth listening again. 

If you need a little wisdom, a little insight to struggles, a little inspiration -- check out this audiobook.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Amanda Roper!

Amanda Roper
Evening and Weekend Librarian
Amanda Roper joined the library staff on November 1st as the Evening and Weekend Librarian and liaison to the Tennessee Reconnect program! You can contact her at or at 423.697.2445. But before she gets to answer your questions she has to answer of few of our unique inquiries.

1. Where are you from and how are you liking Chattanooga?
I’m originally from Gainesville, GA. It is much smaller town with a whole bunch of chicken plants. In fact, they just did the “giant chicken” holiday lighting (yes, I’m serious). My family and I are really enjoying Chattanooga! I love that there is so much art here, which is so great for my husband who is an artist. My favorite coffee shop has to be Stone Cup Coffee and I love hanging out at McKay’s and buying too many books. There are so many museums and great restaurants, but there’s also the river and mountains and that makes my heart happy.

2. What do you like to do in your free time?
I haven’t had much free time thanks to graduate school, but I cannot wait to get back to the hobbies I love once I graduate in December. I love reading, baking, knitting, crocheting, and writing in my bullet journal. I also have a blog, YouTube channel, and I’m pretty active on social media. I love spending time with my husband, Sam, and our three kids.

3. What is your favorite sport?
Roller Derby! I’ve cheered on Athens, Georgia’s Classic City Roller Girls for years. I’ll be cheering on Chattanooga Roller Girls from now on unless they play Classic City.

4. Do you have any pets?
I have two cats, Beauregard and Ruth Bader Ginspurrr.

5. What is the last book you read?
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. That sounds really pretentious, but I was reading it for my graduate school thesis. I have a big stack of non-theory, fun books to read over the holiday break.

6. Top 5 bands?
Arcade Fire, Explosions in the Sky, Wolf Alice, Future Islands, and Bikini Kill.

7. Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter?
FALL with winter as a close second. I love pumpkin spice lattes, scarves, bright leaves, and cardigans. Give me colder, cozy weather any day.

8. If you could invite any three people to dinner, who would you choose?
Michelle Obama, Sylvia Plath, and Margaret Atwood.

9. What was your favorite class in college?
Creative writing. Before I landed on library science I applied for an MFA in poetry. I didn’t get into the program I wanted, but that turned out to be a good thing! I stayed in libraries, realized I loved it, and now I’m finishing my masters in library and information science.

10. Favorite cartoon?
The new She-Ra cartoon is pretty rad.

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Native American Heritage Month

Hixson Mound (TVA, 1936)
Every year, our nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country's character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our nation, and models of government to our Founding Fathers -- American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America. Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country. During National Native American Heritage Month, we honor their legacy.

Read the Native American Heritage Month Guide to find links. (

Links to to Native American tribes, sites, and literature (

Links to the Alcatraz occupation videos and to Films on Demand code talkers documentary

Selected images of burial mounds in Hixson and Dallas before TVA built Chickamauga Lake. (Navigation tip: After clicking on individual image, close window to return back to portfolio.)

Selected Native American sites near Chattanooga