By Joy Sharp

Mountains Branch Librarian


Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

-Anne Herbert

I’m sitting at my desk in August writing my column for the September/October issue of the Breeze. Just typing those words, “September….October…” makes me happy. This has been one long, hot, steamy summer at the Lake. I’m sure you’re all as ready for cooler days, clearer skies, and brilliant fall leaves as I am.29_Rose-picture-300Pixels-26KB-for-website

We have so much to share that I’m worried I’ll forget something! First off, on August 6th, the staff and Friends of the Library paid homage to our more than twenty regular volunteers who show up, reliably and on time, every week to help us keep the doors to our small community library open. There is no way we could ever thank them enough for the many, many years they have contributed to their friends, neighbors and community. But we did our best with a wonderful picnic at the River Bend Pavilion, with its priceless views of the lake and Blue Ridge beyond. We feasted on fried chicken and barbecue with all the fixins, including watermelon, peach cobbler, brownies and lots of other delectable desserts, all prepared or purchased by staff members and board members.

Our volunteers not only contribute to their community, they also help keep alive a legacy of the power of literacy and learning. Please remember to thank them next time you’re in.

The Friends of the Library Books & Bites author event with local writer, Rose Senehi, will take place Wednesday, September 14th at 11:30 at the Lake Lure Inn. There’s still time to purchase tickets at Mountains Library.  This is a special Friends fundraising event to launch Rose’s new book, Carolina Belle, and raise money for library support. Half of each $25 ticket goes to the Friends of the Library. And don’t forget, a delicious lunch provided by the Inn’s chef, is included in the ticket price.

Also in September, we will take our new Explore Outdoors backpacks out for a spin when we observe “Take a Child Outdoors Week” with a hike.  Registration is required for this program. The first ten families to sign up will have a chance to use one of our backpacks on the hike. Please visit the library website, , or Facebook page,  to find out more details about the hike.

The Great Library Chili Cook-off returns in October, with lots of fun new events. This year the challenge takes place on Saturday, October 29th. We’ll also have a children’s cooking event, and costume contest. Check the website for more details.

29_COVER FINAL for ANNA (2)Thanks to a generous donor, we now have a collection of classic board games including Monopoly, Cranium, Scrabble and others, available for families to check out for Family Game Night, or when grandchildren come to visit. Just make sure you keep track of all that pretend money! We also have nine new Learning Tablets available for two week check out. These great pads have creative games and exercises for ages Preschool through Adult. Stop by and try one out!

Finally, don’t forget our new hours! Beginning September 6th, Mountains Branch will be open 9 – 5, Monday, Thursday and Friday, 12-8 on Tuesday, 9 – 2 on Wednesday and 10 – 3 on Saturday.

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