Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: December 13, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will be closed December 23-26, 2017 for the Christmas Holidays.

All Ages Programs
Christmas Around the World in VR
Wednesday, December 13 @ 4:00 PM
Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world! From legends of Santa to traditions in different countries. Make ornaments & crafts. Experience the holiday in virtual reality. Children 9 & under with adult supervision.

Kendama Club
Tuesday, December 19 @ 4:00 PM
A Kendama is a Japanese skill toy that has become popular all over the world. Use one of our Kendamas or bring your own and share your tips and tricks with others. All levels welcome!

Experience Virtual Reality
Thursday, December 28 @ 4:00 PM
Discover a universe of possibilities and explore the world like never before. This Virtual Reality experience will take you to faraway lands, put you in the center of a Cirque du Soleil performance and will bring you face to face with a giant from a bygone era.

Youth Programs
Teen DIY Card & Gift Tags
Monday, December 18 @ 6:00 PM
Get in the holiday spirit by making Christmas cards and gift tags for your friends and family while listening to music of the season. Snacks provided. Grades 6-12.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, December 13 @ 12:00 PM
Bring your lunch, needles, and yarn. Create and have fun; everyone is welcome!

Wyatt Earp
Thursday, December 14 @ 6:00 PM
Join us for an evening with author Mark Warren as we delve into the life of this historic figure of the Western frontier. Refreshments will be served.

Morning Creatives
Friday, December 15 @ 9:00 AM
Join us for creativity and conversation. This month build your creative toolkit with Photo Transfer Ornaments and DIY Holiday Tags. Bring a printed copy of your own photo or choose from our collection. All materials provided.

TechBytes: Basic Computing
Tuesday, December 19 @ 2:30 PM
Learn the parts of a computer, the basics of how to use a computer and how to access the internet.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: December 6, 2017 – December 13, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager


All Ages Programs
Bingo for Books
Thursday, December 7 @ 5:00 PM
BINGO! There are multiple ways to win this game. Winners get to pick a prize from our collection of all-ages books and puzzles! All ages, 9 & under with adult supervision.

Christmas Around the World in VR
Wednesday, December 13 @ 4:00 PM
Learn how Christmas is celebrated around the world! From legends of Santa to traditions in different countries. Make ornaments & crafts. Experience the holiday in virtual reality. Children 9 & under with adult supervision.

Youth Programs
Holiday Family Story Times
Wednesday, December 6 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Join us for a special holiday themed story time. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.


The Lego + Club
Saturday, December 9 @ 2:00 PM
The Lego Club has a different theme each month. Children can work alone or in teams to make their special creation, which will be displayed in the library until next month’s meeting. All ages, under 9 years of age with an adult please.
Young Adult Programs

Polar Express Read-a-Loud
Monday, December 11 @ 6:00 PM
Come dressed in your holiday PJs and hop on the Polar Express! It’s a magical night full of music, crafts, snacks, and of course a special reading of the Polar Express. 9 & under with adult supervision.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, December 6 & 13 @ 12:00 PM
Bring your lunch, needles, and yarn. Create and have fun; everyone is welcome!

 

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Addressing disconnects following Light Up Ellijay

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Crowds flood Downtown Ellijay for Light Up event

ELLIJAY, Ga. – The downtown area of Ellijay was rocked by an historic crowd for its Light Up Ellijay festivities, which echoed throughout the county.

Citizens have responded in various ways and have voiced opinions as to the success or detriment of the Return to Whoville themed event. However, they are not the only ones responding to what some merchants called “Who-mageddon,” a jovial moniker made possible by a lack of major incidents during the event. Indeed, with additional responses from not just Ellijay’s police force, but county fire and rescue personnel as well, the event had only one reported incident, which involved a missing child. According to officials, the child was found within 15 minutes of searching.

This was an outcome Ellijay City Police Chief Edward Lacey said the town was very lucky to have accomplished. While acknowledging the unanticipated crowd, Lacey said his officers performed “admirably,” going so far as to say they gave “150 percent.” Lacey also confirmed with FYN that despite their efforts, the event would have been a lot worse had they not received backup from firefighters helping out with crowd control.

