By Angie Georgeff

October has arrived with the same flurry of fun and excitement it brings us each year. On Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, the Unicoi County Apple Festival will be held right on our doorstep.  The festival is expected to bring more than 100,000 visitors to Erwin, and a fair number will visit the library. A couple living in Hawkins County recently brought a houseguest visiting from Australia over here just to see our library. We were flattered to be one of the can’t-miss sights of Northeast Tennessee.

As usual, we will be open on Friday and Saturday. Although several streets will be blocked by vendors, your library will still be accessible. Just take Elm Avenue south past Love Street and Erwin Utilities to Iona Street. Turn right at Iona and cross over Main Avenue to Nolichucky Avenue. Turn right at Nolichucky. The Unicoi County Public Library will be on your left in our beautiful and historic old depot building. If you have friends or family visiting during the festival, be sure to put a stop at the library on your itinerary. Story the library cat loves visitors!

Park at the Library!

The parking spaces in front of our main door will be reserved for those patrons who are using the library. There is no charge for parking while you are using our facility or shopping at our book sale. For those who want to attend the festival, convenient parking will be available in the library parking lot on Friday or Saturday for a donation of $5. All funds raised will help support library programs. Our parking lot will open at 8 a.m. each day of Apple Festival. Business hours will be the same as usual. The library will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Book Sale!!

While you’re enjoying the Apple Festival, be sure to visit our book sale in the basement. The sale will be open during our regular business hours. Our shelves are filled to overflowing with a variety of books and DVDs that should appeal to virtually every age and taste, so come discover a hidden treasure at a price even Scrooge would think more than fair. No humbug!

Film Festival

Our annual Halloween Film Festival will begin here at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Join us for popcorn, candy and a movie that may elicit a pleasant thrill of horror, but which shouldn’t give you nightmares. The terms of our site license prohibit us from disclosing the titles in this column, but this year all of the movies we have chosen have been adapted from novels. Call us at 743-6533 for more information.