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Chattanooga Public Library Teams Up With Hamilton County Schools To Expand Access To E-books And Digital Audiobooks

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Chattanooga Public Library and Hamilton County Schools have formed a partnership to increase students’ access to e-books and digital audiobooks by combining the library’s and school’s digital reading resources in one app. 
 
The library-school partnership provides safe access to thousands of age-appropriate titles for students’ use inside the classroom, at home and anywhere 24/7. Through Sora, the new student reading app for Hamilton County Schools, students can now borrow from the school’s collection of classroom and pleasure reading, as well as from Chattanooga Public Library’s juvenile and young adult digital collection.
Students can log into the library’s digital collection through Sora using their school credentials rather than requiring a separate library card. In addition, Sora supports teachers by offering education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes and reading progress that encourage individualized learning.
 
“Since 2014, the Chattanooga Public Library has worked with Hamilton County schools to provide every student with a public library card, and this new partnership allows us to expand that relationship and offer more support to school libraries,” said Lee Hope, head of Children's Services at Chattanooga Public Library. “Students can now easily access our digital book collection with their student IDs, and we can ensure that our e-book and e-audio collection offers everything on the K-12 curriculum lists. With student checkouts on the rise since January, we’re already seeing the success of this partnership.”
 
Becky Covington, director of K-12 Librarians for Hamilton County Schools, added, “During the pandemic, our partnership with the Chattanooga Public Library has been essential in supporting learning of our students. Our Hamilton County Schools' librarians identified the need to provide students more access to e-book and e-audio collections and reached out to Chattanooga Public Library to ensure our students had access to the texts through the Sora app to support our standards/curriculum. We appreciate the actions of CPL to support students, families and teachers."
 
The Sora app was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019 and is available for Hamilton County Schools students to download through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer.
 
The entire Chattanooga community can also borrow and read Chattanooga Public Library’s complete e-book and digital audiobook collection with a valid library card through the award-winning Libby app. The library’s locally selected collection offers digital books including bestsellers and new releases. Readers of all ages can select from virtually every subject ranging from mystery, romance, children’s, business and more. Libby can be used on any major device or computer, including Apple, Android, Chromebook and Kindle (U.S. only).
 
The Libby and Sora apps were built by OverDrive and OverDrive Education respectively. To learn more, visit www.overdrive.com/apps/libby/ and https://company.overdrive.com/k-12-schools/discover-sora/.

Officer Justin Maples 10-Year Memorial Service Will Be Held May 20

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

National Coalition Of 100 Black Women Honors 3 Local Women


The Cleveland Police Department will honor the life of Officer Justin Maples during a short memorial this Friday at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Honor Guard will ... (click for more)

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Three Chattanooga women were honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Chattanooga Chapter on Saturday for outstanding community service. The theme of the 21st Annual Pioneer Women ... (click for more)



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Officer Justin Maples 10-Year Memorial Service Will Be Held May 20

The Cleveland Police Department will honor the life of Officer Justin Maples during a short memorial this Friday at 8:30 a.m. Members of the Cleveland Police Department’s Honor Guard will present a memorial wreath at the Cleveland – Bradley County Emergency Workers Memorial Wall. The memorial service will be held at Bradley County Fire and Rescue, 200 Inman St. East in Cleveland. (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

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Woman Gets 6-Year Suspended Sentence In 2018 Stabbing Death Of George Deramus

A woman charged in the stabbing death of 60-year-old George Deramus pleaded guilty on Monday morning to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. Tavowia Hinton, who was 49 at the time of the Dec. 2, 2018, incident, had been facing a charge of second-degree murder. She was given a six-year prison sentence, but it was suspended. Ms. Hinton was directed not to have any contact ... (click for more)

Florida Man Says Deal Should Go Through To Buy 6,161 Acres In Hamilton, Sequatchie Counties From Pattens

A Florida man has filed suit in Federal Court, saying he had a deal to buy 6,160 acres in Hamilton and Sequatchie counties from Bryan and Cartter Patten, but they are backing out of the deal. C. Lee Eggert, of Brandon, Fla., said the agreed purchase price was over $11.6 million. He acknowledged that he was being furnished the money by a logging company, Consolidated Timberlands. ... (click for more)

Opinion

Election Integrity

I find the complaints about the recent win by Weston Wamp in the Hamilton County mayor’s primary to be interesting and amusing. Interesting because of the attempt by some to portray his win as the result of some kind of nefarious manipulation by a group of clergy to get Black voters to crossover and vote for Wamp. Also interesting because for weeks it was assumed by the local political ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: "Miss Mary Frances"

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