Monday, February 20, 2017

Ashe Library Hosts a “Day in the District”

The library will host a “Day in the District” open house from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on March 4, 2017. As you may know, the state legislature’s appropriations committees will soon begin drafting their 12 annual spending bills to fund the government for the next two years. Local and state elected officials will be visiting to see how our library serves its community.   Providing access to information, literature, and lifelong learning are the fundamental goals of American libraries. This is true now more than ever, and citizens must use their voices to ensure our library legacy remains viable and fully funded.   We invite you to come speak to your elected officials about the importance of state and local funds in maintaining a high level of library service in Ashe County.

During the month of February, Ashe Library has been celebrating National Love Your Library Month.  A special reception is planned from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on February 24 to thank the community for all the support received in the last year.  At the reception an unveiling of the library’s new MindKare Kiosk is scheduled.  This unit was granted to the library by VAYA Health and will provide free and confidential screenings to pre-assess mental health conditions.  The public location for this kiosk will prompt increased visibility and ease the process of checking in on one’s mental health, making it as easy and accessible as checking in on one’s physical health.  Next time you are in the library, visit the kiosk for quality care through provision of local treatment referrals.

Some of the comments collected this month, from local patrons of all ages, show how much the public library is appreciated:
  • "I love the library because of the wealth of information contained for all age groups. Not only reading material, but education classes are offered or discussions of different subjects are offered."
  • "Wonderful place to be! It's hard to leave!"
  • "Because it takes me places I can't afford to visit."
  • "Excellent facility! Great programs! Friendly librarians!"
  • "It is a safe place. It's friendly. My home away from home."
  • "Friendly staff! And what an important community resource!"
  • "I love you library because you guys help us when we need help." (child)
Save the date for Ashe Library’s Love Your Library Reception (February 24), and Day in the District (March 4).  Anyone can speak up for your libraries—your voice counts!

Dates to remember in March:

 Children’s Programs

  • Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:00 a.m. for ages birth to 2 years.  Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with a stay-and-play social time afterwards.
  • Tot Time meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 and 3.  Wiggle, giggle, laugh, sing, and create!  This is a fun-filled time featuring stories, art, and music.
  • Story Time meets every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. for ages 4 and 5.  Join us for ABC adventures with stories, art, and music.
  • Move to the Music is an active engaging time for youth to explore music, movement, and learning. This program is for ages 1-7 and meets on March 3 at 10:30 a.m.  A moving child is a learning child.
  • The Lego Club meets on March 23 at 4:00 p.m. for grades 1-5. Build, create, and make new friends.
Tween Programs
  • ·     Tween Takeover! Gamers Unite! Tween gamers meet at 4:00 p.m. on March 9 for food and fun with friends to play Minecraft, giant games and various board games.

Teen Programs
  • T for Teen, Gamers unite! will meet at 4:00 p.m. on March 7.  Xbox 360 and laptops available for gaming.
  • Teen Art Studio meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 14. Come and create! We provide the supplies and you make the art in this open choice art studio.
  • Board Game Café meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 21.  Come alone or bring a group to enjoy a variety of board games, hot coffee from local brews, and sweet treats.
  • The Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meets at 5:00 p.m. on March 21.  Tell us what you want to see in YOUR library.
  • Teen Craft Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on March 28.  Join us for our monthly art workshop to make origami bookmarks.
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.
  • Read Around the World Book Club meets at 5:45 p.m. on March 15.  Take a literary journey to far-flung locales with this monthly book club, focusing on titles set in other countries. Ask for this month’s selection, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, at the circulation desk.
  • The Library Matinee features Loving (PG13) at 1:00 p.m. on March 18.  Watch the story of Richard and Mildred Loving who violate a Virginia law that prohibits interracial marriage and take their case to the Supreme Court.
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 27 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
  • Come out for a Pink4Lunch at 12:00 p.m. on March 29 to eat, meet, and educate. In partnership with Susan G. Komen Northwest NC, the library will host a lunch and learn session to raise awareness of importance for the early detection of breast cancer. Registration is encouraged.

 All Ages
  • A family program, Book and a Bite, takes place from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on March 4. Create a hand puppet, pick up a recipe and browse selected books for dinner table conversation starters.
  • Get Crafty and make Quick Knit & Crochet Gifts at 10:00 a.m. on March 11.  Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on March 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 March 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.

Special Events:

  • Kevin Hining, NC Wildlife Resources Education Specialist, talks about Citizen Science projects with native wildlife at 4:00 p.m. on March 2.
  • Visit between 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. with our elected officials at the library’s “Day in the District.”
  • Hear young local talent perform a Celtic Music Concert at 4:00 p.m. on March 16.

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