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Library Happenings – Thanksgiving serves up side of reading (Nov. 19, 2014 issue)

Poor Thanksgiving! Sandwiched between the showier celebrations of Halloween and Christmas, it has become the Lady Edith Crawley of holidays. For the uninitiated, Edith is the least glamorous of the three daughters of the Earl and Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.
Although her elder and younger sisters have always outshined her, Edith has her charms. And Thanksgiving does, too. Even when clouded by sibling rivalry, Edith’s heart is good, and when you dress her up in a beaded gown, she looks quite splendid.
For many of us, Thanksgiving means a four-day weekend. That gives us time to count our blessings, enjoy a turkey dinner with family and friends, watch parades and football, shop till we drop and still have time to read a book and watch a movie. The book I will be reading is “The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors” by historian Dan Jones.
Turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie are not the only cravings I get this time of year. Carefully-researched and thoughtfully-written narrative histories are also on my menu this Thanksgiving. They give me food for thought and make me ever more grateful for the time – and the place – in which I live.
When you have finished your grocery shopping for the holiday weekend, be sure to visit the library and borrow a book and a movie or two. We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 27 and 28, and open as usual on Saturday, Nov. 29. So come early and come often.
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The public is welcome to attend. Please call the library at 743-6533 if you need special accommodations.
Spotlight Book
Given the title of Stephen King’s new thriller and the lightning bolt splitting its dust jacket, it is no surprise that “Revival” conjures images of Frankenstein. The Reverend Charles Jacobs has always been fascinated by electricity, but after his wife and child are killed in a horrific accident, his faith is shattered and his hobby becomes his obsession.
When heroin addict Jamie Morton, a former congregant, runs into the defrocked minister at his carnival sideshow, he discovers the healing power of electricity – and its side effects.
Another large order of books and DVDs has been received and is being cataloged and processed. Be on the lookout for more new titles on our shelves soon.