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Library Happenings – Spring brings many activities (March 23, 2016 issue)

By Angie Georgeff

Spring has finally arrived! During the 19th century, spring meant that you could eat fresh greens and wash your hair without fear of pneumonia.  Even now, when organic spring mix is available year round and most people wash their hair every morning regardless of the weather, we still appreciate the advent of warm temperatures. We don’t even mind when spring’s mood changes from sunshine to tears as suddenly as a six-month-old baby’s.

It’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the kiss of the sun on your face and the tickle of grass on your toes.  Here in Unicoi County and throughout Northeast Tennessee, we have a lot to look forward to. The new Erwin Outdoors Festival is scheduled for April 30, the Flag Pond Ramp Festival will be held on May 14 and the Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival is set for May 21. What’s more, the Story*Book Fair, which has been held in Elizabethton the past two years, will be coming to Erwin on May 7.  Yes, May certainly will be a busy month, but what is there to do until then?

Trees are budding, flowers are blooming and trails are beckoning.  And you can take a borrowed book, audiobook or magazine with you and not worry about losing it or even having to return it.  How is that possible?  The solution is Tennessee R.E.A.D.S, the Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System.  All you need is your library card, a compatible device and an Internet connection.

Click on the R.E.A.D.S. link on our website or go to to start.  Look for the question mark icon at the top of the page to get help, which includes how-to videos and instructions tailored to your device. These materials “return themselves” at the expiration of the loan term, so you’ll never owe a fine for an eBook. It is no wonder R.E.A.D.S is so popular!

Bee Is for Book

If you are curious about bees, beekeeping, harvesting and enjoying the bounty that bees provide us or protecting these remarkable little creatures, then check out “The Bee Book,” our new resource from Dorling Kindersley.  Let’s put those flowers to work!

Easter Schedule

The library will be closed on Good Friday, March 25.  We will be open as usual, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 26. No materials will be due Friday.  Of course, you may return books to our book drops at any time that is convenient to you. We have two and they are located at the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi.  Please do not deposit DVDs in the book returns since they may be damaged if heavy books fall on them. We wish you all a very Happy Easter!