Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Body Behind the Bar!

Ashe County Public Library will be launching the Fall Series of Involving Books programming at Boon Docks Restaurant, West Jefferson on September 25 with a crime scene investigation!  Stop by Boon Docks at 5:30 p.m. for a Brouhaha book talk and pick up a copy of Louise’s Lies, featured read and discussion book, by, well-loved author Sarah Shaber.  As the story begins: “On a bitterly cold night in December 1943, Government girl Louise Pearlie and her friend Joe Prager are enjoying a quiet drink in the Baron Steuben Inn when a bloodstained body is discovered behind the bar.  Visit the “crime scene” and take note of clues to help you discover who did it?



Sarah Shaber’s novels feature young widow Louise Pearlie, a government girl who works for the Office of Strategic Services, the United States’ first spy agency.  This character has been described as “a grown-up Nancy Drew.”    Last year Sarah Shaber visited the county as an On-the-Same-Page Literary Festival guest and introduced us to her heroine with Louise’s War.  Louise’s Lies, is the latest in Shaber’s “Louise Pearlie Series” and all the mysteries are available for check-out at the library.  That said, these adventures don’t have to be read in any particular order and they all will keep readers fully engaged. Sarah Shaber returns to the county during the last weekend of October to share her research on WWII events and talk about her books.  Her talks come with “show-and-tell” as she brings war-era memorabilia used to research the time period of her stories. 

This fall the focus on Involving Books Programs will highlight the heroic careers of our local servicemen and service women.  There will be more special events, following the read/discussion of Louise’s Lies to take place in the month of November.  The library will be working with Ashe County Veterans Association, Museum of Ashe County History, and Ashe County JROTC students to preserve the stories of our local veterans for future generations!    Every day, memories of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappear. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016.  It is crucial to gather and preserve the stories of our county veterans before it is too late. Everyone is invited to participate in the effort to interview Ashe County's WWII veterans and bring awareness to their sacrifices.  We must pass on an understanding for the price of freedom to future generations.


Check for full schedule of events on the library’s website: ashelibrary.org or call 336.846.2041 for more information.

Knitted Knocker Knit-a-thon!

With Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Ashe County Public Library is organizing a Knitted Knockers Knit-a-thon to benefit survivors of breast cancer.  1 out of 8 women will experience breast cancer sometime in their lifetime. There are 50,000 mastectomies done a year in the US alone and 90% will wear a breast prosthesis at least for awhile

Knitted Knockers are special soft, comfortable, handmade breast prosthesis for women who have undergone mastectomies or other procedures to the breast.  Many women find the traditional breast prosthesis hot, heavy, and expensive. 

 L to R: Gillian Winterton, Suzanne Moore, Glenda Luther


The Knit-a-thon will take place at the Library from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on October 14, 2017.  All skill levels are invited to participate (there will be instruction for beginner knitters or crocheters).  We plan to provide materials and serve lunch for our volunteer knitters at the knit-a-thon.  Help us brighten and improve the lives of breast cancer survivors.  Pick-up copies of patterns and a list of approved yarns for this project at the library or, visit the library’s website.  Join us for an educational lunch-and-learn to find out more about Knitted Knockers and breast health information.  Feel free to come and go as needed or, spend the day in fellowship with other knitters.  If you are not the crafty type and are interested in supporting this project, you can still support the cause by making a donation to help defray the cost of supplies and materials. 


Ashe Servicer for Aging is a co-partner in this charity event with another knitting group, The Critter Knitters.  The Critter Knitters meet every second Monday from 10:00 a.m.  through 12:00 p.m. at the Senior Center and welcome all to join them.  Breast Cancer patients who would like to receive this FREE service can call Glenda Luther at Ashe Services for Aging to make an appointment to be fitted for a pair of "knockers."   (336) 246-4347.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September Student Gallery Exhibit



Lee Payne, Ashe Reference Librarian reports: 

On Friday evening, Sept. 8, just before closing, about 35 people gathered upstairs in the Ashe County Public Library to admire the paintings done over the summer by students of the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, N.C.

Fourteen paintings by young artists who participated in the summer class will be on display in the library until the end of September.

Seven students from the class attended the reception, as did many parents, grandparents and siblings. Kathleen Janowiak, the executive director of the art school, and Susan Payne, the instructor for the summer course, were also in attendance.

Paige Roten, age 10, said her painting was of Lucy, the family’s Boston terrier / beagle mix. She said she enjoys painting and likes to draw people and animals. She also loves to read and especially likes mysteries. Andrew Clements is her favorite author.

Grace Zelesky, age 11, painted Dutch, a cockapoo, from memory, as he has passed away. Grace said she has been taking art classes for a couple years. She enjoys hanging out with her family and going to the library. She likes scary books and mysteries and is reading the Series of Unfortunate Event books, by Lemony Snicket.

