Get Well Sassafras

If you have visited the Children’s Library, you may have noticed our pet hedgehog Sassafras. She is usually asleep during the day under her cozy fleece blanket, only making special appearances for meet and greets, class visits, and story times. If you have yet to see her, trust us, she is a cutie!

Lately, Miss Sassafras has not been feeling well, resulting in a trip to the vet. For the past week, library staff have been treating her with a grape flavored antibiotic. She is a bit squirmy, but has been an overall good patient. We are hoping that this medicine will do the trick and have her back to her sassy self.

For those of you that know Sassafras, send some love her way and wish her well!


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Family Game night is back!

familygameswebSo the Putnam County Library just got a bunch of new board/dice/card games donated to us by the wonderful people of our community through a great partnership with Bob’s Games and Collectibles, and we want to give that gift of games right back to the community that helped us build it. With this in mind we will be launching our Family Game Night on the first Monday of every month at 5:30 p.m.(barring times we might be closed) starting this month. Much like our Adult Game Night that happens on the 3rd Monday of every month, this will be an open forum for gaming where we provide all the games we have to offer and guests can bring any games they think are appropriate and fun for everyone to try. The difference is that this game night is open to everyone not just adults. We encourage entire families to come play and build up family bonds (or tear them down depending on how competitive you are), but individuals of all ages are also welcome to attend.

As well as holding another game night for patrons to enjoy, we will also soon be loaning our board games out to patrons with library cards. You heard that right, you will soon be able to take our games home and play them with your friends and family. Stay tuned for when these games will become available for checkout…

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February 2017 Programs and Events


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January 30, 2017 · 4:17 pm

New Meditation Class

meditationflyerThe Putnam County Library is proud to announce a new partnership with Synergy Studio and The Treehouse at North Hall of TTU. We have established a new and exciting group called  “Upper Cumberland Community Meditation”. Upper Cumberland Community Meditation is a group of diverse individuals from a variety of traditions who seek to cultivate inner peace and mindfulness as a part of everyday life. We gather at various locations in the Cookeville area for regular community meditation experiences.

There will be a guided meditation at the Putnam County Library every second Wednesday of the month starting in February with the incomparable Petti Groth leading our first session. If you can’t  make this time there is also “Third Thoughtful Thursdays Mindfulness Meditation Moments” on Thursday, February 16, Thursday, March 16, and Thursday, April 20 — all at 11:11 am in the Third Floor Great Room of New Hall North. We will meet for about 33 minutes, until 11:44 am. This is free and open to everyone, students, faculty, staff, community. On the 16th of March installment, professor Andrew Smith will give a brief introduction to Christian contemplation. And if both of these don’t strike your fancy, or you simply want yet more mindfulness, Synergy Studio located on Broad St. across from the library is offering a free community meditation class on the first Sunday of every month.

This is a great way for you to get yourself centered in this bustling world. Everyone has stresses in their lives, but not everyone has the ability to deal with them properly. Now you have the opportunity to learn how to handle the stresses of everyday life. The best part of all…it’s absolutely FREE!!!

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Most Popular 2016

It’s the beginning of a new year – a great time to look at what books have been popular with readers at the library! The following lists show the Putnam County Library System’s top circulated print titles for 2016 in adult fiction and nonfiction, young adult fiction, juvenile fiction, and children’s picture books.

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham was the overall most popular book. It checked out three times more than the most popular nonfiction book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. We also discovered that you love to cook, and it’s never too late to discover the joy of reading Harry Potter or Dr. Seuss.

Adult Fiction

  1. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  3. The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  4. The Last Mile by David Baldacci
  5. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
  6. Make Me by Lee Child
  7. Alert by James Patterson
  8. All Dressed in White by Mary Higgins Clark
  9. Blue by Danielle Steel
  10. Property of a Noblewoman by Danielle Steel
  11. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
  12. NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson
  13. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
  14. Robert B. Parker’s Blackjack by Robert Knott
  15. The Melody Lingers On by Mary Higgins Clark

Adult Nonfiction

  1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  2. Fix-it and Forget-it Slow Cooker Magic by Phillis Pellman Good
  3. Guinness World Records
  4. Trisha’s Table by Trisha Yearwood
  5. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond
  6. Nashville Eats by Jennifer Justus
  7. Slow Roads Tennessee by Jerry Park
  8. Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly
  9. The Walking Dead: Book One by Robert Kirkman
  10. The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan
  11. Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly
  12. Midnight in Siberia by David Greene
  13. Spark Joy by Marie Kondo
  14. The Frugal Paleo Cookbook by Ciarra Hannah
  15. The Road to Character by David Brooks

Young Adult Fiction

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  2. The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  6. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
  9. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  10. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Juvenile Fiction

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
  3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
  4. Into the Wild by Erin Hunter
  5. Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renee Russell
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley’s Journal by Jeff Kinney
  7. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling
  8. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  9. Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
  10. Tales from a Not-So-Popular Party Girl by Rachel Renee Russell

Picture Books

  1. How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen
  2. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
  3. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
  4. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  5. I Am Not Going to Get Up Today by Dr. Seuss
  6. Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa by Anna Dewdney
  7. The Berenstain Bears Go on Vacation by Stan Berenstain
  8. If You Take a Mouse to School by Lara Joffe Numeroff
  9. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  10. Pete the Cat and the Bedtime Blues by Kim Dean

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January 2017 Programs and Events


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December 2016 Programs and Events

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