“My most prized possession was my library card from the Oakland Public Library.”

-Bill Russell, Pro Basketball Player

By Joy Maxwell

Mountains Branch Librarian


Much of our time, energy and resources at the library are directed towards our youngest patrons – our future patrons. Several months ago we initiated a new program at Mountains Branch Library called, My Very Own Library Card. We encouraged families to get cards for their children as soon as they turned five years old.  As an incentive, we offered our “new patrons” several welcome gifts with their official new cards.20kids on floor

To date, we’ve given away approximately 20 of these goody bags. This means we have 20 new library users. And we hope – and plan to make every effort – to insure they are life-long library lovers.

Increasing Early Childhood Literacy in our community is a primary goal of the library. It just makes sense that better literacy skills, school-preparedness and success contribute to the overall well-being of our community. Library story times are a great way to improve your child’s literacy skills through interactive stories, dialogue, singing, writing and play socialization.

“Supercharged Storytime” is offered each Thursday morning at 10:30 in the Children’s Area. We love seeing the kids march in for story time. When we look at them, we see our future.

Another focus for the future is embracing the Do-It-Yourself or “makers” philosophy for public libraries. The maker movement reinvents libraries as community centers with books, community, education and equipment to help patrons create in a shared environment. This movement imagines libraries as places for people to learn, build and create, not just consume and check out. We are looking to increase our collection of makers books, so please feel free to recommend subjects you would like to learn more about.


Three year old, Dominic Sneed (R) five year old Andre Sneed receive their Very Own Library Cards

And PLEASE check out our Rutherford County Library “DBU – Dream It, Build It, Use It” Makers’ Space in the main library in Spindale. You’ll find an entire collection of creative tools to help you realize your own creative potential!

Recent happenings at the library include September’s Books & Bites luncheon at the Lake Lure Inn with Tryon-author, Mary Ann Claud. Claud spoke about writing her first novel, The Dancin’ Man.

Books & Bites is an ongoing Friends of the Mountains Branch Library event and fundraiser to help support the Library.

September was National Library Card Sign- up Month, and Mountains Branch Library celebrated with a visit from a hot new children’s book author and illustrator, Kelly Light. Kelly created a delightful new character, Louise, for her latest book, Louise Loves Art.

Lake Lure Classical Academy grades K-2 visited the library for Kelly’s amazing program. They also took home library card applications so that they could get their Very Own Library Cards!

Kelly Light’s visit was made possible by grants from the Lake Lure Community Education Foundation and the Mountains Branch Friends of the Library.

Finally, please be sure to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 14th at 12:30 p.m. when Molly Oakman, Community Relations Manager for Tryon International Equestrian Center, will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Library annual meeting. Ms. Oakman will discuss the past, present and future plans for the Center, as well as what it will mean to the residents and tourism industry in Lake Lure Area. A light lunch will be served after the election of new officers.

Until next time, see you at the library!



Cutline: LLCA students and adults enjoy program by author, illustrator, Kelly Light.