By Angie Georgeff
On Dec. 31, 2019, I was looking forward to everything I expected to enjoy during 2020. I suspect that many of you were, too.
For me, one of those things was retirement. I also wanted to spend more time with my son and three grandchildren and revel in the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. Many of the joys I anticipated have already succumbed to the spread of COVID-19; retirement, however, has not. After nearly 11 years as its director, my last day at the Unicoi County Public Library will be May 15. I fully expect that day to be bittersweet.
I will be more than happy, however, to leave the library in the capable hands of Stephanie Eller. Our patrons are already familiar with her creativity and her dedication to the library. Stephanie’s work with our children’s programs and at the circulation desk has been outstanding.
Rest assured that our entire team is working diligently to reimagine how the library can best serve our patrons and protect the health of our staff and the public despite the challenges of the current situation. We miss you, and can’t wait to see all of you again.
I want to thank our staff and Board of Trustees for making my time at the library more of a joy than a job. It has been a pleasure working with you.
I also wish to express my appreciation for the support given to the library by Unicoi County, the towns of Erwin and Unicoi, the Unicoi County United Way, the Kiwanis Club of Erwin, the Rotary Club of Unicoi County and the Erwin Monday Club. Your invaluable assistance allows our small library to provide enhanced services to the youth and senior citizens of Unicoi County. I’m particularly proud of these programs, because they keep Unicoi County’s citizens learning for a lifetime.
Finally, I want to thank The Erwin Record for giving me the opportunity to write this library column. I have enjoyed it. There have been a few times when it has been a chore—especially when I had to write two or three in quick succession so I could go on vacation—but the endless variety of books and the odd and funny things that sometimes happen at the library have given me lots of fodder.
A letter would arrive from London, a call would come from Australia or an email would appear in my inbox to tickle my brain.
When people have failed to provide adequate inspiration, an animal has sometimes stepped in to fill the void. That was when I learned that the answer to “how many librarians does it take” to catch a skink, help a bird fly out of the library or do anything else is always three: three librarians, or one library cat.
Thank you, Story, and thank you, Unicoi County!