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Library Happenings – Excitement building for summer programs

By Angie Georgeff

It’s hard to believe, but our Summer Reading Programs will start in less than three weeks.  Excitement is building and not just among children and teens. Our Summer Reading Program for adults will commence on June 3 and end on July 27. The start date is the same as it is for the youth programs, but please note that the finish date is not the same. The adult program will last longer since a major reset is not required for its materials before the Harry Potter Back-to-School Extravaganza begins on July 31.

The format is similar to that we followed last year. Participants 18 years of age and older will earn one entry for each book read, each audiobook heard, each DVD watched and each activity sheet completed. The drawing will be held after close of business on Saturday, July 27, and winners will be notified by phone or email on the following Monday. The grand prize winner will be able to choose any one of the three gift baskets we will have on display beginning June 3.  The second place winner chooses next and the third place winner will receive the remaining basket.

Library Senior Services Train patrons are also eligible to participate. Entry forms and activity sheets will be delivered along with their books and audiobooks. We hope everyone in Unicoi County will have fun reading and learning this summer! The theme this year is space and that will color some of the prizes and activities we offer, but readers are free to read any books or watch any DVDs that suit their taste.

Kids’ Books!

Hooray! A new shipment of books for children and teens just arrived. They currently are being cataloged and processed and will soon be available for checkout. Many of the books are about space, of course, but there are other new titles that have been requested by our patrons. Be sure to check the “new book” shelves in the children’s and teen rooms the next time you come to the library. You may discover a new favorite.

Best Books

Which is the best book you have ever read and which is the worst? You have until the close of business on May 31 to cast your votes. The ballot boxes are located on top of the bookcase where our Spanish-language books are shelved, on your right as you come through the front door of the library. As I write, the box containing votes for the best book holds significantly more ballots than the box containing votes for the worst book. I guess my Mama was not the only parent who used to say “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”