By Angie Georgeff

We have had our April showers, so now we’re looking forward to May flowers and festivals. This will be an especially busy and exciting month for all of our staff, because we’re gearing up for our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults. These programs will begin on June 5 and revolve around the theme “Build a Better World.” The aspect on which the majority of our programs will focus is how to build a better community, so we are encouraging people of all ages to participate.

Because our beautiful and historic building has limited space available, programs for children will be divided into multiple age groups. Each will be scheduled for a different time. Teens will form a single group. As in recent years, the goal of the adult program will be to accumulate as many entries as possible for the grand prize drawing. Once again, that prize will be a white rocking chair, which is already on display in our lobby. Be sure to look for it the next time you come in. In addition, there will be two special events for adults.

The highlight of each week will be our Family Fun Day events. All age groups are invited to come together and participate in these diverse activities. Check this column or our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page each week for information about that week’s activity. We will kick off with NHECM (Natural History Educational Company of the Midsouth) on June 8. They will bring wildlife up close so we can see how animals form an integral part of our community and our world. Our Family Fun Day events will be held at venues outside the library, so we can take Summer Reading into the community.

Spotlight Book

John Sandford’s “Golden Prey” finds Lucas Davenport a long way from Minnesota. His first case as a U.S. Marshal has taken him to Biloxi, Mississippi. When I first became acquainted with Biloxi in 1969, it was a charming little beach town. U.S. Highway 90 ran alongside the sun-spangled Gulf of Mexico. On the north side of the highway were small motels, stately homes and live oaks dripping Spanish moss. On the south side were the sand, the water and Ship Island.

Since then, Hurricanes Camille and Katrina have washed away much of Biloxi’s historic charm. Just as casinos have replaced the motels and columned homes, new opportunities for profit have filled the void. Every habitat has predators and scavengers:  not all of Biloxi’s are alligators. Lucas Davenport has gone there to investigate a theft of cash from a drug cartel that leaves five bodies in its wake. With the thieves and the cartel equally ruthless and audacious, Lucas finds himself caught between a pair of mortal belligerents.