‘Read Japan’ Collection Donated To Dalton State Library

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Readers with an interest in Japanese history, life, and culture are invited to check out the new “Read Japan” collection recently donated to Dalton State’s Roberts Library by the Nippon Foundation.


According to Roberts Library Director Lydia Knight, the collection includes 100 academic and university press books selected by a committee of Japanese and foreign scholars and journalists. The collection covers topics ranging from anime to samurai, Knight said. Volumes are sorted into five categories including politics and international relations, economy and business, society and culture, literature and arts, and history.


In our global society where information can be readily accessed with a single click, it can be easy to forget to place news and information into a cultural context.  


“It is now possible to exchange vast volumes of information through cyberspace in real time,” said a representative of the Nippon Foundation. “This unprecedented access to information has made the realities of foreign countries feel much closer to us. However, we do not always receive a complete picture of life overseas.”


“An understanding of other people is essential if we are to collaborate and coexist with people of different cultures and customs,” he said. “We hope this will serve as a useful guide to those interested in deepening their understanding of present day Japan.”


“We are so grateful to have this donation,” Knight said. “During this period of limited resources, these gifts are greatly appreciated. This collection of Japan related books will enrich our collection and expose our students to another culture and society.”


The collection of 100 books on contemporary Japan brings to nearly 135,700 volumes maintained in Roberts Library. In addition, the library maintains more than 200 periodical subscriptions, nearly 168,000 e-books and more than 10,000 media items.


Roberts Library is a community resource; any adult in the northwest Georgia region is welcome to check out materials from Roberts Library. 


Marion County Democratic Party Meeting Is Sept. 10

The Marion County Democratic Party will be held at  10 a.m. CT on  Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Marion County Commission Building, 5520 Highway 41, Jasper, Tn. 37347. Here is the agenda: Meeting Call to Order – David Burnett, Vice Chair Prayer – appointed by David Burnett Pledge to the Flag – David Burnett Roll Call of Executive Committee Members and ... (click for more)

Blues In The Knob: A National Park Service Centennial Celebration To Be Held On Orchard Knob

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association, and the Friends of the Park are partnering on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 5-10 p.m. at Orchard Knob Reservation (corner of Orchard Knob Avenue and Ivy Street in Chattanooga) to bring the public a Centennial event on Orchard Knob - Blues in the Knob.  "Join the neighborhood concert ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)