Monday, May 30, 2016

Summer Reading Read-a-thon

The Friends of Ashe Library will be partnering with the library to host its first ever Read-a-thon! The Read-a-thon has two goals: First, to get folks excited about reading and second to raise money for the children’s collection. All ages can participate by recruiting sponsors to support them with a donation for every hour spent reading during the event. The Read-a-thon takes place on Monday, July 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Readers will sign in and settle down to read for the day, or as long as they can last. There is an incentive to stay, as there will be hourly random prize drawings for all readers in the building.   A Kindle will be awarded to the participant who raises the most money.
Throughout the day there are special reading challenges, fun mini-activities (not to interfere with reading), and snacks to keep readers going. All forms of reading will be allowed, books, magazines, newspapers … even audio books if you prefer to read with your ears! Parents can spend time reading to their children, or children can spend time reading to their parents. Whether you chose to read alone or with a partner, all reading counts! Those that plan to stay for the day can bring a bag lunch, and beverages will be provided.
Stop by the library to register as a read-a-thon participant and pick up a sponsor form. Students who wish to can count their reading time as community service hours since this is essentially a service to the library. All profits made from the event will be used to provide new books and materials for the children's department.
Dates to remember in June:

 Children’s Programs
  • A Tea Party Story time takes place at 10:30 a.m. on June 11. Come dressed in costume or just as you are.
  • Celebrate the writings of Roald Dahl by creating BFG dream jars at 2:00 p.m on June 16 (for 2nd - 5th grade).
  • Drop in for a special story time, My Favorite Books, with guest reader Michelle Mackey at 10:30 a.m. on June 17 and visit with Arly at 10:30 a.m on June 29.

Tween Programs
  • Personalize your journal any way you like with scrapbook paper, old book pages, and stickers at 12:30 p.m. on June 25.
  • Attend an interactive writer's workshop “the Sorcerer's Stone for storytellers” and unlock the secret potion for Plot at 2:00 on June 25 with Rebecca Petruck, author of Steering Toward Normal.

Teen Programs
  • Geekers & Gamers hang-out at 4:00 p.m. every Tuesday.
Adult Programs
  • A Resume Workshop will be held at 10:00 a.m. on June 15. Improve your odds for success with a polished, professional-looking resume that is sure to impress potential employers.
  • Share original or favorite poems over coffee at Poetry Cafe at 2:00 p.m. on June 16.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on June 27 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 5:30 p.m. on June 28. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.
  • Learn the basics of website construction while actually building your own free personal website at 11:00 a.m.on June 29.
  • The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 on June 30 for a feature showing and discussion of a Coen Bros. film, True Grit.
 All Ages
  • The “Can Film Festival takes place at 2:0 p.m. on June 10. Bring a can of food for our community's hungry and watch a fun family movie!
  • Get Crafty and learn to “” at 10:00 a.m. on June 11. You can make an alligator, a bear, a cat, get the idea. Project materials are provided.Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on June 14 and 28.  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 June 3 and 17 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.
  • Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” with stories and activities to honor our senior adults at 2:00 p.m. on June 10. Try devices which simulate difficult health experiences affecting our elderly population. Create cards to share with our home-bound patrons.
  • Join NC State Park Rangers for a taste of cobbler cooked on a campfire and try out a canoe or kayak, and more at 10:30 a.m. on June 28.

Special Events:

  • The Read Around the Clock Book Club meets at 6:00 on June 6 to discuss any book with the number “six” in the title. The novel featured on the library's clock is December 6, by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Meet Tommy Hays, author of our Community Read novel, What I Came to Tell You, at 2:00 p.m. on June 11 … refreshments and more!

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