Monday, August 29, 2016

Snoopy, the Literary Ace, Promotes Library Cards and Reading!

Snoopy, the world-famous beagle has been known as The Flying Ace, The Masked Marvel, Man’s Best Friend, and the Literary Ace, among other personas; this fall he makes his star turn when he comes to the big screen in The Peanuts Movie from 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios.  In September, he’s especially proud to serve as Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the nation’s public libraries highlight the value of a library card. Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. It is a time when the American Library Association and libraries nationwide join together to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step towards academic achievement and lifelong learning.
Library cards are invaluable as they provide free access to books in both digital and print format.  At Ashe Library reading and discussing books, along with providing channels for life-long learning, are priority services.  There are many ways our patrons can connect with a book and engage with others in discussion.  
  1. For our youngest library patrons, Ashe Library offers weekly story times and special monthly programs.  
  2. Something new this year for middle-age readers is a Tween Book Club.  Tweens plan to video tape reviews of their favorite books. 
  3. All ages are participating in the 2016 Reading Challenge.  The Challenge continues through December with additional Super Challenges.  (visit for complete details) So far this year 70 participants have completed 905 reading challenges!  You can browse our completed challenge reviews online for book recommendations.  
4. Adults may be interested in tapping into an evening book discussion at Boon Docks Brewery in West Jefferson.  The library’s Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on the last Monday of each month in Boon Docks.  There is no assigned reading for this book club. Read, then share what you want to, and hear about an eclectic mix of books.  This month Gary Brown, Boon Docks Brewmeister, has created a new beer, Ashe Bookworm Porter, in honor of the library’s book club.  Come out and join our lively book discussion!  

Dates to remember in September:
The library will be closed for Labor Day on September 5.

  • Tot Time is a fun-filled time for 2 & 3 year olds, featuring stories, art and music at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays.
  • Story time for 4 & 5 year olds feature ABC Adventures at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays, beginning September 8.
  • Join Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer at 10:30 a.m. for a “Sing to Your Baby” program and a “Yodel-Ay-Hee-Hoo” family sing-along at 3:30 a.m. on September 13.
  • Build, create, and make new friends at a Lego Block Party (for 1st to 5th grades) at 4:00 p.m. on September 20.
Tween Programs
  • Tween Takeover! Meets at 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning September 15.  Share books and be part of Tween Video Book Reviews.
  • What’s your geek? What’s your game? Meet, hang out, game, and eat every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. with the Geeks & Gamers. 
  • Be a part of TAC (teen advisory council) and help plan a Halloween lock-in at 4:00 p.m. on September 15.
  • For all your tech troubles, book and appointment with our friendly reference librarians.  Call 336.846.2041 x227
  • Get Career Help @ the Library from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  Learn valuable job skills, create a solid resume, prepare for an interview, get help with your job search, and more.  Make an appointment for individualized help.
  • Visit the Poetry Café at 4:00 p.m. on September 8 and share original or favorite poems over coffee.
  • Yoga Club meets in the library’s downstairs meeting room at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays.
  • Ashe Services for the Aging offers a free Building Better Balance Screening for older adults to help assess risks and prevent falls at 9:00 a.m. on September 21
  • The Deep Focus Film Club meets at 5:00 on September 29 for a feature showing and discussion of Amadeus (1984).   Witness musical rivalry 18th-century style in this biopic about composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on September 26 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately! Try the new Ashe Bookworm Porter!
  • The Coloring “Book” Club celebrates reading (and coloring) as a group experience at 5:00 p.m. on September 27. Relax with adult coloring books while listening and discussing a different short story audiobook each month.

  • Get Crafty and learn to “Crochet Your Way Through the ABCs” at 10:00 a.m. on September 10. 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 September 13 and 27.  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 September 2 and 16 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 on September 24 for “All Day Get Crafty.”  
  • The Read Around the Clock Book Club meets at 9:00 a.m. on September 9 to discuss any book with the number “nine” in the title. 

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