Friday, April 6, 2018

National Library Week 2018



Embrace leadership at your library: celebrate National Library Week April 8-14

This week, Ashe County Public Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through the transformative services, programs and expertise they offer.


April 8-14 is National Library Week, an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren’t just places to borrow books or study—they’re also creative and engaging community centers where people can collaborate using new technologies and develop their skills and passions.

Libraries of all types have long been evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Diverse groups including elected officials, small business owners and students depend upon libraries and the resources they offer. Resources like e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners and programs for job seekers are just a few ways libraries and librarians are transforming to lead their communities. Community members can also develop their own leadership skills at the library, with endless opportunity to build skills and confidence through resources and programming.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

This week a special promotion takes place to encourage patrons to share their stories of how the library has led to something of value in their lives.  One randomly selected winner will receive a $100 VISA gift card and a copy of “Firebird,” the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book by Misty Copeland, 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair.

Library lovers can post to Twitter, Instagram, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page during National Library Week for a chance to win. Entries can be a picture, video, or text.  Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure they include the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesLead on their social media post for a chance to win.

For more information, visit the Ashe County Public Library at 148 Library Dr. West Jefferson, North Carolina, call 336.846.2041 or see the library’s website at www.ashelibrary.org. Library hours are 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

What’s Your Story?


Last fall Ashe County Public Library began a local Veterans History Project, as part of its Involving Books Programming, to collect stories from veterans, soldiers, and their family members about the experience of serving our country during war times. These stories are an enormous benefit to future generations, connecting the past and present to the future. The work of collecting these stories is never-ending. There are so many experiences to share and numerous veterans have agreed to be a part of the project. Students at Ashe County High School have helped in documenting some of these stories, but there are many more stories that are in danger of being unheard. Plans are to compile the collected stories in a county war memory magazine and have them on file at the Museum of Ashe County History by Memorial Day. If you are a local veteran and wish to be included in this project, we will be visiting area service organizations during the month in efforts to collect final submissions for the project. The library is also recruiting community volunteers to help with transcribing oral histories and interviewing veterans. Volunteers will be accepted for as much or as little time as they can offer. Please call 336.846.2041 for details on how you can help. 

Currently Involving Books Programming is part of Appalachian Regional Library System’s Good Neighbor Project and has been highlighting the topic of Managing and Maintaining Mental Health. The featured book for this initiative is Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt by Kevin Hines. There are multiple Read-Share-Return copies of Kevin’s memoir circulating in the community and several available at the library as well. Pick up a copy to read and save the date to hear Kevin talk at Ashe County High School auditorium on April 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Ashe County Public Library will be closed on April 20 for Regional Training
Dates to remember in April: 
 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 meets at 3:30 p.m. on April 12 for grades 3-6.  Observe an artistic style and attempt to re-create it.
  • Hide & Seek Ecology takes place at 3:30 p.m. on April 17. Kevin Hining, environmental educator with NC Wildlife Resources Commission, teaches us how animals hide from predators, and then we will play a game of hide and seek. Discover the health benefits of playing outside!
  • The Lego Block Party meets at 4:00 p.m. on April 24 for grades 1-5. Come out to build, create, and make new friends.
Tween & Teen Programs
  • Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays for video gaming and board game fun.
  • Tweens (grades 4-6) are invited to a MARVELous Party at 3:30 p.m. on April 26. Come and celebrate awesome MARVEL heroes like Iron-Man, Captain America and Black Widow by making your own heroes and completing challenges!
Adult Programs
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227.  Group computer classes are offered at 10:00 a.m. on April 5 and 12.
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Drop in for support on your PhD (Projects half-Done) at 10:00 a.m. on April 7. Find new ways to stay motivated to achieve your goals throughout the year!
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on April 30 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
  • The Second Annual Literary Peeps Diorama Contest opens April 2 and last until April 16. What’s a frugal book-lover to do when Easter has passed and the pantry is still packed with sweet little Peeps? We suggest constructing a shoebox-sized diorama featuring your favorite literary scene! Visit the library to pick up an entry form.
  • During the month stop in and experience our “Flying Kites with Delia” exhibit, created by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Find out how the history of kites and their usage relates to northeastern North Carolina as told by the narrator, Delia, a delta kite.
  • Find out about “Windy Ways” from Ranger Tom Randolph at 4:00 p.m. on April 4. Ranger Tom will lead a special science demonstration about the wind. Make a craft too!
  • Read & Craft meets at 10 a.m.  on April 21. Travel the world with a hook in one hand and a ball of yarn in the other. This month, go to Korea.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 and 26.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on April 7 and 21 in the downstairs meeting room. Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time.  Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.

