United Way's Little Free Libraries Placed In Whitfield County Parks

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Jeff Cochran (left) and Freddie Ownbey with the Whitfield County Recreation Department pick up the Little Free Libraries for placement in the county’s parks. They were assisted by Michael Dickson.
Jeff Cochran (left) and Freddie Ownbey with the Whitfield County Recreation Department pick up the Little Free Libraries for placement in the county’s parks. They were assisted by Michael Dickson.

Whitfield County is taking part in a special United Way project called Little Free Libraries.

The Whitfield County Recreation Department placed all the United Way Little Free Libraries in the county’s public parks.

The Little Free Libraries offer a way to share good things to read – favorite books from your childhood or books you would recommend to friends; books that teach, intrigue, and engage readers.

“All of us can help by keeping this collection stocked with good reading material,” said Margaret Zeisig, director of community solutions for United Way.

The libraries are located at the following parks:

Edwards Park, 3508 Cleveland Hwy. – Tina Jones

Westside Park – Miracle League, 580 LaFayette Hwy., Rocky Face –Byron and Pam Holder and family

Harry Griffin Park, Tunnel Hill Park, 201 G. Vaughn Pkwy., Tunnel Hill – Debbie White

Valley Point Park, 3796 S. Dixie Hwy. – Lavonna Bradley

Varnell Park, 231 Prater Mill Road, Varnell – Highland Forest Book Club, Diane Rogers

Pleasant Grove Park, 1800 Pleasant Grove Drive – Donna Ivester

Dawnville Park, 1223 Dawnville Road - Logan Smith  

Dug Gap Park, 2032 Dug Gap Road (at the school) - Rob Lively and family

The name next to each park is the United Way volunteer steward who will be monitoring the Little Free Library, restocking and making sure it is maintained.

“We appreciate Mike Babb, Mark Gibson, Brian Chastain and Whitfield County’s participation in this effort to bring books out into neighborhoods!” Ms. Zeisig said.

United Way of Northwest Georgia’s mission is to unite people and resources to improve lives in Northwest Georgia and to build stronger communities through giving, advocacy, and volunteerism. 

Harvest Moon Storyland Maze At Riverpark Is Friday And Saturday

The Harvest Moon Storyland Maze will take place Friday and Saturday from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Tennessee Riverpark.  Building on the tradition of the Hamilton County Fantasy Maze, this year's non-frightening, family-friendly event invites children and families inside some of their favorite storybook scenes.   Designed specifically for children 10 and under (but fun ... (click for more)

Chris Barr Speaks On National Parks At Elder Scholars Nov. 8

National Parks Ranger Chris Barr will speak on the U.S. National Parks at the Nov. 8 meeting of Elder Scholars.  The meeting will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. at UTC's University Center in the Signal Mountain Room. Mr. Barr is an active National Parks ranger and is currently the Living History and Historic Weapons supervisor/interim volunteer coordinator at the Chickamauga and ... (click for more)

1 Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; 2nd Person Taken To Hospital

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Another person was taken to the hospital. The person transported was driving a Lincoln that was behind a church off of Virginia Avenue. The shooting happened on Florida Avenue, and police said it did not appear to be gang related. More information to follow. (click for more)

6 People, Including 4 Children, Die In Mobile Home Fire In Trion, Ga.

Six people, including four children, died in a mobile home fire at Trion, Ga., on Sunday night. The fire broke out on Airport Road in Chattooga County. Sheriff Mark Schrader said, "It is with a heavy heart tonight that I report that a residential fire has claimed the lives of six people, two adults and four children. The fire occurred around 11:00 p.m. in the Airport subdivision, ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (3)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)