Thursday, August 29, 2019

August Literary Birthdays


Christopher Isherwood (b. August 26, 1906) spent his formative years in England, son of aristocrat parents.  His father, a British Army officer, died in WWI when he was ten years old.  His mother then sent him to a Catholic preparatory school, and while there he met young Wysten Auden.  (W.H. Auden became a famous English-American poet.) Following prep school, Isherwood attended Cambridge College for a short time before leaving his studies behind and traveling to Berlin with Auden to work as an English tutor.  In his 'autobiographical' novels, The Berlin Stories, Isherwood suggests that the lure of the city was its gay party scene.  The stories take place in the early 1930s before Hitler rises to power, written at a time when no one knew how badly history would turn out for Berlin, for Germany ... for the Jews. 

The first novella in The Berlin Stories is “The Last of Mr. Norris” a.k.a. “Mr. Norris Changes Trains.”  Isherwood names the main characters; William Bradshaw (his own middle names), and Arthur Norris who is modeled after Gerald Hamilton, known internationally as “the wickedest man in Europe.”  Like Isherwood, William Bradshaw (narrator of the story), takes a train from Cambridge to Berlin.  Initially visiting the city as a tourist. William decides to stay longer and begins teaching English lessons as a source of income.  William meets Mr. Norris on the train ride and during the course of their conversation becomes wrapped up in curiosity about his lifestyle.  Mr. Norris introduces himself by saying, “I only wish to have three sorts of people as my friends, those who are very rich, those who are very witty, and those who are very beautiful.”  

William is inadvertently drawn into Berlin's underworld.  He innocently engages in political activity with Mr. Norris after being convinced about his financial problems and lets himself get entangled in spy affairs. Mr. Norris keeps company with dominatrix Anni and Olga a cocaine-seller who receives stolen goods, takes in washing, and does exquisite needlework.  Fraulein Schroeder is another memorable supporting character who runs the rooming house where William stays.  Mr. Norris's assistant Schmidt is referred to as “a snake in the grass,” who ultimately forces him into exile.  More a series of intertwining character sketches than a plot-driven novel, this story offers a vibrant look at Berlin night-life during a dangerous time in history.

“Goodbye to Berlin” is the second part of The Berlin Stories and is really a collection of several short stories, again based on Isherwood’s experiences as an expatriate living in Berlin during the early 1930s.   With these stories, Isherwood shares how uncertain times were as late as 1932 and how fast it all came crashing down.   The 1955 film “I Am a Camera,” starring Julie Harris, portrays the story of Sally Bowles and later is remade into a play.  It was remade again as the 1972 musical “Cabaret,” starring Liza Minnelli.  My book club visited The Blue Ridge Movie Lounge for a select showing of Cabaret and all agreed that even today it is politically relevant when exploring topics of fascism.  Closely following Isherwood's novel, both the book and the film will leave you deeply thinking with a historical look at the last years of the Wiemar Republic. 


Helen Craig, picture book illustrator, is recognized this month in celebration of her birthday, August 30, 1934.  She is best known for creating Angelina Ballerina (a dancing mouse) with writer Katharine Holabird.  Craig was born in London and during WWII evacuated to the country as part of Operation Pied Piper … a campaign to keep children safe from aerial bombing targeted at cities. As a young adult she spent some time in Spain where she studied drawing and ceramic sculpture. 


Craig returned to the UK in 1967 and began illustrating children’s books in 1970.  She was soon discovered by Sarah Hayes, children’s author, of Thame, Oxfordshire.  They partnered together on a several projects, but became most recognized for a series of ‘Bear’ books.  The first in the series, entitled This is the Bear, was randomly selected for review this month and is a great read-aloud story!  It is similar to the style of story-telling used in the children’s classic This is the House That Jack Built. Fred the Bear is a very well-loved by his boy and may actually have some traits of a real-live animal!  When the boy discovers Fred is missing, he somehow figures out that the dog has accidentally pushed him into a dustbin.  From there Fred seems to have been hauled away by the garbage man to the dump.  This is where it gets real interesting as the boy and his dog set off to rescue and bring him back home.

Children will love hearing This is the Bear read aloud since it is full of rhyme and repetition.  This book would also make a great first reader for one learning to read on their own.   Check out this book trailer video put together by the Ashe County Library Drama Club: https://youtu.be/Q0oqokmd2Jc  and stop by the library for this and other Bear stories by Sarah Hayes and Helen Craig.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

#GetLibraryCarded


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the American Library Association (ALA) 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 lovers know that showing your library card gets you access to great things all year-round, but during Library Card Sign-up Month it will also get you the chance to win $100.  Help us spread the word about the value of libraries this September by snapping a picture with your library card and posting it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded.  You'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page.  