Good Neighbor Project: Special Events
  • Kevin Hines, author of Cracked Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt, will be speaking at 7:00 p.m. on April 18 at Ashe County High School Auditorium.
At 19 years old, Kevin attempted to take his own life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge - a distance which took four seconds to fall. Recently diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, Kevin had begun to hear voices telling him he had to die, and days before his attempt, he began to believe them. The fall would break his body, but not his spirit. His story chronicles the extraordinary will of the author to live mentally well in the face of his mental illness: bipolar disorder with psychotic features. With each mental breakdown, however, the author's desire to live mentally well-- and to be a mental health advocate-- pulls him from the depths of his condition. Kevin's story is a remarkable testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder to us to love the life we have. His story also reminds us that living mentally well takes time, endurance, hard work, and support. With these disciplines in place, those living with even very difficult diagnoses can achieve better lives for themselves and those who help to support and care for them.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Suicide In the Age of 13 Reasons Why

This month Ashe County Public Library continues the focus on maintaining and managing mental health with a series of programs to complement its current community read by author Kevin Hines; Cracked Not BrokenKevin was diagnosed at age 17 with Bipolar Disorder. In the year 2000 he attempted suicide by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge and survived.  Today he is actively spreading the message of living mentally healthy around the globe.   Though suicide is a complex health issue, it can be prevented.  Just as we learn the risk factors and warning signs for a heart attack, we should also know the risk factors and warning signs for a suicidal crisis.  Education is key to preventing suicide and the library encourages everyone to take advantage of opportunities for learning about mental health and wellness.  

 
In March of 2017, Netflix released the series 13 Reasons Why (13RW).  13RW is an adaptation of the novel 13 Reasons Why by, Jay Asher.  It tells the story of teenager Hannah Baker and her tragic spiral of despair, trauma, interpersonal isolation, and suicidal thinking that culminates in the graphic and extended visual depiction of her suicide.  Prior to Hannah's death by suicide, she composes and disseminates 13 cassette tapes documenting her mostly retaliatory “reasons why.” The tapes are incisive yet poetic diatribes directed at those she believed contributed to her demise.  The graphic suicide scene is equally sharp, which is bookended by disturbing sequences of sexual assault, substance abuse, and a steady stream of emotional cruelty and naïve neglect perpetrated by all.
It could be argued that 13RW is art imitating life and that there is much to like about the series, most notably that it has raised awareness about these important issues. Indeed, as the producers pointed out in an epilogue (13 Reasons Why: Beyond the Reasons), they not only intended to entertain the audience but they wanted to tell a story that “resonates with young people,” which they hoped would contribute to increased help-seeking behaviors such as contacting Crisis Text Line (Start 741-741) or calling the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255).
At the same time, there have been a number of serious criticisms of 13RW. Among the most commonly cited criticisms are that the displays of violence are gratuitous or that watching 13RW might trigger extreme distress, especially for those with undisclosed trauma or individuals who watch it alone without the ability to process the disturbing content.
Yet, despite these criticisms, people are flocking to watch 13RW. There have also been concerns that the depiction of suicide might lead to contagion, a phenomenon that has been documented in the literature. A study was published last summer that showed a significant spike in U.S. internet searches on “how to kill yourself” in the 19 days after 13RW was released. But, just when the pop culture and scientific worlds are beginning to wrap their heads around the impact of 13RW, fasten your seatbelts because season 2 is scheduled to be released in March of 2018! 
Dr. Kurt Michael, Licensed Psychologist and Professor of Psychology will use the example of 13RW as a launch point to a more objective, data-based discussion on the epidemiology of suicide and effective approaches to suicide prevention in all three libraries of Appalachian Regional Library System.  Save the date to attend in Ashe Library at 5:30 on March 13, or Wilkes Library on March 15 and Watauga Library on March 19. These presentations will be focused on unpacking the science and practice of suicide prevention for the purpose of helping adolescents, families, and community members address this growing public health problem.
Dates to remember in March: 
 
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 meets at 3:30 p.m. on March 8 for grades 3-6.  Observe the artistic style of Eric Carle and attempt to re-create it.
  • The Lego Block Party meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 27 for grades 1-5. Come out to build, create, and make new friends.
Tween & Teen Programs
  • Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on March 6 for video gaming fun.
  • Board Game Café / Teen Advisory Council will meet at 4:00 p.m. on March 13.
  • Teen STEAM meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 20. 
  • Anime Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 27.
  • Lego Batman Showing for ages 8-12 is scheduled for 3:30 p.m on March 29.
Adult Programs
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227.  Weekly computer classes are offered at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
  • 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 March 26 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
  • Read & Craft meets at 10 a.m.  on March 17. Travel the world with a hook in one hand and a ball of yarn in the other. This month, go to Ireland.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 13 and 27.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on March 3 and 17 in the downstairs meeting room. Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time.  Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.

Good Neighbor Project: Special Events
  • Celebrate Dr. Seuss with a Yoga storytime for families and their children at 11:00 a.m. on March 3.
  • Enjoy a tale of rabbit and mouse, try a kindness scavenger hunt, and plant some seeds from our seed library. Fun for all ages at 3:30 p.m. on March 12.
  • Lunch and Learn sessions on topics of mental health will take place at noon on Thursdays. Lunch is provided; registration is required; call 336-846-2041 x227 to register. On March 1, view a screening of The Not So Secret Life of the Manic Depressive--10 Years On. Ten years ago, in an award-winning series, Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of a Manic Depressive, Stephen Fry first spoke about living with manic depression and began a national conversation about mental health. A decade later, we return to the subject to understand where he and thousands of others diagnosed as bipolar (as it is now called) are now. As a society, do we need to do more for those with the illness? Is the treatment better? Has the stigma reduced?
  • Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide for older adults and how we can help prevent it together at a Talk Saves Lives Lunch & Learn on March 22. Guest speaker Betsy Rhodes, North Carolina Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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.