Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ashe Library Hosts a Day in the District

The library will host a “Day in the District” open house from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. on March 12, 2016. As you may know, the state appropriations committee will soon begin drafting its 12 annual spending bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2017. Local and state elected officials will be visiting to see how our library serves its community.

In reply to his “Day in the District” invitation Senator Thom Tillis acknowledged our mission by confirming that, “Libraries play an important role in education by providing additional opportunities and innovative ways for students to supplement what they learn in the classroom.  Libraries are also important anchors of communities, providing a multitude of services for citizens of all ages.”

Laura McPherson, Ashe Library’s adult service department manager, has compiled a list of “Nine Things to Know About Our Library.”
  1. Our staff wants to help. Ask about book recommendations, job hunting, community info, e-reader setup, etc...
  2. We take pride in our collections. We try to get the best stuff for you and if we don’t have it it doesn’t hurt to ask if we can order it!
  3. You can book a meeting room, a display space, and even a librarian!
  4. We have programs for all ages... Story Times, Anime Club, Tech Talks, Get Crafty, Lego Club, Teen Advisory Council, and much more.
  5. We are part of Appalachian Regional Library and NC Cardinal.
  6. We have your technology needs covered … Wi-fi, computer lab, laptops for in-library loan, scanners, copiers, printers, and help when you need it.
  7. We are the library for the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College. We provide study space, research and writing assistance, information literacy training, and encouragement!
  8. We love to collaborate with you. Have a great idea for a program? Want to volunteer or join our Friends of the Library group? Let us know!
  9. You can be a part of a community of readers. Choose from three book clubs (or host your own at the library). Be a part of the Ashe Library 2016 Reading Challenge.
These “nine things” summarize the many great resources and opportunities available at Ashe Library. Ashe Library extends an invitation for all to drop in for a tour of the facility, enjoy refreshments, and find out what the library can do for you.

Dates to remember in March:
The library will be closed on March 25 in observance of Good Friday.

 Children’s Programs

  • Tot Time is every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for 2 and 3 year-olds with stories, songs, and crafts
  • Story Time is every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. and offers stories, songs and crafts for 4-5 year-olds
  • The Lego Club meets on March 24 at 4:00 p.m. for grades K-5 with a new challenge each month.
  • My Sister Ate One Hareby Bill Grossman is the featured Story Walk, on display at Ashe County Park throughout March. 

Teen Programs
  • Geek out at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday with Otaku’s United, an Anime/Manga Club
  • The Teen Drama Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 10.
  • Join Rebecca Petruck for a special craft program using light switch plates at 4:00 p.m. on March 17
  • The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 24.  
Adult Programs
  •  For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Take Care of Your Wealth” a special financial literacy program is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on March 15. Discover techniques for outsmarting investment fraud and get an introduction to resources that help you visualize the roles of insurance, wills, investments, retirement plans, and estate planning techniques in preparing for life's transactions. Meal will be provided.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 28 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
  • The Coloring “Book” Club celebrates reading (and coloring) as a group experience at 5:00 p.m. on March 29. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.
  • The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 on March 31 for a feature showing and discussion of a Coen Bros. film, O Brother Where Art Thou?
 All Ages
  • The Read-Around-the-Clock Book Club meets at 3:00 p.m. on March 3. Read any book with a number 3 in the title and come join the discussion.
  • Get Crafty and learn to “Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs” at 10:00 a.m. on March 12. You can make an alligator, a bear, a cat, get the idea. Project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 8 and 22.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on March 4 and 18 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.
  • Drop-in all day on March 19 for some make-and-take crafting fun, featuring Book Charms.

Special Events:

  • Stop in at 1:00 on March 11 for the opening reception of a Aunt Bea's Art Exhibit.  Light   refreshments will be provided.
  • You can “Bee a Friend” and help our pollinators by decorating a pot and planting a flower seed at 11:00 a.m. on March 12.
  • A family matinee featuring Facing the Giants will be shown on the library screen at 2:00 p.m. on March 12. A losing coach with an underdog football team faces their giants of fear and failure on and off the field to surprising results.
  • Hear presenter Richie Tannerhill speak about the Anonymous People Movement and see the documentary film at 6:00 p.m. on March 24. Recovery does happen. People do get better! Recovery is no longer the exception, it's the expectation.

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