The promotion begins Sunday, September 1 at noon CT and ends Sunday, September 22 at noon CT. Librarians and library lovers are encouraged to participate. Don't forget to cover up any personally identifiable information!


The #GetLibraryCarded Promotion is open to residents of the United States, Washington, D.C., and U.S. Territories. Employees of the American Library Association are not eligible to participate.

If you haven't visited the library recently, stop by during September to see what's new and take part in the celebration.  Do you have friends who don't have library cards? September is a great month to invite them to the library.


Ashe County Public Library is also recruiting partners from local businesses to help promote Library Card Sign-up Month.  Businesses can participate by offering perks to customers who show their library cards.   Photos of cardholders at participating business locations must be posted on social media, using the #GetLibraryCarded@AsheCountyPublicLibrary.


At time of this news release, The Blue Ridge Movie Lounge has already planned to offer a discount on VIP memberships and select shows, to those who are “library carded,” during the month of September.



Dates to remember in September: 

The library will be closed on September 2 for Labor Day.  

Children’s Programs

·        Baby Bounce, for ages birth to 2 years, takes place every Friday at 10:30 a.m.  Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs, with stay-and-play time afterward.

·        Tot time meets every Wednesday for ages two and three for a fun-filled time with stories, art, and music.  Come out to wiggle, giggle, laugh, sing, and create!

·        Story Time for ages four and five takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays.  Join us for ABC Adventures of stories, art, and music. 



Teen Programs (Ages 12-18)

·         T for Teen meets at 4:00 p.m. on September 3.  Gamers unite!  Xbox 360 and laptops available for teen gaming.

·         Open Studio (games, art, & snacks) is held at 4:00 p.m. on September 17.
·        Teen Listening Council (TLC) / A.S.H.E. meets at 4:00 p.m. on September 24. Once each month, A Safe Home for Everyone will host Teen Listening Council. Each session will feature snacks, fun activities, and help in navigating the turbulent teenage years.



Adult Programs

·         Life with Children takes place at 10:00 a.m. on September 10.  Welcoming parents and caregivers of young children for practical parenting tips and discussion, light refreshments, and time to enjoy the companionship of others who are raising the next generation.  Child care will be provided by members of the Friends of Ashe County Library (FOL).  Registration is suggested.  This is a program of the FOL with support from the library.

·         The Talking Service Book Club meets at 10:00 a.m. on September 13.  Each 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. The readings serve as an entry for attendees, particularly veterans, to talk candidly about their own experiences. This club is open to veterans and anyone who cares about veterans. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of this month’s read!

·         Brouhaha Book Club takes place at 5:30 p.m. on September 30 at Boondocks Brewing.  Come as you are and read what you want.  There is no required reading for this book club!  Join us to share the books you’ve read over the past month and get recommendations for your next great read!

·         For all your tech troubles, book an 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.

·         Vickie’s Book Club meets at 1:00 p.m. September 10 to discuss Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver.

All Ages

·         Get Crafty will meet on September 21 for crocheting and knitting from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  All skill levels welcome, materials are provided.

·         The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 12 and 26.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!

·         Mountain Music Molasses (slow) Jam meets from 3:00 – 5:00 on September 7 and 21 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.



Special Events



·         Ashe County’s 12th annual On the Same Page Literary Festival promises attendees a medley of characters and places, both real and fictional, by a group of outstanding authors. Events include author readings, writing workshops, and special luncheon events. Authors are Diane Chamberlain, PT Deutermann, Georgann Eubanks, Robert Gipe, Jaki Shelton Green, Ronni Lundy, Beth Macy, AJ Mayhew, Alan Michael Parker, and Stephanie Powell Watts. Pick up a full schedule at the library or view online at OnTheSamePageFestival.org. To make a reservation for a writing workshop or a luncheon event, call Ashe Arts Council at 336.846.2787.

·         Visit the library at Museum of Ashe County History between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on September 28 for a special Fall Festival Event.  Molasses Jam will be performing … all musicians are invited to join in!


