By Angie Georgeff

What are you doing this Saturday, July 21? We will be getting up early for the Rise and Shine event here at your library.

Although we normally open at 11 a.m. on Saturdays, this event will start at 10 a.m. and end at noon. The centerpiece will be a community book exchange. If you have books that you’ve already loved, bring them down to the library and let someone else have a chance to enjoy them.

If you bring a book, you may take a book, and if you bring 10 books, you may take 10. All kinds of books are welcome, for adults or children, as long as they are in good condition. You will receive a ticket good for one book for each book you bring.

The book exchange will be held outside under the broad eaves of the library, but other fun activities will take place inside the building. Starting at 10 a.m., stories will be read every half hour and activity stations will be set up in the children’s room so kids can amuse themselves in between story times. We also will have coloring bookmarks available in the library lobby so the entire family can enjoy spending time together in air-conditioned comfort.

In our parking lot, the Unicoi County Aspire Book Bus will be on hand with snacks provided by Clinchfield Federal Credit Union. We are looking forward to a busy and book-filled morning, so come on down and join us!

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19. The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call the library at 743-6533.

Spotlight Book

At the Unicoi County Public Library, the books that most frequently generate hold requests are thrillers aimed at adult readers. That, however, isn’t always the case. Regional author Robert Beatty’s “Willa of the Wood” is our current champ. Willa and Beatty’s best-selling “Serafina” trilogy are written for middle school students, but many adults are equally as enthusiastic.

The Serafina series are fantasies set at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville. That local connection appeals to folks around here, and Willa occupies the same world, if not quite the same edifice.

Willa is a night-spirit of the mountains. She is also a thief, taking from the homes of day-folk things they will not miss, but that her people need. Young Willa has the talent she needs for her work, but it is a dangerous occupation, and curiosity can prove fatal to more than just cats.