CG – Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature Exhibit

Calhoun-Gordon County Library, East Tennessee Historical Society, and Knox County (Tennessee) Public Library have worked together to present an exhibit: Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature, beginning Wednesday, July 27, 2016 and ending October 22, 2016

This groundbreaking exhibition of Appalachian children’s literature explores books published since the late 1800s. Organized by the Knox County Public Library and the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee, and based on research by Jamie Osborn, Manager of the Halls Branch, Knox County Public Library, Reading Appalachia aims to show a more complete picture of the region’s literary heritage and how this literature tells the story of childhood in Appalachia.

Sporting life-size characters from some of the books, the exhibit is designed to create the sensation of walking through the pages of a storybook. Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake Ho, A Mountain Rose, When Otter Tricked the Rabbit, When I Was Young, and others. Books are available to touch, read, and explore. The exhibit includes hands on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story. They are also invited to create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia.

Attendees can view original films and hear the voice of old time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

An exhibit of Appalachian children’s literature at this scale has never been produced; this exhibition is designed to travel to other libraries and locations in and around Appalachia. Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature is made possible through the generous support of Clayton Homes, the Jane L. Pettway Foundation, Friends of the Knox County Public Library, and the University of Tennessee’s Center for Children and Young Adult Literature.

Why Appalachian children’s books?
Few things capture our hearts and senses more vividly than children’s books. They ignite imagination and help bring structure and understanding to developing minds. Their stories linger and guide us into adulthood; they help define us.

Perhaps more than any other region, Appalachia has captured the nation’s imagination. It is a land where the blue smoke of the mountains, the self-sufficiency of life in a holler, and the singsong of an enthralling storyteller come together in a near mythic culture.

Appalachia is a land about which stories are told. By examining seminal titles published over the decades since the late 1800s, we hope to show the fuller picture of our region’s literary heritage, and how this literature tells the story of childhood in Appalachia.

-Excerpt from Calhoun-Gordon County Library’s Press Release


CG – CLOSED for Exhibit Setup

Calhoun-Gordon County Library will be closed Monday and Tuesday, July 25 and 26, 2016, all day

We have a new exhibit coming to our library, and in order to set it up, the library will be closed for your safety. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook for more information!

During this time, our bookdrops will remain open and Dalton-Whitfield County Library and Chatsworth-Murray County Library will be available for your check out and computer needs.

SRP2016 – Drumming for Success with Dr. Arvin Scott – CG Teens

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Teen SRP2016 Event: Drumming for Success with Dr. Arvin Scott on Thursday, June 30, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Come meet Dr. Arvin Scott, Professor of Music, from the University of Georgia, Athens. He will present hands-on, interactive, group drumming. This will be a fun, exciting, motivational and educational program.

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SRP2016 – Chef Carlin (Pre-registration required) – CG Teens

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Teen SRP2016 Event: Chef Carlin on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Chef Carlin, who is a personal chef, will teach us to prepare delicious and healthy meals. The class is hands-on and everyone will get to help prepare the menu & then eat. Pre-registration is required and the program is limited to 25.

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SRP2016 – Creating Homemade Spa Products (Pre-registration required) – CG Teens & Adults

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Teen and Adult SRP2016 Event: Creating Homemade Spa Products on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 1:00pm-2:30pm

Join crafting fanatic, Karli Land, as she teaches the
basics of making your very own spa products. With basic ingredients and simple instruction, each participant will be creating their very own spa products to take home.

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SRP2016 – Writing Classes: From Young Writer to Young Author – CG Teens

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Teen SRP2016 Event: Writing Classes: From Young Writer to Young Author on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 1:30pm-2:30pm

Local author and founder of the Calhoun Area Writers, Karli Land, will be offering a workshop that will transform your writing and get it ready for publishing. Come learn the ins and outs of the industry and what it takes to get your book on the shelves.

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SRP2016 – Zumba with Tennille Aker from Fitness First – CG Teens

Calhoun-Gordon County Library presents a Teen SRP2016 Event: Zumba with Tennille Aker from Fitness First coming Tuesday, June 7, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm

Who doesn’t want to have fun getting fit? Zumba, the Latin-dance-inspired fitness workout, aims to help you do just that. Zumba uses music and choreographed steps to form a fitness party atmosphere. Come meet Tennille Aker and join the fun!

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DW – Math Success Camp for Rising 9th Graders

Northwest Georgia Regional Library System will be hosting a Math Success Camp for Rising 9th Graders on Mondays and Wednesdays between June 20, 2016 and July 18, 2016

The Math Success Camp will help motivated, rising 9th graders prepare for freshman Algebra. Transitioning from middle school to high school can be scary. Learning skills that will help students do well in critical subjects like math, is a big confidence booster. The Math Success Camp will show kids that math can be fun, creative, and can apply to real life. The camp will be taught by certified area high school math teachers, and will focus on helping students: improve their confidence in their ability to do math , learn skills that will prepare them for Algebra I, Learn how to study math, and connect mathematical concepts to real life application.

There will be sessions available in the mornings from 10am – 12pm and in the evenings from 4pm – 6pm. There will be no class the week of July 4th.

Classes will take place at Dalton-Whitfield County Library, 310 Cappes St, Dalton GA, 30720, but are open to motivated students from Gordon, Murray, and Whitfield counties.


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