Ashe County Public Library is partnering with JROTC students, Museum of Ashe County History, and Ashe County Veterans Association to document and share stories of our local military heroes. Using resources from the National Library of Congress, a Veterans History Project be implemented to bring awareness to sacrifices and bravery of our local veterans. We are recruiting veterans who are willing to be interviewed for print or audio/visual documentation by volunteers, and are inviting them to share personal stories through letters, diaries, journals, official military documents, photos, or artwork.
Those interested in being a part of the project may call (336.846.2041 x229) or stop by the library to sign-up.
A workshop (light meal to be provided) will be offered at 4:30 p.m. on November 7 to assist volunteers with preparing and conducting interviews. Family stories and histories about life on the home front, by those in support of veterans serving abroad, are also desired. It is important to pass on an understanding for the price of freedom to future generations. Please consider participating in this project. A participant may be a veteran, an interviewer, or person donating a veteran’s collection.
The stories collected will be uploaded into the Museum of Ashe County History’s kiosk and published in a Veteran Memories Magazine to be archived in the library’s Heritage Room and shared with veterans and their families.
Dates to remember in November:
The library will be closed for Veterans Day, November 11, and Thanksgiving, November 26 – 28.
· Baby Bounce meets every Friday at 10:30 a.m. for ages birth to 2 years. Enjoy stories, rhymes, bounces, and songs with a stay-and-play social time afterwards.
· Tot Time takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for ages 2 and 3. Wiggle, giggle, laugh, sing, and create. A fun-filled time featuring stories, music, and a craft.
· Storytime for ages 4 and 5 is at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday. Join us for ABC adventures with stories, art, and music.
· Code Breakers team up at 4:00 p.m. on November 9. If you can crack the unbreakable code using military tactics, you can escape the bunker!
· Teens meet at 4:00 p.m. on November 7 for video gaming fun.
· Board Game Café / Teen Advisory Council will meet at 4:00 p.m. on November 14.
· Teen STEAM meets at 4:00 p.m. on November 21.
· Anime Club meets at 4:00 p.m. on November 28.
· 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.
· Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on November 27 in Boondocks. There is no assigned reading for this book club. Come as you are, read what you want, and join the lively conversation!
· Audio Book & Coloring Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on November 28. This book club celebrates reading as a group experience. Join us monthly to listen to short stories and relax with adult coloring sheets.
· Get Crafty and make Quick Knit & Crochet Gifts at 10:00 a.m. on November 18. Instruction available for beginners and project materials are provided.
· The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on November 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 November 3 and from 3:00 -5:00 p.m. on November 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.
Involving Books: Special Events
· The Library Art Gallery will be dedicated in memory of Ida C. Marsh, WWII Army Nurse at 4:00 p.m. on November 3. Mrs. Marsh’s paintings will be displayed.
· Join us for a Paws4Vets Program at 4:30 p.m. on November 7. Paws4People Foundation raises, trains, and places assistance dogs with children, veterans, military dependents, and civilians living with disabilities. Nicholas Bailey will join us with his service dog for some doggie tales.
· A workshop on interviewing and collecting stories of our veterans will be held at 4:30 p.m. on November 7. Come out and pick up a Veterans History Project Field Kit and learn how to record history.
· Drop in or stay all day, between 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. on November 14, 15, and 16, to watch WWII documentaries. Viewing will be held in the board room. Various topics each day.
· Meet veterans and Ashe County High School’s JROTC students at 3:00 p.m. on November 30. A special reception will be held to share stories of our local military heroes.
· A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 25 in the library's downstairs meeting room. The main level and upper levels of the library will not be open to the public during this time. Salute a veteran and give blood! Drop in and donate, or call 336.846.2041 x227 for information and donor registration.