If you haven’t heard yet … Ashe Library’s Community Read features Alex Bledsoe’s book “The Hum and the Shiver,” first in his Tufa Tale Trilogy. Special programs are scheduled in June to enhance and celebrate this novel. Since the novel is set in Appalachia, the library is hosting a Heritage Festival with Ashe Farmers’ Market, to highlight traditional mountain crafts, on June 6. Another exciting activity will be on June 13, when local homeschoolers perform an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Tempest” in the park behind the library. This rendition of the classic Shakespeare play, entitled “Appalachian Storm” is directed by Ramona Renfroe, and contains elements from Alex Bledsoe’s book.
Community Read events conclude on June 19 and 20 with guest appearances by Tuatha Dea, Celtic/Tribal/Gypsy rock band, and none other than Alex Bledsoe. Tuatha Dea will be visiting the library to facilitate a drum circle at 1:00 p.m. in the park behind the library on June 19 and later that evening they will be performing at 5:30 p.m. on West Jefferson’s Backstreet Stage.
Tuatha Dea has created a musical tribute to Alex Bledsoe's fantasy trilogy of the Appalachian fairy folk, "The Tufa". The band integrates a myriad of vocal styles with traditional and unconventional instrumentation with influences from Blues to Rock to traditional Celtic and World vibes into eclectic blends that defy genre....but is always Tribal!
Be sure to mark your calendar to meet Alex Bledsoe, our ‘rock-star’ author, at 11:00 a.m. on June 20 in the library to discuss his rural-fantasy books and find out about the newest release, “The Long Black Curl.”
Dates to remember in June:
- Children’s Programs
- Sign-up for summer reading and summer reading programs beginning at 3:00 p.m. on June 8.
- Dog Days of Reading – Read animal books to canines from Ashe County Humane Society, followed by a presentation about pet care at 1:00 p.m. on June 20.
- Enjoy popcorn and a movie, Big Hero 6, in the downstairs meeting room at 10:00 a.m. on June 27.
- A Preschool Story Walk takes place at 11:00 a.m. in Ashe County Park, featuring The Tree House that Jack Built by, Bonnie Verburg.
- Teen Programs
- The Hangout: Take flight and soar into summer as you experiment with recyclables to launch a balloon rocket, build an airplane, participate in a catapult contest, and more. The fun begins at 4:00 p.m. on June 4.
- Starting on June 29 and through each Monday in July, pick up a new challenge bag to create, build, and tinker.
- Geek out with Otaku’s United Anime / Manga Club at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
- The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets at 4:00 p.m. on June 25.
- Adult Programs
- Two O’Clock Tech Talks presents “Looking for Appalachia Online” on Mondays.
- Improve your quality of life with Tai Chi classes 10:00 a.m. every Thursday.
- The Wellness Circle’s lunch-n-learn program (BYOL) meets at 11:30 a.m. on June 9. Information will be shared about Triple P: Positive Parenting Program.
- The Centennial Book Club meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in Hotel Tavern. Catch-22 by, Joseph Heller is the selected book for June 23 and will be featured on the big screen in the library at 2:00 p.m. on June 27.
- Connect to the past and become “Rooted” with a workshop led by Josh Beckworth on the music of Ashe County at 11:00 a.m. on June 6.
- Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on June 29 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.” Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
- All Ages
- Get Crafty meets on 2nd Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m. This month’s project is “Precious Pals” and will be collected for distribution by first responders to children in crisis situations.
- The Community Drum Circle meets on June 9 and 23 at 5:30. Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
- Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet on June 5 and 26 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. 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
- Special Events:
- Visit the library’s “Inspiration Station,” in the library’s upper level on Mondays.
- Community Read Book Talk takes place at 6:00 p.m. on June 16 in Bohemia and at 6:00 p.m. on June 18 at Todd Mercantile.
- Tweens & Teens: Create a jar to hold wishes and dreams for your future at 4:00 p.m. on June 10.
- Meet Johnnie Taylor, local author of The Bible and the Banjo, at 11:00 a.m. on June 13.