By Angie Georgeff

“Everyone knows a rancher in possession of a large spread needs a wife.”

Jane Austen’s 1813 “Pride and Prejudice” is the literary equivalent of the Energizer bunny. It keeps on going and going and going. Even after two centuries, readers adore it so writers are eager to adapt it to their own time and place. A case in point is the book selected for the next Big Library Read – “Cowboy Pride.”

Christian author Lacy Williams introduces her reserved Janie and vibrant Liza Bennett to Wyoming ranchers Nathan Bingley and Rob Darcy at a town dance. Even though Rob’s attraction to Liza is instantaneous, he manages to offend her before the evening is out. Sound familiar? Nathan’s courtship of Janie, too, is nearly as rocky as the Tetons, but I am expecting a double-barreled happy ending nevertheless.

The Big Library Read is the first global eBook club. This installment will begin on July 9 and last for two weeks. The idea is for large numbers of people to be reading and discussing the same book at the same time, so Tennessee R.E.A.D.S will permit unlimited numbers of patrons to check out the featured book during this time. With your Unicoi County Public Library patron ID card and a computer, tablet or smartphone, you are welcome to participate. We have ordered a print copy of the book for our collection, as well, so those who don’t have a compatible device may read it, too – even if not all at the same time!

Excel Class

“Spreadsheets unending” are not listed among My Favorite Things in the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from The Sound of Music. There’s a good reason for that, but frankly, it could be worse.  Imagine columns of numbers that don’t add themselves!  If spreadsheets are a part of your life, make peace with them. Join us at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, to learn many of the things Microsoft Excel can do for you. Please call the library at 743-6533 for more information or to register for the class.

Family Fun Friday

In keeping with Summer Reading 2018’s music theme, North Carolina singer/songwriter Tom Fisch will present a kid-friendly program at Erwin’s Town Hall on Friday, June 29. The program will begin at 3:00 PM and last for about forty-five minutes. All ages are welcome at our Fun Friday programs, so bring the entire family.

Holiday Closing

It’s time to unfurl the flags! The library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. I wish US All a Happy 242nd Birthday!