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Library Happenings – COVID-19 forces library to close until further notice

By Selena Harmon

Changes Due to COVID-19

Staff and public safety are top priorities. With rising case numbers, past and upcoming holidays, we have decided to close the doors to the public until further notice.

Please, please note that staff is still in the building Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., offering a host of programs and services. Curbside is available, and any circulating item under our roof is eligible for checkout.

We are still providing print, copy, scan, and fax services and supplying any other type of help we can. Additionally, we are ramping up online programs and services to bring information and entertainment to the community. If you have questions or comments, please call 743-6533 or email [email protected]

Library Announcements

December is a busy month! We are excited about upcoming online Story Times, which will include “12 Days of Christmas Stories” (Dec. 14-25) and other holiday editions celebrating Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and winter. For more information, please call the library or visit our Facebook page (@UCPLYouth).

Join us online (Facebook – @UnicoiCountyPublicLibrary) Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. for a spectacular Christmas celebration featuring special readings of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and letters to Santa, themed crafts, and so much more.

The library is partnering with Unicoi County Middle School for “Light the Night with Literacy: Illuminating Literary Impact in Our Community,” a creative, educational online program.

Check out UCMS’s Facebook page (@Unicoi.Middle) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 5-9 p.m. to view students’ literary-focused artwork, videos, and poems. We all are excited to see the products their bright and imaginative minds create.

Local Business Boost

Each Christmas, my husband and I seek the perfect tree. We have shopped big-box stores in the past but wanted to support a local business this year. After some recommendations, we made our way to Upper Stone Mountain Road and the Tolley Tree Farm.

Never, in a million years, did I expect to encounter peacocks, guineas, cats, dogs, goats, donkeys, and cattle – all living in harmony – while shopping for a Christmas tree! This was a delightful surprise that made our day seem magical. Furthermore, the Tolley family were welcoming, warm, and sweet. They will have our business for years to come. I hope you will consider giving them yours as well.