Saturday, June 22, 2013

Teen Scene

Ashe Library is becoming a top-choice destination for users aged 13-18. Librarians Amy Jones and Sarah Spanburgh have taken on teen programming and have some really cool things going on. This summer teens at the library are exploring new ways to create and express themselves “Outside the Box.” They have attended workshops on fashion design and making survival bracelets. Coming events will encourage discovery of other artistic talents, cooking, and self-defense. Teens can submit entries for the Anti-Bully Poster Contest through July and a Digital Photo Contest online through August. Both contests offer awards of Wal-Mart gift cards. 
The Anime/Manga club meets at 4:00 every Tuesday in the library’s meeting room for films and fun. Discover the magic and wonder of a Hayao Miyazaki in My Neighbor Totoro at a family film matinee, 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20. 
Operation College Launch takes place 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p. m. on Thursday, August 8. Brunch will be served at this workshop on writing a five-star college essay and applying for college scholarships. Sources of financial aid will also be reviewed. Once things begin to wind down, celebrate at the library with an End-of-Summer Party: 3:00 p.m. on August 17. 

The youth service department also utilizes teen volunteers throughout the year and their time is sincerely appreciated. As a teen volunteer, you will learn more about the library, be helping out your community, meet new people and earn community service hours for school.

Teens have acquired 161 volunteer hours in June alone. They have helped with everything from signing children up for summer reading, assisting with summer reading programs, shelving tons of books, and working on teen program guides. They have used their ingenuity to engineer a 101 challenge (marble run), and set-up the “creation corner,” where youth can create various works of art. They have helped tremendously by cutting out crafts for upcoming preschool programs, setting up before and cleaning up after programs, photographing program activities, working on displays, reading to children, creating bookmarks and flyers ... gopher for this and gopher that. The list goes on and they do it all with a smile. 
Some may view teens as hormonal or irresponsible, but teens have ideas and talents that are invaluable to Ashe Library. 
Dates to remember in July:

For All Ages:
  • Breaking of the Bale takes place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 17. Sample tasty, garden inspired dishes created for us by Boondock’s innovative cooks. Children can make vegetable prints while we see what’s going on inside the straw bales. Free children’s books given away while they last.
  • Under the Maple Tree a family story time takes place at 10:30 a.m., every Saturday in the park behind the library. 
  • Get Crafty at Suzanne’s crochet class. This month’s project is a Garden Flower Throw. Bring your own 4-ply yarn in assorted colors. The class is from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.
For Children:.
  • Chat It Up” book talk and art activity meets from 2- 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
  • July 26 is the last day for summer reading prizes
For Teens:
  • Read-n-Relax: take a break and join us outside at the library to read a book or simply listen to one at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17.
  • Outside the Box: Sneaky Art - create and hide your own work of art for the world to find at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 24.
  • Self Defense for Dudes: Instructor Adam Khan will take you through different self-defense techniques at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25. Learn to use your smarts as well, not just your fists. (Please call to sign up. Limit 30)
For Adults:
  • Adult programming offers “Pace Yourself” Computer Classes at 11a.m. on Tuesday mornings.
  • Tai Chi classes are available at 10 a.m. on Thursdays.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Tap Room at Boondocks
Special Events:
  • Music on Saturday presents classical guitarist, Richard Easley, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. An art reception will preview the September’s On the Same Page Silent Auction Small Quilts
  • Visit the Human Library between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the West Jefferson Gallery Crawl July 12 and in the library’s upstairs art gallery from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20.

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