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.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Ashe Library’s Veterans History Project Wants YOU

 Ashe County Public Library is partnering with JROTC students, Museum of Ashe County History, and Ashe County Veterans Association to document and share stories of our local military heroes. Using resources from the National Library of Congress, a Veterans History Project be implemented to bring awareness to sacrifices and bravery of our local veterans. We are recruiting veterans who are willing to be interviewed for print or audio/visual documentation by volunteers, and are inviting them to share personal stories through letters, diaries, journals, official military documents, photos, or artwork.

Those interested in being a part of the project may call (336.846.2041 x229) or stop by the library to sign-up.
A workshop (light meal to be provided) will be offered at 4:30 p.m. on November 7 to assist volunteers with preparing and conducting interviews. Family stories and histories about life on the home front, by those in support of veterans serving abroad, are also desired. It is important to pass on an understanding for the price of freedom to future generations.  Please consider participating in this project. A participant may be a veteran, an interviewer, or person donating a veteran’s collection.

The stories collected will be uploaded into the Museum of Ashe County History’s kiosk and published in a Veteran Memories Magazine to be archived in the library’s Heritage Room and shared with veterans and their families.


Dates to remember in November:
The library will be closed for Veterans Day, November 11, and Thanksgiving, November 26 – 28.

 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.
Tween Programs
·         Code Breakers team up at 4:00 p.m. on November 9. If you can crack the unbreakable code using military tactics, you can escape the bunker!
Teen Programs
·         Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on November 7 for video gaming fun.
·         Board Game Café / Teen Advisory Council will meet at 4:00 p.m. on November 14.
·         Teen STEAM meets at 4:00 p.m. on November 21.
·         Anime Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on November 28.

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 November 27 in Boondocks. There is no assigned reading for this book club. Come as you are, read what you want, and join the lively conversation!
·         Audio Book & Coloring Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on November 28. 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 November 18.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
·         The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on November 14 and 28.  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 November 3 and from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. on November 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.

Involving Books: Special Events

·         The Library Art Gallery will be dedicated in memory of Ida C. Marsh, WWII Army Nurse at 4:00 p.m. on November 3. Mrs. Marsh’s paintings will be displayed.
·         Join us for a Paws4Vets Program at 4:30 p.m. on November 7. Paws4People Foundation raises, trains, and places assistance dogs with children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities. Nicholas Bailey will join us with his service dog for some doggie tales.
·         A workshop on interviewing and collecting stories of our veterans will be held at 4:30 p.m. on November 7. Come out and pick up a Veterans History Project Field Kit and learn how to record history.
·         Drop in or stay all day, between 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on November 14, 15, and 16, to watch WWII documentaries. Viewing will be held in the board room. Various topics each day.
·         Meet veterans and Ashe County High School’s JROTC students at 3:00 p.m. on November 30. A special reception will be held to share stories of our local military heroes.

·         A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 25 in the library's downstairs meeting room. The main level and upper levels of the library will not be open to the public during this time. Salute a veteran and give blood! Drop in and donate, or call 336.846.2041 x227 for information and donor registration.