Found over the door of the Library in Thebes….

Medicine for the Soul”

-Diodorus Siculus

By Joy Sharp, librarian

Mountains Branch library

Greetings from your Mountains Branch Library! We have a lot to share in this Breeze edition – past, present and future.

April was a very busy month for us, during which we celebrated National Library Week and National Volunteer Week. Our theme for National Library Week was Behind Every Great Community is a Great Library. We kept this in mind as we planned a week’s worth of activities. Being a good neighbor and community partner is important to all our Rutherford County Libraries. During National Library Week we partnered with Hickory Nut Gorge Outreach to host a food drive for our neighbors. But every week is important in the fight against hunger in our community, so we hope you will continue to donate.15_CurtEllinston

Monday was “Bring Your Child to the Library Day” scavenger hunt. What a fun way for kids to explore their library AND win a cool prize! Tuesday was “Coffee and Donuts with a Librarian Day”. With amazing, delectable donuts from our favorite hometown source, Davis Donut House, I think it’s fair to say this was our favorite day of all. Wednesday was Craft Day at the library, with “Creatives” crafters for adults and “Library Crafternoon” for kids. Thursday was Teen Day with a great gift for any teen that came in and used their library card. Friday we engaged another great community partner, Chimney Rock State Park, to bring “Rockin’ Reptiles and Epic Amphibians” to the library.

As you can imagine, National Volunteer Week is also very near and dear to our hearts. We are truly blessed with more than 20 volunteers who devote hundreds of hours of time to their library, community and neighbors each week. Many of them also volunteer for other community agencies as well.

One volunteer in particular left a permanent imprint on our library in April. Curt Ellingson was kind enough to create a beautiful wooden play table, which will house several new creative toys, for our Children’s Area. This new program was made possible by a grant from the Hickory Nut Gorge Community Foundation. With the donation of Curt’s beautiful table, more funds can be used to purchase puzzles, Legos and other imagination-stirring items.

I can’t imagine a lovelier way to spend an afternoon than with good books and good food. Our Mountains Branch Friends of the Library continue their Books & Bites author-events this summer at the Lake Lure Inn. The price of a ticket gets you a chance to hear authors read from their works and discuss their craft, as well as a wonderful lunch with great company. Thursday, May 12th, Books & Bites will host Terry Bowman, author of The Carving Tree.

We are getting ready for another great Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is focused on Wellness, Fitness, and Sports with On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! For kids, Get in the Game, Read!, for Teens, and Exercise Your Mind for Adults. Summer Reading for kids will kick-off Tuesday, June 21st with a celebration at Crestview Park in Rutherfordton from 1-4. Your kids will not want to miss this super fun day!

One final thought. We hope you will continue to see your library as a community anchor. More and more, libraries seek to serve the needs of our neighbors.