By Angie Georgeff
One of the most popular programs we offered last spring was the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra’s Library Story Time. These 30-minute programs are designed to appeal to pre-school aged children and their parents, but I think I enjoyed it as much as any of the kids. Many patrons who had come in merely to return a book or movie sat down and did not budge until the program was over. Even more impressive was the fact the kids were enthralled.
The only thing better than a good story is a good story accompanied by great music: talk about ear candy! These concerts combine colorful children’s picture books with classical music, sound effects and hands-on learning. Last year the children loved trying out some kid-friendly musical instruments with the help of KSO musicians. Our historic Clinchfield Depot building has such marvelous acoustics that almost everyone sounded good! These concerts are free and open to the public, so mark your calendar now for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5. And plan to bring your kids or grandkids, especially if they have never had the opportunity to enjoy classical music.
Danielle Steel’s newest novel is, as usual, driven by character, but this book happens to be an action-packed thriller. “Accidental Heroes” begins with a postcard, which is not an unusual thing to find left behind at a busy airport.
This one, however, is found at a TSA checkpoint bearing a message that agent Bernice Adams finds troubling. The note is admittedly a bit ambiguous so her supervisor is not overly concerned. Nevertheless, she calls security and senior Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman is just as suspicious of the message as Bernice.
The postcard pictures the Golden Gate Bridge, and two jets have just left New York for San Francisco. Which airplane could be the target? Ben examines the manifests for both planes and finds several passengers on the smaller Airbus A321 who raise red flags. He soon becomes certain that one of them is planning to do something terrible. The questions that remain are which one, and how can that person be stopped? Passengers and crew join with experts on the ground as these accidental heroes try to foil the plot revealed by the postcard.
The library will be closed on Good Friday, March 30, but we will be open our regular hours of 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.
Our drop boxes at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi will be available for book returns on Friday. We wish you all a very Happy Easter!