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Library Happenings – Staff asks patrons to wear masks when visiting

By Stephanie Eller

The library will be reopening its doors to the public on Monday, July 6. There will be some restrictions due to COVID-19 for the safety and health of our patrons and our staff. We are requesting that you wear a mask when visiting the library. If you do not have one, we can provide one for you, but they will be given out as first-come, first-serve. We will be asking patrons to make an appointment to use the history room and to limit their time on the computers to 30 minutes. We still encourage that books be returned to our outdoor dropbox, but we will have one available inside as well. All books will still need to be quarantined for three days upon returning.

We know that these restrictions are frustrating, not only for our patrons, but our staff as well. We want to say THANK YOU to those that have been so patient and understanding. We are doing the best we can to keep everyone safe and healthy!

July 4 – Holiday Closing

Our Independence Day holiday is just right around the corner. We would like to remind you that we will be closed Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4. We will be looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday, July 6!

The Children’s and Teen Services Coordinators have a special Fourth of July themed craft bag to-go for today. Make sure you register your child, or grandchild, for a craft bag on their Facebook page: Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens.

They will have a bin of books available to look through for the little ones. They have decided to continue to make the take-home craft bags until the end of July. Remember to register your child, because these craft bags are super adorable!

Story Talks

Story and I decided to play a little “cat and mouse” in the stacks. She would race down an aisle and I would peek at her from around the corner of the bookshelf. She would then creep ever so slowly towards me, so every time I looked, she would be a little closer. When Story made it to the end of the aisle, she would jump out at me and take off again! I couldn’t contain my laughter; therefore, I was not as sneaky as Story.

She took off down another aisle, and when I went to peek around the corner at her, she had disappeared! I was a bit concerned because I couldn’t find her! Jill had to help me look for her. We were totally stumped!

We walked down every aisle and could not find Story. I checked the aisle where Story was last seen sprinting and saw her little head sticking out behind a book on the lowest bookshelf. She had squeezed herself in between some books on the bookshelf, and was staring at us! It was the most hilarious thing! She truly is entertainment to us librarians!