Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 24, 2011

Let ACPL be the ‘destination’ for your teenager this year

By Susie Randleman
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — What is T.A.G.? The Teen Advisory Group of the Art Circle Public Library, otherwise known as T.A.G., is a new group of the library which promotes teen reading. They have many projects to encourage teens to read and to visit the facility. They try to make the library feel as inviting as possible. By creating many interesting activities, they inspire teens to visit the library. It is hoped that teens will find the library to be their “destination” for reading pleasure, fun activities, and information. Check out their monthly newsletter online at the library’s web site: T.A.G. member and Vice President, Grace Harrison, gives us a “Blast From the Past” in their first newsletter in which she writes,

"Not many people know this, but our community library was founded due to the kind and generous minds of a few community leaders’ wives in 1898. They were originally a mere group of friends arranged to meet once in a while to socialize, discuss books, and enjoy refreshments. Eventually, their interest in books, led them to start collecting books, first for themselves, and then, due to the fact that no library existed at the time, they began lending books to the community through a room donated for this task in the old high school (now the Military Museum across from the courthouse). Later, in March of 1939, the first Art Circle Public Library was opened in what once housed the First National Bank on Rockwood Highway. In 1975, what we now know as the old library, was built to house even more books.  Since then, our Library has tripled in size. And all of this is due to the hard work and dedication of what began as a small group of roughly 10 women meeting frequently for company and refreshments.”

Spotlight on Two from the Top 100

1. Decision Points by George W. Bush 

In this candid and gripping account, President George W. Bush describes the political decisions that shaped his presidency and personal life. Decision Points is a groundbreaking new brand of presidential memoir that will captivate supporters, surprise critics, and change perspectives on eight remarkable years in American history - and on the man at the center of events.

2. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

The Chinese believe that the best way to protect your children is by preparing them for the future and arming them with skills, strong work habits, and inner confidence. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother chronicles Chua’s iron-willed decision to raise her daughters, Sophia and Lulu, her way - the Chinese way – and the remarkable results her choice inspires.

Children’s Librarian, Patty Dalton, offers Kid Bits Story Time every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Children’s Story Carousel. Come hear stories, musical activities and enjoy the Children’s Library! For more information, please call 484-6790 ext. 228.

Quackers Joke of the Week

Q.  What do you call a crate full of ducks?

A.  A box of quackers!

For more information, contact the Art Circle Public Library of Cumberland County at 484-6790, online at, by e-mail at or The library, at 3 East Street, is open to the public on: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Cumberland County Archives and Heritage Center, at 95 East First Street, is open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.