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Library Happenings – Story’s third anniversary celebration planned

By Angie Georgeff

I recently took Story, our beloved library cat, for her annual checkup and vaccinations. She has been greeting visitors to the library for three years now, and is arguably the most popular member of our staff. She also is an excellent “ambassador” for the Unicoi County Animal Shelter, since that is where she lived before she came here. I feel sure that Story would want me to share this information with you, since she is one of the cats who has benefitted from their compassionate care.

In partnership with the Unicoi County Humane Society and the Margaret Mitchell Low Cost Spay Neuter Clinic, the shelter is offering special prices on feline spay/neuters during the month of March. The first 25 cats registered for the clinic on March 30 will receive a special price of $25, which includes the surgery and rabies vaccinations.

This program is only available to Unicoi County residents, and cats must be registered by Monday, March 27 in order to take advantage of the special low price. The shelter advises registration at your earliest convenience. It is located at 185 North Industrial Drive in Erwin, and is open Monday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m.  You may contact the shelter at 743-3071 with any questions you have.

We will be marking the third anniversary of Story’s adoption with a special Gotcha Day celebration which will be held at the library on March 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. Please join us for a sweet treat in honor of a very sweet kitty. Story is always happy to see her friends, and so are we.

Spotlight Book

I don’t know how many of you have heard of Fredrik Backman, but if you haven’t yet, you soon will. He is the Swedish author of “A Man Called Ove” and several other books. And Ove is the name that launched a thousand pronunciations. It seems that if you say “oova” and put the emphasis on the first syllable, then you won’t be far wrong, but probably not quite right. Since I have never studied Swedish, I tried a German pronunciation the first time I saw it, and I was completely wrong.

However you may pronounce his name, Ove is a curmudgeon who plagues his neighbors with his set ways and his quick temper. His routine is radically upset when a young couple with two daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten his mailbox with their U-Haul. Our staff and patrons who have read “A Man Called Ove” have adored it, so we recently ordered more books by Fredrik Backman, including his latest “Britt-Marie Was Here.” Look for them soon or call the library at 743-6533 to be put on the hold list.