By Angie Georgeff
“Arrrgh…you ready to read, Mateys?” If you stopped by the library during the Unicoi County Apple Festival, you may have noticed an adorable wooden box sitting in our lobby and posing this question. The top was painted with a quote from Walt Disney: “There’s more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.” A treasure map snaked around the front door of the box, and a pirate ship was painted on the back. Considering all these clues, it should come as no surprise that its final destination will be Unicoi Elementary School, the Home of the Pirates.
The purpose of the box is to be a Little Free Library for the Unicoi community. No fee or registration is required to use a Little Free Library, and there are no due dates or fines. To participate, you take a book you want to read from the library box and leave a book you have already enjoyed. It’s just that simple.
This will be the second Little Free Library erected in Unicoi County by Mountain Empire Literacy Outreach (MELO). They are the people behind the Story*Book Fair and their mission is to foster multi-generational literacy through storytelling and reading. They dedicated their first Little Free Library five months ago. That location serves the Rock Creek area at the Erwin Church of God pavilion on Rock Creek Road. We want to congratulate MELO and Unicoi Elementary School on this literacy outreach to our community!
Children have learned from building with blocks at least since the days when blocks were small wooden cubes imprinted with the alphabet. I imagine it started much earlier with ancient Egyptian and Babylonian kids building pyramids and ziggurats of miniature mud bricks. I have wondered whether any of my precocious young medieval ancestors might have built flying buttresses to stabilize their Gothic cathedrals, but I do feel fairly certain about one thing. No matter what they were building, their younger siblings knocked it down and scattered the blocks!
If your budding builders would like to participate in our Lego Club, make plans now to bring them to the library on the fourth Tuesday of each month. This month’s meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Since both our space and our supply of bricks are limited, reservations are required. Please call the library at 743-6533 Monday through Wednesday to get your child’s name on the list.
We will be showing a classic Halloween flick at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. Join us for apple cider and doughnuts and, of course, popcorn and Halloween candy.