NGRL – CLOSED for New Year’s

Calhoun-Gordon Library, Chatsworth-Murray Library, and Dalton-Whitfield Library will all be closed from Thursday, December 31st through Saturday, January 2nd for the New Year Holiday

Calhoun-Gordon Library Dates:
Our first day open in 2016 will be January 2nd, so we look forward to seeing you then! Stay safe and enjoy holidays.

Chatsworth-Murray Library Dates:

Dalton-Whitfield Library Dates:
Our first day open in 2016 will be January 4th, so we look forward to seeing you then! Stay safe and enjoy holidays.

Remember, during that time our book drops will be open for returns and our eBooks and eAudiobooks will still be available. You can renew your items online as well!

CM – Story Time

Chatsworth-Murray Library presents Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 am

December 2nd – Stories about Dogs
December 9th – Stories about Winter Flowers
December 16th – Stories about Cats
December 22nd – Christmas Stories
December 30th – Stories about Snowflakes


10:30am every Wednesday. Please note that story time sessions are regularly scheduled for the general public and are for preschool-age kids. An adult must remain with children attending story time. If a child engages in disruptive behavior, the adult must remove him/her from the session.

CM – Polar Express Reading & Trains at Old Chatsworth Depot

Chatsworth-Murray Library is working with the Depot to offer Polar Express readings on December 5th, 2015 from 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Christmas is coming to the Old chatsworth Depot on Saturday, December 5th. Prior to the annual 6pm Christmas Parade through downtown, the historic Chatsworth train depot on First Avenue will be open from noon until 4:00pm/

Highlighting the afternoon will be model trains set up and running in the former freight room of the building, with readings of The Polar Express on the half hour. Train enthusiast Ted Yarbrough, and other members of the Georgia Garden Railway Society, will provide operating trains while other Depot Committee members will be on hand to give tours of the museum rooms of the Depot. Local educator Toby Westmoreland will do the readings.

Refreshments will be served and there could be a special someone with gifts for the children. The even is free for children 10 and under (must be accompanied by a paid adult), but a $2 donation for those ages 11 and up is requested with the proceeds going to the continued preservation of the Depot, Chatsworth’s oldest building. The event is co-sponsored by the Chatsworth-Murray County Library. For more information, call the library at 706-695-4200.

Polar Express movie images are ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc

CM – Story Time

Chatsworth-Murray Library presents Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 am

November 4th – Look for Circles
November 12th – Veteran’s day and World Kindness Day
November 18th – Weather
November 24th – Thanksgiving stories


10:30am every Wednesday. Please note that story time sessions are regularly scheduled for the general public and are for preschool-age kids. An adult must remain with children attending story time. If a child engages in disruptive behavior, the adult must remove him/her from the session.

NGRL – Board Meeting

NGRL Board Meeting on October 27, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Dalton-Whitfield County Library

The Northwest Georgia Regional Library System Board of Trustees will be holding their quarterly meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:00 at Dalton-Whitfield County Library. This meeting is open to the public.

For more information, contact Dalton-Whitfield County Library at 706-876-1360, Calhoun-Gordon County Library at 706-624-1456, or Chatsworth-Murray County Library at 706-695-4200.

CM – Black Bear Festival

Chatsworth-Murray Library will be working with the Whitfield-Murray County Historical Society and other organizations in Murray County to host the Black Bear Festival on October 17th and 18th

For more information, visit The Black Bear Fest Website.

Chatsworth has the distinction of being Murray County’s youngest, largest, and only “planned” city. The Whitfield-Murray Historical Society invites you to learn the story of Chatsworth’s beginning by visiting its historic properties in downtown Chatsworth on Saturday and Sunday October 17-18 during the annual Black Bear Festival. The Section House in the city park, owned by the City of Chatsworth, will also be open.

When the Louisville and Nashville Railroad was completed in 1905, it passed through several towns in Murray County, but it by-passed the then county seat of Spring Place.

Seeing an opportunity, a group of businessmen formed the Chatsworth Land Company, bought land from Mr. Moreland and Mr. Springfield, surveyed the property into town lots, and planned a new city. Their land sale was held in December 1906. Within a few months, residents were moving into Chatsworth—at first spelled Chattsworth and probably named for Chatsworth Castle in England.

However, the Chatsworth Depot was already there, in the middle of nowhere, and thus is the oldest building in Chatsworth today. Four other Murray County towns also boasted depots and for many years, all were busy places. By the 1970’s the Chatsworth Depot was not only the last station open, it was the only depot even in existence.

Several times various individuals and groups approached the railroad’s owners about the condition of the building and the need for restoration.
Not until a combined effort by the City of Chatsworth and the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society resulted in the moving of the structure to a site off the tracks, was restoration possible.

