Wednesday, September 21, 2016

"Suicidology: A Place for Everyone" by, Suzanne Moore, County Librarian

Suicide prevention is recognized nationally during the month of September and here at Ashe Library there is a special display to promote the topic.  It is a well-known statistic that Ashe County ranks high across the state for death by suicide.  The stigma surrounding victims and survivors of suicide inhibits many from seeking help. There is a great need to change public attitudes, and increase awareness and understanding about suicide as a major public health problem that is largely preventable.     Suicide survivors are left with a sense of unexpected and intense grief, shock, confusion, and numbness. We know that grief from the suicide of a loved one is complicated and may last for the rest of one’s life. “What if’s,” “if only’s,” “should of’s,” “could of’s” tend to abound in the minds of those grieving. The relationships of loved ones who are mourning may be strained by differences in the way they grieve, sometimes leading to further anguish. For these reasons, it is important to seek help with resolving questions and issues that involve suicide and to find peace.
Gretchen Summervile of Western Youth Network

Please join the Ashe Health Alliance in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death. If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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I recently listened to an audiobook by Sue Klebold, A Mother’s Reckoning. Sue is a survivor of murder/suicide, (mother of Columbine shooter, Dylan Klebold) and events of the horrific tragedy that took place 16 years ago in Littleton, Colorado. Ms. Klebold has endured incredible pain and heartbreak, and now she shows tremendous courage as she comes forward to share her story. Since that fateful day in 1999, Sue has dedicated her life to finding the answers to what drove her son to kill. She is currently an activist for mental health and suicide prevention, and all the proceeds from the sales of her book are being donated to suicide prevention and mental health.  She actually calls it brain health and brain illness throughout her book, for a very smart reason. Mental refers to something intangible, and some experts believe that if we change the terminology from mental health to brain health, because the brain is something tangible that we KNOW needs attention, it could help people be more open to truths of mental/brain illness.  After looking at evidence she saw, for only the first time, after the tragedy had occurred and by talking to numerous medical and other experts in the field of mental health, Sue learned that Dylan was extremely depressed. He was lonely, bullied and had suicidal tendencies at least two years prior to Columbine. In her book Klebold apologized to family and friends of Dylan’s victims, but she also focused on mental health and how various factors impact a child’s mental health, including their ability to lead to a child having suicidal tendencies. Most mass shootings have suicide as their ultimate mission, with the murders providing a path for the shooter to get there and lessening the likelihood that the shooter will be able to change his mind.  This book is available for check-out at the library along with other selected titles.  Check out our display and read more.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Complementary Colors, by The Artist's Way, on Display at Ashe Library

Ashe County Library announces an artist reception on September 10, 2016. A reception for “Complementary Colors”, an exhibit by a group called The Artist’s Way, will be held on Friday, September 10, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the upstairs gallery at the Ashe County Public Library.

The Artist’s Way is a group of seven women artists located in the Blowing Rock area. The group includes Theresa Early Curd, Kat Leahey, Ellie Lyne, Pricilla Popper, Linda Dease Smith, Annie Stone, and LaMae Strange who began meeting in 2008 when they first gathered for a twelve-week study of Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. Since then they continued to gather in search of “creative recovery”, as well as providing a place where self-criticism and criticism from others does not interfere with the creative process. The group continues to meet twice a month to collaborate and support one another as they continue on the inspired path together. Their meetings begin with a meditation followed by a two-minute check-in by discussing anything significant that has happened. This is followed by a productive dialogue on a pre-selected subject led by one of the members. The group creates a safe atmosphere where ideas can be shared and members can support each other. The public is invited to the opening and to support our local artists. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Nine Dragons at 9:00 a.m. on September 9

Michael Connelly is an amazing prolific author of crime fiction, and his novel 9 Dragons is the featured selection for Ashe Friends of the Library’s Read Around the Clock Book Club.  When researching this author, I was impressed by the volume of books he has published and his large following of fans.  

9 Dragons (2009) is the 14th book in Connelly’s Harry Bosch, LAPD crime investigator series.  Connelly writes another series featuring Mickey Haller, an LA defense attorney.  In fact, Harry and Mickey are half-brothers! Many may be familiar with Mickey Haller, portrayed by Matthew McConaughey in a movie based on Connelly’s book, The Lincoln Lawyer.  Michael Connelly also has an Amazon Prime video series, Bosch, that complements his novels featuring Harry Bosch, homicide detective. You may have heard it said that “the book is always better than the movie,” and I would agree.  Although some writers have concerns that a movie doesn’t necessarily reflect the book they wrote, I also feel that having a film made from a book is a good thing, as it will attract new readers! 