According to the permit issued by the city of Ellijay to the Downtown Ellijay Business and Community Association (DEBACA), the organization expected a maximum of 5,000 people at the event. While no one could confirm details, reports have varied as to the cause of the dramatic increase.

From a few viral videos to a radio station picking up the story in Florida, rumors continue to swirl with no real specific answers. However, DEBACA reported they noticed over 70,000 clicks for Light Up Ellijay in the week leading to the event. After the night was done, license plates were seen from over nine states, according to officials on scene.

Ellijay Mayor Al Hoyle declined to comment about the meetings and processes involved since Light Up Ellijay, but he did speak about the people who attended saying, “That paints a very positive picture of Ellijay. The name ‘Ellijay’ is known, obviously, and it drew that big of a crowd, and that’s great.” He went on to comment that with the quality, he sees future events growing as well.

People already began spilling into the street as earlier as 4:30 p.m. an hour before the tree lighting.

People already began spilling into the street as earlier as 4:30 p.m. an hour before the tree lighting.

Speaking with DEBACA Chairman Steve Cortes, he echoed the sentiment that attracting the crowd was a success on its own. This is the first time the association has hosted the event after transferring the event from the Downtown Development Authority.

Stepping beyond the event itself to identifying the effects a week later, Lacey stated about back-up received, “I think it showed that we were able to admit that we were overwhelmed … A lot of times, agencies that are not willing to ask for help are the ones that get in a lot of trouble … We were able to admit that we needed help and actually request it.”

In fact, not only did the Ellijay Police receive help during the event but also invited members from the Gilmer Sheriff’s Office, Gilmer Fire and Rescue, the Gilmer Chamber, DEBACA, East Ellijay Police, Ellijay Fire, and others to an after action meeting that is usually only held with Public Safety. Lasting more than three hours, the meeting saw members from each entity delving into the event separating out things that did happen versus things that should have happened during the event. Specifying the disconnection between those two ideas led to discussion and thoughts on future events.

A few specific issues came to light in the meeting regarding logistics for things like the addition of vendors for the event, the opening of bathrooms for the event and parking and traffic due to the crowd. Chief Lacey told FYN that the meeting and input from all involved will be considered as he creates his report and in moving towards future events.

Cortes also commented with FYN saying another issue with the crowd comes with future events. Not knowing if they should prepare for a similar crowd to this year or preparing for something lower is part of the stresses of planning. Cortes suggested they would be looking at the upcoming events throughout the year, such as St. PETrick’s Day and Independence Day, to gauge the response they might see at Light Up Ellijay.

One of the bigger points in the meeting  addressed a lack of communication and response from parties involved. Addressing understandings of the permit process and amending it paired with controlling and coordinating the multiple entities became a larger focus. Suggestions on dealing with these issues led towards future events seeing use of Instant Command Structures (ICS) and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

EOC is a fusion center of resources that officials say are used to manage and communicate across the different entities of public safety. Fully activated EOC’s could also include members from all sorts of other entities; in Ellijay, this could include mayors, council members, DEBACA members, or more. As explained in the meeting, this would allow instant access to cross-force resources.

The EOC concept also answered issues with traffic. A crowd of the size seen downtown not only gridlocked traffic after 5 p.m., but also clogged emergency access through the area. One hypothetical example of the EOC given at the meeting suggested an issue arising on Hwy. 282. The EOC could coordinate a nearby sheriff’s deputy to the location faster than any other. A more immediate response from a sheriff’s deputy in the area means far lower response times in the face of gridlocked traffic for citizens.

Somebody tracking and directing all requests would streamline services and resources in that instance to better control and guide arising issues, whether they be safety-focused or logistically focused through those involved.

In addition to the EOC, pre-made ICS would be available to handle situations where pre-planned events escalate to any sort of emergency, for example if a driver had grown so frustrated with the crowd that he or she ran people down.

Crowd size sends one child up the clock downtown in an attempt to see the nights events.

Crowd size sends one child up the clock downtown in an attempt to see the nights events.

