Thursday, July 21, 2016

Part Three - Videos on Park and Recreation Guide

Find this video and other embedded videos on the video tab of the Park and Recreation Guide!

On the main landing page, you will find videos about TVA Raccoon Mountain that includes a video around the TVA lake and includes a video about a fast-paced, downhill bicycle ride on a Raccoon Mountain bike trail!

Other videos on the main landing page include Russell Cave, Fall Creek Falls, and Presidents T. Roosevelt and B. Obama on the importance of national parks.

In addition to the main landing page under the video tab, there are three sub-tabs. The sub-tabs are Enterprise South, North Chick, and Film Playlist.

The Enterprise South tab includes bicycle videos on paths found inside the park.

The North Chick tab has the video above plus kayaking videos - one in calm water and one in rough water.

The library database Films on Demand provides a playlist of films about parks in general.

Peruse the videos on the video tab in the Park and Recreation Guide and enjoy!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Not So Frequently Asked Questions with Isaac Ingram

You've probably seen Isaac around the library working on all of our tech equipment. He's our new Laboratory Technician and he's here to put out any fires (hopefully just figuratively) for the library's IT Team. He keeps things running smoothly for our 117+ computers as well as our printers, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. If you have tech questions, he's another great staff person to go to. You can contact him at or 423.697.2573.

1. What is the last book you read?

The last book I read is Frank Herbert’s Dune; it has taken me awhile to check that one off the list. Most of my reading is spent on technical writings trying to keep up with Moore’s Law, and it can be difficult fitting novels into the schedule. Fortunately, sci-fi is my favorite, and most of it is timeless so there is no need to feel rushed.
Isaac Ingram, Laboratory Technician

2. What was your least favorite class in college?

My least favorite class in college was my culminating project due to the stress. Having completed so many classes in as little time possible and wanting to be sure nothing went wrong in the home stretch wasn’t easy on the sleep.

3. Who has the best cup of coffee in Chattanooga?
If I am allowed to count myself, I find it hard to beat a French press of fresh ground Death Wish Coffee Co. beans. If not, the best cup of coffee I have had in Chattanooga was at Bonefish Grill. It may have had something to do with the crème brûlée I was enjoying with it.

4. What’s always in your refrigerator?
Eggs are always in the refrigerator. I need a good breakfast to start the day.

5. What was the last job you have before coming to Chatt State?
I was an IT contractor for a company specializing in electronic payments, namely ACH transactions (e.g. direct deposit for payroll). I had been in and out of the field over the course of several years while trying to balance work and college, but along the way I learned enough to earn my AAP certification.

6. Coke or Pepsi?
Could I have a Mountain Dew, please?

7. Who shot first, Han or Greedo?
I suppose it’s possible a few out there may need it, so spoiler alert. Han shot first. The original cut of the Mos Eisley Cantina is a better portrayal of the life Han is initially leading, thus more effectively setting him up to be a dynamic character. In my opinion, the (bad) CGI with Greedo shooting first diminished watching Han find new purpose along with the feeling of seeing the Millennium Falcon return to the Death Star in those final moments of the trench run.

8. What do you like to do in free time?
I enjoy getting outdoors for walks in nature when the pollen and temperature are tolerable. I like spending time with friends which is usually playing video or board games, the occasional road trip or hike, and eating out.

9. Favorite cartoon?
My favorite cartoon is The Venture Bros., but I’ve got a few seasons worth of catching up. The brand of humor appeals, but probably more so because I got hooked on early morning reruns of Johnny Quest when I was in grade school.

10. Something you hope to accomplish by the end of year?
I hope to be on track for good health.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi

Life on the base is tough for Corporal Iku Kasahara. She's falling behind in her classes and even though she excels at drills, her instructor Dojo is on a mission to make her life miserable. She's willing to put up with all the unfairness because she doesn't want to give up her dream of joining the Defense Force for the Library Forces. She's in training to become a librarian on the front line of defense again the Media Betterment Committee. The MBC was created by the government to censor materials and they routinely raid bookshops to keep items they deem unacceptable from getting into the hands of readers. After witnessing a raid when she was younger, Kasahara vowed to join the Library Forces after her book was rescued by a dashing librarian on the Defense Force. Kasahara hopes she can become the first female member of the Defense Force AND find the mystery librarian of her dreams.

KLIC has volumes one through three of the Library Wars: Love & War manga series written and illustrated by Kiiro Yumi, original concept by Hiro Arikawa.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Part Two - Library Staff Slideshow - Park and Recreation Month

One of the more popular page visits each year on the Park and Recreation Month guide is the library staff page. So, the stereotype might be that librarians don't do anything for fun or don't do anything outside of library-related activities. Wrong!

Here at KLIC, we have staff who enjoy parks and recreation. We have a hiker, a rose gardener, people who love beaches, people who travel all over the country, people who kayak.

We asked the KLIC staff to submit a picture of their favorite activity, or their favorite park, or favorite vacation spot. And we created a video out of the pictures!

Check out the Library Staff page!

Visit a park!