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Library Happenings – Knoxville Zoo brings animals (July 15, 2015 issue)

There have been times when I’ve heard Summer Reading Programs described as a zoo. It usually is when children’s librarians from across the state get together at the annual Summer Reading conference and swap “war stories” about some of the crazy things that can go wrong. I hope the only time our program is described that way will be when this week’s Friday Family Fun Day is discussed. There probably won’t be an elephant or a giraffe, but the Knoxville Zoo will crate a vanload of their more easily transported animals and bring a portion of the zoo to us.
Kids and parents will learn about the individual animals and also how zoos work to save endangered species. Of all the programs we offered last year, this one had the largest attendance. You won’t want to miss it, so mark Friday on your calendar with a big “Z” for “zoo” and come to Erwin’s Town Hall at 3 p.m. for fun with animals and one of the heroic zoo workers who help these species survive.
Next Friday we will show a movie at the library and end SRP 2015 at the Back-to-School Carnival on Saturday, July 25. This event will be held at the National Guard Armory in Erwin from noon to 4 p.m. Local churches, businesses and community organizations have teamed up to provide free backpacks for Unicoi County students who are entering grades K through five. There also will be food, games, face painting and inflatables. Be sure to look for us at our game booth. We hope to see you there!
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533.
Adult SRP
If you’ve signed up for our Rock ‘n’ Read Summer Reading Program for adults, please remember to turn in your entry tickets before the deadline, which is 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 25. If you’ve not yet registered, there’s still time. Simply ask for a registration sheet at the circulation desk, fill it out and start reading. The grand prize is the pretty white rocking chair on display in our lobby.
Have you ever wondered who your ancestors were and how they lived? What did they do during the Civil War – and the Revolutionary War? How and when did they get to America? If you are curious about your family’s history, come to the library at 6 p.m. next Thursday, July 23. At our genealogy workshop, we will show you how to get started climbing your family tree.