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Library Happenings – Some good books discovered through lure of dust jackets (March 9, 2016 issue)

By Angie Georgeff

I like pretty things.  Birds, blossoms, butterflies and rainbows have always appealed to me. When my new computer was installed last week, I heaved a sigh of relief and promptly changed the color scheme on my library software from the hideous brown default theme to one that is more harmonious and seasonable. I then changed the computer visuals to the nature theme. Once I was comfortable, I got to work.

I suppose it is no coincidence that I am susceptible to attractive dust jackets. I admit that I occasionally have been guilty of judging a book by its cover.  I try to be careful never to rule a book out because of its dust jacket, but I have been pleasantly surprised by ruling some in.

The example that first comes to mind is Farahad Zama’s “The Marriage Bureau for Rich People.” I initially was drawn to its exotic Persian-style cover printed in vivid hues of candy pink, orange and blue.  I picked it up, read the summary and was hooked.  It turned out to be a charming and funny romance, something that Jane Austen might have written if she had lived in modern India.

The most recent book to tempt me with its cover is Maeve Binchy’s “A Few of the Girls. “Binchy died in 2012, but this compilation of her best short stories has just been published.

On the cover, three women stroll through a park filled with bright pink flowering trees and red tulips.  The girls have their backs to the observer, but a cat prowling through the tulips gazes straight at potential readers. I just haven’t decided whether Kitty is inviting you in or resenting your intrusion. Perhaps she has been reading a story from the section headed “Friends and Enemies” and wonders which one you are.

Cats are cautious creatures!

Coloring Hours

Why should little kids have all the fun? Coloring “therapy” for adults will be offered at the library from 2 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 10.  We’ll supply the coloring sheets and colored pencils; you just need to show up and color your way from stress to nirvana.  Coloring sheets aimed at adults have complex designs that offer users ample scope for creative use of color and shading.  This program is for adults only.

Coloring fun for all ages will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 12, so plan to bring your entire family to this session.

Board Meeting

The board of trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m., on Thursday, March 17.  The public is welcome to attend.  If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533, for assistance.