Monday, February 5, 2018

The Good Neighbor Project

This year, Ashe County Public Library will be focusing its community programming around the theme of “maintaining and managing mental health” as part of Appalachian Regional Library System’s Good Neighbor Project.  This project features a regional read and discussion of Cracked Not Broken; Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, by Kevin Hines.  Multiple copies of the book are available for reading and sharing, to complement programming and discussions, during the months of February –April.  You can also drop by either Wilkes or Watauga County Public Library to participate in the read and pick up a copy of this extraordinary story.  

Kevin, suicide surviver, jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge in September of 2000.   This method of  suicide attempt that has resulted in death for most of the 2000 people who have made that jump since the bridge was erected in 1937.   He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall and he is  the only Golden Gate Bridge jump survivor who is  actively spreading the message of living mentally  healthy around the globe.  Kevin’s will to live and  stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide.  His compelling story has touched diverse, global  audiences within colleges and universities, high  schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians,  health and medical communities, law enforcement  organizations, and various industries. Thousands  have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives. He has reached millions with his story. 


Suicide is a topic rarely talked about, but truth is that “talk saves lives.”  Linda Rosenberg, MSW, president/CEO, National Council for Behavioral Health, Washington D.C. noted that Kevin’s story is “A gripping memoir that recounts the inspiring story of a suicide survivor and one of the leading mental health advocates of our time.  A must-read for anyone who’s ever wanted to know about living with mental illness.” 

Dates to remember in February: 
Children’s Programs
  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:30 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.
  • The Illustrator Book Club, grades 3-5, meets at 3:30 p.m. on February 11. Observe an artistic style and attempt to re-create it.  Our focus this month is the artistic style of Maurice Sendak.
  • Lego Block Party for grades 1 – 5 takes place at 1:00 p.m. on February 27.  Come out to build, create, and make new friends (Legos provided).
TWEENS & TEENS (ages 10 – 18)
  • Graphic Novel Book Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on February 15.  This month the theme will be Superheroes!
  • Are you a Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw?  Is your patronus a platypus?  Come find out these questions and more as we celebrate J.K. Rowling’s world of Harry Potter and his friends at 4:00 p.m. on February 22.
“Geeks and Gamers” (ages 13-18)
  • “T for Teen” meets at 4:00 p.m. on February 6.
  • Board Game Café/Teen Advisory Council begins at 4:00 p.m. on February 13.
  • Come out for STEAM at 4:00 p.m. on February 20.
  • Anime Club begins at 4:00 p.m. on February 26. 
Adult Programs
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians. Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Special Computer Classes will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays. Topics this month are: Office Hours (Ask us Anything!) on February 1 and February 15, Scanning and Printing on February 8, Facebook & Instagram on February 22.
  • Everyone has a couple of PhDs (projects half-done)!  Join us from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on February 3 to get inspired and be motivated.  Keep the momentum going for your New Year’s resolutions.
  • Scott Wohlfeld presents an Applied Ecology Workshop at 11:00 a.m. on February 3.  Experience guided indoor exhibits on natural resources and our own sufficient, least impact use of them.  Featuring the use of hand tools in edible landscaping, garden cultivation, and small log home construction.
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • The Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on February 26 in Boondocks.  There is no assigned reading for this club.  Come as you are, read what you want, and join our lively discussion of recent reads.
  • The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be in the library between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays.  Make an appointment to have your taxes prepared by IRS-certified volunteers This service is available for free to any household making $54,000 or less.  Call 336.977.5829 to make a reservation.                                                                                                            
All Ages
  • Read & Craft “travels” to Scotland in February from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on February 17 to learn plaid crocheting and knit highland accessories.  Choose a book or movie set in Scotland to discuss at this “book and hook” get together. All ages and skill levels and invited to join the group!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on February 3 and 17 in the downstairs meeting room.  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.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on February 13 and 27.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
Special Events
  • Karen Gross, certified laugh yoga instructor will be leading a Laugher Yoga session at 11:00 a.m. on February 2.  All are welcome to come and participate in this fun activity and learn about the health benefits of hearty laughter.
  • Relieve stress with Classical Music and Coloring for Calmness at 11:00 a.m. on February 7 and 21.
  • Beat the “winter blues” with SAD Light Therapy between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on February 14 and 28.
  • The Friends of Ashe Library are hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:30 – 2:00 p.m. on February 17 in the community room.
  • Stop in for a Bright & Early District Day event between 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. on February 24.  Meet our local elected officials and enjoy pastries & hot cocoa.
The library extends gratitude to Jeffery Alexander and Mary June Sheets for donations and to Kyle Hall for online newspaper subscriptions: The Washington Post and The Raleigh News & Observer.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Book Flood of Christmas



Jólabókaflóð – which translated means “The Book Flood of Christmas” – has been getting a lot of hype recently.  In Iceland, the winter months see a large influx of new books from publishers (hence the flood). Why is this? Because books are one of the most popular gifts to give.   Folks in Iceland celebrate Christmas Eve by exchanging books, then spending the evening reading in bed and eating chocolate.  Sounds like a Christmas tradition we should adopt!

Thanks to a generous gift Ms. Ida Marsh bequeathed Ashe Library a type of “book flood” has kept staff busy ordering, processing and adding new books for young and old to its collection.   
With rising costs of library materials and decline of state support, the acquisition budget is an expense area that is harder and harder to fund from year to year.  This year’s spending plan of the library’s Marsh donation included significant funding to collection development.
American Library Association reports that among patrons ages 16 years and older, 80% say borrowing books is a "very important" service libraries provide.  Over the last decade there have been strong increases in both visits to the library and the number of books borrowed. 
New book club programs are also being developed and added to the library’s calendar for the year 2018. 