Maggie Holmes, age 8, (whose grandmother is also an artist) has been making art since she could hold a crayon. Her painting is of Glory, a 13-year-old Australian shepherd, on the day they had to put the dog down. Maggie especially enjoys drawing horses.

Annalise Parsons, age 7, painted Jeff, the family’s beagle. She said she has been making art since she was about four. She says she likes making Christmas and Halloween themed art, and she also likes painting in the style of Picasso. She enjoys playing outside, swimming and going to school.

Claire Houck, age 9, painted their cat, Kiwi. She said he was a good sport about wearing the pink bow. She said she began painting with finger paints when she was two. She said her favorite painting she’s done is a water color of a monarch butterfly. She likes to paint nature and animals, and she enjoys sports – especially basketball – and playing with her grandmother’s kittens and puppy.

Autumn Barker, age 8, used stencils to guide her painting of flowers. She went to the art school last year, too. She enjoys painting and especially likes to paint dogs, cats and flowers. She also likes gymnastics, basketball, swimming and biking.


Airis Lewis, age 7, painted Belle, a 16-year-old Gordon setter, from a picture taken of her on a boat off the coast of South Carolina. This is why, in the painting, the dog’s hair is blowing in the wind.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Positive Parenting Programs at the Library



Ashe Library is an enjoyable recreational and academic addition to the community, and offers a wealth of resources, space to study or hold events, and a world of books to discover and borrow.  There also many special activities where folks can come to learn about all sorts of things and meet others with similar interests.  


In September, parents and grandparents are invited to attend Triple P’s Positive Parenting Programs, led by Julie Smith, to find out about strategies for raising happy and confident kids. Julie is an accredited Triple P practitioner working with App Health and Ashe County Partnership for Children.

Positive parenting is simply an approach to parenting that gives parents tools and strategies to raise their child in an environment that is safe, loving and predictable. Triple P’s positive parenting allows parents to decide what is important to them. It doesn’t tell parents how to raise their children, but gives them the confidence and skills to build good relationships with their child, set boundaries and rules, and follow up with consequences that aren’t harmful.

You’d never think of getting behind the wheel of a car without a few lessons, yet most of us raise our kids without knowing what works best, choosing bits and pieces we’ve learned from our parents and friends, or picked up on Google. But Dr Matt Sanders, the clinical psychologist whose research forms the basis of Triple P, believes parenting is the most important job in the world. After decades working with families around the world, he says parentseverywhere have similar goals – they want healthy, happy children, they want a little less stress, and they’re relieved when they are given a few tips to make those goals happen more quickly and easily.

Triple P helps parents feel more confident, less stressed, less angry and less depressed. And that’s positive!  To find out more about Triple P, visit their website at www.triplep-parenting.net.

Dates to remember in September:  The library will be closed for Labor Day on September 4, 2017.
 Children’s Programs

  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for ages birth to 2 years.  Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with a stay-and-play social time afterwards. 
  • Tot Time takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for ages 2 and 3.  Wiggle, giggle, laugh, sing, and create.  A fun-filled time featuring stories, music, and a craft.
  • Storytime for ages 4 and 5 is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.  Join us for ABC adventures with stories, art, and music.
  •  Lego Block Party, for grades 1 – 5, will be at 2:00 p.m. on September 23

Tween Programs

  • Meet Molly Dawes, NEW Tween Librarian, and join us for a fun, exciting, surprise program at 4:00 p.m. on September 21 (ages 10 – 12).

Teen Programs

  •  Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on September 5 for video gaming fun.
  • Teen Art Studio takes place at 4:00 p.m. on September 12.
  •  Board Game CafĂ© / Teen Advisory Council will meet at 4:00 p.m. on September 19.
  • Teen Craft Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on September 26.

Adult Programs

  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  •  Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 25 in Boondocks. There is no assigned reading for this book club. Come as you are, read what you want, and join the lively conversation!
  • The On the Same Page Literary Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary from September 12 – 16.  This year’s featured authors include: Joseph Bathanti, Mark de Castrique, Georgann Eubanks, Tim Gautreaux, Philip Gerard, John Hart, Bob Inman, DG Martin, Jill McCorkle, and Edward Kelsey Moore.  Check the library’s website for specific information on times and author events.
  • Audiobook & Coloring Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 26.  This book club celebrates reading as a group experience.  Join us monthly to listen to short stories and relax with adult coloring sheets.

All Ages

  • Get Crafty and make Quick Knit & Crochet Gifts at 10:00 a.m. on September 9.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 5 and 19.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!.
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on September 1 and 15 in the downstairs meeting room (after-hours access through side door on lower parking lot).  Get together with other musicians and jam.  Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time.  Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.

