By Angie Georgeff
Our Summer Reading Programs have concluded, but their focus on fitness, wellness and sports continues on to the Summer Olympics. If you would like to get in the proper mood with a film that celebrates the pageantry, athleticism and drama of the Olympic Games, come to the library on Thursday, July 28. The movie will begin after the library closes at 6 p.m. and last for about two hours. For a festive touch, sparkling grape juice and light snacks will be served at the movie’s “champagne” moment.
If our Summer Reading Programs have motivated you to pay a bit more attention to your own health and the health of your family, we will be happy. A website that may be able to help you achieve your goals is healthierTN.com/families. Its Small Starts tools provide strategies for developing healthy habits one small step at a time. One suggestion is to keep your dressing portions reasonable by keeping salad dressings on the side. You can still enjoy the flavor without drenching your greens with calories. Another trick is to replace high-calorie snacks with popcorn.
Some ideas to get you moving include walking or pacing while you talk on the phone and taking the stairs instead of the elevator whenever you have the opportunity to do so. The website also includes tips to help you quit smoking and get the sleep you need. All told, there are 57 of these small steps that you can adopt one-at-a-time to ease yourself into a healthier lifestyle. Each one tells you what to do and why you ought to do it. You just commit to one healthy change and make a list of others you would like to try. Since this is 2016, of course there is an app for that!
The board of trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6:00 PM on Thursday, July 21. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.
Sharyn McCrumb’s “Prayers the Devil Answers” is now available in large print, and we have it! Since the novel is set in Unicoi County during the Great Depression, and it mentions the railyard, Elm Street and Blue Ridge pottery, we want to make sure everyone can read it. Please call the library if you would like a place on the reserve list.
A new novel by local favorite author Ron Rash is scheduled to be released Sept. 6. “The Risen” tells the story of two young brothers and the free-spirited red-haired girl who comes between them. Her name is Ligeia. ºIt may be relevant, so I think I’ll reread Edgar Allen Poe’s short story of that name before Rash’s book comes out!