Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open.
Rutherford County Library Director, April Young and I recently spent a gratifying morning at Lake Lure Classical Academy signing up students for library cards. We issued lots of new cards and were able to spread a little of the gospel of libraries! It made us proud to tell these new library patrons about all the doors their new library cards would open.
Library cards can be used to check out everything from books to backpacks. Rutherford County has recently expanded their circulating items to include Learning Tablets for all ages and grade levels, and Junior Makers Kits. These all in one kits house everything a kid needs to experience some very cool science and learning. Kitchen Science Experiments, Walk in the Woods: Snakes, Lego Engineering, Car Design Lab and many more are available for check out. We also have our Explore Outdoors! Backpacks to get families outdoors, moving and reading together, games, puzzles, and of course thousands of books and the very latest movies.
With funds from our friends at Hickory Nut Gorge Community Foundation, we’ve created a colorful space for children at Mountains Branch, complete with a Bag Full of Reading Buddies, a puppet theater, Legos, puzzles and lots of other “smart” toys. We offer a variety of children’s programming weekly and monthly.
Miss Nicole visits us on Tuesday afternoons at 3:45 to offer a Mini-Maker Lego Club. This is a great way for kids to use their imaginations and develop cognitive skills. Appropriate for ages 4-12.
Thursday mornings are full of laughter and fun with Family Storytime. This is a wonderful opportunity for preschoolers and their caregivers to share books, songs, movement and crafts, as well as learning alphabetic recognition. Thursday mornings at 10:30.
We are also excited to be working with John Cullen and Life Roots Environmental Education to offer children’s programming with the goal of connecting kids to nature, art and literacy through hands on learning. These programs are held after school, usually the second Thursday of the month.
We haven’t forgotten you grown-ups! Please join us Tuesday, November 15th at 3:00 for an informative and fascinating look at a formative time in our area’s history. Mountains Branch Genealogy Club will host Randell Jones as he presents “Before They Were Heroes at Kings Mountain”. This program will examine the role these war heroes had in the invasion and ultimate removal of the Cherokee from Western North Carolina. This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Friends of Mountains Branch Library will provide refreshments for this event.
The Friends of the Library will also hold their annual meeting and board election on Saturday, November 17th from 12-2 in the library’s Community Room. The Lake Lure Cloggers will provide entertainment following the election of officers, and refreshments will be provided.
On behalf of the staff and volunteers at Mountains Branch Library, we wish you the most joyous of holidays here at the Lake.