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Wowbrary, Websites and Apps


Wowbrary is coming to Appalachian Regional Library System.  WOW! What is it?  Wowbrary is an online tool that can be found on Ashe County Library’s website (Wilkes & Watauga too). Wowbrary will display and regularly inform the public of newest additions to the library's collection.  Library patrons can easily browse and place holds online by using this service.  This is a great way to notify the community of all the newest books and movies.  It is a convenient way to explore the library’s collection.  Please note that Wowbrary uses an automatic process to select the Top Choices to avoid political, religious, or other human bias.  The generated list is not reviewed to remove items that might be controversial, because that too could introduce bias.  The library is committed to serving everyone,  to the principle of free speech, and the expression of ideas.  That means from time to time each of us sees books at a library that we don’t agree with.  It is our hope that encouraging everyone to read and explore ideas more fully will help us as individuals and together improve society.

As the new school year is set to begin on August 15, we would also like to introduce recognized apps and websites that foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.  The “Best Apps and Websites for Learning and Teaching were evaluated and chosen by The American Association of School Librarians.   The Best Apps are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.  Give your photos a voice with ChatterPix! Explore EarthViewer (similar to Google Earth), Green Screen by Do Ink will help you create incredible videos and photos, iCell gives a 360-degree view of cells and helps with challenging scientific vocabulary, and many other apps help kids with learning to read, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. 
Best Websites include a slew of free resources with sites, for learning geography, coding, science, teaching tolerance, and even a place to “unite for literacy.”  Links to all of the Best Websites and Apps for teaching and learning can be found on the library’s website, or just drop by for a demonstration and explore!



Dates to remember in August: 

Children’s Programs
  • Chess Club, for all ages, meets at 3:00 p.m. on August 2. Up your game with this table top classic.
  • Join the Superhero Run from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on August 3 and test your strength, intelligence, or blasters!  Whatever your super power, come show off your skills in your best hero (or villain) cosplay.
  • A Summer Reading Party takes place at 2:00 p.m. on August 10.  All readers who complete and turn in their reading passports by August 9, receive an invitation to this special party!  

Teen Programs
  • Special programming: Teen Art with Turchin will be held at 4:00 p.m. on August 6 & 13. Learn about Vincent Van Gogh and attempt to replicate his artistic styles.
  • Express yourself at Open Studio (games, art, & snacks) at 4:00 p.m. on August 20.  
  • Teen Listening Council (TLC) / A.S.H.E. meets at 4:00 p.m. on August 27 (Ages 12-18) Once each month, A Safe Home for Everyone will host Teen Listening Council. Each session will feature snacks, fun activities, and help in navigating the turbulent teenage years.



Adult Programs
  • Throughout 2019, VAYA Health is sponsoring a Public Presentation Series at the library.  Two topics will be highlighted, back-to-back, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Join us on August 1 for “Substance Use, Misuse and the Opioid Crisis,” and “Dementia-Psychosis Behavior: What You Need to Know.”

  • The Talking Service Book Club meets at 10:00 a.m. on August 9.  Each 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. The readings serve as an entry for attendees, particularly veterans, to talk candidly about their own experiences. This club is open to veterans and anyone who cares about veterans. Stop by the library to pick up a copy of this month’s read!
  •  For all your tech troubles, book an 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. August 20 to discuss Dopesick by Beth Macy

All Ages
  • Get Crafty meets for crocheting and knitting from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on August 17. All skill levels welcome, materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on August 8 and 22.  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 August 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.



Special Events

  • The On the Same Page Festival Read Kick-Off event takes place at 1:00 p.m. on August 8, in the library. “Exploring the Heart of Dopesick” will introduce the book to those who have yet to read it, and start the discussion of its contents—described by the NY Times as “a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency.” 
  • A panel discussion, featuring local professionals and others, on “Opioids and Ashe County,” takes place at 1:00 p.m. on August 29 in the library.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Chess Club and MARS (Molly’s Activities & Random Shenanigans)


Want to increase your memory and concentration or practice logical thinking skills? The library’s Chess Club meets at 3:00 p.m. on Fridays and is open to all-ages.  Chess boards are provided and library materials are available for further learning. The game of chess has many benefits, but most importantly it is a wonderful way to exercise your brain. While identifying chess positions for your strategic moves across the board, you are not only exercising both sides of your brain but also promoting brain growth and raising your IQ. A chess match requires quick thinking and problem-solving and also can spark creativity. Chess is great game to optimize memory and improve reading skills. This game can also stimulate deep concentration and calm, helping to center and relax your brain. It is a great way to relieve anxieties or recover from a stroke. Come out and learn to play, or increase your skill level at this table-top classic.



