“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” G.K. Chesterton
The public library is an example of society’s best. Libraries provide the energy that fuels imaginations, opens windows to the world, and inspires us to explore, achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Volunteerism, philanthropy, and generosity, are all at the heart of what libraries do. Libraries are here to share books and ideas, as well as answers to questions. And we are able to continue all of our programs and services because people donate their time, talents, and money in so many ways.
We have volunteers of all ages who give their time to help keep our shelves organized, neat, and tidy, or help in prepping materials and crafts for children’s programs. We have volunteers who visit our “library twigs” each month to freshen the inventory and leave library event calendars. Others assist with changing the stories at our county park’s Story Walk when needed.
Our entire programming budget is supported through our Friends and their fundraising efforts. With an ongoing used-book sale and other events through the year, they support our services to the community in ways beyond measure. They are always happy to welcome new “Friends” to our community.
We also have those who donate to our library endowment according to their means. Distributions from the library’s endowment fund help keep our technology and digital resources up-to-date in order to meet the needs of our community.
Our Board of Trustees all donate their time and expertise to ensure that our policies are current and our budget is sound. They set our mission. They ensure that our library is meeting the needs of the whole community. The Ashe County Public Library continues to rely on their strength and persistence.
Ashe County Government and the Town of West Jefferson are supportive and ready partners. We appreciate our county commissioners for funding the library’s operational budget needs. Thank you again, from staff and patrons, for collaborative efforts of the county and town for our parking expansion. Also, without the donation of time and talents of John Maddox for creating the design and Kevin Nichols for drafting the engineer’s plan, this project would not have been possible.
We have many community partners who share resources, offer outreach opportunities, and play a big part in our success. Your advocacy is so appreciated. And of course, we love our library patrons who check out books, use our digital resources and other databases, participate in book discussion groups, and attend programs and workshops. This community is the heart of our library!
We at Ashe County Public Library would like to express heartfelt gratitude and thanks to everyone for their generous support.
The library will be close early (at noon) on December 13 for staff training and also early (at 5:00 p.m.) on New Year’s Eve. The library will be closed from December 24 – 26 for Christmas and on January 1, 2020 for New Year’s Day.
FOOD FOR FINES WEEK will be held from December 2 – 7. This week allows a chance to pay off late fees by donating non-perishable food. Each item of undamaged, in-date, non-perishable for is equal to $1. Items donated do not count toward damaged or lost items. All items collected will go to our county’s Meals on Wheels program. Food can also be donated even if you don’t owe any late fees.
· Join us for Ornamentality between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on December 7. Yes, adults can also make crafts, enjoy holiday music, and have a cup of hot chocolate.! The adult version of this event takes place on the Upper Level of the library.
- Take a break from the holiday hustle, and join us for a cuppa, a little something sweet, a lovely chat, holiday music, and more at the library’s Holiday Tea from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on December 14.
- Stop in for a Holiday Singalong from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on December 21. Join our in-house act, The Molasses Jam Band, as they play and sing holiday favorites.
- The Annual Reading Challenge Wrap-up / Kick-off takes place at 5:00 on January 2. If you participated in our 2019 Reading Challenge, or if you want to learn about what we have planned for the 202 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 2019 Reading Challenge are eligible to win prizes.
· Get Crafty meets at 10 a.m. on December 21 for crocheting and knitting. Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
· The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on December 19. Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
· Mountain Music Slow Jam meets from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on December 7. 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.
- Story Time for ages 3 & up is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.
- Tot Time for 2-3 year olds is at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday. Come out and have fun learning the alphabet with stories and songs.
- “Baby Bounce” is at 10:30 a.m. every Friday. This is short program for infants and babies will includes finger plays, songs, rhymes, and a book or two.
- The Alternate Ending Book Club is for ages 7 – 12 and takes place at 4:00 p.m. on December 3.
- Dr. Suess’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on December 17. Sigmon Theatrical presents a live show where you can meet and greet the Grinch, Max, and Cindy-Low-Who. We promise your heart will grow three sizes!
- Journey on the Express Train to the North Pole will be held at 11:00 a.m. on December 21. This holiday event will feature an interactive movie viewing, games, and a hot chocolate bar!
- Read for 20 minutes a day during winter break for the Kids Winter Break Reading Challenge. You’ll earn a book and a prize from the library. Miss a day? That’s okay. Just read five hours total. Read more than five hours to get a special prize!
· T for Teen – Gamers Unite! Meet-up at 4:00 p.m. on December 3. Xbox360 and laptops available for teen gaming.
· Board Game Café is open at 4:00 p.m. on December 10. Come and make some friends! Play a variety of board games and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.
· Open Studio meets at 4:00 p.m. on December 17. Join us for a wide range of creative crafts and projects.
· Teen New Year’s Party is scheduled from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. on December 31.
· Talking Service Book Club meets at 10:00 a.m. on December 13. The meeting begins with a discussion of one or more readings from Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, a collection of works ranging from Homer’s Iliad to recent memoirs by veterans of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.
· Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on December 30 at Boondocks.
· For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians. Call 336.846.2041 x111.
· Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
· Life with Children meets at 9:45 a.m. on December 10. This program welcomes parents and caregivers of young children for practical parenting tips and discussion, light refreshments, and time to enjoy the companionship of other who are raising the next generation. Registration is required. Call the library to sign-up: 336.846.2041 x111