The character Harry Bosch is a big Jazz music lover, so Michael Connelly was inspired to release a few CDs that feature music from his books. And as you may have guessed Connelly is a Jazz fan himself. Included in the playlist for Bosch/Connelly's jazz are songs by: Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Art Pepper, and the sexy sound of John Coltrane’s saxophone (Soul Eyes).

It is the deft combination of police procedural and taut psychological suspense that separates Bosch from other fictional crime detectives.    In the Bosch series, Harry is introduced as a devilish bachelor, but later finds out about a daughter he never knew existed.  In 9 Dragons Harry’s daughter Maddie goes missing in Hong Kong, and his local investigation of a murdered Chinese liquor store owner becomes global.  LAPD assigns Harry to investigate crime involving Asian gangs and things get crazier the more clues he uncovers.  Harry Bosch sort of reminds me of Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry persona.  One thing I learned that won’t spoil the story for those who wish to read this book, was a popular Chinese myth believing that the dragon has nine dragon sons.  

While promoting 9 Dragons, Connelly held a special contest for his fans and gave away 9 personally inscribed and signed copies of 9 Dragons to the nine people who wrote the best 9-word sentence about Harry Bosch. One winning entry written by Glenn Kraemer stated, “Bosch is the cop I want investigating my murder.”

A discussion about Michael Connelly’s book, or ANY book that has a number nine in the title will take place at 9:00 a.m. on September 9 in the library.  As always dress is casual, but you are welcome to come “dressed to the nines.” 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Snoopy, the Literary Ace, Promotes Library Cards and Reading!

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace, among other personas; this fall he makes his star turn when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  In September, he’s especially proud to serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Library cards are invaluable as they provide free access to books in both digital and print format.  At Ashe Library reading and discussing books, along with providing channels for life-long learning, are priority services.  There are many ways our patrons can connect with a book and engage with others in discussion.  
  1. For our youngest library patrons, Ashe Library offers weekly story times and special monthly programs.  
  2. Something new this year for middle-age readers is a Tween Book Club.  Tweens plan to video tape reviews of their favorite books. 
  3. All ages are participating in the 2016 Reading Challenge.  The Challenge continues through December with additional Super Challenges.  (visit for complete details) So far this year 70 participants have completed 905 reading challenges!  You can browse our completed challenge reviews online for book recommendations.  
4. Adults may be interested in tapping into an evening book discussion at Boon Docks Brewery in West Jefferson.  The library’s Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month in Boon Docks.  There is no assigned reading for this book club. Read, then share what you want to, and hear about an eclectic mix of books.  This month Gary Brown, Boon Docks Brewmeister, has created a new beer, Ashe Bookworm Porter, in honor of the library’s book club.  Come out and join our lively book discussion!  

Dates to remember in September:
The library will be closed for Labor Day on September 5.

  • Tot Time is a fun-filled time for 2 & 3 year olds, featuring stories, art and music at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Story time for 4 & 5 year olds feature ABC Adventures at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, beginning September 8.
  • Join Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer at 10:30 a.m. for a “Sing to Your Baby” program and a “Yodel-Ay-Hee-Hoo” family sing-along at 3:30 a.m. on September 13.
  • Build, create, and make new friends at a Lego Block Party (for 1st to 5th grades) at 4:00 p.m. on September 20.
Tween Programs
  • Tween Takeover! Meets at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning September 15.  Share books and be part of Tween Video Book Reviews.
  • What’s your geek? What’s your game? Meet, hang out, game, and eat every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. with the Geeks & Gamers. 
  • Be a part of TAC (teen advisory council) and help plan a Halloween lock-in at 4:00 p.m. on September 15.
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Get Career Help @ the Library from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  Learn valuable job skills, create a solid resume, prepare for an interview, get help with your job search, and more.  Make an appointment for individualized help.
  • Visit the Poetry CafĂ© at 4:00 p.m. on September 8 and share original or favorite poems over coffee.
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Ashe Services for the Aging offers a free Building Better Balance Screening for older adults to help assess risks and prevent falls at 9:00 a.m. on September 21
  • The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 on September 29 for a feature showing and discussion of Amadeus (1984).   Witness musical rivalry 18th-century style in this biopic about composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 26 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately! Try the new Ashe Bookworm Porter!
  • The Coloring “Book” Club celebrates reading (and coloring) as a group experience at 5:00 p.m. on September 27. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.

  • Get Crafty and learn to “Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs” at 10:00 a.m. on September 10. You can make an alligator, a bear, a cat, get the idea. Project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 13 and 27.  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 September 2 and 16 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. 
  • Drop in on September 24 for “All Day Get Crafty.”  
  • The Read Around the Clock Book Club meets at 9:00 a.m. on September 9 to discuss any book with the number “nine” in the title.