By Angie Georgeff

When I visit larger libraries and find myself envying their extensive collections and expansive facilities, I take pride in the observation that our small library’s collection of large print materials is frequently more extensive than theirs. What’s more, our Library Senior Services Train delivers books, audiobooks and other library materials to homebound senior citizens and nursing home residents. Still, there are some citizens of Unicoi County who benefit from more specialized services that we cannot provide.

That’s when the Tennessee Library for Accessible Books and Media in Nashville steps in to supplement our efforts. They provide a free library of more than 150,000 recorded, large print and braille materials to Tennessee residents who are not able to use standard print materials due to a visual or physical disability. This service loans recorded, large print and braille books and magazines, music scores in large print and braille and special playback equipment, which they will repair and replace as needed.

The library’s 50,000-title book collection includes popular fiction and nonfiction, best sellers as well as classics, history, biographies, religious literature, children’s books and books in foreign languages. More than seventy magazine titles are also available, along with reference services and even a “virtual story time.” Further information and applications are available at https://sos.tn.gov/tsla/labm, or you may call us at 743-6533. We will be happy to help.

Spotlight Book

Lancelot Gobbo, Shylock’s unhappy servant, said it to his father in William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”:  “…truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long; a man’s son may, but at the length truth will out.” Even incidents that occurred thousands or millions of years ago leave evidence in fossils, tombs, ice, peat bogs and amber. Given time, opportunity and the operation of a curious mind, the truth will out.

FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock have just foiled the attempted late-night kidnapping—or worse– of their five-year-old son Sean. They naturally are shaken, comforting their son and each other, but the couple is also stirred to action.  Who was the masked man, armed with a gun and knife, and what did he want with Sean?

While sipping her coffee early on a misty July morning, Willicott Maryland Police Chief Ty Christie witnesses a murder from the dock of her lake house. The killer ignores her cry of indignation and melts into the fog. When the victim is dragged from the water, dozens of other bones are recovered, along with a distinctive belt buckle. An escaped psychopath is on the loose and he is obsessed with revenge in “Paradox,” Catherine Coulter’s 22nd FBI thriller.