By Angie Georgeff

I have been a good girl for the past year, considering each calorie and counting every carb, but I am ready for an Apple Festival splurge. Bring on the fried apple pies! Don’t forget the apple butter, and if there’s an apple cake baking somewhere out there, put my name on it. The Unicoi County Apple Festival means a little extra work for residents, but a lot of extra fun.

As we usually are, the library will be open on both days of the Apple Festival. Although several of the everyday access streets will be blocked by vendors, your library will still be available.  Just take Elm Avenue south past Love Street and Erwin Utilities to Iona Street. Turn right at Iona and cross over Main Avenue to Nolichucky Avenue. Turn right at Nolichucky. The Unicoi County Public Library will be on your left in our beautiful and historic old depot building.

Park and Shop at the Library!

The parking spaces in front of our main door will be reserved for those patrons who are using the library. There is no charge for parking while you are using our facility or shopping at our book sale. For those who want to attend the festival, convenient parking will be available in the library parking lot on Friday or Saturday for a donation of $5. All funds raised will help support library programs. Festival parking will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Business hours will be the same as usual. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Our basement book sale will be open during our regular business hours on Friday and Saturday. We have thousands of used books for you to browse, so most book lovers are bound to come across one or two diamonds in the rough. Or ten, if you are anything like me!

Columbus Day

The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. No items will be due on that date. Books may be deposited in our book drops whenever we are closed.  They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi.

Film Festival

Our annual Halloween Film Festival will begin Thursday, Oct. 11, with a classic movie chosen to send a shiver up your spine. Just bring a bottle of your favorite soft drink and join us at 6 p.m. for popcorn, candy and a movie. Please call the library at 743-6533 if you would like more information about any of our programs.