December 2017  
The Library is closed Sunday-Monday, December 24-25 for Christmas 
+ Sunday-Monday, December 31 and January 1 for New Years
Order a Custom Engraved Brick
to Arrive in Time for the Holidays!
Twin brothers Ethan and Andrew Walters used their own money to purchase these library bricks, which will soon beautify the edges of the sidewalks near the library's front entrance.  

With the holidays fast approaching, November is a perfect time to order an engraved brick with a personalized message in honor of a child, grandchild, or spouse who loves your local library!
For just $25 per brick, you can create a customized engraving using an order form available at the Library's front desk. You've probably seen samples on display at the checkout counter or on the bookshelves behind it. So far, the majority of messages have included names of Library patrons, literary quotations, or memorial messages for loved ones. Library staff and visitors really enjoy seeing so many examples of creativity!
All profit from the sale of the brick pavers directly benefits the library. The fundraiser is coordinated by Friends of Collegedale Public Library, a group that provides regular volunteer and financial support. Friends membership dues and fundraising efforts cover the cost of the Local Author Series and help provide ongoing access to Rosetta Stone language-learning software and to Tennessee R.E.A.D.S., which offers over 100,000 digital e-books, audiobooks, and videos to patrons through Overdrive.
Once the bricks are engraved and delivered, they will be prominently displayed by the sidewalk leading to the library entrance. To take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, order yours soon!
Flashlight Candy Cane Quest 
Saturday, December 9, 6:30-8:00 pm  
Collegedale Parks and Recreation sponsors a fun Christmas activity for children ages 5-12. Children will gather at City Hall for hot cocoa, candy cane bag decorating, and Quest game rules before heading out to Imagination Station. Each child must bring a flashlight to play. Preregistration if required! Limited to 50 children.  
Email Traci at or call (423) 468-1971 
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh...Essential Oils of the Bible
Sunday, December 17, @ 2:00  
Join us for this free informative Christmas event in the Collegedale Public Library classroom. We will experience the feel and aroma of actual frankincense, myrrh, and more as we discover the "essential" uses of these oils in the Bible and how we can us them to improve our health and quality of life today.
Space is limited. Please preregister by emailing Lori Oliver at or sign up at the Library front desk.
Food for Fines 
Food for Fines returns for the holiday session. For every $1.00 in fines you owe, bring in one non-perishable food item (cans, etc.) to forgive each dollar. All donations will go towards the Samaritan Center's Food Pantry.  
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
To register for this program pick up your information packet at the Collegedale Public Library. For more information, visit the following link. #THEBIGREAD2017 
Christmas and Free Play 
Thursday, December 14 @ 4:00 
Thursday, December 28 @ 4:00  

The Library's LEGO program features a Christmas theme this month. Open to kids and tweens. 
I Spy Quilt 
Library Fundraiser Winner 

Congratulations to Gloria Lippard, lucky winner of the I Spy With My Little Eye quilt! Thanks to all who bought tickets and especially to Judy Weland who created & donated the quilt. Money raised from  the sale of tickets will be used to purchase a cart for our 3D printer.  
National Geographic GEO BEE
for Homeschool Students 
Start studying for the National Geographic Bee. The 2018 regional Geo Bee for students in grades 5-8 will be held in January 2018. For more information, contact Judy at the Library, 423-396-9300. 
Collegedale Crime Reads (CCR)
Saturday, December 9 @ 3:30

Collegedale Crime Reads (CCR)
Saturday, January 20 @ 3:30

Books and Bites Book Club (Tweens) 
Monday, December 18 @ 4:00

2nd Sunday Book Club
December 10 @ 2:00

1st Sunday Book Club
January 7 @ 2:00

1st Thursday Book Club (Movie edition)   
"Murder on the Orient Express" (1975)  
December 7 @ 12:00


1st Thursday Book Club  
January 4 @ 12:00


Children's Programs

Baby Talk: For babies up to 18 months old. Every
Thursday @ 10:30, except April and May. A therapy dog visits December 14.    
Toddler Time: For toddlers 18 months to 3 years. Every Wednesday @ 10:30, except April and May. A therapy dog visits December 13. 
Preschool Story Time: For ages 3-5, featuring 30 minutes of stories, finger plays, and other activities. 
Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:30, Tuesdays @ 2:30

Collegedale Kids Club: For school-aged children, featuring 1 hour of stories, craft, film, and activities. Wednesdays @ 4:00 . A therapy dog visits December 6.

Chess Club for Kids: Every 4th Sunday. Bring your chess board if you have one.
Adult Programs

String Theory Knitting Club:
Saturday, December 9 @ 1:30 
   Saturday, December 23 @ 1:30 
Calling all knitters, crocheters, and other yarn artists! Come join us for a program for all yarn crafters. We'll be sharing our past and current projects, information on our favorite materials and suppliers, and favorite pattern sources. This program is open to all ages and abilities (including wannabe yarn geeks!). So bring your questions, comments, and current WIP (work in progress). This group meets every other Saturday, so mark your calendars. 
Collegedale Public Library |  (423) 396-9300 | 9318 Apison Pike, Ooltewah, TN 37363
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