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Library Happenings – New director begins tenure at Unicoi County Public Library

By Selena Harmon


Greetings to all residents of Unicoi County! My name is Selena Harmon, and I am the new director of the Unicoi County Public Library. I am thankful and thrilled to be here.

I look forward to leading what’s going to be the “best little library around” and serving our community for many years to come.

Speaking of community, I ventured out to The Whistle Stop Deli for lunch today. What a treat! The food, service, and company were great – I even “shot the bull” with some local fellows who were all smiles, jokes, and stories.

Over the next few weeks, I will be out and about getting to know the area, its businesses and people. In the meantime, please feel free to stop by and get to know me.

Library News

The library received a Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA) grant for updating our equipment! Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, will visit the library to present our check on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 1:45 p.m. Please feel free to stop by and celebrate with us. This event is open to the public; however, masks and social distancing are required.

In other news, the library was closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of Columbus Day.

Lastly, if you don’t have a library card, please sign up for one. The process is short, easy, and free. Having a library card opens up a world of cultural and educational possibilities!

Book Boost

For fans of fantasy and mythology, I’m suggesting “Circe” by Madeline Miller. This beautifully crafted novel was published in 2018 and has stuck with me ever since.

Also endorsed by author Ann Patchett, owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, this book assigns a human voice to one of the most interesting but understated Greek goddesses in the “Odyssey.”

Elements of adventure, drama, tragedy, and romance are delivered to readers through suspenseful lines of poetic prose.

The audiobook features one of the best readers my ears have ever encountered. If any of this strikes your fancy, pick up the print or audiobook from Unicoi County Public Library!