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Library Happenings – Villains take stage at library (July 8, 2015 issue)

Our Summer Reading Program for kids is now in its fourth week, so you might say we’ve rounded the corner and started for home. However, this doesn’t mean the best is past. This week we are considering sidekicks and villains. Kids may come to programs this week dressed as their favorite villain or sidekick, but that is not a requirement. Next week we will talk about animal heroes and we will wrap up SRP 2015 during the week of July 20 with “The Hero Inside Me.”
This week’s Friday Family Fun Day will feature Marty Silver, the Park Naturalist from Warriors’ Path State Park near Kingsport. He will bring along some of the fascinating creatures that are found within the bounds of the park. Join us at 3 p.m. at Erwin’s Town Hall for an hour of fun, fur and feathers!
My earliest Tennessee ancestors settled in the Warriors’ Path area during the Revolutionary War. They would have been much more familiar with the birds and animals Mr. Silver will be bringing than I am. I hate to think how many different kinds they might have eaten! Since I know from old deeds that my ancestors owned fish dams and traps, they also would have been well acquainted with the various fish species once found in the pristine, free-flowing waters of the early Holston.
With the river undammed, I’m sure they also experienced floods – and droughts and blizzards and epidemics. By enduring these hardships, our forebears made possible the easier lives we live today. That’s why I think of them as heroes. This fits perfectly with our Summer Reading theme, so we are offering a family history workshop for beginners on Thursday, July 23. Join us here at the library at 6 p.m. for a program exploring the resources that are available online, in our History Room, and beyond our walls for discovering the heroes on your family tree!
Board Meeting
The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 16. The public is welcome to attend. If you require special accommodations, please call the library at 743-6533.
New Books
Choose your vacation destination. If Mary Kay Andrews’s “Beach Town” doesn’t float your boat, then Nina George’s “The Little Paris Bookshop” will. The title establishment is located on a barge moored along the Seine. There Monsieur Perdu, a self-styled “literary apothecary,” dispenses the novels that he prescribes for all the ills of life.