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Library Happenings – Staff happy to see patrons return to library

By Stephanie Eller

We have truly enjoyed seeing everyone back in the library! We are so glad that patrons can come in, browse through our book selections, and actually hold the books. One of my favorite things about choosing a new book is getting to hold the book, read the inside of the book sleeve, and deciding if it is going to be a page turner or a snoozer.

Our book sale in the basement is open for browsing. We just want to make sure everyone is aware that venturing down to the basement will be at your own risk. We do not have enough sanitizing/cleaning supplies to clean the basement.

Everyone has been so courteous with maintaining social distancing and wearing their masks. It really puts us at ease, and for our patrons (we hope!), that we are taking every precaution to stay healthy and safe. As of right now, books are being checked in as “fine free,” but after July 20 they will be checked in as normal.

National Pet Fire Safety Day

July 15 has been declared as the National Pet Fire Safety Day by the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Company. July is such a hot month with dry grass, fireworks, and campfires, which can be a danger to pets, as well as house fires. Approximately 500,000 pets are affected by house fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On this day, pet owners are made aware of house fires and how to prevent them to keep your pet safe. Some things are preventable with just a simple check around your home. Candles, stovetops, and wires are a few items that can be secured to prevent a pet from accidentally starting a fire in the home. There can be some unexpected causes as well that pet owners may not be aware of. Pet rescue safety can be planned ahead so that you will be prepared if you cannot make it home before first responders are on the scene. Pet owners can get a free window cling at local volunteer firehouses on July 15. They provide the sticker to help raise awareness to pet owners. If something were to happen while no one was home, first responders would know if there were pets in the house because of the sticker. So if you are a pet owner, make sure your home is fire preventable because you never know what might happen when you leave your pets at home.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. tomorrow, July 16. The public is welcome to attend. If you require any accommodations in order to attend, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.