By Angie Georgeff

Two words: pool party! Join us at Fishery Pool on Friday, June 28, for the coolest party of the season. The pool will open for us at 6 p.m, with the swimming and splashing lasting until 8:30 p.m. Come whenever it is convenient for you during those hours. Parents must remain with their children the entire time they are there. In addition, kids under the age of 5 must have an adult in the water with them and within arm’s reach at all times.

The library will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We then will celebrate the conclusion of the first phase of Summer Reading 2019 with our End of Summer Reading Space Jam on Friday, July 5. Join us from 11 a.m. until noon at Erwin’s Town Hall for games, crafts, refreshments and fun.

But wait, there’s more! While our Summer Reading Programs for children and teens take a brief hiatus to reset for the Harry Potter phase of Summer Reading 2019, the adult program will continue uninterrupted through Saturday, July 27. Please continue filling out an entry form for each book you read, DVD you watch, audiobook you listen to or activity sheet you complete. A series of programs inspired by the Harry Potter books will begin with Harry’s birthday party on Wednesday, July 31. Summer fun is far from over!

Spotlight Book

We’ve come to count on a beach read from Mary Alice Monroe every summer. Her 2019 offering is “Summer Guests,” but this year the destination will be reversed. Instead of mountain residents going to the beach for a summer vacation, beach residents will go to the mountains to escape an oncoming hurricane. Early in our marriage, my husband and I learned not to go to the beach during the month of August. There is little chance of hurricanes during May, June or July, but a reservation for August or September should only be made at the last minute after checking the forecast.

Grace and Charles Phillips live in the North Carolina mountains, while their daughter Moira lives on the coast with her rescue dogs. When a massive hurricane threatens, they naturally offer to shelter Moira and her dogs.

Soon, however, they are playing host to another island resident, an equestrian, a horse breeder and her daughter and a makeup artist. Each of the six visitors has escaped the storm with only the possessions that can be carried in their vehicles.

There were, however, no such limits on their emotional baggage and the conditions they are forced to endure challenge each of them. The Phillips’s guests escaped with little and all they left behind is at risk. When they finally go home, will they find themselves richer or poorer?