By Joy Maxwell
Mountains Branch Librarian
Greetings from your library! As is always the case, we’ve been busy this summer. We’ve welcomed lots of first time visitors to Mountains Branch, and welcomed back many returning guests. We love that so many visitors to our area include the library as part of their vacation. During the hot and steamy days of July and August, our sojourners seemed to enjoy quiet time spent browsing our shelves for books and movies to enjoy during their visit.
One of the things that always catches their eyes is the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Because our library receives so many like-new current releases, shopping the Friends’ sale shelves is almost like visiting a small book store! The Friends recently held a very successful Book Sale, thanks in large part to the efforts of Friends Board Members Nancy Evans and Linda White. In September they will once again host a Books & Bites Author Luncheon at the Lake Lure Inn. Tryon author, Mary Ann Claud – a former Hendersonville Times News columnist – will discuss her first novel, The Dancin’ Man, on Tuesday, September 8th at 11:30. Tickets are available at the library.
We also celebrated our Library Volunteers in August. As I’m sure many of you already know, our volunteers are in a class by themselves. We currently have 22 volunteers who contribute a total of 77 hours of their time each week to help keep the doors open here on Bill’s Creek Road, and make the full-time staff’s jobs a whole lot easier. We celebrated with a lovely brunch and gifts for our volunteers, followed by lots of fellowship and laughter. We can’t thank them enough.
This month we will continue our Family Arts & Literacy programs with the Grand Finale – a visit from children’s author, Kelly Light on September 15th at 4:00. Light is the author of Louise Loves Art, a delightful look at the natural creative spark alive in children. Kelly is a dynamic speaker, who will engage both children and grown-ups as she uses both sketches and stories to illustrate her journey to becoming a working artist and author.
We are so grateful to the Lake Lure Community Education Foundation and the Friends of the Mountains Branch Library for helping us bring these outstanding arts programs to the library. We’ve enjoyed Mountain Music and learned a lot about its history from folk musicians Phil and Gaye Johnson. We’ve tapped our toes to the amazing Appalachian dance steps of J. Creek Cloggers. We peaked behind the curtain of a real live touring theater group when BrightStar Children’s Theater brought us two great performances. And we’ve brought two authors to the library to share their stories.
Finally, we’d like for you to have a say in the future of our Rutherford County Library system. In the months ahead, Library Director, April Young, will be working with all three county libraries to develop a Strategic Five Year Plan to help map our vision. In September we hope to make the public survey available online and in paper form at all three County Libraries. And of course we are always anxious to hear from our patrons about how we can continue to serve their needs, and the needs of our Lake Lure community.