Spotlight on Falling Water River Regional Library with Amanda Yother

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Check out WCTE’s Get Ready to Learn radio show on 107.7 and 1400 Saturday at 9:30 as Ready To Learn Project Manager Cindy Putman is joined by Amanda Yother, assistant director of the Falling Water River Regional Library. They will discuss “Build A Better World” which is the TN Library’s summer project, plus share more info about free online books and videos and the importance of reading everyday!

The vision of the Falling Water River Regional Library, and its counterpart regional libraries across the state of Tennessee, is that the citizens of Tennessee will have the information they need for personal growth and development.

You might think of a library as a big building with books, but libraries are so much more these days! Need to locate a library in your neighborhood? Visit the TN Public Library directory by clicking this link. The Tennessee Public Library Directory allows users to search for public libraries by county, region, or city. The directory shares a profile for each library, including location, hours, contact information, services provided, and direct links to websites and social media.

The mission of the Tennessee Regional Library System is to make libraries better by:

  • assisting local governments and public libraries in the development and improvement of public library services;

  • assisting libraries in the selection, maintenance and use of library technologies;

  • providing supplementary library materials and digital content to member public libraries and facilitating the preparation of materials for public use;

  • facilitating the sharing of resources between libraries through a delivery system;

  • providing opportunities to participate in shared automation systems;

  • and providing continuing education to local library staff and trustees.

Want to learn more about the educational outreach taking place at the state level in Tennessee, visit Another site educators and families might want to check out is this, which also includes Amanda’s guide for summer events.

The Tennessee Electronic Library offers free access to great resources for Tennesseans, and you can find it here ----> The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) is a virtual library that you can access from your home computer, your school library computer lab, or your smartphone – anywhere with an internet connection.

TEL provides access to more than 400,000 electronic resources, including magazines, scholarly journals, podcasts, videos, e-books, test preparation materials, federal census records, Tennessee primary source materials, and more!

TEL is administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Department of State, Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

Want to download audiobooks to enjoy this summer? Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. offers tens of thousands of digital ebooks, audiobooks, and video to patrons of public libraries that belong to the Regional Library System. These digital titles can be downloaded or streamed to your personal computer or a variety of portable devices. Visit

There’s also TN READS, which you can ind at This is a great source for free eBooks, audiobooks, and video downloads. And all you need to access this content is a public library card!

And for even more fun, check out this great upcoming event at the Tennessee State Library and Archives on June 3rd. The free event, called "Tennessee Celebrates Statehood," will give visitors the opportunity to view all three of the state's original constitutions, see presentations by historical interpreters and listen to music from the 1700s. There will be lots of activities for children, including early American games on the Library and Archives lawn and stations where kids can get temporary tattoos of the state flag or make birthday cards for Tennessee. And, since it's a birthday celebration, of course there will be cake! Click here to learn more.

Wait, there's more! Here's your Cyberchase Step It Up! minute for the week: 

The Upper Cumberland is filled with great places to walk and hike! Plan an outing with your kids and come home to rest by watching Cyberchase on WCTE weekdays @3:30. Check out Cyberchase on Facebook and online!


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM. 

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WCTE’s Educational Team can customize workshops or professional development trainings for your group or organization. For workshop information, or to inquire about scheduling a workshop, call 921-528-2222 x. 227 or email us.

Topics are listed below:

  • Using Media as a learning tool
  • Using PBS kids apps to extend learning
  • How to be your child’s first teacher
  • Sesame Street Workshops
  • How does poverty effect a child’s brain
  • Literacy and Math
  • Brain Development

Workshops can be conducted in English and Spanish.