Every month we like to shine a spotlight on you, our patrons. Today I would like to talk about a special organization, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, and a wonderful program, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. We have so many fantastic things to talk about and share because this community is made up of so many magnificent organizations, programs and people.
The Chattanooga Area Food Bank is a wonderful organization. You may be thinking, "That's Chattanooga!" Well, that is not entirely the case. The Chattanooga Area Food Bank covers more than just Chattanooga. They cover 20 counties in Tennessee and Georgia. In our area they cover Catoosa County, Gordon County, Murray County and, of course, Whitfield County.
The food pantries in our county -- Central Church of Christ, City of Refuge, Community Fellowship Church, Dalton's Greater Works, Five Springs United Methodist Church, The Salvation Army, Varnell United Methodist Church, Soul Station Ministries and many other churches and local agencies -- are all a part of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. If you or someone you know is facing hunger, visit chattfoodbank.org to find help close to home. Also, they have a branch right here in Dalton at 1111 S. Hamilton St. Their phone number is (706) 508-8591.
If you have all that you need and would like to help, they love donations. A donation does not need to come in the form of just food. You can donate your time and/or money as well. If you would like to help, please visit chattfoodbank.org or contact Melanie Hammontree at email@example.com. We want our community to be fed in body and mind.
Now I would like to bring up a program that you might have already heard about or seen in the paper, our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This year-round program encourages families to read to young children between birth and five years old, with the goal of reading 1,000 books together before a child reaches kindergarten. Participating families track the books that they read in logs provided by the library.
This program helps kids get ready to start school. A child is never too young to be read to. Also, studies show that the more you read and talk to children the more they understand and are prepared for school.
We are so proud of this program, the kids who have completed it, the kids who are still reading, and the ones that haven't even signed up yet, that we wanted to throw a party. This 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Party is to celebrate our community's future readers! Learn more about this free program and get your child signed up. Current participants and graduates of the program are encouraged to attend, too! There will be play areas for little ones, refreshments, a book raffle and a visit from a special quest, Pete the Cat! For your convenience we will be holding the party twice: Sept. 19 from noon to 1 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m.
We enjoy sharing the exciting things happening at the library and in the community, and we would love for you to be part of the fun. To view our upcoming events for all ages, pick up a calendar at the library, visit www.ngrl.org or visit Facebook.com/DaltonWhitfieldLibrary.
Brandy Wyatt is the administrator of the Dalton-Whitfield County Public Library.