By Angie Georgeff

According to brownielocks.com, where they “do not make these up,” the month of September has been set aside for a large number of observances. Among them are Baby Safety Month, Children’s Good Manners Month, National Cheese Month and International Square Dancing Month. 

Story, who is our library cat, customer relations specialist and superintendent of pest control, evidently believes that every month should be Happy Cat Month, but she does seem to expect an especially generous allotment of treats during September. Woe betide our circulation staff if we run out of her favorites! My boundless affection for Story notwithstanding, I prefer to think of September as Library Card Sign-up Month.

A library card is your free ticket to the world of information and recreation.  The Unicoi County Public Library houses more than 30,000 physical items which may be checked out, while our patrons enjoy access to another 170,000 items that can be accessed online.  In addition, through the statewide courier system, we may borrow items from other libraries located across the state. With the help of our Regional Library, we may request items from libraries around the country. All this is available to you free of charge with your Unicoi County Public Library patron ID card!

Residents of Unicoi County and the surrounding counties who are 18 years of age or older may apply for a library card with a government-issued photo ID card that shows their current address.  If their ID shows another address, then additional proof of residence will be required.  A local utility bill is commonly used for this purpose. There is no charge for a library card unless the original card is lost. In that case, a replacement card will cost $1.

A parent or guardian may apply for library cards for children under the age of 18 as long as the responsible adult already has a card or applies for one at the same time. Since no minimum age has been prescribed, we rely on parents to determine when their children are ready to assume that privilege. It’s so much fun to watch their little faces beam when they are given their first library card! In order to celebrate libraries and encourage participation, each person who gets a new library card during September will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card from Walmart. Good luck!

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. The public is welcome to attend. If you require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call 743-6533 and ask for Angie.