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Library Happenings – Technology classes offered during April

By Angie Georgeff

We will be offering several technology classes to the public during April. At 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, we will teach patrons interested in history and genealogy how to use our newest tech acquisition. Our microfilm scanner makes our collection of county records and local newspapers easily available for research. We have the surviving editions of nearly a century of Unicoi County newspapers, beginning with the Erwin Magnet in 1887 and continuing with the Erwin Record through 1983. We also have Johnson City newspapers from 1960 through 2007. If you would like to see what was happening locally on the day you were born, find a grandparent’s obituary or locate a picture of a prominent politician, engaged couple or football hero, you can hunt for the article and print out a copy.

Just be aware that copies of most of the earliest editions have not survived the years, so there are some wide gaps in coverage. While we are on the subject, if you have local newspapers from the 1800s through 1930 that are not microfilmed, the Tennessee State Library and Archives in Nashville can preserve them for future generations. We will be more than happy to help you get in touch with them.

The second class in our Using Computers for Genealogy series will be coming up on Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. This workshop will explore the free resources available at  With billions of searchable names in their globe-spanning database, you’re bound to find connections you can use. Among the treasures I have found on their website are birth, marriage and death records from Germany for ancestors of two of my grandchildren.

The end of the school year is approaching. Teens will be applying for jobs. A workshop designed to help teens write a resume will be held on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. A thoughtfully written resume can make a good impression on prospective employers. Learn how to showcase your aptitudes and experience.

Spotlight Book

It should come as no surprise that Mary Higgins Clark’s new novel “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” begins with a murder. The victim is 18-year-old Kerry Dowling, a prospective college freshman who took advantage of her parents’ absence to throw a party at her home. Unknown to the murderer, the witness is her neighbor, Jamie Chapman, an intellectually disabled young man who liked Kerry and enjoyed her family’s pool. We glimpse the murderer through Jamie’s innocent eyes, but who is he? Since the end-of-summer bash was marred by an argument between Kerry and her boyfriend Alan Crowley, the police first set their sights on him. Jamie, however, is another likely suspect.