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Library Happenings – American Girl Club teaching participants about history, culture

By Angie Georgeff

The library is offering a preschool story time every Wednesday during September. Join us at 10:30 a.m. for stories and activities designed to build skills that will get little ones ready to read.  The focus for September is seeds. With the last fruits and vegetables coming from the garden, early autumn is the perfect time to consider this subject, which will help children better understand the world around them.

American Girl Club

I am a huge fan of American history. I suppose that explains why I am so captivated by the American Girl dolls and books that inspire our American Girl Club. Whether you consider the United States to be a melting pot or a salad bowl, you have to acknowledge that a rainbow of cultures have made contributions to our society. Participants aged seven and up learn about American history and the cultures that are part of the rainbow. This group will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18. Please preregister on our UCPL Kids and Teens Facebook page so we’ll have enough supplies and snacks on hand for everyone.

Board Meeting

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

The Dakota apartment building in New York City is notorious as the final home of John Lennon and eerily familiar as the setting of the movie Rosemary’s Baby. It also stars in Fiona Davis’s new novel “The Address.” In 1884, Sara Smythe leaves her job as head housekeeper at a prestigious London hotel to become the “lady managerette” at the new Dakota. She had been offered the position by the building’s architect Theo Camden, and when she becomes pregnant it becomes apparent that his interest in her had not been entirely professional. Sara’s life soon takes a tragic turn, culminating in a conviction for Theo’s murder.

One hundred years later, interior designer Bailey Camden reluctantly takes a job remodeling the Dakota apartment of her “cousin” Melinda. Although the women share a surname, Melinda descends from Theo Camden and Bailey from his ward. Melinda has access to the sizeable Camden trust, but Bailey does not. As Bailey struggles to preserve the architectural heritage of Theo’s apartment, she discovers trunks in the basement that might change Sara’s history and her own present.