By Angie Georgeff

The countdown to Summer Reading 2019 has begun. We currently stand at t-minus three weeks and counting. Why am I using NASA terminology? Because this year’s theme is space and the slogan is “A Universe of Stories.” T-minus zero will arrive at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 5, when children who will be entering Kindergarten and younger are invited to spend an hour at the library learning about the planets in our solar system. And yes, Pluto, even though you were demoted to dwarf planet status in 2006, kids will still learn about you! Our staff still holds you in high regard despite your lower profile.

Children in Grades 1 through 3 will meet on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. Grades 4 through 6 will lift off Thursdays at 11 a.m., and teens in Grades 7 through 12 will splash down each Thursday at 2 p.m. Our Friday Family Fun Day events will bring the whole family together each Friday from June 7 through July 5. The first is scheduled for Erwin’s Town Hall at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7.  Although times and venues may vary, each of these programs will be held on a Friday.

Our inaugural program will be presented by Dr. Lori Meier, who is an Associate Professor at ETSU and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She will share with us a brief overview of what is currently going on at NASA. This will include information about the SLS (Space Launch System) rocket that is scheduled to debut next year, the Orion crew capsule that will aid our quest to return to the Moon, the Curiosity rover and the InSight Mars lander. I was fortunate enough to see Dr. Meier present a similar program to an audience of children and adults late last year. She captivated everyone in the room, even the young kids!

Convenient schedules for all of our Summer Reading Programs for youth are available now at the circulation desk. Be sure to pick one up the next time you come in the library and keep it handy. Up-to-date information about all of our youth programs is also posted on our Unicoi County Kids and Teens Facebook page.

In addition, we have ordered a number of new children’s books about space that should be hitting the shelves any day now. The title that piqued my curiosity is Claire Freedman’s Aliens Love Underpants. I imagine a child you love would giggle to know, in rhyme and pictures, why she says that is so.

Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees of the Unicoi County Public Library will meet in the library lobby at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.

The public is welcome to attend. If you should require any special accommodations in order to attend the meeting, please call the library at 743-6533 for assistance.