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Library Happenings – Time to offer someone the gift of kindness

By Angie Georgeff

November 13 is World Kindness Day. The observance was begun in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement in order “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.” One of the things I like most about my job at the library is the kindness and good humor of the vast majority of our patrons.

We all have days when nothing seems to go right, but a sympathetic word or deed can transform a nightmare of a day into a dream of hope and gratitude. Kindness, it seems, is an incredibly powerful force, when so little of it can make such a big difference in someone’s life. If you happen to see someone struggling today, offer them the gift of kindness. Hold open a door, help carry a burden or make a phone call or visit to someone who is homebound. Nobody wants to catch a cold, of course, but kindness is just as contagious. Feel free to pass it on.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21. The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend, please call the library at 743-6533 and ask for Angie.

Spotlight Book

Do you remember the old nursery rhyme that starts “Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie?” My mother recited those childhood poems to me from the day I was born, and I, in turn, taught them to my own son. My three grandchildren, however, are not as well versed in nursery rhymes.  “Baby Shark” is not much of a substitute, even if it is generally inoffensive.

Mary Higgins Clark evidently remembers those nursery rhymes and the lessons they taught us about bullying and cowardice. Her new thriller “Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” begins with an email that is sent to investigative journalist Gina Kane just before she leaves on a trip to Hong Kong. “CRyan” claims that an executive at television news network REL is guilty of sexual misconduct and that she is not the only female employee who has suffered.

Gina only has enough time to send an email to confirm that she is interested in the story and will follow up when she comes home. When she returns to New York, Gina begins her investigation and is shocked to discover that Cathy Ryan was subsequently killed in a Jet Ski accident that occurred while she was vacationing in Aruba. Recuperating from her jet lag, Gina takes off for Aruba … and danger.