By Angie Georgeff

The first half of our Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens has ended, but summer is far from over and so too are our programs. For the next three weeks, our staff will be recuperating from phase one and resetting for phase two.

Meanwhile, the adult program continues unabated.  Remember to fill out an entry form and deposit it in the tote near the front door for each book you read, audiobook you listen to, DVD you watch or activity sheet you complete. Entries will be accepted until close of business on Saturday, July 27. Winners will be notified beginning Monday, July 29. Good luck!

Author Emilie Buchwald said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” Reading is the foundation on which all education is built, and when parents and children share the love of books, wonderful things can happen.

The examples of grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins play a role, as well. So far this year, we have offered separate Summer Reading Programs for children, teens and adults. We hope that phase two will bring together the entire family for activities that everyone in the community will enjoy.

The back-to-school phase of our Summer Reading Programs will be inspired by the “Harry Potter” books of J. K. Rowling. Weekly programs will encourage families to read together, beginning with a celebration of Harry’s birthday on July 31. This year the month of August will be special for more than just new shoes and school supplies. Several libraries and library systems in the OWL consortium will be participating and the complete schedule of events will be announced later this month.

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 18.

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 and ask for Angie.

Spotlight Book

Danielle Steel’s “Lost and Found” begins with an accident and an argument. Hobbled by a broken ankle and self-doubt, photographer Madison Allen takes stock of her life and wonders what might have happened if she had put her own happiness before that of her children. 

Forced to put her work on hold while she recuperates, Maddie sets out on a cross-country road trip to reconnect with the three men with whom she contemplated marriage during her long widowhood. 

Was her painful decision to leave each relationship ever the wrong choice? She travels from New York to Boston to Chicago to Wyoming in search of the answers.