By Angie Georgeff

When I flipped over the latest James Patterson thriller to scan the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) and get it into our catalog, I noticed two things. The first and worse was the $32 price tag! The second and better was an advertisement for Mr. Patterson’s next thriller. It was no surprise to see that he has a co-author, but I was shocked to see that name listed above his. I imagine that occurs only when the co-author happens to be a former President of the United States.

When I saw that Bill Clinton’s name was listed first, I checked to make sure “The President Is Missing” is on our standing order list for next month. We automatically get every book James Patterson writes, just as long as it is adult fiction and published in hardcover. If it is non-fiction, juvenile fiction or paperback, then I do have to place an order for it if we want it. There was no need for me to scramble. The distributor we use evidently anticipated that problem and placed Patterson in the first position in their catalog. The book touted as “the most authentic suspense novel of the year” should arrive by the release date, June 4. In the meantime, “Princess: a Private Novel,” co-written by Patterson and Rees Jones, helps a fictional member of the British royal family find her missing friend.

Couponing Class

If you are interested in online shopping and couponing, then join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 31. Learn how to take advantage of the choice, convenience and savings the Internet has to offer, while still remaining a careful consumer. Since our space is limited, please call the library at 743-6533 to reserve your place.

How puzzling!

A few of our staff members recently helped to assemble a jigsaw puzzle that will be used in our Summer Reading Program. It was so much fun that one of our patrons joined in.

We already had thought about having a Family Puzzle Night or perhaps a Family Puzzle Saturday. Our puzzle-solving patron is all in favor of it. Now we’re asking for your input. What do you think? If you might like to participate, or if you have a well-preserved puzzle that you would like to donate, please let us know.

Holiday Closing

After a long and dreary winter, it’s time for summer, vacations and beach reads! The library will be closed on Monday, May 28, in honor of Memorial Day.

No items will be due on that day, but books may always be returned to one of our drop boxes. They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday.