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Library Happenings – Library may close when inclement weather arrives

By Angie Georgeff

It’s hard to believe we are now on the cusp of December. When I consider how warm this year has been, I wonder whether we’ll have much snow. We hardly were closed at all last winter due to inclement weather, but one never knows. Ever since the year the Mississippi Gulf Coast enjoyed a white Christmas, I don’t discount possibilities. Of course it melted before the end of the day, but for a few fun-filled hours snowmen temporarily doubled the population of the coastal counties. It was an opportunity not to be missed.

In case of inclement weather, the library may open late, close early or even be closed all day.  Our decision is made based on the condition of our parking lot and the ability of our staff to safely drive to or from their homes. Even when Unicoi County schools are closed, we may well be open, so please call 743-6533 to make sure we’re not closed if road conditions are questionable. We will waive fines for library materials that fall due on a day when we are closed if they are returned or renewed on the following business day.

Coloring Bookmarks

Winter-themed coloring bookmarks are back. I believe there are few better antidotes to the stress of the holidays than books, movies and coloring. We have all three and you won’t have to spend a dime. When you come to the library to check out books and videos, take a few minutes to color a bookmark. It is a pleasure to choose the hues and make the design your own.

Throughout the holidays, we will have stations set up with bookmarks and colored pencils. Four designs are available, so you may take your choice from snowflakes, snowmen, trees or ornaments. These patterns are intended for adults, but they’re not too intricate for older children to enjoy.

Spotlight Book

It’s time once again for James Patterson’s Christmas present to his readers: an Alex Cross novel. Most of James Patterson’s books are written with the help of a coauthor, but “The People vs. Alex Cross” is pure Patterson. As you probably surmised from the book’s title, the detective finds himself on trial. The charge is murder.

Although Cross knows he fired in self-defense, the evidence against him appears damning.  Prosecutors and the press are baying for blood, and even Cross’s children entertain doubts about their father’s innocence.

Cross is, of course, suspended from the force pending the outcome of his trial. Nevertheless, he can’t help but investigate a shocking video that may preserve clues to the disappearances of several young women. Innocent lives hang in the balance.