By Angie Georgeff
Even though last week’s weather was unseasonably warm for February, its timing happened to be perfect. Those 70 degree temperatures provided the ideal backdrop for East Tennessee’s Summer Reading Conference. Library employees from all over the eastern third of the state converged on Sevierville to bounce ideas off one another, and inspiration was ricocheting like ping pong balls!
Stories, crafts, games, science experiments, and math exercises can all be a part of Summer Reading, but this year music will be the theme, with the slogan reminding everyone that “Libraries Rock!” Only academic libraries will be quiet this summer, so be prepared to hear a joyful noise coming from the children’s room whenever the various age groups are meeting.
At the Unicoi County Public Library, we have Summer Reading Programs for all ages, from infants to seniors. Three staff members have been given primary responsibility for different segments of the population, but it means extra work for all of our staff and volunteers. Summer Reading Programs are a substantial commitment, but we have no doubt they’re worth the effort. They have been shown to yield big benefits, from promoting reading readiness for toddlers to preventing “summer slide” for students to facilitating lifelong learning for seniors. Besides that, they’re just plain fun!
Planning has already begun. Handy calendars will be ready for your refrigerator in May and the programs will be held in June and July. And if you have any questions in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to call us at 743-6533.
Another eagerly-anticipated event that occurred last week was the semiannual release of state funds for library materials. If there’s a book or DVD you’d like to add to our “wish list,” give us a call or let us know when you come in. We appreciate your input.
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! Join us at noon on Saturday, March 3, to commemorate the 114th anniversary of the birth of Theodor Seuss Geisel, known to millions as Dr. Seuss. The occasion calls for stories, crafts and refreshments, of course. Sam-I-am has requested green eggs and ham, and I am sure they would be delicious on a boat or with a goat, but cake somehow seems more appropriate for a birthday party. The celebration will last until 2 p.m., so feel free to drop in at your own convenience. And if you want to wear your Thing 1 and Thing 2 pajamas, that will be fine with us!