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Librarian hopes to expand Erwin’s outdoor movie offerings

By Richard Rourk

“Moana” was chosen as the summer’s first outdoor movie in Erwin.

The director and staff at Unicoi County Public Library have been busy this summer providing family-friendly fun within the library and beyond.

UCPL Director Selena Harmon recently spoke with The Erwin Record to highlight a few of the activities that the library has offered. 

“For our first Family Movie Night event we showed ‘Moana,” Harmon said. “It was the most popular movie selected in our social media survey, which featured a variety of family-friendly options. We had roughly 50 people (25 youths, 25 adults) attend the event.”

Harmon added, “The weather could not have been more perfect – low humidity, slight breeze, warm and soft lights, the smell of popcorn in the air. It was an ideal atmosphere, nearing a throwback to simpler days.”

Harmon and company are already planning the next Family Movie Night. 

“We’ll put out more surveys to determine which movie to show on Saturday, July 24,  at 8:45 p.m. when we resume Family Movie Night,” Harmon said. 

“Unicoi County Public Library purchases licenses that permit us to show these movies publicly and for free,” Harmon explained. “We want to make the most of this expense and serve as many as possible in our community. Therefore, we would like to continue movie nights and expand on offerings.”

In addition to Family Movie Nights, the library plans to offer movie nights for teens and adults and perhaps  show some silver-screen classics. 

“In the fall, we’re thinking of heartwarming movies and maybe spooky favorites paired with the fire pit, ’s’mores, and flannel,” Harmon said. “Admission will always be free and all profits from concessions will benefit Unicoi County Public Library collections and programs.”

One of those events that Harmon has planned is the End of Summer Reading Party on Saturday, July 10, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Erwin Fishery Park. 

“People did not have to participate in Summer Reading to attend,” Harmon said. “The event is free and open to the public.”

For more information about any of the UCPL’s events, including the weekly Wednesday Children’s Stories, check out The public can also follow the Unicoi County Library on social media or stop by during normal business hours.