Youth services specialist, Molly Dawes, has developed a new program, Molly’s Activities and Random Shenanigans (MARS), in relation to this year’s summer reading theme: “A Universe of Stories.”  These pop-up events are a fun time to explore new things and be creative! So far this summer, Molly has introduced bubble painting and sand art. Rock painting is planned for the next random meet-up (sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday).  Follow the library on Facebook for details on MARS adventures!



Dates to remember in July:  The library will be closed on July 4 to celebrate Independence Day and again on July 6 for Christmas in July. Visit the library tent at the festival to learn more about the library in your community and meet your friendly librarians!

Children’s Programs

·         ABC Storytime, All Ages, Saturdays, 11 a.m. Join us for Alphabet Adventures with stories, art, and music.

·         Chess Club, All Ages, Fridays, 3 p.m. Improve your skills with this table top classic.

·         MARS, All Ages, Tuesdays or Wednesdays, Time TBA. Join Miss Molly for crafts, learning, and fun!  Follow Ashe County Public Library on Facebook for details.

·         Aesop’s Fables by Bright Star Touring Theater, July 18, 10 a.m. Please come early to claim a ticket for the show, as seating is limited.



The Summer Buzz: Teen Summer Learning Program (ages 12-18)

·         Dance Class with a Professional Choreographer, June 25, 4 p.m. Learn a dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.

·         Writing Precisely & Using Imagery with KB Ballentine, July 9, 4 p.m. A published poet leads this session and provides critiques of attendees’ work.

·         Library Spelling Bee, July 20, 11 a.m. Challenge yourself and your friends to a battle of words!

·         Happy Birthday, Harry Potter Tea Party, July 30, 4 p.m. A local tea etiquette specialist hosts this party and imparts hints for dining elegantly.



Adult Programs

·         Book a Librarian, call the library to schedule an appointment. For all your tech troubles, book an appointment with our friendly librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227. 

·         Yoga Club, Mondays, 5:30 p.m. Make friends, have fun, and get fit.

·         Vickie’s Book Club, July 16, 1 p.m. Discuss The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin.

·         Brouhaha Book Club, July 29, 5:30 p.m. Come as you are, and read what you want. This book club meets at Boondocks Brewing.

All Ages

·         ASU Family Science, July 11, 2 p.m. Join ASU for cool experiments and loads of fun in the library.

·         Get Crafty, July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All skill levels welcome, materials are provided. This month’s session will meet at Museum of Ashe County History.

·         Community Drum Circle, July 11 & 25, 5:30 p.m. Join the celebration of drums, exploring the soul and spirit of music!

·         Mountain Music Molasses Jam, July 6, 3-4 p.m. At Christmas in July.

·         Mountain Music Molasses Jam, July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At the Museum of Ashe County History.

·         Mountain Music Molasses Jam, July 27. At the Ashe County Fiddlers Convention.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Summer Reading & Talking Service Book Club


“A Universe of Stories” is this year’s Summer Reading Theme.  Children may sign-up for special programs beginning at 2:00 p.m. on May 31.  Read all summer and track reading progress in a special Citizen of the Universe Passport.  For every three hours a Citizen reads, he/she will receive a stamp for the completed continent and a prize!  Once all seven continents have been stamped, each Citizen will receive an invitation to a special library surprise at the end of the summer.  The last day to turn in Reading Passports is August 4.

Ashe County Public Library joins a nationwide discussion this summer with a new book club, “Talking Service.”  This group plans to get together and reflect on short, powerful writings about military service by some of the world’s greatest authors. Participants are encouraged to share their insights, build on each other’s comments, and challenge their assumptions through lively, informal conversations centered on the anthology Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, published by the Great Books Foundation. 

Each monthly meeting begins with a selection from a collection of works ranging from Homer’s Iliad to recent memoirs by veterans of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan.  The readings serve as an entry for veterans to talk candidly about their own experiences.  Talking Service Book Club is for veterans, as well as their families, friends, service providers, and caregivers.

The group will meet at 10:00 a.m. on the second Friday of each month at the library, beginning on July 12.  The first meeting’s reading and discussion will be of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s epic poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade” (facilitated by Deeanna Burleson, PhD).   Stop in the library to pick up information and materials to read for this special book club. 

Copies of the Ashe County Public Library Veterans History Magazine are also available for purchase at the library, Museum of Ashe County History, and the Ashe County Veterans Service Office.   Proceeds from this project will be used to preserve and publish veteran stories each year.  Although Memorial Day is nationally celebrated on the last Monday of May, it is important for us to Never Forget the sacrifices made for our freedom.

