Chattanooga Here I Come

Chattanooga Library

BIG  NEWS! I’ve accepted a position as children’s librarian at the Chattanooga Public Library, with the (unbound) directive of making awesome things happen with kids ages 0-7. I’ll also work a bit with the older kids too. The Dunn family will be booking a one-way ticket to Tennessee this summer.

Why Chattanooga Public Library?

After meeting THE Justin Hoenke last summer, Chattanooga has been on my mind. All kinds of innovative library happenings have been coming to fruition at a rapid rate at the Chattanooga Public Library. They aren’t afraid to try new things, and because of it they’re leading the future of libraries.  Chattanooga is the perfect climate for learning as well cultivating seedling ideas for youth services. So when Justin asked if I would come work with him and his team, how could I refuse?

For those of you who aren’t in the library industry or may not be familiar with Chattanooga Public Library, here are a boatload of wonderful things going on as of late:

Read about what’s happening on the Chattanooga Public Library’s 2nd Floor (devoted to kids 0-18) and other events throughout the library on Justin’s blog HERE and radical tween/teen librarian, Megan Emery’s blog HERE.

Chattanooga Public Library Director, Corrine Hill was named Librarian of the Year for 2014

Chattanooga Public Library was featured in What the Library of the Future Will Look Like

Making Room for Innovation highlights The 4th Floor, Chattanooga Public Library’s community driven tech space

CPL’s Muse of Fire Project highlighted on Library as Incubator Project

These are only a few recent highlights. So, SO MUCH to list!!! I’m so excited to work with these folks!

Why Chattanooga?

Chattanooga is in a place of transition, full of opportunity. It was a city that had been in a dark place for awhile, but has turned a new chapter and is becoming a place that fosters technology and new business. We are looking forward to being catalysts for this movement of change. Another plus I found out early on is people who live in Chattanooga, love Chattanooga. Not one person I had spoken with, whether they were transplants to the area or have lived there for thirty years, said otherwise. The city has so much to offer and I am excited to be a part of it.

Goodbye, But Not Farewell to Lawrence

Moving to Chattanooga was a tough decision. My family and I love Lawrence. We love the community and the friendships we have here. I have had the privilege to work with a few incredible people at the Lawrence Public Library who have shaped who I am as a librarian, and I will carry that on forever. Many of you LPL’ers I consider family and have become surrogate grandparents, aunts, or uncles to my children. You are a big reason why my daughter has such a strong love for the library. We are leaving people and a city we love dearly, that’s for sure.

Lawrence will always hold a special place in my heart.

Ad Astra per Aspera.

Looking forward to this new adventure! Chattanooga, here I come!


7 Responses to “Chattanooga Here I Come”

  1. Anne says:

    Wow, congrats!! Chattanooga is definitely doing cool things. You are lucky to be going there, but even more so, they are lucky to be getting you! Can’t wait to hear more about your adventure! :)

  2. Danzel says:

    Aww, leaving Kansas? (Sometimes I want to do that, too…) Congratulations! My mother lived in northern Georgia when I was in college, and I loved to visit Chattanooga. Be sure to See Rock City! :)

  3. Ken says:

    Congrats. Chattanooga is great. Rock City at Christmastime! The Aquarium. Your kids will love it. Great to know such wonderful things are happening in the library there.

  4. Fran says:

    Woo! I’m so excited for you!


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