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Library Happenings – Library offers opportunities to learn new things

By Angie Georgeff

Good morning! In London, Ebenezer Scrooge is sending a turkey “twice the size of Tiny Tim” to the Cratchit family. In Massachusetts, the four March sisters are waking up to find that copies of Pilgrim’s Progress have been tucked under their pillows. And down in Whoville, the Grinch is serving a great big slice of roast beast to “Little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two.” It must be Christmas!

After all of the frenzied shopping, season’s greetings, dropped hints, office parties and frantic preparation, Christmas Day has finally arrived. I hope that you are warm, happy, eating your fill of tasty tidbits and celebrating this holiday with everyone you hold dear. This is the season of giving, and we always strive to give our best to those we love: that special gift, that favorite dessert or some novel experience. Many of us devote a lot of time and effort toward making everything “perfect” for Christmas. That perfection comes at a price, even if it is a price that we gladly pay.

Now that the presents you wrapped with such love and care have dissolved into a merry tangle of paper and ribbon, take some time to relax and reflect. If you think of the year as having phases like the moon, 2019 is waning crescent and the New Year is just days away. This is the time to look back and take stock. What has been good about 2019? Is there something you would like to change in 2020?

How Can We Help?

We have nearly 33,000 items in our collection, so if you want to learn about something, there’s a pretty good chance we have a book that could help. If we don’t have the book you want, we can request it from other libraries in the OWL consortium, other libraries in Tennessee and even many libraries around the country.

We also can help you learn how to search the Internet for the information you want.  We will be offering our “Introduction to the Internet” class at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 – weather permitting, of course. Please call 743-6533 for information or reservations.

Holiday Schedule

The library is closed today, but we will reopen tomorrow, Dec. 26. Next week, the library will close at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, and we will be closed all day on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Our two drop boxes are available all day every day for you to return borrowed books and audiobooks. They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. 

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  “And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!”