In 1990 the work began and since then countless contributors have made the Chatsworth Depot Museum a reality. Today, the building houses a large exhibit of railroad memorabilia from all of Murray County’s railroad towns as well as special displays about Chatsworth’s early years. The exhibit on the talc industry has recently been completely revamped and the additions made to the railroad display. During the Black Bear Festival opening, visitors can see model trains in operation, get special tours, and even play in a corn-hole tournament on the deck.

When the depot was relocated, it found a new home adjacent to the Historic Wright Hotel, a site already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also called the Chatsworth Hotel at times, the Wright Hotel owed its existence to the railroad, too. Chatsworth had one hotel when Tom and Laura Wright began laying the groundwork for their family enterprise in 1908. The hotel was near the town well and just across the street from DeSoto Park, the town’s original “green space”. Being closer to the railroad station than the other hostelry in the young city, the Wrights just knew they would have first shot at all the travelers who decided to stop in Chatsworth.

All the material used in building this half-acre building was locally produced—the lumber came from the Wright farm on Holly Creek in the Prune community located in southern Murray County (Yes, that was the post office and Mrs. Wright was the postmistress there.) The bricks were special made at the new brick plant operating just down Second Avenue from the Hotel. The business, which was also home to the Wrights and their growing family, opened in 1910.

Good food and continued improvements like bathrooms in the 1920’s, closets, electricity, and steam heat kept the hotel booming until the 1960’s. After the deaths of both Mr. and Mrs. Wright, their children leased the hotel operation to the Quarles and then the Keeter Families.
One of the Wright daughters, Kate Raine, retired from her career as a public health nurse to the Native Americans of the southwest and returned to the hotel in 1969. Mrs. Raine once again made the hotel her home, but continued to rent rooms until shortly before her death in 1986. She left the amazing structure and its furnishings to the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society with the stipulation that the building be preserved and maintained as nearly as possible to its original condition.

For more than a quarter of a century now, the Wright Hotel has been a museum of a most unusual type. Two floors show life in an early 20th Century hotel and a third floor houses a museum about the Wrights and their lives in Chatsworth as well as in the southwest. It is also an anchor of the Downtown Chatsworth Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places which includes the Depot and many other commercial buildings from Chatsworth’s earliest days.

During the Festival openings, new local author Jodi Lowery will be selling and autographing her new book entitled Eula, which tells the story of the Murray County woman who became the first Georgia female to be sentenced to die in the electric chair for her supposed role in the murder of local businessman, Coleman Osborn. The Osborns and the Wrights had been neighbors down at Center Hill while witnesses and jurymen stayed at the Hotel during the 1927 trials of the accused murderers. The book signings will take place from 10-2 on Saturday and
12-2 on Sunday. Cost of books is $8.95.

Also on display for the first time will be a cotton scale and a commercial corn sheller from the Coleman Osborn store recently donated to the historical society by Mrs. Ruth Young.

Both the Hotel and the Depot are under the care of devoted volunteers from the Historical Society. In addition to regular public openings, they are also available by appointment throughout the year and also for special events like showers, receptions, etc by calling Ralph Ausmus at 706-695-9808. Folks are always welcome to visit these important links to Chatsworth and Murray County’s rich past.

Submitted by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society

CM – CLOSED for Renovations

Chatsworth-Murray Library will be closed on August 24th – 26th for Renovations

Changes are coming! We’ll be setting up a new circulation area while we’re closed. Don’t forget you can visit Dalton or Calhoun libraries to check out, turn in items, and use the computers. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Remember, whenever the library is closed, you can still access our Digital Media like eBooks and eAudiobooks. You can also drop books off at the bookdrop or renew online!

CM – Science Zone SRP

Chatsworth-Murray Library presents a Summer Reading Program: Science Zone on July 14th, 15th, and 17th

The “Heroes of Science” will show kids how science itself can become a super power. Don’t forget to check in for your weekly prize and a chance to win a grand prize. Check-ins stop 15 minutes before the show and begin again after the show ends.

Many of our events will be available at several locations for two days. Please pick the location and time that is most convenient for you and your family!

July 14th:
11:00 am – Dalton-Whitfield County Library
2:00 pm – Cohutta Elementary
4:30 pm – Tunnel Hill Elementary

July 15th:
10:30 am – Calhoun-Gordon County Library
2:00 pm – Valley Point Elementary
4:30 pm – Antioch Elementary

July 17th:
2:00 pm – Chatsworth Murray County Library

Dalton Library's Summer Reading Program Presents: Science Zone at various locations.