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Library Happenings – Audiobooks beginning to arrive (Jan. 20, 2016)

It seems as though it took an eternity, but the audiobooks we ordered in December have finally started to arrive! The first shipment contained a variety of books, running the gamut from romance and mystery to science fiction and horror. While it normally is not my first choice of genre, I find myself intrigued by the ghost stories I have been cataloging. Perhaps the attraction stems from this cold, dark time of the year. I already am shivering and burrowing deep beneath the covers, so it seems a natural choice.
“The Grownup,” a short ghost story from Gillian Flynn, the author of “Gone Girl,” intrigues me. Only ninety minutes long on a single compact disc, it is narrated by a young woman who feigns psychic powers in order to make ends meet. When she visits the Victorian home of a client who blames the house for her disturbed state of mind, she finds herself spooked by the woman’s teenaged stepson. The “psychic” may not quite know where the evil originates, but she has no doubts about its presence. Now how can she escape it?
Do not go down Slade Alley! David Mitchell’s “Slade House” is home to a reclusive brother and sister. They don’t entertain often, but every nine years they issue an invitation to someone—only one–who is lonely or just different. The individuals who are admitted to Slade House are enchanted at first by what lies beyond the portal, but they soon come to regret having accepted the invitation. This novel is shorter than most with 390 minutes spread over six compact discs.
On the other hand, if you want to take on a commitment, we have Stephen King’s “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams “at nearly nineteen hours on sixteen discs. Since “Bazaar” is a collection of short fiction, it can very easily keep you horrified for a week or two.
Library Foundation
The Unicoi County Public Library Foundation will hold its annual meeting at the library at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. Members and the public are invited to attend. The foundation was established to provide financial support to the Unicoi County Public Library. We couldn’t keep going without them! If you are interested in sustaining and improving library services in Unicoi County, please join us at this meeting and become a patron of the foundation for a contribution of $25 or more.
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.