By Angie Georgeff

Merry Christmas! We have been busy little elves here at your library. DVDs and audiobooks have already been ordered and large print books are next on Santa’s list. If you have a Christmas wish, please let us know. The clock is ticking and the 2018 model of old Father Time is growing grayer by the minute!

Spotlight Book

This week we highlight the second book of Nora Roberts’s “Chronicles of The One,” “Of Blood and Bone.” In last year’s bestselling “Year One,” the Doom virus killed billions of people worldwide. Technology failed, government collapsed and cities became untenable. Those who appeared to be immune to the plague became known as the Uncanny. Even they, however, were not left unchanged by that apocalypse, developing magical powers which some use for good and some for evil.

Now 13 years later, “Of Blood and Bone” finds Fallon Swift on the cusp of her 13th birthday. A sorcerer named Mallick has informed Fallon’s mother that the girl’s destiny is to save humankind. Fallon is The One, the only person who can rally the forces of good to defeat the powers of evil. She must, however, leave her family and prepare for her ultimate role by training with Mallick for two years beginning on her 13th birthday. This series is projected to be a trilogy, so fans can expect the struggle to culminate next December.

Since “blood” and “bone” are currently popular words in fantasy book titles, be careful not to confuse this book with Tomi Adeyemi’s popular young adult fantasy “Children of Blood and Bone,” or for that matter George R. R. Martin’s new bestseller “Fire and Blood.” We have all three novels, so readers of fantasy fiction have several opportunities to celebrate the holidays in the company of a good book.

Holiday Closures

As usual, we will be closed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Since these holidays fall on Monday and Tuesday this year, we will be closed from 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 22 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Be sure to stock up on books and DVDs before we close Saturday afternoon! And don’t forget an audiobook to while away the hours and miles between your home and Grandmother’s house.

No items will be due on the two full days when we are closed, but if you want to drop off your books, you may return them to either of our two drop boxes. They are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!