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Library Happenings – Library to offer tips for viewing solar eclipse

By Angie Georgeff

The total solar eclipse of 2017 is coming up on August 21, and Tennessee is one of the prize-winning states in the path of totality.  According to NASA’s interactive map at, locations in Unicoi County will enjoy up to 98 percent obscuration. If you will settle for nothing less than 100 percent, then you’ll have to travel south or west.

To learn more about the eclipse and how to view it safely, come to the library between 11 a.m and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12. This drop-in event will help you learn about eclipses and prepare for the big day. Thanks to a grant from NASA, we will have a fairly large but finite supply of eclipse viewing glasses on hand to distribute free of charge. We also plan to host an eclipse viewing party on Aug. 21.  Details about that event will be available soon.

Film Festival

Our “August Is for Austen” Jane Austen Film Festival will present its first movie on Thursday, Aug. 3. Join us here at the library at 6 p.m. for a fine adaptation of—arguably–Jane’s most beloved novel. Other films inspired by Austen’s novels will be shown at the same time every Thursday evening during August. A list of dates and movies is posted here at the library. Please feel free to bring a bottle of water or your favorite soft drink to enjoy with popcorn, which we will provide. Please call the library at 743-6533 with any questions.

Teen Advisory Board

We are currently accepting applications for our Teen Advisory Board. If you are between the ages of 12 and 18 and you would like to have a voice concerning the library materials we acquire and the programs we offer to young adults, then come to the library and fill out an application. An organizational meeting for the new school year will be held later this month. If you would like more information, please call the library on Wednesdays or Thursdays and ask for Katrina.

Spotlight Book

“House of Spies” is Daniel Silva’s latest pulse-pounding thriller. Art restorer cum spy Gabriel Allon is now the chief of Israel’s intelligence service and his first priority is to neutralize the ISIS mastermind who calls himself Saladin. The terrorist implemented a successful attack on Washington and then stepped up his game with a shrewdly coordinated assault on London’s West End that killed hundreds of residents and tourists. Teaming with Graham Seymour, his counterpart at MI6, Allon recruits former British fashion model Olivia Watson and drug kingpin Jean-Luc Martel in a desperate bid to bring down Saladin before he can claim more lives.