The days of the Dewey Decimal System are long gone, and now the Chattanooga Public Library is a magical place where residents can access the latest technology + newest tools (in addition to the physical books that many of us still love).
Although it’s currently closed, the library’s 4th Floor has a ton of cool tools, including a vinyl plotter, a laser cutter, photo studio + a screenprinting and heat press.
📚 How to get your library card Library cards are free to Chattanooga residents. Otherwise, there’s a $50 non-resident fee.
1. Submit an application. 2. Provide proof of identification either online or via curbside service. 3. Wait for an email with a library card number. 4. Start accessing the services like the VIP you are.
📚 Branches open for curbside pickup
Downtown, Northgate, Eastgate, and South Chattanooga branches are all open for curbside pickup only Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Public computer access and passport and local history appointments are expected to reopen next month, with the studio + 4th Floor likely opening later in the month. That would be followed by the reopening of book browsing.
Avondale is the only branch completely closed. It won’t reopen until the Youth & Family Development Centers reopen.
Edu ○ During a recent meeting, Hamilton County School Board members approved a 1% salary increase for all eligible Hamilton County Schools employees. The salary increase is retroactively effective as of Jan. 1, and the school system’s human resources department will communicate a timeline for payroll updates. ✏️ (NewsChannel 9)
Civic ○ EPB Fiber Optics announced that it will be raising TV rates to cover the additional national network charges. Beginning April 1, the price of EPB Fi TV packages will increase by $2 for Bronze Channels, $7 for Silver Channels, and $9 for Gold Channels. Pricing will remain the same for premium channels, equipment, Fi Phone, and Fi-Speed Internet. (The Pulse)
Coronavirus ○ Hamilton County officials said that a more contagious variant of the COVID-19 virus is spreading in the Chattanooga region. This news comes as the county’s overall case numbers continue to decline. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Legacy ○ Famed Northwest Georgia attorney Bobby Lee Cookdied last week at the age of 94. The 1980s show “Matlock,” starring Andy Griffith, was reportedly based on Cook’s practice, and his defense of Savannah socialite Jim Williams was the inspiration for John Berendt’s true-crime classic “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
History ○ We’re reminding our readers that February is Black History Month, and Chattanooga is full of Black history + culture. Check out this article from Visit Chattanooga on six ways to explore the city’s Black history, from visiting MLK Blvd. to grabbing a bite at Memo’s (or patronizing any of our city’s Black-owned biz, while you’re at it).
Health ○ The American Heart Association and Chattanooga chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha are partnering together to offer a virtual CPR demonstration. You can join the free virtual demonstration on Sat., Feb. 27 at 9 a.m. by visiting their Facebook page. For more information about the event you can send AHA an email. ❤️
Dish ○ Daily Harvest helps busy folks stock their homes with clean, delicious food built on real fruits and vegetables. Choose from more than 80 chef-crafted recipes delivered to your door and ready to enjoy in minutes. Get $25 offyour first box with code 6AM. Ⓟ Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus.
This spring, a 2,000-square-foot Jumbotron will be installed at CHI Memorial Stadium, making it one of the region’s largest video Jumbotron displays.
The Jumbotron will feature in-game scoring and statistics, live video feeds, and instant replays made possible by over 700,000 LEDs, 4K video resolution + wide viewing angles.
2,000 sqft also equals: • Over 47 king-sized mattresses • Roughly six school busses • Almost three times more space than Editor Chloe’s downtown Chattanooga apartment
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TryThis ○ February Virtual Litter Challenge | Sun., Feb. 21-Sun., Feb. 28 | Virtual | Free | Prioritize litter removal in Black communities around Chattanooga, photograph your work, document how much litter you removed, and tag @GreenStepsChatt to enter a raffle to win $150 worth of gift cards to local Black-owned businesses.
PlanAhead ○ Spoken Word and Poetic Readings | Tues., Feb. 23 | 6 p.m.-7 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Company, 1208 King St. | Free | Recite poetry or read your short stories at this relaxing event. Readings should be two to five minutes long. ○ Relaxing 101: The Science of Relaxation | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | A class we all need right about now… learn the true skill of relaxation (hint: it’s not just chilling in front of the TV all day). 🛌 ○ T.J. Miller Comedy Show| Wed., Feb. 24 | 7 p.m. | The Comedy Catch, 1400 Market St. | $33-$37| T.J. Miller’s act is described as “a one-man philosophy circus” and is an absurdist observational stand-up act. ○ Classic Cocktails: Amaro| Fri., Feb. 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15-$30 | Learn how to make classic cocktails with Amaro, an Italian herbal liqueur that’s typically consumed as an after-dinner digestif. Purchase tickets for the class itself or the class + materials. 🍸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Chloé here. Trista is still out of the office, and I need a place to express grief about Blue Plate and Mojo Burrito closing. I’ll always have nostalgic memories from both of the restaurants, and I’m definitely going to miss the food. I know y’all understand.
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