Friday, July 29, 2016

Read Around the Clock with Friends of the Library

In the month of August, the Friends of the Library’s Read-Around-the-Clock Book Club is focused on reading books that have a number eight in the title.  A discussion on books that meet this requirement will take place in the park behind the library at 8:00 p.m. on August 8.  You may want to read the novel Eight Days to Live, by Iris Johansen, featured on the library’s wall clock, or you may want to read another book that includes number eight in its title.  

I read Johansen’s book, used to represent the eighth hour, for FOL’s group discussion because I want to be familiar with all the titles that were used to create our library’s bookish clock.  The story revolves around a cult who is out to sacrifice Jane, Eve Duncan’s daughter.  Jane has painted a portrait which they believe is blasphemous to their beliefs.   The basis of her being killed is from a biblical point--Jane made a painting called Guilt which looks like Judas according to members of a secret society. This wild adventure spans the globe with scenes in England, Jerusalem, Syria, Damascus, Scotland and Georgia.  

So far this year I have enjoyed a rich variety of books and authors that make up the clock, but this particular book was a difficult one for me to absorb.  I suppose that with this book being the tenth book in an Eve Duncan Forensics Thriller Series, and not having read previous books leading to this one I was at a disadvantage by not fully knowing the character’s backstory. Even though I jumped into the middle of a series to read Eight Days to Live, I don’t think it would make a difference in my reaction to really liking the story.  Some readers might be fans of Iris Johansen’s fiction, but I’m just not into an “action adventure” type of story. It was too “Indiana Jonesy” for me.  I would compare this novel to DaVinci Code, by Dan Brown.  It seemed to be more of a “chase the historical item around the world” rather than a forensic mystery.  

Louise Alcott’s book, Eight Cousins, is a book I can recommend with number eight in its title.  Written by the beloved author of Little Women, Eight Cousins is a masterpiece of children's literature. This endearing novel offers readers of all ages an inspiring story about growing up, making friends, and facing life with strength and kindness.” 

I hope you can join us at 8:00 p.m. on August 8 to hear about other books with number eight in title! 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Celebrate Little Free Libraries and Visit Ashe Library for “Twig Fest" Fun!

The month of August has been declared “Little Free Library Month” in Appalachian Regional Library System.  Ashe Library has seven LFLs affectionately known as Twigs (in lieu of a branch location) located throughout the county.  These little libraries are free to all and books found here have no due dates!  You can find a little free library near you at: Todd Mercantile, Fleetwood Post Office, Phipps Store, Sheets Grocery, Mabe’s Grocery, State Line Grocery, and Family Central. 

The party begins in Ashe with a Twig Festival at the library from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on August 6.  This event is a “family fun” festival!  Join us for snacks, music, games, face painting, animal balloons, crafts, and a kid’s talent show.   Arly the Library Fox will make an appearance, along with special guest storytellers.  Find a good book to read at the Festival Walk-in Twig and celebrate libraries, books, and reading with us!

Arly will also visit Watauga Library’s LFL celebration with a Back to School Festival between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 13 in Watauga High School’s gymnasium. Wilkes County Library will recognize their area LFLs from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Wilkesboro Open Air Market on August 19.
Next time you pass by a Twig in your travels, stop and browse its free collection. Find a book you like and take it home! You can also pick up monthly library calendars at any Twig location to see what’s happening at Ashe Library. 

Dates to remember in August:

 Children’s Programs
  • Michelle Mackey, guest reader, will share the Tale of Two Beasts, in a special hands-on story time at 10:30 a.m. on August 16. 
  • Join us for the return of tot time with the “Nursey Rhyme Olympics” at 10:30 a.m. on August 31.
  • The August Story Walk , located at Ashe County Park, will feature How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? By Jane Yolan.
Tween Programs
  • The library is a Pokemon Go Gym.  Come out at 3:30 p.m. on August 18 to explore the battlefield. 
  • Get your Game On with GIANT games at 3:30 p.m. on August 25.
Teen Programs
  • 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. 
  • Teen Summer Reading Participants are invited to an End of Summer Party from 6:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. on August 19.  Enjoy games, prizes, food, and more!
  • Be a part of TAC (teen advisory council) and let us know what you want to see in the library at 4:00 p.m. on August 18.
Adult Programs
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Visit the Poetry CafĂ© at 4:00 p.m. on August 11 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.
  • The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 on August 25 for a feature showing and discussion of Gandhi (1982).   Watch Ben Kingsley bring-to-life the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on August 29 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
  • The Coloring “Book” Club celebrates reading (and coloring) as a group experience at 5:00 p.m. on August 30. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.
 All Ages
  • Celebrate National Coloring Book Day from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and enjoy coloring activities for all ages on August 2.
  • Get Crafty and learn to “Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs” at 10:00 a.m. on August 13. 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 August 9 and 23.  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 August 5 and 19 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 August 27 and make some Harry Potter Jewelry at “All Day Get Crafty.” 

Special Events:
  • The Read Around the Clock Book Club meets at 8:00 on August 8 to discuss any book with the number “eight” in the title.  Since this program takes place after library hours, the discussion will be held at the picnic tables behind the playground.
  • Imagination Ashe Step Up Events are scheduled throughout the day on August 20.  Join us at 11:00 a.m. for story time with Julia Taylor Ebel.  Explore art with artist/author Ellie Kirby at 11:30 a.m. Go on a Story Walk in the library park at 12:00 p.m. and stay for the Teddy Bear Picnic.  A family movie (TBA) will be on the library screen at 1:00 p.m.  An Imagination Ashe (Step) Ribbon Cutting takes place at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Gerry Patterson's Art on Display at the Library

Join us for a reception and meet the artist,
at 4:00 p.m. on July 20, 2016 

Gerry Patterson

In my childhood home, my father’s paints and easels were omnipresent, and to this day the smell of oil paints reminds me of him.  After high school I attended Traphagen School of Design, but after I married and had children my art took a back seat to raising a family.  It was always a hobby, and I often did paintings for my family and friends.

When I retired, creating art became my new career. Finally, I had the opportunity to devote all my time and energy to it.  The first juried art show I entered, “Best of the Best,” was at the Beanie Backus Museum in Fort Pierce, Florida where two of my paintings were accepted, and I received an “Award of Merit” as well as the “People’s Choice Award.” 

My husband Michael and I have had a vacation home in Lansing, NC for many years, and after retiring, we decided to become year-round residents of Ashe County, although we do visit Florida a few weeks each year. 
Joining the Ashe County Arts Council, I was honored to be invited to participate in several shows.  In 2015, the juried show awarded me second place in “Best of the Blue Ridge.”
Recently we had the opportunity to open “Gerry’s Art Gallery” upstairs at the Shoppes in the Old Hotel located on Back Street. My husband works at the gallery, and I paint at home in my studio.  Painting brings me much joy but creating something that brings joy to others is even more rewarding.