NGRL – Closed for Staff Development

All Northwest Georgia Regional Libraries will be closed for a Staff Development Day.

To allow our staff to better serve you, Dalton, Calhoun, and Chatsworth libraries will be closed. Our goal is to offer our patrons the best service we can give.

Your books will not be due during this time. Feel free to drop any items off in the bookdrop and if you run out of things to read, check out our Digital Media page for eBooks, Digital Magazines, and eAudio.

DW – New Teen Books

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler

A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin

Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Pena

Tap Out by Eric Devine

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

Rotten by Michael Northrop

This is How I Find Her by Sara Polasky

Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton

How Not to Find A Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff


  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler.
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  • It’s 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They’ve been best friends almost as long–up until November, when everything changed. Things have been awkward ever since, but when Josh’s family gets an America Online CD-ROM in the mail, his mom makes him bring it over so Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they’re automatically logged onto Facebook…but Facebook hasn’t been invented yet. Josh and Emma are looking at their profiles fifteen years in the future. Their spouses, careers, homes, and status updates–it’s all there. But it’s not what they expected. And everytime they refresh their pages, their futures change. As they grapple with the ups and downs of what their lives hold, they’re forced to confront what they’re doing right–and wrong–in the present.

  • A Really Awesome Mess by Trish Cook & Brendan Halpin.
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  • Justin was just having fun–a lot of fun–when his dad found him and a girl in a compromising position. Add that fallout to his parents’ divorce, a handful of Tylenol, and a pumped stomach, and it’s clear that Justin is at rock bottom.

    Emmy never felt like part of the family. She was adopted from China, and her parents and sister look like a Ralph Lauren catalog. Emmy definitely doesn’t. After a naked photo of Emmy leads to vicious rumors around school, she threatens to remove the man-parts of the boy who shared it all on Facebook.

    Enrolled at Heartland Academy–a reform school that will force them to deal with their issues–Justin and Emmy join a ragtag group of teens who are just as broken, stubborn, and full of sarcasm as themselves. Their goal–to bust out of the school for a night of epic fun and in the end, they might just call each other friends.

  • Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña.
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  • Sticky is a beat-around-the-head foster kid with nowhere to call home but the street, and an outer shell so tough that no one will take him in. He started out life so far behind the pack that the finish line seems nearly unreachable. He’s a white boy living and playing in a world where he doesn’t seem to belong.

    But Sticky can Ball. And basketball might just be his ticket out…if he can only realize he doesn’t have to be the person everyone else expects him to be.

  • Tap Out by Eric Devine.
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  • No apologies. No excuses. And no easy way out. In Pleasant Meadows, seventeen-year-old Tony Antioch has learned that survival comes down to one simple formula: keep your head down and your mouth shut.

    But with a mother who serves as a punching bag for her boyfriends and a meth-dealing biker gang that is hungry for recruits, Tony finds himself in deep without knowing exactly how he got there. Mixed Martial Arts classes provide an escape but may not be all that he needs to break a seemingly endless and hopleless cycle. Tony has the blood and guts, but is it enough to give him the glory of living his own life freely?

  • Twerp by Mark Goldblatt.
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  • It’s not like I meant for Danley to get hurt… Julian Twerski isn’t a bad kid. He’s just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance, and so begins his account of life in sixth grade–blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he’s still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can’t bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

  • The Agency: A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. (Book 1 of the Mary Quinn Mysteries.
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  • Sentenced as a thief at the age of tweleve, Mary Quinn is rescued from the gallows and taken to Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. There, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners, and a surprising opportunity. The school is the cover for the Agency–a top secret corps of female investivators with a reputation for results–and at seventeen, Mary’s about to join their ranks. She must work in the guise of a lady’s compainion to infiltrate a rich merchant’s home with hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the Thorold household is full of dangerous secrets, and people are not what they seem–least of all Mary.

  • Rotten by Michael Northrop.
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  • A troubled teen. A rescued rottweiler. An unlikely friendship. Jimmer “JD” Dobbs is back in town after spending the summer “upstate.” No one believes his story about visiting his aunt, and it’s pretty clear that he has something to hide. It’s also pretty clear that his mom made a new friend while he was away–a rescued Rottweiler that JD immediately renames Johnny Rotten (yes, after that guy in the Sex Pistols). Both tough but damaged, JD and Johnny slowly learn to trust each other, but their newfound bond is threatened by a treacherous friend and one snap of Johnny’s powerful jaws. As the secrets JD has tried so hard to keep under wraps start to unravel, he suddenly has something much bigger to worry about: saving his dog.

