By Angie Georgeff

With less than three weeks to go before the start of our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults, the library is abuzz with activity. Decorations are being made and displayed, and craft projects are being prepped. New picture books are anxiously awaiting their special story times. They’ve been cataloged and processed and are ready for their debut. After that introduction, they will be available to pay a two-week visit to your child. Don’t worry! They are ideal houseguests—always entertaining and willing to tailor their schedule to yours.

Registration is now open and programs are scheduled to start on Monday, June 4. Activities aimed at different age groups will be offered from Mondays through Thursdays and Family Fun Fridays will cap the week with special programs geared to entertain the entire clan.  Calendars for our youth programs are already available at the circulation desk. Be sure to pick one up so you won’t miss any of these opportunities for fun and learning.

And speaking of opportunities, if you have metal food cans you want to recycle, please bring them to the library. We need about two dozen cans and we are looking for a variety of sizes, from the small cans that hold tomato paste to the large ones used for commercial food service. We ask that they be clean, but we’ll be happy to remove the labels and smooth the edges.

Since the slogan for the 2018 program is “Libraries Rock,” you probably can guess that they’ll be used to make some music–or at least noise.  They also will be used to teach young children about the science of sound.  Who knows which budding musician or scientist might be attending the program?

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.

Genealogy Class

The third in our series of classes about how to use the Internet to trace your family’s history will be offered at the library at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 21. I began my research decades ago, traveling to libraries, archives, courthouses and cemeteries in quest of precious nuggets of information. I still enjoy research trips to all of those destinations, but nowadays much of that information is available without ever leaving home. Be sure to join us Monday to learn more about some valuable online resources.