By Angie Georgeff

Our Summer Reading Programs will be winding up this week, but festivities will continue through Saturday, July 15. Our children’s program will culminate in a thrilling visit from Professor Greybeard, one of our favorite Science Guys, on Friday, July 14. Join us at 3 p.m. at Erwin’s Town Hall for a truly Spectacular Science Show.

Our teen program will be capped with a teens-only pool party at Fishery Park Pool on Saturday, July 15.  The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and last until 8:45.

Our Summer Reading Program for adults will end with the prize drawing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, so be sure to get all of your entries into the tote before then!

Saturday will begin, however, with a “Rise & Shine” event at the library that will start at 10 a.m. The Great Erwin Book Exchange allows children and adults to bring their gently used books and exchange them for books brought by other participants. Each book in good used condition entitles the participant to one ticket. Each ticket may then be exchanged for one other book. This is a wonderful way to pass on a book you already have enjoyed and try a book that you have not yet discovered.

Other family activities include painting rocks, coloring bookmarks and Readers Theater performances with puppets. In addition, representatives from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library will be here to let parents know how young children can get free books by mail each month! These books can help parents who read aloud to infants and toddlers stimulate the child’s imagination and get them ready to learn.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 20. The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call the library at 743-6533.

Spotlight Book

“Beach House for Rent,” the fourth installment in Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House series, finds owner Cara Rutledge renting “Primrose” to artist Heather Wyatt for the entire summer. Heather has been commissioned to paint shorebirds for postage stamps, and the cottage’s location on the Isle of Palms is ideal for her work. Heather has an affinity for birds, including her three canaries, but she is much less comfortable around people. Carpenter Bo Stanton, however, might prove to be an exception. Cara is delighted with her tenant, but when she suffers a devastating loss, her only desire is to retreat to Primrose Cottage and try to recover. Heather is unwilling to vacate the beach house, but she is prepared to share the premises with Cara for the remainder of the season.