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Library Happenings – Library expects busy month (Oct. 7, 2015 issue)

We want to thank the Erwin Monday Club once again for their tireless efforts to assist and improve the library. Last week the ladies staffed our basement book sale, read stories, and signed up children to receive free books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It was a delight to have them here and to see their commitment to literacy and Unicoi County.
Thanks to the Monday Club, new changing tables are coming to our women’s and men’s restrooms. I know that fathers, in particular, will appreciate this addition. And even bigger changes are on the way. Stay tuned: October promises to be a very busy and exciting month at your Unicoi County Public Library!
Movie Night
As the leaves fade from green to brown, fall from the trees and drift against fences, our thoughts naturally turn from the warmth and light of summer to the cold and darkness of winter. If an owl hoots or a cat yowls, the mood is set. It’s time for Halloween–and time to conquer our fears. As Harry and his friends at Hogwarts discovered in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” boggarts feed upon fear, but they can easily be disarmed by laughter.
As we have done for several years, we will be showing Halloween movies on Thursday nights during October. Join us tomorrow evening, Oct. 8 at 6 P.M., for popcorn, candy and a movie suitable to the season. Please feel free to bring your favorite soft drink in a spill-resistant container. Call the library at 743-6533, if you would like more information.
Holiday Closing
The library will be closed on Monday, Oct. 12, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. Books may be returned to our drop boxes, which are located at the right side of the library’s main entrance and at Town Hall in Unicoi. Please do not deposit DVDs in the drop boxes, since they may be damaged if heavy books fall on them.
Spotlight Book
Geraldine Brooks, the author of “Year of Wonders,” “People of the Book,” “Caleb’s Crossing” and the Pulitzer Prize-winning “March,” reimagines the life of the Biblical King David in “The Secret Chord.” While some readers may be distracted by the author’s use of names transliterated from the Hebrew Bible (Natan rather than Nathan, Batsheva rather than Bathsheba), others may find it enhances the experience.
David’s humble beginnings, his exploits as a soldier and rebel leader, his souring relationship with Saul (Shaul), his abiding friendship with Jonathan (Yonatan), and his many wives and often troublesome children provide ample drama for Brooks’s historical fiction.