By Angie Georgeff

With back-to-school advertisements already impinging on summer delights, our Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults are approaching their grand finales at the end of this week. The deadline for entries in the adult SRP prize drawing is 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. Winners will be notified by phone or email on Monday, July 16. I wish all of you who have entered the drawing the best of luck.

The grand finale for our children’s Summer Reading Program will be a swim party at the Fishery pool on Thursday, July 12. The fun will begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 8:30 p.m., so come whenever it is convenient during that time span. Parents must remain with their children the entire time they are there. In addition, kids under the age of five must have an adult in the water with them and within arm’s reach at all times.

The teens, ages 13 through 17, will have their own pool party on Saturday, July 14, during the same hours. Come celebrate a summer of learning and fun! Please visit our Unicoi County Public Library Kids and Teens Facebook page for information and updates.

Board Meeting

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

Spotlight Book

“Spymaster” is the latest Scot Harvath thriller from Brad Thor. The endpapers, which depict a map showing NATO membership in Europe, set the scene for this new novel. The dust jacket sets the tone. An aerial view of a frosty landscape in shades of blue and white that I would characterize as taiga is occupied by a lone human and surmounted by the silhouette of a black bomber, flying low. If I were strolling through that sparse northern forest, I would be sure to dress more warmly than this individual. On the bright side, however, the mere thought of it is a very effective antidote to July heat.

Snowclad pines, however, are not the only reason for us to shiver. War is being planned and covert operations are already underway. Under the guise of terrorism, a yet unknown enemy is attempting to sow discord among allies by targeting their diplomats. Harvath and his crack team are assigned to keep the United States and our NATO allies from being dragged into a war that we don’t want, but that someone else clearly does.