Thursday, January 3, 2019

Learning, Inspiration, Fellowship, and Enrichment = LIFE in the Library!

Lifelong Learning is one of the library’s service priorities, and this isn’t just a lifetime supply of books to read. There are many other things going on at the library to spark an interest and become involved in. The best thing is that, library programs are FREE! As the year begins, there are some new offerings and updates with library programs.

Local author Rebecca Petruck, nationally recognized for her middle-grade novels, will lead a weekly group inspired by Julia Cameron’s self-help book The Artist’s Way. These sessions will help participants tap into their creativity with exercises and conversations to regain the self-confidence needed to harness their innate talents. Attendance is come-as-you-can at 5:30 on Thursdays. Email to access the group calendar, get exercises, and read inspiries!

Get Crafty is a knitters and crochet’s group that meets on the third Saturday of each month from 10:00 – 12:00. The group is designed for all skill levels, one-on-one help is available and beginners are welcome. Each year there is an emphasis on a themed project, and this year instruction will be given on various Granny Square patterns (365 Days of Granny Squares). Materials are provided and attendees do not need to be grandmothers to make Granny Squares! Plans are to make unique beautifully designed squares throughout the year that can be assembled into a warm afghan to snuggle with next winter.

Library teens meet every month for a little TLC (Teen Listening Council). In 2019 the TLC group will be hosted by A Safe Home for Everyone. Sessions will provide fellowship and conversation on different topics that matter to teens. This month’s discussion provides information on how to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy relationships. This group meets at 4:00 on January 29.

The 2018-19 Reading Challenge Wrap-up / Kick-off Party takes place at 5:00 p.m. on January 3. It is exciting to see all the books read by our patrons and a special thank you to all our community sponsors! If you are looking for something good to read, the 2019 Reading Challenge will provide suggestions for new books and you will be entered to win prizes for every completed challenge. Join us for refreshments and fun & games.

Lastly, a seasonal reminder that VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) begins on January 28. Call the library's appointment phone line to reserve your time for consultation. (336-977-5829).
Be sure to save-the-dates and stop by the library to experience LIFE!
Dates to remember in January:
The library will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 31 for New Year’s Eve, and remain closed for January 1, 2019 for New Year’s Day. The library is also closed on January 21 for observance of Martin Luther King Day.  
Children’s Programs
  • 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.
  • Kid Inventors Day takes place at 4:00 p.m. for ages 8 – 12. Tweens are invited to a “Flying Machine Challenge” in celebration of Kid Inventors Day! Kids will make their best contraption out of recycled materials and test them against their peers.
  • National Hot Chocolate Day is a great reason to come to the library in your PAJAMAS! Join us for a cup of yummy hot coca and a Special Pajama Family StoryTime at 4:00 p.m. on January 31. Bring the whole family for an assortment of funny stories! (Blankies and stuffed animals are also welcome.)

Teen Programs
  • T for Teen – Gamers Unite! Meet-up at 4:00 p.m. on January 8. Xbox360 and laptops available for teen gaming.
  • Board Game Café is open at 4:00 p.m. on January 15. Come and make some friends! Play a variety of board games and enjoy coffee and sweet treats.
  • Teen Yoga to be held at 4:00 p.m. on January 22. Laura Price, certified yoga teacher with 10+ years of experience, leads this laid-back class for beginners.
  • TLC (Teen Listening Council) is a safe place for teens to talk openly about any subject. Drop in at 4:00 p.m. on January 29. This month A Safe Home for Everyone will host the gathering with conversation about healthy relationships. Come out for snacks, fun activities, and help in navigating those turbulent teenage years.
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.
  • Vickie’s Book Club meets at 1:00 p.m. on January 15 to discuss I Will Always Write Back by, Caitlin Alifrenka
  • The Artist's Way group, lead by Rebecca Petruck, will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Come out and discover or recover your artistic creativity!
  • Brouhaha Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. on January 28 in Boondocks Restaurant for “Books, Beer and Bookworm Babble.”  Come and find out what everyone has been reading lately!
All Ages
  • Get Crafty meets at 10 a.m. on January 19 to launch a new year-long project 365 Days of Granny Squares.
  • The Community Drum Circle meets at 5:30 p.m. on January 10 and 24.  Join the celebration of drums, while exploring the soul and spirit of music!
  • Mountain Music Slow Jam will meet from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on January 5 and 19 in the downstairs meeting room. Songs are explained as to timing, breaks, etc… and played in slow time.  Designed for beginners, all skill levels are welcome.
Special Events
  • A special presentation: Witness to the Holocaust, will be held at 5:30 on January 24 by Dr. Walter Ziffer. In this very personal program, Dr. Ziffer informs his audience about the difficulties of surviving the German genocide known as the Holocaust and the importance of maintaining vigilance so as to prevent a repeat of this atrocity. Complimenting Dr. Ziffer's visit, is a month-long exhibit, Faces of Resistance: Everyday Life in the Ghettos. This exhibit highlights forms of resistance taken by women in concentration camps during the Holocaust. Local artist, Stephen Shoemaker is also debuting his latest work, a portrait of Czestawa Kwoka, a teenage girl who was a prisoner at Auschwitz.

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