Its hard to believe it is already December. Since Christmas is just three weeks from today, it is high time for my annual note about winter weather closings. In case of snow or ice, we may open late, close early, or even be closed all day. We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes our patrons, so please call the library at 743-6533 if you are unsure whether we are open.
Remember that even when Unicoi County schools are closed because of weather, the library may still be open. If streets in Erwin and vicinity are clear, and our staff can safely drive to work, we will be open. In fact, we often are open when larger libraries in the region are closed. If our scheduled staff is unable to get to work, we may be closed.
If we are open, but you are snowed in where you live, give us a call, and we will try to renew your books and videos. Since we cant always renew books borrowed from another library or materials on hold for another patron, please try, whenever possible, to renew them or return them before a predicted snowstorm hits.
Drop boxes are conveniently located at the northeast corner of the library in Erwin and at Town Hall in Unicoi. Thanks for your help!
We quickly are wrapping up the schedule of computer classes we are offering under the auspices of the Rural Libraries Computer Grant. The final six sessions are set and open for enrollment.
Our last computer lab, where you can get individualized help with computer questions, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. A session concerning online job search strategies will be offered from 4 to 6 that afternoon. Learn how to produce documents with Microsoft Word from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6.
A class developed especially for children and parents will highlight educational websites on Friday, Dec. 7. Join us from 4 to 6 to learn where you can turn for free online help with homework and other learning activities.
Another class that may appeal to young people, as well as adults, will explore computer animation. Create characters and make them move with our new software. This two hour class will begin at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10.
Our Introduction to Computers class will be offered from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13. Since class size is limited for each of these sessions, please call for reservations, or sign up at the circulation desk in the library. Take these opportunities to learn about the amazing things computers can do for you!
By Angie Georgeff