The Southside community is invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its neighborhood branch library on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m.–noon. Special activities will include inflatable playground equipment, a family birthday craft project, sidewalk chalk art and a special appearance by the library’s summer mascot Rowdy Raccoon. A birthday cake and punch will be served.
This is the first Saturday the South Chattanooga branch has ever been open. To better serve its customers, evening hours have also been added. New hours, effective July 1, are Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; and Tuesday, Wednesday, from 11 a.m.–8 p.m. The branch will be closed on Friday and Sunday.
Robert Drake, the new library branch manager, will be greeting guests. Mr. Drake brings over 25 years of professional library experience to the Southside community. He will be the first professional librarian to head this branch.
Children who have not joined the library’s summer reading program can register for “Dream Big – Read!” At registration, each child will receive a logbook to track their summer reading. Any author and title is allowed. When the child has read or listened to 10 books, return the logbook to any library location by Saturday, July 21. Children who meet their reading goals will earn a certificate and coupons for local attractions. They will also be invited to our Summer Reading Finale – Saturday, July 28, at the First Tennessee Pavilion – to enjoy activities, prize drawings, and free refreshments. To learn more, call the Children’s Department at 757-5314.
10 a.m.–noon: Inflatable bouncy house from Partyville
10:30 a.m. - Birthday story time and crafts for all ages. Participants will make cone-shaped birthday hats.
10 a.m.–noon - Sidewalk chalk art, and an appearance of the Summer Reading Program mascot Rowdy Raccoon.