Special Events:

  •  Positive Parenting Group meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 19 and 26.  All parents and grandparents are invited to attend.
  • Local author, Claudia Mason, will introduce her new picture book, Moses, My Cat-faced Dog, in a special storytime event at 1:00 p.m. on September 16.
A donation was given in memory of Gertrude W. Francis by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Stevan Sayre. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Ashe County Library Celebrates 2nd Annual Twig Fest!

As you travel throughout the county you may discover a Little Free Library (aka a Twig Library) … or maybe you already frequent a Twig location nearby.  Since the county library doesn’t have any branch locations, there are seven “Twigs,” or places to find a good book and pick up monthly calendars to keep you informed about library happenings.  Twig locations include: State Line Grocery, Phipps Store, Sheets Store, Todd Mercantile, Fleetwood Post Office, Mabe’s Grocery, Family Central, Riverview Community Center, and New River State Park’s visitor center.  
 
These little libraries function as basically a neighborhood book exchange. The idea is that someone will take a book that piques their interest, and sometime in the future return either that book, or a totally different one.  Library volunteers help to keep Twig inventory fresh by stocking each location monthly. 

This year’s celebration will take place at the Family Central Twig between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  on August 5.  We’d love to have everyone stop by and help us celebrate! There will be crafts, face painting, snacks, games, FREE books, and more.  Ashe Cosmetology School has provided free haircut vouchers for children who come out and pick a story to read aloud (limited supply).    


In recent months, a variety of gardening books, that focus on supporting local farmers and eating healthy have been distributed in Ashe Twigs to complement the library’s signature programming, Involving Books.  This programming strives to encourage involvement in reading books on timely topics that will engage participants in lively discussions, as well as in meaningful, and fun, service projects that benefit the community. Future programs will honor and recognize our local military heroes, so when visiting Twigs look for all sorts of stories, fiction and non-fiction from wartime eras. We believe that books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood!

Dates to remember in August: 
 Children’s Programs
  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for ages birth to 2 years.  Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with a stay-and-play social time afterwards. 
  • A special baby bounce takes place at 10:00 a.m. on August 11.  Julie Alexander, of River Mystic Massage Therapy, will lead a program on the many benefits of infant massage.
Tween Programs
  • Digital Art/Animation Class is planned for 3:30 p.m. on August 10 (limited space, call to register)
  • A stage make-up instruction class will be at 3:30 p.m. on August 17
Teen Programs
  • Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday for games and art activities.
Adult Programs
  •   For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays. 
  •  Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on August 28 in Boondocks. There is no assigned reading for this book club. Come as you are, read what you want, and join the lively conversation! 
  • The On the Same Page Festival Read Kickoff Event introduces The Underground Railroad by, Colson Whitehead with a discussion led by Dr. Pat Beaver on the role the North Carolina mountains may have played in the underground railroad.  Join us at 2:00 p.m. on August 8.  
All Ages
  • Get Crafty and make Quick Knit & Crochet Gifts at 10:00 a.m. on August 12.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on August 8 and 22.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on August 4 and 18 in the downstairs meeting room (after-hours access through side door on lower parking lot).  Get together with other musicians and jam.  Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time.  Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.
Special Events:
  • Join us for our 2nd Annual Twig Festival from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Family Central to celebrate Little Free Libraries                                     
  • Explore the Literacy Express at Mt. Jefferson Baptist Church between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on August 9.  Discover digital tools and 3D printing with a hands-on solar art craft.
  • Join Sheriff Terry Buchanan, along with his specifically trained K9, as he shares some fun tales, beginning at 10:30 a.m. on August 16.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Gardens, Seeds, and Cows!



This summer Ashe County Public Library’ signature program, Involving Books, has been placing an emphasis on supporting local economy, by raising awareness about healthy food and the farmers who produce it.  Family farmers need your support, and buying directly from them gives them a fighting chance in today’s globalized economy.  Farmer’s market produce is grown within the county, which means our farmers are likely to spend money they make on their produce in the local economy. 

Ashe Library is offering two upcoming educational and cultural activities that will make connections between agriculture and community.   Stop by Ashe County History Museum at 2:00 p.m. on July 8 and discover a unique Victory Garden.  Victory Gardens are the most successful local foods project in the United States.   Museum director, Ramona Renfroe, will share details about this “living exhibit,” made possible by Ashe County’s Master Gardeners.  Following Ramona’s talk, Dr. Jim Veteto, a recognized world expert on agricultural biodiversity and seedsaving and a foremost expert on Appalachian heirloom vegetables and fruits will review the history of gardening in southern Appalachia from the Woodland Indian period to the present.  Particular focus will be given to Cherokee heirloom gardening and seeds and stories from old-time farmers and gardeners in Ashe and Watauga counties.  Dr. Jim Veteto directs both the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies and Southern Seed Legacy and is associate professor of cultural and environmental anthropology and Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University.


