By Angie Georgeff

Our Summer Reading Programs for all ages are in full swing and our first Friday Family Fun Day is two days away. Please join us at Erwin’s Town Hall at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, to hear Dr. Lori Meier tell us the latest news from NASA. Dr. Meier is an Associate Professor at ETSU in Johnson City and a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador. She also is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker. When I heard her present a similar program last year, she managed to captivate an audience of children and adults. Not only will you learn a lot, you’ll enjoy it!

Spotlight Book

Early June: Time for beach reads! With her new release “Queen Bee,” Dorothea Benton Frank is doing her part to make sure beachgoers and beach dreamers alike have a good book with which to while away the sultry hours. Despite the chilling presence of her overbearing and hypochondriac mother, beekeeper Holly McNee Jensen clings to the place she loves, tending her hives and working at the small library on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. Her sister Leslie had married to escape the island and her mother, but after the collapse of her marriage, she returns home to lick her wounds.

The sisters have little in common except their outrageous mother and a mutual interest in the family living next door, a widower with two adorable little boys who appears poised to marry a woman who makes them shudder.  A hint of mystery, a dollop of humor, a spoonful of honey and a spray of salt make this beach read the perfect ending for a summer’s day.

Christmas in June?

Also arriving right on schedule is Janet Dailey’s Memorial Day Christmas novel “It’s a Christmas Thing.” No kidding! Dailey’s Christmas novels have been released at the end of May for at least the last three years. When J. T. Rushford’s wife divorced him for another man, she revealed that their daughter Claire had been fathered by her lover. The child Rush had adored for four years was no longer considered to be his offspring, and Christmas would not be Christmas without her.

After terminating Rush’s parental rights, Claire’s father and mother decide to take an extended European vacation. They offer to let Rush babysit Claire during the holidays, while they are away. Grieving for his lost child, Rush agrees to take her.

They will spend Christmas in Branding Iron, Texas, where Rush’s mobile veterinary practice is currently located. For Rush, the holiday will be bittersweet, because it could be the last time he is able to spend time with Claire. Will Christmas be a time of heartbreak for Rush, or can a lady judge with a penchant for animals save the day?