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You’re Invited to Our Book Discussion: Land of the Painted Caves


BOOK DISCUSSION: Land of the Painted Caves

The Coalfield Public Library is hosting a FREE reading, viewing and discussion series for adults titled Pushing the Limits. We cordially invite you to attend. The series brings together books and video featuring authors, scientists and everyday people who thrive on exploring the natural world– for scholar-led discussions at the library.

SCIENCE PARTNER DISCUSSION: Non traditional food sources.

This is part one of a series of four upcoming book discussions we are hosting. One might consider them book club meets science cafe. We will offer light refreshments and the first 10 participants to register will receive a Land of the Painted Caves book and t-shirt!

Our library is one of 110 rural public libraries hosting the series made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Jim Haynes will lead the four-part series. Mr. Haynes is a local science and mathematics teacher. He is also owner and teacher of the School of Martial Arts ( The first program will be held Saturday, January 28th at 10:30am at the Coalfield Public Library.

TO REGISTER, email the following information to

Phone number
Email address
Mailing Address
T-shirt size

Pushing the Limits is a reading, viewing and discussion program for adults in communities served by rural libraries, made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is the work of a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers from organizations including Dartmouth College, the Association for Rural and Small Libraries, the Califa Library Group, Public Library Association, Dawson Media Group, Institute for Learning Innovations, Goodman Research Group, and Oregon State University.

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New Director

Library Friends,

I would like to take a moment to introduce myself to the Coalfield community for those who may not know me. I am a long-time resident that graduated from Coalfield School. My education includes: valedictorian of my high school graduating class, an associate degree from Roane State Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University, and a master’s degree from the University of Phoenix. I believe in being a life-long learner and striving to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

My love for libraries began as far back as I can remember. I went on a field trip to the Historic Harriman Carnegie Library as a child for story time. I knew then that the library would be a favorite place for me. As a young girl, my grandmother, Cassie Woods, took me to Dot Byrd’s “Smallest Library in the U.S.” in Coalfield. I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie series from there. Around that time, I remember reading Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. I loved the idea of escaping into an adventure while I read books.

As a student at Coalfield School, I recall two important mentors in library and literary skills. Ms. Rhonda Strang and Ms. Mona Justice. I enjoyed being in the library to do research, write papers, read the newspaper, and other things. The library was a peaceful place, full of information that I needed and wanted to know.
When I was a college student and found myself far away from home for the first time at Tennessee Technological University, the library was my refuge and place of peace once again. When I became homesick, I walked from my dorm room over to the campus library to do homework, read or use their computers. It brought me comfort to be in the library.

I have enjoyed libraries in every town I have lived in, and in towns that I’ve visited while on vacation. These are some of the reasons why I am so grateful to serve as the Coalfield Public Library Director. I will be able to help my community and be a part of a place I care so much about – the public library.

As the library director, I will continue many of the same programs that the Coalfield Public Library has done in the past, plus several more. I am conducting an informal survey on community library suggestions including (1) what days and times patrons prefer and (2) program suggestions for what the community would like to see at the library. So stop by the library and give your feedback or message us your suggestions here!

Angie Hunter

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Best Wishes from Crystal

Notice to Patrons of the Coalfield Public Library:

My time with you is about to come to a close and I will be leaving the Library in December.

Thank you for the kindness that the community has shown to me. I will be taking with me a lot of good memories. I wish you all the best and a very happy holiday season.

I would like to introduce to you the new Library Director, Angie Hunter. She is a really great girl and you all will love her.

Best Wishes, Crystal Duncan

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2016 Summer Reading Program

You are invited to “On Your Mark, Get Set, READ”
2016 Summer Library Program at Coalfield Public Library

How the Program Works

1. Preschoolers to Adults can register for a variety of programs.
— Registration Deadline for Summer Reading Programs is July 9th.
— Registration is ongoing for all other programs that start after the 1st of August. More information on these other Programs will be posted at a later date.

2. You’ll receive a Logbook to record the titles of books you read this summer and a Summer Reading Activity Packet. No registration is required to receive a Logbook and Summer Reading Activity Packet for your age group. Both will be available at the Library until July 30th.

3. You’ll sign a contract with the Library Director to decide how many books you plan to read.
— For Groups K to 2nd Grades and 3rd to 5th Grades only.

4. Everyone who is registered and participates in the Summer Reading Program will be invited to a final party with certificates and rewards.

5. The Library welcomes Children and Adults of all abilities.

For more information come by the Library.
We are next to the Senior Center, Coalfield School and Fire Department.

Coalfield Public Library
112 Jerry Jones Road
Coalfield, Tennessee 37719

Monday: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesday: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Friday: 11 am to 4:30 pm
Saturday: 10 am to 3:30 pm

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New Titles Being Added all the Time

Curl Up with a Good Book

(or AudioBook, DVD, or even a magazine or two!) We are constantly adding new titles to our collection. What better way to beat the winter blahs than to pull up a chair and get lost in a tale of romance or adventure — or maybe get a head-start on Spring by checking out one of our many gardening books!
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Meet the Author

Book Signing this Saturday

Please join us on Saturday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon as we meet local author June Gibbs. June is the author of three books — the most recent is entitled Sky Pencils. June will have autographed copies of all three of her books available for purchase at $15 each. See you on Saturday!


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Laptop Lab Classes

Basic Genealogy Class starting

The library will be offering a 4-week class in basic genealogy beginning May 3rd. Classes will be led by Judy Spradlin, head of the Coalfield Genealogical and Historical Society. Judy will lead participants through the basics of genealogical research, including documentation, web and print resources, and much more. Classes will be taught in the Laptop Lab, so class size will be limited. Please pre-register by calling 865-435-4275.
Information on additional classes and events can by found by clicking the tab for Calendar of Classes and Events, above.
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News from the Lab

Laptop Learning Lab is ready to go

Coalfield’s new laptop learning lab is set up and ready to go! We have 6 laptops available for use in our meeting room — each one is loaded with Microsoft Office Software, and a tutorial for each program is included. Also available are resume-preparation and typing software for folks who are in the job market. In the near future, we will post a schedule of classes, but in the meantime, please come by and use the computers to learn something new!
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Donations Needed

Got Books?

Coalfield Library is getting ready for our annual used book sale on October 8th. If you would like to donate your gently-used books to our very worthy cause, please drop them off at the library on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. Thanks!
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