|Twig at Mabe's Grocery|
Ashe Library’s Twig Project has expanded due to community support and funding from a grant awarded by Ashe Community Foundation last spring. The grant provided funding to officially register these “Little Free Libraries” on the global web. Each registered Twig location is eligible to receive educational resources, books, G.I.F.T. (Give It Forward Team) benefits and contributions for community projects. People who want to share their favorite books can easily find the Twig closest to them by locating its story and photo on the LFL map. An Official Little Free Library charter sign and a number has been assigned to each twig. FREE BOOKS that are interesting, stimulating, inspirational, funny, moving, educational and helpful are donated when available by authors and publishers. Officially registered LFL (Twigs) are eligible for awards as well as local and national recognition.
On October 30 at 4:00 p.m. the library will be hosting a reception in its meeting room to showcase a beautiful ceramic mosaic Twig built by highschoolers. Book donations will be accepted to help stock the county's Twigs and refreshments will be served. All are invited to attend the reception for a presentation and to meet community members who have worked behind the scenes to make this project possible.
Over the summer months, three new Twigs have been built and donated by members of Ashe Home Builders Association and Ashe High School students. The newest Twigs are located at Fleetwood Post Office, and Sheets Grocery on Hwy 88. State Line Grocery on Hwy 16 will have a Twig installed by the end of October. Twig libraries can also be found at Phipps Store in Lansing, Todd Mercantile, and Mabe's Grocery in Laurel Springs.
If you haven't visited a Twig yet, next time you are passing through one of these areas stop and see one of these amazing little libraries. You might find something you'd like to read and you can pick up a calendar of library events. Library cards aren't a requirement for Twig users. The convenience of these free libraries make it easy to take or leave books at anytime. Though book collections may be small and unpredictable, it is exciting to find what you might discover when browsing for something good to read. Twigs provide a sense of community and promote reading for children as well as literacy for adults.
As winter approaches traveling to the county's library may be difficult for some, but having a Twig nearby will make books accessible to those who live in remote areas. In good weather and during the month of Ashe Library's annual Community Read Program, read-alouds will be scheduled periodically at Twig locations, inviting community members to gather and share stories. Each Twig location serves as a “library life-line” to the socially isolated and sincere thanks goes out to all who have helped spread the library's mission; to promote reading and life-long learning.
Library Events in October:
For All Ages:
- Appalachian State University students will visit at 3:00 p.m. on October 11 to teach us a new sport “Quidditch.” Harry Potter fans know what this is. Drop in and create your own snitch.
- Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on October 14 and 28. 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.
- Author, Libby Bagby, makes an appearance at 4:00 p.m. on October 16 to share her latest book about Plott Hound Police Dogs.
- Get Crafty at the library with crocheting on October 11 and knitting on October 25. 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 “elf slippers.” Materials needed are three colors of chunky yarn and size 8 knitting needles.
- Mountain Music Slow Jam Sessions meet 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.
- Visit the library between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Halloween and get treats from Superheroes. Try the “Monsters Love Color” Story Walk and take a “flying” photo. Lots more SUPER fun stuff.
- Baby Bounce takes place at 10:00 a.m. on October 4 and 18. 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 October 9 to create Boxtrolls and hear fantastic tales.
- Geek out with Otaku’s United Anime / Manga Club at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays
- Teen Read Week Kick-off is between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, October 13. See a demonstration of the Everyone Dreams Project and sign up for Sundae Wars. Activities will take place throughout the week between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. and end with the Ultimate Sundae War at 2:00 p.m. on October 18.
- Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on October 27 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.
- Ashe Wellness Circle is a “Lunch & Learn Program” that meets at 11:30 on October 14 for a program featuring A Safe Home for Everyone. Bring your own lunch beverages and deserts are provided. Deanna Stoker, A.S.H.E. program director will be providing information about the emotional response of trauma, both individually and as a community, and how to promote resiliency in ourselves after a traumatic event may have occurred. This program will include information about how our biological responses to trauma impact our emotional responses and will offer effective tips on how to use internal strengths in order to continue to thrive.
- NaNoWriMo Orientation takes place at 3:30 p.m. on October 24. Find out about National Novel Writing Month (November) and challenge yourself to write a novel in one month. Find support and caffeine at the library.
Special Events - In and Out:
- Stop by the upstairs art gallery at 3:00 p.m on October 10 for the opening reception of Piecemakers Challenge Quilts.
- Visit the library tent at Todd's New River Festival on October 11 and at the Autumn Leaf Festival in Jefferson on October 18.