If you feel bad about turning in a book a few days late, here’s a great way to ease your guilty conscience. Ashe County Public Library will once again be having its Food for Fines program during the week of November 5 – 10, 2018. Now is the time to plan for this event and make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.
According to the US Economic Research Center, nearly 16% of households in North Carolina are experiencing food insecurity. In Ashe County this percentage commutes to 3,940 residents (1,420 children). The harsh reality is that many times choices must be made between buying food and paying utilities, seeking medical care, paying for housing, transportation, or education. Many food insecure residents do not qualify for Food Nutrition Services assistance, and resort to purchasing the cheapest food available to get quantity, even when they know it may not be the healthiest option. A host of studies reinforce the importance of good nutrition early in life for brain development, learning and even success over a lifetime.
Giving patrons the ability to reduce their fines, while at the same time helping those in need in our community is one of Ashe Library’s favorite traditions. This year food will be collected for Ashe County’s Homeless Coalition to be distributed at a special event during the holiday season. There's no limit on the amount of cans that you can donate! For example, 5 cans = $5 off of your library card fines. Canned goods must be unopened and unexpired to qualify. No glass containers, please. If you wish to participate, please bring your donations to the library circulation desk. This program only applies to overdue fines, and cannot be used to wipe out bills for lost or damaged library items.
Support healthy eating by donating the following most needed items:
· Canned Proteins: canned tuna, salmon, chicken, peanut butter, or beans
· Canned Vegetables: low sodium, no salt added
· Fruits and Juices: in light syrup or its own juices, fruit cocktail, apple sauce, juice boxes
· Pasta & Rice: brown & white rice, macaroni & cheese, pasta
· Breakfast: cereal, oatmeal, quick oats, granola/cereal bars
· Soups & Stews: low sodium, beef stew, chili, chicken noodle, vegetable, turkey & rice
We’ll be delighted to see as many people as possible paying off their fines with food donations.
Dates to remember in October:
· 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, for grades 3 – 6, meets at 4:00 p.m. on October 11. Observe an artistic style and attempt to re-create it.
· The Lego Club meets on October 16 at 4:00 p.m. for grades K-5. Build, Create, and make new friends.
- Join the Tween Crafty Group, grades 3 – 6, and make Halloween masks at 4:00 on October 18.
· T for Teen – Gamers Unite! Meet-up at 4:00 p.m. on October 2. Xbox360 and laptops available for teen gaming.
· Board Game Café is open at 4:00 p.m. on October 9. Come and make some friends! Play a variety of board games and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.
· The Teen Creative Corner meets at 4:00 p.m. on October 16. Join us for a wide range of creative crafts and projects.
· TLC (Teen Listening Council) is a safe place for teens to talk openly about any subject. Drop in at 4:00 p.m. on October 23.
· 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.
· Vickie’s Book Club meets at 1:00 p.m. on October 16 to discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by, David Grann.
- Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on October 29 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.” Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
- Board Game Bonanza happens on Saturdays between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Come to the Upper Level and play board games with friends and family!
· Read & Craft meets at 10 a.m. on October 20. Travel the world with a hook in one hand and a ball of yarn in the other. This month, go to Japan. Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
· meets at 5:30 p.m. on October 11 and 25. Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
· will meet from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on October 6 and 20 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.
· Harry Potter Fandom takes place between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on October 27. All ages are invited to dress as your favorite character, enjoy wizarding snacks, rock your profile in the “Have you seen this wizard?” photo booth, and more!
· The Great American Boo takes place from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. on October 31. Visit the library where characters from PBS’s Great American Read will be giving away treats.
PBS’S THE GREAT AMERICAN READ
Cast your vote for the Great ARL Read in person or online at Vote of the Great American Read at and watch the series on your local PBS television station, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. and be entered to win one of three great prizes!
Donations to the library were given in memory of Diane Goss: by Michael and Beth James, Peggy Taylor, Linda Taylor & James McNeely, Hal & Cheryl Monsees, and High Country Realty. A donation was given to the library in memory of Kathy Metuszak by, Keith Von Qualen