By Angie Georgeff

Our Summer Reading Programs have begun and our first Family Fun Day is Thursday, June 8.  Join us at 3 p.m. at Town Hall in Erwin for “Hand-y Animals.” This natural history program will bring a variety of animals up close so kids can interact with them and learn how they help us “Build a Better World.”

A world without pets would be a sad place indeed, but everyone should understand how animals in the wider world help us every day. People of all ages are welcome at our Family Fun Days and no pre-registration is required for these special events, so come on down, see the animals and learn why they are so important.

Reading Competition

Tennessee First Lady Crissy Haslam has announced her “Read to be Ready” Summer Reading Competition for Tennessee children. Students entering Kindergarten to rising 4th grade students may track reading minutes from June 1 to July 28.

Reading logs for this competition may be picked up at our circulation desk and must be returned to us by Friday, July 28, 2017. The library will then submit the reading log of our top reader to the office of the First Lady and Tennessee’s Top 100 Summer Readers will be invited, along with one parent or guardian, to a celebratory Kids State Dinner at the Tennessee Residence in Nashville on Friday, Aug. 18.

We would love to have one of our young Unicoi County readers present at that dinner! This competition is separate from our annual Summer Reading Programs here at the library, so kids who qualify will be able to participate in one program, or both.  Please call the library at 743-6533, with any questions.

Spotlight Book

New “beach reads” have started to arrive at your library. These are the books that can make you smell the spray wafting off the waves and feel the sun-baked sand sifting hot between your toes. They’re the next best thing to a seaside vacation and not nearly as expensive! One of our most recent arrivals is Dorothea Benton Frank’s “Same Beach Next Year.” This is the story of Adam and Eve…and Eliza and Carl, their spouses.

Former sweethearts Adam and Eve meet by chance on Charleston’s Isle of Palms and rekindle their old friendship. Their partners are united first by jealousy of the old flames and soon by a friendly flirtation of their own. The friendship among the two couples ripens as they return year after year to Wild Dunes, a condominium complex situated at the island’s point.

Too soon, 20 summers have passed.  Everything has changed, except the immensity of the sky, the mystery of the sea and the enduring love that binds four friends. Just writing about this book has made my stress dissolve!