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Library Happenings – Library has many offerings at no charge to area residents (April 15, 2015 issue)

When I returned to the library after a planning meeting last week, Cindy told me that two separate visitors had asked her how much it costs to borrow a book. If people are asking this question, then we evidently need to do more to get the word out.
The answer, as I hope most of you already know, is zip, zero, nada. It costs you nothing to borrow a book, DVD or audio book from your Unicoi County Public Library. You even may borrow eBooks and audio books free of charge from the comfort of your own home through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S (Regional eBook and Audio Book Download System).
How can you take advantage of this bargain? This amazing offer is open to Unicoi County citizens and residents of neighboring counties. Just apply for a library card, which you can do at absolutely no cost to you. All you will need is a federal or state-issued photo identification card and proof of residence if your current address is different from that on the ID. You will not incur any fees as long as you return the borrowed items by the due date.
And that’s not all! It costs nothing to use one of our nine public access computers or to use the databases of the Tennessee Electronic Library. You just have to pay twenty-five cents per page for any printouts or copies you make. There is no charge for help with using our computers or for any of the classes or programs we offer.
But wait, there’s more! This offer is good for the entire family! It costs nothing for your children to attend our Wednesday story times, our Summer Reading Programs, American Girl Club or Lego Club. You just have to register them and make a reservation so we will know how many to expect. And we haven’t forgotten our seniors. Homebound seniors and nursing home residents may receive free biweekly deliveries of library materials through our Library Senior Services Train. And for this service, there is no charge for shipping or handling.
Better yet, this offer is not for a limited time. Come visit us Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friendly library personnel are standing by and we’ll be happy to get you started!
Spotlight Book
James Patterson is known for thrillers, of course, but his latest book is an inspirational story about golf. “Miracle at Augusta,” co-written with Peter de Jonge, is a sequel to their “Miracle on the 17th Green. “In the first book, Travis McKinley, an unknown amateur golfer, won the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach. One year later, he is a professional with a troubled teenage protégé. Even so, Travis is not comfortable with his dramatic rise to fame and fortune.