Monday, September 1, 2014

Celebrate Ashe Library's 5-year Building Renovation Anniversary

Check out what’s new at the library and come celebrate the 5-yr anniversary of Ashe Library’s renovation on September 12. During 2008, the library was temporarily housed in Jefferson Station while the facility was being expanded. When the doors to the new building opened in July 2009, the transformation was extraordinary. It truly was the heart of the community that renovated and improved Ashe County library. The library is a place where residents of all ages and incomes visit and enjoy spending their time. At the library you can hear interesting speakers discuss new ideas, books, travel, and a broad range of topics. There are comprehensive databases available free of charge, and you can take home a book, CD, or DVD at virtually no cost. The library is the place where you can get help when applying for a job. It is also a place that’s “owned” by everyone in the community

The day’s festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a children’s story walk in the park and an alphabet hunt. Be sure to stop by the youth services department and sign up for Growing Book by Book: An early literacy program for children ages birth to 5. Al Corum will be in the library at 1:00 p.m. to talk about his book Fired with Enthusiasm. "Fired with enthusiasm is the story of a nine year legal battle between the University of North Carolina and an educator demoted for expressing an opinion - which led to the landmark ruling that the state can't simply refuse to be sued in order to avoid responsibility in cases of discrimination and violations of employee rights." Join the Karoke Party at 2:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room Throughout the day, staff will be conducting in-house tours of the facility with special attention to new resources available. Be sure to stop by the Heritage Room to see a portrait of Ms. Chessie Barr Neal, the county’s first librarian. The library’s Board of Trustees will be hosting the event with refreshments at 3:00 p.m. Also at this time, local musicians Scot Pope and Henry Doss will be entertaining and the upstairs art gallery will open an exhibit entitled Complimentary Colors. Last but not least, the Friends of the Library will be launching a “Fall Fiction Festival,” where you can find quality books by a wide variety of authors at an affordable price.

Ashe Library Dates to Remember in September:

For All Ages:
  • The Seasonal Reading Challenge begins a new quarter with the Summer Wrap-up and Fall Kick-off Party at 5:30 on September 4. Find out about new books and authors, enjoy refreshments and discuss books with fellow readers.
  • Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 9 and 23. One need not possess or purchase a drum to participate. There are all sorts of drums and a variety of percussion instruments available to share the rhythm with everyone.
  • Get Crafty at the library with crocheting on September 13 and knitting on September 27. Classes are for all skill levels from 10:00 a.m. to12:00 p.m. Crocheting supplies are provided for the Great Afghan Project. This month the knitting project is a slouch hat described as a little bit hipster and a lot of casual. For the hat you will need one skein of Caron’s Simply Soft yarn, 16 inch size 5 circular needles, 16 inch size 7 circular needles, and a set of size 7 double pointed needles
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam Sessions meets each month every first and third Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room. This is an after-hours program with building access in the lower parking lot side entrance. Designed for beginners, but all skill levels are welcome. Bring your instrument and join the fun.

For Children:
  • Baby Bounce takes place at 10:00 a.m. on September 6 and 20. This is a short 15-20 minute program for infants and babies that will include finger plays, songs, rhymes, and a book or two.
  • Tot Time for 2-3 year olds is at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
  • Story Time for 4-5 year olds is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday.
  • Afternoon Adventures for 6-9 year olds meets at 3:30 p.m. on September 11 for “life-size building challenges using a variety of materials.”
For Teens:
  • Geek out with Otaku’s United Anime / Manga Club at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
For Adults:
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 29 at Boondocks.

  • Grow Yourself, self-paced computer use tutorial sessions, are held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.

  • Bring balance to your life with Tai Chi classes, led by Sybil Harmon, at 10:00 a.m. on Thursdays.

  • The Wellness Circle Lunch & Learn meets at 11:30 on September 9 for a program featuring AmeriCorps NCCC. Bring your own lunch, beverages and deserts are provided. Find about The Mount Jefferson Project. Meet an amazing group of young adults, known as Delta 1 and hear about their experiences blazing a new walking trail for our county. Following the presentation join us on a "walking book talk" in the park behind the library to discuss books on environmental wellness. Adults of any age and fitness level welcome. 
  • John Canon invites you to bring your ENTIRE to do list and in a short 30 minute workshop will show you how to get it done! This program is offered on September 24 in two sessions: Session One 11:00 am and Session Two 11:30 a.m.

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