  • For grades 3 – 5; The Illustrator Book Club explores the art of different children’s book illustrators. Each month a new artistic technique will be demonstrated and children can create their own masterpiece with materials supplied by the library. 
  • For tweens and teens; The Graphic Novel Book Club will feature selections of a similar theme.  Participants will meet at 4:00 p.m. every third Thursday of the month in the library’s community room for discussion. 
  • A regional read group has also been developed on Facebook for online discussion about books by North Carolina authors.  Books to read and comment on each month are those featured on D.G. Martin’s UNCTV Bookwatch Show, where he has lively conversations with different authors each week.
  • Read and Craft Around the World was developed around an existing program: Get Crafty.  The Get Crafty program is a knitting and crocheting group that meets every third Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  All ages and skill levels are invited to participate, and instruction is offered for beginners.  Each month new stitch patterns are highlighted from a different country, and books set in those countries are suggested as reading material.  The concept is that at these monthly “book and hook” get-togethers crafters will engage in conversation about a book (or movie) they read while working on projects together.
Other ongoing book club programs include: Vickie’s Book Club, which meets at 1:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss a common read, and New River Book Club (NWBC), meeting at 9:30 a.m.  every first Saturday of the month.  NWBC does not require a common read, but is a read-as-you-like type of gathering where readers meet-up in the library to talk about their latest book discoveries and have coffee.  Outside the library, Brouhaha meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Monday night of each month in Boon Docks to talk about whatever everyone has read lately. 
Last but not least, everyone is invited to participate in the library’s annual reading challenge.  Be sure to check out the new incentives for reading a variety of books this year and join us at 5:00 p.m. for the 2018 Reading Challenge Kick-off party on January 4.

Dates to remember in January: 
The library will be closed for New Year’s Day on January 1and Martin Luther King Day on January 15.
Children’s Programs

  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:30 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.
  • The Illustrator Book Club, grades 3-5, meets at 3:30 p.m. on January 4. Observe an artistic style and attempt to re-create it.  Our focus this month is the artistic style of Ezra Jack Keats.
  • Lego Block Party for grades 1 – 5 takes place at 1:00 p.m. on January 27.  Come out to build, create, and make new friends (Legos provided).

Tween Programs
·         TWEENS & TEENS (ages 10 – 18) Graphic Novel Book Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on January 18.  This month the theme will be Superheroes!
·         Tween Takeover! “Game On Minecraft” will meet at 4:00 p.m. on January 25.
“Geeks and Gamers” (ages 13-18)

  •  “T for Teen” meets at 4:00 p.m. on January 2.
  • Board Game Café/Teen Advisory Council begins at 4:00 p.m. on January 9.
  • Come out for STEAM at 4:00 p.m. on January 16.
  • Anime Club begins at 4:00 p.m. on January 23. 

Adult Programs

  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Special Computer Classes will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays. Topics this month are: Using the Internet on January 11, Office Hours (Ask us Anything!) on January 18, Email on January 25
  • The Reading Challenge Wrap-up/Kick-off Party will take place at 5:00 p.m. on January 4.  If you participated in our 2017 Reading Challenge, or if you want to learn about what we have planned for the 2018 challenge, please join us! Play games for the literary-minded, check out recommendations from this year’s challenge, and get a guided virtual tour of the new challenge. Participants in the 2017 Reading Challenge are eligible to win prizes. You do not have to be present to win, but your attendance is strongly encouraged!
  • A NEW group is forming for those working on PhDs (Projects half-Done).  Join us from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on January 6 to talk about New Year’s Resolutions and create a Vision Board.  Get inspired and be motivated!
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
All Ages

  • Read & Craft “travels” to France in January with Très Chic – Easy Knitting Projects for the European Fashionista from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on January 20.  Choose a book or movie set in France to discuss at this “book and hook” get together. All ages and skill levels are invited to join the group!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on January 6 and 20 in the downstairs meeting room.  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.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on January 9 and 23.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
The library extends gratitude for donations given by The New River Book Club and Pauline Hughes.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Trees at Ashe Library ~ by, Karen Moll



Farm Bureau has joined the Friends of the Library in providing Christmas trees for the Ashe County Public Library. Both trees have a theme and will enhance your visit to the library during the Christmas season.

Friends of the Library, Vice-President Kathy Chefas and her Grassy Creek tree farm, Hart-T-Trees have once again donated a Christmas tree for the library. Staff had fun decorating the first floor tree, using much-loved ornaments from Christmases past while adding a few new ones that help set this year’s tree apart from previous trees.

Farm themed tree upstairs at the library.
The Ashe County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee wanted to showcase Ashe County agriculture while celebrating the holiday season.  Don Tucker of Tucker Tree Farm in Laurel Springs provided a tree to the committee, who in turn dressed this beautiful tree with all sorts of farm/agriculture-related decorations and notes. This tree, located on the second floor in the reference area, and its ornaments share all the benefits of agriculture in Ashe County, the United States, and throughout the world. These ladies also created an easel with the well-loved recitation by Paul Harvey, So God Made a Farmer.
                   
County Librarian Suzanne Moore stated that the library staff and patrons were enjoying the trees while learning more about the library and farm facts. The Friends tree is literary surrounded by books and the location is near those really comfy chairs so patrons can pick up a nearby book, enjoy a cup of coffee, and read to their heart’s content! The Farm Bureau tree encourages young children and adults to be more aware of where their food originates, and the information provided on the tree and the easel creates a good learning tool for parents and grandparents.
Can you guess the number of books used to create this special tree?  


Moore shares her thanks with the Friends and the Farm Bureau in helping create a wonderful holiday setting to read and learn. These partnerships are helpful to patrons and vital to the library’s outreach. Moore invites residents and guests to take a break from the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping and drop by the library to re-energize.