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Library Happenings – Staff preparing for reopening, planning programs

By Stephanie Eller

This week has flown by! We started coming back to work to get things ready for when we open. Hopefully, it will be around the first of June with curbside pickup services to start reopening slowly. We want to keep our patrons and staff as safe as possible during this COVID-19 outbreak. We have been busy little bees working around the clock getting books ready and planning future programs.

Our book shipments have started coming back in and some of us have been learning how to catalog. It’s all hands-on-deck with these books!

I did not realize how much time and effort it takes to catalog and process a book for shelving. It’s amazing what these ladies can do, and to think, they did all this while helping patrons when the library was up and running. I am so glad that I have such a great staff!

Story Talks

Speaking of staff, I cannot forget about Story. She has been the happiest kitty this past week with all of us at the library. She loves to sit with each of us and get all the love, pets, and we can’t forget the treats, she can get her paws on. Angie and I were talking one morning, and I could feel Story rubbing against my legs begging for attention.

Apparently, I did not give her attention quick enough because she sat at my feet and meowed so loudly it startled both me and Angie. We laughed so hard and had never heard her meow so loud before! I guess that was Story’s way of demanding attention with a little bit of sass. She is, after all, the “boss” of the library.

World Bee Day

I mentioned earlier that we were working like busy bees, and it just so happens to be World Bee Day. We depend on them to pollinate and help preserve our ecosystem. Without bees, our food crops would diminish greatly.

The United Nations dedicated May 20 as World Bee Day to help raise awareness that bees are important to our plant food supply, and to strengthen measures aimed at providing educational information to help us learn how we can protect bees. We can do this by planting a diverse set of native plants, buying local raw honey from bee farmers, avoid using pesticides, and raising awareness by sharing information within our community. We are all affected by the decline of bees.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

The public is welcome to attend. If you require any accommodations in order to attend, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.