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Library Happenings – Library’s efforts support local community

By Selena Harmon

Building Community

It has been nearly two months since I began my adventure at the Unicoi County Public Library. Though a small window of time, it has been packed full of good energy and people.

Over the past two months, the library has participated in community events, supported local businesses, helped the Health Department deliver important COVID-19 and flu information, partnered with Unicoi County Middle School for literacy initiatives, created nearly 250 children’s take and make craft bags, hosted an Imagination Library tree (Thanks, Troop 547!), volunteered for Kiwanis, and couriered children’s letters to Santa – just to highlight a few.

Library staff were able to meet and connect with new people, encourage and help the ones we know, and bring a little magic and a lot of literacy to the season. But we could not have done it without our community’s support and donations of time, skills, and funds. It feels good to work together! Needless to say, the library will continue this path.

Moving forward, we are actively seeking grants to fund English Language Learning (ESL/ELL) programs and services, purchase hot spots for circulation, expand online educational and cultural programming, grow collections, and plant a pollinator garden.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, folks! We, the library and community, are going to accomplish great things together!

Library Announcements

In observance of the holidays, the library will be closed Dec. 24-25, close at 4 p.m. on Dec. 31, and be closed all day on Jan. 1. Happy Holidays and New Year!

Book Boost

Do you enjoy clean, funny, heartwarming modern romances? If so, regional author Melissa Ferguson’s “The Dating Charade” might be for you. Inspired by God, parenting struggles, and other real-life experiences, Ferguson’s work of fiction has a ring of truth to it.

The story is built around a fantastic first date and a subsequent surprise of life-changing proportion – I’ll just say “kids,” but it is NOT what you think!

Pick up Ferguson’s book at UCPL, and if you like what the author has to offer, pick up her second novel, “The Cul-De-Sac War.”