Greetings, all! I am delighted to announce that Unicoi County Public Library will be partnering with two notable organizations to bring a little more beauty and goodness to our community.
First, two Girl Scouts’ troops will be teaming up to install a pollinator-friendly garden on library grounds. This new green space will host reading spots, programs and anything else imagined and appropriate. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the GFWC Erwin Monday Club, who is sponsoring the startup of the garden. We whole-heartedly thank them for continually supporting our library.
Also in the works is a second Giving Cupboard! A very nice local lady donated a cabinet for our cause, and local Boy Scouts will be donating their time and elbow grease to revamp and ready it for use in the near future. The second Giving Cupboard will hold personal hygiene products, clean and lightly-used clothing, and anything else identified as a need.
Lastly, UCPL is now part of the Neighborhood Forest team, an organization whose mission and efforts draw kids to conservation! For Earth Day, Neighborhood Forest is providing a free tree to every child who registers before March 20. Please visit the Neighborhood Forest site at neighborhoodforest.org, click on “Get Free Trees,” search for Unicoi County Public Library, and complete the registration form (enter N/A for Grade and Teacher). Each registered child will receive a tree and planting instructions on Earth Day, which will be observed April 22. For more information or help with the process, please call (423) 743-6533.
The library will open to the public on Monday, March 22. Business hours will still be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For the safety of and respect for staff and community, a maximum building capacity will be enforced along with browsing and computer time limits. UCPL will host an in-person talk with Thomas G. Burton on Friday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. An author and scholar, Burton has dedicated his career and life to field research, much of which populates the Archives of Appalachia’s collections. Burton’s latest book, Voices Worth the Listening, highlights the lives of three fascinating Appalachian women. His latest project, a documentary called “Alabama Snake,” dives into the world of “the spirit and the serpent” and is now streaming on HBO. Join us for what is sure to be a lively event and an awesome end to our first week back. Registration is required due to space limitations created by social distancing. Please contact the library for more information or to register.