By Angie Georgeff
The kids will soon be out of school and you’ll be looking for something to keep them busy. After they have helped clean up the house, bake cookies and wrap presents like good little elves, bring them to the library to get some books to read.
We have a lot of books about Christmas and the winter season, including some that are brand new. A large shipment of children’s books arrived recently with several seasonal titles, and more are on the way.
We also have bookmarks with festive winter and Christmas designs that children and adults can color to suit their favorite holiday palette.
Another activity always available in our lobby is word searches that we produce in-house. Jigsaw puzzles are another pastime we have available for families to use here at the library, if you need to get the kids – or yourselves – out of the house for a while.
A trip to the library will give you a chance to see the beautiful tree the Erwin Monday Club set up for us in our lobby. This year the tree is decorated with books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and adorable rubber duckies dressed in costumes, each reading a book. We want to thank the Erwin Monday Club for setting up and decorating this endearing tree and for giving us this perfect opportunity to remind everyone about Dolly’s Imagination Library.
In partnership with Tennessee’s Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library provides free books by mail to children from birth until their fifth birthday. A parent or guardian merely has to sign up to receive this monthly gift of high-quality books. That adds up to 60 age-appropriate books each child may receive from Dolly’s Imagination Library during the first five years of her life. Those 60 books can make an amazing difference in a child’s readiness to read and learn by the time she starts kindergarten.
If your young child is already receiving these books, congratulations! If not, take a registration form from the display beside our beautiful Christmas tree. It could turn out to be one of the best gifts your child will ever get.
The library will be closed for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25. No library items will be due on those dates, but our drop boxes are always available. They are located in front of the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. The library will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 26.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!