One Book-One Community

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Catoosa Citizens for Literacy & the Catoosa County Library present the 10th Annual One Book-One Community featuring SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE STORY by New York Time’s & USA Today’s best selling author, Mrs. Joshilyn Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson will appear at the Catoosa County Library on Tuesday, April 30 at 6:00 p.m. for a lecture and book signing.  Books are available for purchase for $10 at the Catoosa County Learning Center (next door to the library) or they may be checked out at the library.  For more information call Catoosa Citizens for Literacy at 706-965-8275, ext 5.


One Book One Community – April 25, 2017

Catoosa’s One Book One Community selects “A Badge or an Old Guitar”

Catoosa County Citizens for Literacy and the Catoosa County Library announces its 2017 One Book, One Community project.

“Community-wide reading, or ‘One Book,’ programs are designed to promote the value of reading by that links the community in a common conversation,” said CCL executive director Shirley Smith. “The project encourages dialogue while fostering learning and the development of a strong community.”

Launched in Seattle in 1998 with great success, the “One Book” concept has swept the nation, including such cities as Chicago, New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Houston. Catoosa County has participated for several years welcoming authors including Keith Robinson, Terry Kay, Karen White, Janie Dempsey Watts, Susan Gregg-Gilmore, Raymond Atkins, and Patricia Sprinkle.

The CCL selected the book “A Badge or an Old Guitar” by Ringgold author Randall Franks for its project.

“This is such an endearing story of a small town police officer living in a town much like our own who accidently finds himself reaching for the stars in Nashville,” he said. “Along the way he stumbles into a Music City murder mystery that brings the reader into the story awaiting the turn of each page to see what happens.”

Readers can check out a copy of the book at the library, stop by the Catoosa County Learning Center or on the web at and purchase a copy or purchase a download an e-book at Locally books are also available at Sonshine Christian Bookstore in Fort Oglethorpe, UnikTings!, Stuff 4 Less, and Cottage Treasures in Ringgold.

“Join your neighbors in the adventure of reading and become part of the experience of one book, one community,” she said.


How to participate:

  • Read the book;
  • Engage with other readers on Twitter (@RandallFranks) and on Facebook at either Catoosa Citizens for Literacy or Randall Franks – A Badge or an Old Guitar;
  • Start a conversation; and
  • Attend CCL and Catoosa County Library One Book One Community night with author Randall Franks on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

About the Book:

Former NBC and CBS star Randall Franks, best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” on TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” and as a country music personality, combines his love of murder mysteries and music in “A Badge or an Old Guitar.” Big-hearted small-town police officer James Randall from McKinney, Georgia, finds his job in peril when Chief Roy Wilkes is forced to suspend him after he protects an abused boy from his malicious father. While contemplating his circumstance, a country song he records, “Is There More to Life Than This,” opens an unlikely pathway to stardom; but even that route becomes rocky when he is charged with murdering Nashville’s biggest producer, Tony Grayson. As he struggles to choose between the police path or that of country crooner, a band of allies joins in. Newly practicing attorney Ruby Ann Wilkes, seasoned private-eye Jacob Marley, and intuitive adoptive uncle Joe Benton work to outwit police detective Patrick O’Shields to prove Randall’s innocence — and help him regain the confidence that has been erased by a lifetime of loss.


Lindsey Baker Named “Hometown Hero”

Our very own Lindsey Baker, Lead GED instructor for GNTC’s Catoosa and Walker GED sites, was recently named “Hometown Hero” by Modern Woodmen of America.  Along with the award, Modern Woodmen will donate $100 to the charity of Lindsey’s choice.  Lindsey chose Catoosa Citizens for Literacy as her charity of choice.  The monies donated will assist  up to five GED students in the event they need to retest. Lindsey has a true passion for teaching.  We are honored to have Lindsey as our Lead Instructor here at the Learning Center.  She is well deserving of this award.Lindsey Baker

First GED Recipients from the Catoosa County Detention Center

On Wednesday, May 11, two individuals were recognized by Sheriff Gary Sisk for completing classes and obtaining their GED while incarcerated.  This is an essential program that has been a dream of the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy for over 15 years.  Several months ago, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy purchased laptops to be used for the GED program by the inmates.  In addition to computers, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy also funds the $160 GED testing fee for each student.  By earning the GED, these individuals will have an   advantage and the encouragement to help them become productive members of society.  Along with earning their GED, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy presented each of the recipients with a $500 scholarship to the college of their choice.  A special educational opportunity for one of the recipients was also presented by GNTC. Representatives from the Sheriff’s Department, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy and Georgia Northwestern Technical College were present for the ceremony.

