By Angie Georgeff
This is the time of year when we pause to count our blessings so we may give thanks for all of them. In many families, including mine, it is a tradition to go around the Thanksgiving table so each family member may mention one of the blessings for which that person is especially grateful. Each mention is heartfelt, but over the years the younger children have occasionally provided us with comic relief. As Art Linkletter discovered, kids do “say the darnedest things.”
As director of the Unicoi County Public Library, I am grateful for many things. Our wonderful patrons, our talented and dedicated staff and the vital support of our community are among the many blessings that immediately spring to my mind. I currently am in the midst of preparing orders for DVDs, audiobooks, large print books and books aimed at children and teens. Thinking of the pleasure these materials will bring our patrons, I couldn’t be happier. That’s why I’ve decided to mention Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds when it’s my turn to speak at the Thanksgiving table this year.
These federal funds are the largest disbursement we receive during the fiscal year for us to spend on these specific library materials. This bounty entails a lot of work for me and our staff at an especially busy time of the year.
Nevertheless, I haven’t heard one word of complaint. We are just happy to have the opportunity to cross special requests off our wish lists and get them into the hands of our patient patrons.
How can you help? Simply let us know which books, audiobooks and DVDs you want to read, hear and watch. We are eager for your input and we’ll try to get them for you if they are available.
Either call us at 743-6533 or tell us the next time you visit the library. If you’re first on the list to request a book or DVD, we’ll let you know when we receive it and get it processed. If you are second or third, we will place you in order on the hold list for it.
Happy Thanksgiving! The library will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please note that we will be open during our regular hours on Saturday, Nov. 30, which are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
No items will be due on Thursday or Friday, but you may deposit books and audiobooks in either of our book returns whenever it is convenient for you. They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi.
If you indulge in too much turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, a little fresh air may do you good. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend!