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‘Flat Broke with Two Goats’ chosen for Big Library Read

By Angie Georgeff

Monthly statistics show that many of our patrons use their library card to borrow books through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S, and more are joining every month. If you’re too busy, you can even participate in a book club without entering the library.

Overdrive’s current Big Library Read began Monday, April 2, and will continue through Monday, April 16. The idea is for large numbers of people to be reading and discussing the same book at the same time. To make that happen, during these two weeks, unlimited numbers of Tennessee R.E.A.D.S patrons will be able to borrow the featured book. With your Unicoi County Public Library patron id card and a computer, tablet or smartphone, you can too! The title will be available for checkout as an eBook or audiobook. For those without a compatible device, we’ve ordered a print book for our collection.

The book that was chosen for the Big Library Read is Jennifer McGaha’s new memoir “Flat Broke with Two Goats.” Jennifer enjoyed an upper-middle-class upbringing and a comfortable suburban lifestyle until she and her husband discovered they owed back taxes – and not a small amount, either. To settle their debts, they gave up their beloved home and moved to a ramshackle 100-year-old cabin in the woods that was owned by a distant cousin. For the first time, they encountered the mice, snakes and farm animals that their Appalachian ancestors had known so well. The family’s new life was not without challenges, but eventually they discovered that there were compensations.

If you participate in the Big Library Read and would like to get together with other readers to discuss the book in person, please call the library at 743-6533 to register for our discussion group. It will meet at the library at 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 19. If you can’t wait to share your thoughts, you may join the conversation on Overdrive’s discussion board at or at #BigLibraryRead. Copies of the suggested discussion questions are available at our circulation desk.

Microfilm Scanner

Our new microfilm scanner is already being used, but we have had multiple requests for a class that will demonstrate how to use it and our microfilm collection. I’m afraid my fairy godmother proficiencies are sadly limited, but this is one wish that I can grant. You are cordially invited to join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 for an introduction to our latest acquisition. It may not be a prince, but it is charming. Let it whisk you away to a trove of resources that could make your genealogical and historical dreams come true. Class size is limited. Please call the library at 743-6533 to register or to get more information.