Going forward, this will continue to be a collaboration of efforts with the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, and Georgia Northwestern Technical College that will benefit not only those incarcerated, but the citizens of Catoosa County.

7th Annual One Book One Community

Author, Mr. Keith Robinson will appear in Catoosa County on Thursday, February 18 for the seventh annual One Book One Community event to speak about the Island of Fog fantasy series.  The free event is sponsored by Catoosa Citizens for Literacy and will be presented at the Catoosa County Library on Benton Place Campus in Ringgold, Georgia at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Robinson will be available immediately following the lecture to sign books. The Dual County Defenders will present a reading performance at the event.

Books are currently available for check out at the Catoosa County Library and for purchase at the Learning Center for $5.  Books will also be available at the event.

One Book One Community operates much like a book club with everyone reading, thinking about and discussing the same story.  This program is a way to connect the community with reading.  Citizens share the experience of reading one book and have the opportunity to meet the author of the book.  The program has been well received in the past.  The literacy taskforce strives to select books that will appeal to everyone.

The mission of Catoosa Citizens for Literacy is to help all families of our community achieve life-long learning through literacy enabling them to reach their individual goals, while providing our businesses with a better-educated, productive workforce.

In collaboration with Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy provides free reading classes, GED classes, Basic Computer classes, and English as Second Language, childcare, and transportation.  In addition, Catoosa Citizens for Literacy pays the $160 GED testing fee for Catoosa County residents.

For more information about the event, please contact Catoosa Citizens for Literacy at 706-965-8275, ext.5.

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Check out the following link to see the Island of Fog book trailer designed by Brandy Wyatt, Youth Services & Virtual Development Coordinator with Catoosa County Library.

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy Hosts Annual Literacy Banquet

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy recently hosted the 16th annual appreciation luncheon catered by Bailey’s Bar-B-Que.  Community leaders, corporate and individual sponsors, and collaborative partners were recognized for their support of literacy efforts in Catoosa County.  Volunteers and staff members were also recognized for their dedication.  Former GED® student and scholarship recipient, Doris White was the guest speaker.  Ms. White attended GED® classes at the Learning Center and received her GED®.  While attending classes, Ms. White was selected as the EAGLE (Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education) representative for Catoosa County.  In addition, she received the Shirley Carver Miller Scholarship for Adult Education and the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy Scholarship. She is currently working towards a degree in Business Administrative Technology at Georgia Northwestern Technical College.

Ms. Cassidy Adams was named 2015 GED® Student of the Year and received a $500 scholarship sponsored by Roger and Kay Bowman.  Ms. Adams plans to attend college and major in Marine Biology.  Ms. Valerie Riley was awarded the Jimmie Coletta Scholarship, sponsored by Mary Stephens.  Ms. Riley aspires to attend classes at GNTC to become a phlebotomist.

Executive Director, Shirley Smith, presented Sheriff Gary Sisk and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department a certificate recognizing them for their collaboration and continued support of literacy in the community.  In collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department, Georgia Northwestern Technical College and Catoosa Citizens for Literacy, GED® classes are now available for those incarcerated at the Catoosa County jail.  This was a goal established by Catoosa Citizens for Literacy over 14 years ago.

Catoosa Citizens for Literacy is located at the Catoosa Learning Center on Benton Place Campus where free reading classes and basic computer classes are provided.  Free childcare and transportation are available for students studying for the GED®.  The $160 GED® testing fee is also paid by Catoosa Citizens for Literacy for all students residing in Catoosa County.  For more information, call 706-965-8275.

Ms. Doris White, Guest Speaker

Ms. Doris White, Guest Speaker


Shirley Smith, Executive Director presents a certificate of recognition to Sheriff Gary Sisk and the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Department


Ms. Lindsey Baker, Lead GED instructor and Site Manager for Catoosa and Walker Counties, presents Miss Cassidy Adams with a $500 scholarship and recognizes Cassidy as the 2015 GED Student of the Year.


Ms. Mary Stephens, Volunteer Tutor and sponsor of the Jimmie Coletta Scholarship for Adult Education presents Miss Valerie Riley with a $500 scholarship.

Novelist and Poet Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86

Today we are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou.  Dr. Maya Angelou was a brilliant novelist, renowned poet, and a supporter of literacy.  In recent years, Dr. Angelou supported local literacy efforts in our community by submitting a recipe and her poem, Caged Bird for the Catoosa Citizens for Literacy’s fundraising project Stirring Up Additional Success with a Southern Flavor.  We are very grateful for her support of literacy and extend our deepest sympathies to her family.  Rest in Peace Maya Angelou.doc20140528103712 doc20140528103731