November 2017  
The Library is closed Thursday, November 9 for staff training
+ Thursday-Friday, November 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving.
National Write a Novel in a Month
Young Writer's Program

What is Nanowrimo? National Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30.
To get started, students 4th grade through 12th grade join the Collegedale Library's Online Classroom at
Before meeting, sign up online using the classroom code above. The website will get you started with some pre-writing activities.
Then come join us ...
Friday, November 3 @ 4:00
Kick off: Fi nd out more about Nanowrimo, sign up for the website, learn about creative writing, and set writing goals.
Friday, November 17 @ 4:00
"Write-in": Come write together, share ideas, help each other develop characters and plot.
Check in: Update the group on your word count goal.
Friday, December 1 @ 4:00  
Finale! Present your total word count, read an excerpt, and find out the next steps.  
During November, write your book online and take advantage of the tips and challenges on the website.  
The November 17 and December 1 sessions will also feature guest authors: Heather Marsh and Kassedy Whitener on November 17 and graphic novelist Scott Fogg on December 1.  
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!
Writing Life Stories Workshop
Monday, November 6, 1:00-3:00 
Every person has a story to tell. Let us help you tell yours. Class sizes are limited, so please register with Alana Brodniak. For more information and to register, contact Alana at (423) 637-6713 or 
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.  
Sunday, November 12 @ 2:00
at Morning Pointe of Collegedale,
9650 Leyland Drive  
Cosponsored by Morning Pointe and  
Collegedale Public Library 
This year marks the 80
th anniversary of Tennessee State Parks. To commemorate this important event,
Morning Pointe of Collegedale and the Collegedale Public Library will host a special program about the men who built over a dozen state and national parks across Tennessee - the CCC Boys. "Dollar a Day Boys" is an hour-long multi-media program about the Civilian Conservation Corps, FDR's work program in The Great Depression. Over 76,000 men, aged 17-25 years, served in Tennessee where they built state parks, planted millions of trees, worked on hundreds of farms, built roads and much more.
Bill Jamerson will present a music and storytelling program about the CCC. Dressed in uniform, Jamerson shares stories, reads excerpts from his book, shows a short video from his PBS film and sings original songs with his guitar.
For more information, visit Jamerson's website at . For more information about the corps, visit
The program is free and open to the public.
Friends Local Author Visit
William Lee White  
Sunday, November 19 @ 4:00
The Friends Local Author Series ends the year with local author, William Lee White. William Lee White is a National Park Service Ranger at the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park and has spent most of his life there, taking thousands of visitors through the wooded landscape and telling the story of the bloodiest engagement in the Western Theater. "Bushwhacking on a Grand Scale, The Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20 1863" describes the tragic events of Chickamauga, but also includes many insights about other aspects of the fighting.
The Big Read 2017
To register for this program pick up your information packet at the Collegedale Public Library. For more information, visit the following link. #THEBIGREAD2017 
Beginning Hand Sewing
 for Kids 
Thursday, November 16 @ 4:00  
Friday, November 17 @ 10:30 

The Library features a new program for elementary and middle school students. Come learn to sew with your peers. Parents are welcome.  
Outdoor Classroom 
The True Story of Winnie, the Pooh Bear 
Wednesday, November 29 @ 4:00 
Learn about how a real black bear became a famous Disney character. Dress in your bear-tracking clothes because everyone will be "Going on a Bear Hunt" outside. Feel free to bring along a bear friend from home to share in this program.
Traci Bennett-Hobek returns for a Collegedale Kids Club Outdoor Classroom! School-aged children and their parents are encouraged to attend this program which will meet at Collegedale Public Library before heading to the Greenway.  
Sail Vehicles 
Thursday, November 30 @ 4:00 

The Library's LEGO program features sail vehicles this month. Open to kids and tweens. 
I Spy Quilt 
Library Fundraiser  

The final day to purchase tickets for the "I Spy..." quilt is Wednesday, November 15. Tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Proceeds from the sale will fund a desk for out 3D printer.   
National Geographic GEO BEE
for Homeschool Students 
Start studying for the National Geographic Bee. The 2018 regional Geo Bee will be held in January 2018. More information coming soon! 
Collegedale Crime Reads (CCR)
Saturday, November 11 @ 3:30

Collegedale Crime Reads (CCR)
Saturday, December 9 @ 3:30

Books and Bites Book Club (Tweens) 
Monday, November 20 @ 4:00

1st Sunday Book Club
November 5 @ 2:00

2nd Sunday Book Club
December 10 @ 2:00

1st Thursday Book Club  
November 2 @ 12:00


1st Thursday Book Club (Movie edition)   
December 7 @ 12:00


Children's Programs

Baby Talk: For babies up to 18 months old. Every
Thursday @ 10:30, except April and May.    
Toddler Time: For toddlers 18 months to 3 years. Every Wednesday @ 10:30, except April and May. A therapy dog visits November 8. 
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 November 1.

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

String Theory Knitting Club:
Saturday, November 11 @ 1:30 
   Saturday, November 25 @ 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. 
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