While this may seem extreme, Lacey told FYN  these are the issues that police deal with everyday. They must prepare for the potential issues that could grow out of events with crowds like we witnessed this year. An approach that imitates an old saying, “Hope for the best, plan for the worst,” is one that the city police face daily in protecting and preparing for situations despite a common thought that such instances would not happen in our town.

In fact, part of Lacey’s research into parades garnered 56 total headlines in newspapers, with 55 of those occurring since July 2001, involving parade incidents and injuries. Crowds like the one at this year’s Light Up Ellijay further intensify the possibility of incidents.

While the entire week was spent identifying issues and areas for improvement, Chief Lacey declined to comment further on the entities involved saying, “It’s enough to say that there was a disconnect, and that we’re going to fix that.”

Cortes echoed approval of the cooperation and coordination found through the meetings held in the week after the event. Noting an increase in involvement as DEBACA continues to grow, Cortes tells FYN that he would love to see representatives from the Chamber, the cities and police forces at their meetings and events. He went on to comment on the meeting saying it answered questions: “What can we do if a big event comes to Ellijay? How can we handle that?” He went on to say, “There’s no finger pointing, everybody knows that a lot could have been done better, and a lot needs to be done if we’re going to work together in the future.”

Though Light Up Ellijay is firmly in the city’s rear view, progress and meetings continue as the response and preparation for next year continue. Continuing in growth and popularity, citizens and officials alike will be closely watching downtown over the coming year in anticipation of another night like Nov. 24.

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Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: November 29, 2017 – December 6, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager


Youth Programs
Merry Grinchmas
Saturday, December 2 @ 10:30AM
Come dressed in your PJs with your Who hairdo and join the Whos of Whoville as we celebrate the holiday season with “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” themed activities and crafts. Children 9 and under with adult supervision, please because the Grinch himself will be making a guest appearance.

Holiday Family Story Times
Wednesday, December 6 @ 10:30 AM & 4:00 PM
Join us for a special holiday themed story time. Family story times are designed for families with children of all ages. Story time is followed by a craft activity. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.


Young Adult Programs
Dungeons & Dragons
Monday, December 4 @ 5:45 PM
Whether you have been playing for years or would love to learn, join us for the popular tabletop role-playing game: Dungeons & Dragons! All materials are provided, or you may bring your own. Ages 12+.

Adult Programs
Lunch & Learn Knitting
Wednesday, December 6 @ 12:00 PM
Bring your lunch, needles, and yarn. Create and have fun; everyone is welcome!

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Check It Out @ Gilmer County Library

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This Week @ Gilmer County Library: November 22, 2017 – November 29, 2017
Heath Lee – Library Manager

GCL will close at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 22nd. GCL will also be closed on November 23rd and 24th for the Thanksgiving.

All Ages Programs
The 2017 Gilmer County Library Festival of Trees Celebration
Monday, November 27 @ 6:00 PM
The Gilmer County Library is pleased to once again host this popular holiday event. Live music, prize drawings, Santa, and of course, tree presentations will be ongoing during our celebration.

The Friends of the Library Bookshelf
Remember that the library welcomes donations of gently read books and magazines. Those that the library does not need come to the Bookshelf, with all the proceeds benefiting the library.  Do not forget to visit the “back room” of the Bookshelf for newly stocked non-fiction and magazines.  

Bookshelf hours are from 10:30-5:30 on weekdays and from 12:00-2:00 on Saturdays

Library Location & Contact Information
Address: 268 Calvin Jackson Drive, Ellijay, GA 30540.
Phone: 706-635-4528.  Fax: 706-635-3528.
http://www.sequoyahregionallibrary.org/gilmer
https://www.facebook.com/GilmerLibrary
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday and Saturday 9AM-6PM.

Community Trick or Treat in Downtown Ellijay ~ Halloween 2017

Community

It was a Happy Halloween in Downtown Ellijay!  Great weather and a great crowd!  Several businesses came out and gave candy in the safe zone on the square in downtown Ellijay! Lots of candy and costumes ~ Enjoy the slideshow below:

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Tree Topping

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August Newsletter from the Boys & Girls Club

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