It's hard to imagine my second year as Ashe County Librarian is here already. But then again, after looking back, so much has happened. First I want to say thank you to everyone for making me feel so welcome. I love this library and folks around here are so friendly! There is no end to the excitement … always something fun to see and do. I believe community partnerships and local businesses are so successful because they support and care about each other. Sharing our community's resources brings strength in numbers, making Ashe County a wonderful place to be.
It's been a great year for Ashe Library, and it is the help of friends, volunteers, and a dedicated, hardworking staff, that has made everything possible. The library has something for everyone and one of my favorite quotes by young adult author Katie McGarry says it best: "A library is more than a brick and mortar building filled with delicious books. It is also a community of people who live to invest in our youth, who read for knowledge and fun, and who are ready to include anyone who walks through the door."
Visit our website at www.ashelibrary.org or find us on Facebook. Mark your calender for the coming events and feel free to call 336.846.2041 for more information. If you've never been to the library, or haven't visited in a while, I'd like to personally invite you to stop by and find out what you've been missing.
Dates to remember in August:
For All Ages:
- Pickin’ Party in the Park: The Songs of Refuge – Join the fun of music, good times and refreshment as part of the Annual Community Read Program at 7:00 p.m. in the park on August 27.
- Get Crafty all day on August 31. Suzanne offers instruction on crocheting “ribbon necklaces,” at 10:00 a.m. and poetic art can be created all day as a drop-in activity in the upstairs art gallery.
- Story Time for 4 and 5 year olds is at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, beginning August 27.
- Tot Time for 2-3 year olds is at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday and Thursday beginning August 28. Come out and have fun learning the alphabet with stories and songs.
- Visit “Camp Half-Blood” and find out whether or not you are “half-blood.” Enjoy monster games, food, and crafts at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 15. (3rd grade and up)
- Fun games and activities for 3-5 graders at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31.
- College Launch at 12:00 p.m. on Thusday, August 8. Takeila Hall from CFNC talks to students and parents about financial aid and planning for college. Lunch will be provided beginning at noon.
- Read-n-Relax: take a break and join us outside at the library to read a book or simply listen to one at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 14.
- Outside the Box: Explore creativity through chaos with a “Wreck This Journal” workshop at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22.
- The End of Summer !! All good things must come to an end. Enjoy Xbox 360, games, caricaturist, and more at an AFTER HOURS event from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.
- Join us for the Community Read Kick-off at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6. David Van Hoy will be sharing background on Refuge, the book, Dot Jackson, the author, and historical mountain folklore.
- Adult programming offers “Pace Yourself” Computer Classes at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday mornings.
- Tai Chi classes are available at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays.
- Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on August 26 at Boondocks.
- Music on Saturday presents Scot Pope, at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24. An art reception will preview the work of Lyn Soeder.
- Visit the Human Library between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the West Jefferson Gallery Crawl August 9 and in the library’s upstairs art gallery from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10.