Dates to remember in June: 
Children’s Programs

  • ABC Storytimes, for all ages, are at 11:00 a.m. every Saturday in June.  Join us for Alphabet Adventures with stories, art, and music.
  • Chess Club, for all ages, meets at 3:00 p.mm. every Friday in June. Up your game with this table top classic.
  • MARS: Molly’s Activities & Random Shenanigans EVERY WEEK! Join Ms. Molly every week for crafts, learning, and FUN!  Follow our Facebook page for details.
  • SUMMERFEST is a day full of fun discoveries (Star Wars, Soap, Sounds, and Soil)!  Come spend the day from 10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on June 15.  Begin with the multifarious music of Sound Traveler and finish with liquid nitrogen plied by KidSenses.

Children’s Events Requiring Registration: Sign-ups begin May 31.

  •  Native American Pottery (ages 6-9) 10:30 a.m. on June 7,14, and 21.
  • Turchin Art for Kids (ages 4–6) 11:00 a.m. on June 18.
  • Turchin Art for Big Kids (ages 7–9) 1:00 p.m. on June 18.
  • Turchin Art for Tweens (ages 10-12) 2:00 p.m. on June 18.
  • Gemstone Mining (all ages) 9:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m. on June 20.
  • Tween ITNL Taste Testing (ages 8–12) 2:00 p.m. on June 20.
  • Science Tellers (all ages) 10:30 a.m. on June 25.
  • Tween Crafty (ages 8-12) 2:00 p.m. on June 27.

Children’s Events Requiring Tickets: You may pick up a ticket at the Youth Services Desk for programs listed below, beginning 30 minutes before the start of each program.


  • Zootastic (all ages) 10:30 a.m. on June 11.
  • Wildlife (all ages) 1:00 p.m. on June 28

THE SUMMER BUZZ: Teen Summer Learning Program (ages 12-18)

  • Cooking with Rhonda, in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension, meets at 4:00 p.m. on June 4.  Featuring Red Pepper Hummus with Pita Points and Veggies.
  •  Board Game CafĂ© meets at 4:00 p.m. on June 11.
  • Cooking with Rhonda, in partnership with NC Cooperative Extension, meets at 4:00 p.m. on June 18.  Featuring Avocado Toast and Tzatziki. 
  •  Dance class with Laura (a professional choreographer) takes place at 4:00 p.m. on June 25.

Adult Programs

  • Throughout 2019, VAYA Health is sponsoring a Public Presentation Series at the library.  Two topics will be highlighted, back-to-back, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Join us on June 6 for “Emotional and Behavioral: The Impact of Chronic Illness on the Brain,” and Enhancing Mental Health with Alternative Treatments.”
  • A Building Strong Communities Discussion takes place at 12:00 p.m. on June 24 in the library.  In this session, we ask ourselves, what is authenticity in the workplace?  To inform our discussion we look to Alan Briskin’s “The Stirring of the SOUl in the Workplace.”  Facilitated by Deeanna Burleson, PhD.  A light lunch will be provided.  Free, but pre-registration is required.
  •  For all your tech troubles, book an 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. June 17 to discuss Before We Were Yours by, Lisa Wingate.
All Ages

  • Get Crafty meets at 10 a.m. on June 15.  Find out about the ongoing project “365 Days of Granny Squares,” bring along your current project, or join the group and start on a crafty project now!  All skill levels welcome, materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on June 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 June 1 and 15 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.

Special Events


  • Visit the library at Museum of Ashe County History between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on June 8 for a special Children’s Day Event.  Learn how to make corn husk dolls!
  • Volunteer & Donor Appreciation (Requiring RSVP): takes place from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.  This is the first annual ACPL Donor & Volunteer Appreciation Event.  Clyde Edgerton, author of Walking Across Egypt and The Bible Salesman, will be the featured speaker.  Enjoy a meal, enter to win door prizes, and learn more about how volunteers and donors impact the library.  This event is open to library volunteers, Friends of the Ashe County Library, and individuals who have supported the library through gifts and donations.  Call 336.846.2041 or email ashereference@arlibrary.org to RSVP.
  • Ashe Seed Library Food Narrative Contest: (Submissions accepted May 15 - July 15)  Very few things are as central to our existence as food.  In honor of spring and the reopening of the Ashe Seed Library, we invite you to put food front and center.  We're not looking for snarky Yelp reviews, and the food needn't be fancy.  But it should hold meaning for you, and it's that meaning we'd like to see in your submissions.  Visit the information desk on the library’s Upper Level or call 336.846.2041 x111 or email ashereference@arlibrary.org to learn how to enter!