  • This is How I Find Her by Sarah Polsky.
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  • “Your mother is going to be fine,” the nurse says. I breathe more easily but the world settles into my stomach. Fine. Was she fine before?

    Sophie has always lived in the shadow of her mother’s mental illness. She checks her mom’s meds and makes sure the rent’s paid. She rushes home after school and makes dinner every night. She keeps it all a secret.

    Then one day everything changes. After a desperate phone call and an intervention, Sophie finds herself living with family she barely knows–and apart from Mom. In someways, it means she’s alone. In other ways it means she’s free. But when the crisis is over, will she have to go back to being the old Sophie?

  • Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton.
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  • I can’t feel sadness, anger, or fear. I can’t feel anything. I’ve grown talented at pretending. Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions…she sees them in human form. Longing hovers around the shy, adoring boy at school. Courage materializes beside her dying friend. Fury and Resentment visit her abusive home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, except beautiful Fear, who sometimes torments her and other times plays her compassionate savior. He’s obsessed with finding the answer to one question: What happened to Elizabeth to make her this way?

    They both sense that the key to Elizabeth’s condition is somehow connected to the paintings of her dreams, which show visions of death and grief that raise more questions than answers. But as a shadowy menace beings to stalk her, Elizabeth’s very survival depends on discovering the truth about herself. When it matters most, she may not be able to rely on Fear to save her.

  • How Not to Find a Boyfriend by Allyson Valentine.
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  • Nora Fulbright is the most talented new cheerleader on the Riverbend High cheerleading squad. Never mind that she used to be a friendless overachiever with a penchant for chess–this year, Nora is determined to leave all of that behind and transform from brainiac social larva to full-blown butterfly, even if it means dumbing herself down.

    But when Adam moves to town and steals Nora’s heart with his ultra-smarts and incredibly cute dimple, Nora has a problem. How can she prove to him that she’s not really the airhead she’s made herself out to be

    Nora devises a seemingly simple plan to wow Adam with her intellect. Yet soon after setting things in motion, Nora qucikly loses control of her strategy and struggles to keep her image in check. Will she be able to prove that she can be both a butterfly and a nerd?

  • Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff.
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  • They needed the perfect assassin. Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn’t stay long. Just long enoughfor someone in his new friend’s family to die–of “natural causes.” Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target.

    But when he’s assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. The daughter is unlike anyone he has encountered before; the mayor reminds him of his father. And when memories and questions surface, his handlers at The Program are watching. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody: the kid he once was; the teen who wants normal things, like a real home and parents; a young man who wants out. And who might just want those things badly enough to sabatoge The Program’s mission.

Have you read any of these books?

New Children’s Books

  • The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson
  • Furry, Feathery and flippered familiars save Jack and two other wizards in training after they have been kidnapped by an evil queen. Aldwyn the cat, Skylar the blue-jay, and Gilbert the frog use magic, friends and street smarts to save the day.

  • Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea
  • Mr. Terupt knows how to get the best from his students. He doesn’t let them get by with much but does let them have fun learning. After an accident on a snowy day everything and everyone changes.

  • Flying the Dragon by Natalie Dias Lorenzi
  • Two cousins who have grown up in different cultures struggle to get along. Skye and Hiroshi finally become friends when they fly the dragon kite as their grandfather taught them and Skye understood how important it was to Hiroshi.

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • Three children have spent their childhood make believe quests with dolls/action figures. As they grow up, a real quest presents itself. The three go in search of a resting place for a doll that is really a ghost
    child. The adventure proves daunting but the friendships among them grow stronger.

  • Dancing Home by Alma Flor Ada
  • Finding out where one belongs is the theme of this novel. Margarita known as Margie wants to be a true American. Born in Texas, she rejects her heritage until a cousin from Mexico joins the family as her sister. Fighting insecurities and embarrassing experiences, Margie begins to embrace the joys of both her American and Mexican roots. Told from the points of view of both girls helps the reader empathize with them.

  • Paperboy by Vince Vawter
  • Summer, Memphis, 1959. An eleven year old boy has many problems dealing with his stuttering. Taking over his friend’s paper route for a month, the boy learns much about Civil Rights, loneliness, abuse, alcoholism, and the
    vast possibilities of words. Growing up and making decisions is part of life.

  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • This is a clever book about a library filled with book puzzles. Children solve puzzles to win a grand prize. This will lure young people into a world of reading.

  • Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George
  • The King and Queen are ambushed and Cecile with her secret knowledge must protect their home and save the kingdom. Twists and turns make this adventure a page turner.

  • Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka
  • This collection of short stories is from some of our favorite authors. Jeff Kinney, Jack Gantos, Christopher Paul Curtis, Kate DiCamillo, and Eoin Colfer have written some very funny stories for this book.

  • Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
  • Ben Ripley may achieve his life’s dream of becoming a spy. He is secretly recruited to attend the Academy of Espionage. Ninjas, kidnapping, computer hacking, and being used to find a mole are reasons to follow this plot. This book will keep readers guessing!

  • Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
  • This is a follow up book to The Wednesday Wars. Our main character Doug has moved to upstate New York and discovers that the power of art can overcome many adversities. This is a great story for all ages.

  • Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
  • Eleven-year-old Jack has an enormous secret to keep. His mother has abandoned him in a state park in Maine during one of her “spinning” times. Jack tries to get home without letting anyone know he is alone. He takes comfort in a toy elephant that is a symbol of hope. His journey is one that you will want to follow all the way to the end.

  • How to Train your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell
  • If you are a fan of this series, we have filled in and added new copies. Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third was not always the greatest Viking Hero. His memories tell of his reluctant adventures to becoming a hero.

  • Summer on the Moon by Adrian Fogelin
  • Socko’s mom moves to take care of his grandfather and also to leave a tough neighborhood behind. Socko hates to leave his friend but not the tough gang and its leader, Rapp, who are out to recruit him. They move to an unfinished housing development where Socko spends his “summer on the moon”. This story shares the struggles and effects of economic hardships.

  • The Clockwork Three by Matthew Kirby
  • Three children’s lives are interwoven like the gears of a clock. Giuseppe, Frederick, and Hannah are all longing to escape the circumstances of their lives. They must trust one another through mysterious circumstances and perilous adventures. Readers will enjoy this remarkable story.

  • A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron
  • Abby and Tam are an award winning agility team. On their way home from a contest there is an accident and they are separated. Tam’s crate is thrown from the truck and she lands in a river. Abby is injured and sent to the hospital. As time passes they never give up hope of finding each other. If you are a fan of Lassie, the Incredible Journey, or Shiloh, you will love to follow this story.

CM – Reading with Ringling

Chatsworth-Murray Library read with Ringling!/h2>

The event was a great success! Check out some pictures:

Thanks for joining the Chatsworth Library in welcoming Rob Ringling.

Reading with Ringling

The text of the flyer:

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CLOWNS TAKE READING SERIOUSLY AT CHATSWORTH-MURRAY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY

CHATSWORTH, GA (January 15, 2014) —

Want to learn what it takes to soar on the flying trapeze or just what goes into those cream pies that the clowns throw? Then join Rob Ringling, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassador of Laughter, for some serious fun on January 15. 2014 at CHATSWORTH-MURRAY COUNTY LIBRARY located at 706 Old Dalton-Ellijay Road, Chatsworth, Georgia.

He is no class clown, but is certain to add amusement to a special 30-minute circus storytime, which will encourage children not only to read, but also to discover, dream and learn! The library event is free and open to the public. For more information on the additional libraries the clowns plan to visit, go to www.ReadingwithRingling.com.

Rob, the Ambassador of Laughter, will be in town to help kick-off “Reading with Ringling Bros.!” The library reading program is easy and fun for kids to participate. The best part is that kids can earn a free circus ticket by simply doing their library reading! Children from ages 2-12 enroll with the librarian, who will give kids everything to start their library reading. For more information, visit www.ReadingwithRingling.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: DIANNE DAVIS
CHATSWORTH-MURRAY COUNTY LIBRARY
(706) 695-8739
davisd@ngrl.org

DW – New Teen Books

The teen department has some new books that are ready for check out!

Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon

No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz

Glass by Ellen Hopkins

Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Pretty Amy by Lisa Burstein

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assistant by Joseph Delaney


  • Camo Girl by Kekla Magoon.
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  • Ella and Z have been friends forever, but Z has always been ‘the weird kid’ in their class. This was okay back in third or fourth grade, but by now their other friends have ditched both Z and Ella. He doesn’t care, but Ella longs to be part of a group where people won’t make fun of her.

    When a new boy, Bailey, moves to town, he befriends Ella because they are the only two black kids in class. Bailey is popular–popular eough to make Ella cool and give her a wider circle of friends, but only if she stops hanging out with Z. Ella is faced with a difficult decision: remain loyal to the boy who has been her best and only friend for years…or embrace the opportunity to be one of the popular kids–what she has always longed to be.