As for cows, be sure to save-the-date for Cow Appreciation Day!  At 2:00 p.m. on July 11 (CAD), Tim and Carolyn Miller of Highland Meadow Cattle Company will bring Romeo, a young bull, from their farm to visit the library.  Scottish Highland cattle are instantly recognized by their sweeping horns and flowing hair.  Romeo is very handsome and loves to have his hair combed.  All are invited to the shade tree behind West Jefferson’s park playground to hear about this breed of cattle and meet Romeo.   At 2:30 p.m. Rebecca Petruck, author, will be collecting cow-themed words to create a silly Mad Lib “Cow Tale,” or two.  Rebecca wrote Steering Towards Normal, a middle-grade novel, that takes readers into the lives of half-brothers Diggy and Wayne.   Each day is an adventure as the two boys raise their calf for the Minnesota State Fair.  Rebecca herself grew up in Minnesota and as a farm girl raised calves for 4-H state competition.  She has also planned a special activity in judging cow-themed candy, to illustrate criteria for judging cattle.   Don’t miss the fun and help us celebrate our appreciation for cows!

Dates to remember in July:  The library will be closed on July 2 for Christmas in July and July 4 for Independence Day.
 Children’s Programs
  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for ages birth to 2 years.  Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with a stay-and-play social time afterwards.  There will be no Baby Bounce on July 28.
  • The Lego Club meets on July 20 at 4:00 p.m. for grades 1-5. Build, create, and make new friends.
  •  Move to the Music for ages birth – third grade takes place at 11:00 a.m. on July 7 with Kid’s Yoga and July 14 with a Space Party
Tween Programs
  • Tween Takeover meets at 3:30 pm on Thursdays.  On July 20, a summer reading wrap-up party is planned. Read to earn tickets for cool prizes, join in some fun Minute to Win It Games, and eat then vote for the best Ashe County pizza!
Teen Programs
  • Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday for games and art activities.
  • Teen Summer Book Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on July 6, to discuss The Infinity of You and Me and prepare to meet the book’s author on July 15.
  • Save the Date for author visit with Quinn Dalton, the co-author of The Infinity of You and Me, and participate in a free writing workshop hosted by Quinn from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on July 15.
  • Play a life-size version of the popular board game, Clue, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on July 22.
  • STEAM Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on July 13 to make Battle Brush Bots and at 4:00 p.m. on July 27 to make geometric bubbles that mimic tensile structures.
Adult Programs
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Let’s Talk About It: Journeys Across Time & Place, will meet at 5:30 on July 6 and July 20.  Stop in the library and pick up selected reads and save the date for discussions.  Join scholar Leon Lewis for a presentation and book discussion of Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison on July 6.  Join scholar Bruce Dick for a presentation and book discussion of The Known World by Edward P. Jones on July 20.
  • Ashe County Cooperative Extension agent Travis Birdsell, will host a seed saving workshop at 6:00 p.m. on July 20, focusing crops from which it is fairly difficult to save seeds.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on July 31 in Boondocks. There is no assigned reading for this book club. Come as you are, read what you want, and join the lively conversation!
 All Ages
  • Kids Can Concert & Story Time takes place at 11:00 a.m. on July 12.   Hear a story about music’s impact on the world, read by our Circulation Manager, Charlie. Afterward, enjoy performances by local children who want to share their musical passion with the world. Feel free to donate any non-perishable food items.
  • Get Crafty and make Quick Knit & Crochet Gifts at 10:00 a.m. on July 8.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on July 11 and 25.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will be performing on the Community Stage at 6:00 p.m. during the Christmas in July Festival.  Come out and join the jam!   Also, bring your instrument and join Slow Jammers in the practice tent at Ashe County’s Fiddlers Convention on July 29!

Special Events:
  • Cow Appreciation Day takes place at 2:00 p.m. on July 11.  Visit with Tim and Carolyn Miller who will bring a Highland Cow to the library!  Rebecca Petruck will lead a fun program on judging cattle for state fair competition with a game of Mad Cow Libs!                                      
  •  Going Local Workshop and Cooking Demonstration takes place in the library’s meeting room at 3:00 p.m. on July 21.  Author Julia Shanks presents a “Going Local” workshop titled “Going Local without Going Crazy: 25 Tips to Increase Your Local Footprint”.
  • Visit Ashe Farmers Market on July 22 for an Involving Books Celebration!  Enjoy cooking demos by author Julia Shanks, hear a presentation by author Forrest Pritchard (at noon), listen to a set by the Crooked Road Ramblers, and more!
  • A How-to-Festival takes place in the park beside the library on July 29, featuring race cars, bees, music, and so much more.  Learn how to do something new.  A day of sun and fun for the whole family!