    Ella’s decision will affect not just her, but everyone around her. Can she make the right choice?

  • No Easy Way Out by Dayna Lorentz. (Sequel to No Safety in Numbers)
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  • It’s been seven days since Lexi, Ryan, Marco, Shay, and thousands of other shoppers were quarantined in their suburban mall. Seven days of no showers, no information, limited food, and rising panic. Seven days of watching as a mystery virus sweeps through the mall, killing hundreds of people.

    The government has pulled out, leaving the shoppers to their fate. Lexi’s mother, a senator, takes charge. She enforces strict rules, and uses Marco to help control the rule-breakers, most of whom are also teens. But Marco has his own agenda, and begins a dangerous game, playing all the angles. Caught in his web are Shay, Lexi, Ryan, Mike, and Drew.

    But unbeknownst to all of them, it’s not just Marco who can’t be trusted, and as the days pass, each of them will learn the price of making a mistake.

  • Glass by Ellen Hopkins. (Book 2 in the Crank series)
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  • Crank. Glass. Ice. Crystal. Whatever you call it, it’s all the same: a monster. And once it’s got hold of you, this monster will never let you go.

    Kristina thinks she can control it. Now with a baby to care for, she’s determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots. But the monster is too strong, and before she knows it, Kristina is back in its grips. She needs the monster to keep going, to face the pressures of day-to-day life. She needs it to feel alive.

    Once again the monster takes over Kristina’s life and she will do anything for it, including giving up the one person who gives her the unconditional love she craves–her baby.

  • Everlost by Neal Shusterman. (Book 1 of the Skinjacker Trilogy. Book 3, Everfound, is available as well. Book 2 can be placed on hold.)
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  • Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident…but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go either. Instead, they’re caught halfway between life and death, in a sort of limbo known as Everlost: a shadow of the living world, filled with all the things and places that no longer exist. It’s a magical, yet dangerous place where bands of lost children run wild and anyone who stands in the same place too long sinks to the center of the Earth.

    When they find Mary, the self-proclaimed queen of lost kids, Nick feels like he’s found a home, but Allie isn’t satisfied spending eternity between worlds. Against all warnings, Allie begins learning the ‘Criminal Art’ of haunting, and ventures into dangerous territory, where a monster called the McGill threatens all the souls of Everlost.

  • Pretty Amy: A Novel by Lisa Burstein.
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  • Amy is fine living in the shadows of beautiful Lila and uber-cool Cassie, because at least she’s somewhat beautiful and uber-cool by association. But when their dates stand them up for prom, and the girls take matters into their own hands–earning them a night in jail outfitted in satin, stilettos, and Spanx–Amy discovers even a prom spent in handcuffs might be better than the humiliating “rehabilitation techniques” now filling up her summer. Even worse, with Lila and Cassie parentally banned, Amy feels like she has nothing–like she is nothing.

    Navigating unlikely alliances with her new coworker, two very different boys, and possibly even her parents, Amy struggles to decide if it’s worth being a best friend when it makes you a public enemy.

  • I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore. (Book 1 of the Lorien Legacies. Books 2 and 3 are also available.)
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  • We may be walking past you right now.
    We are watching as you read this.
    We may be in your city, your town.
    We are living anonymously.
    We are waiting for the day when
    We will find each other.
    We will make our last stand together–if
    We win,
    We are saved, and
    You are saved as well.
    If we lose, all is lost.

    Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books–but we are real.

    Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. We have lived among you without you knowing.

    But they know.

    They caught Number One in Malasia.
    Number Two in England.
    And Number Three in Kenya.
    They killed them all.

    I am Number Four.

    I am next.

  • The Last Apprentice: Grimalkin the Witch Assassin by Joseph Delaney. (Book 9 of the Last Apprentice series)
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  • One witch is the most feared, the most ruthless, and the most deadly of all the witches in the county. If she hunts for you, she will find you. If you have crossed her, you don’t stand a chance. She is the witch assassin and her name is Grimalkin.

    Grimalkin’s one alliance is with Tom Ward, the Spook’s apprentice. With Tom, she plans to rid the world of the most terrifying evil, the Fiend, who once did her great wrong.

    Grimalkin has never been defeated. But can she survive an enemy created for the sole purpose of destroying her?

Have you read any of these books?

FreeFile Eligibility!

Can you FreeFile your 2013 Georgia Taxes this year? The maximum income limit has been raised, so check it out!

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