By Joy Sharp Maxwell

Mountains Branch Librarian

By the time this July edition of the Breeze is in your hands, our new electronic sign will be up and running at Mountains Branch Library! There is no way to overstate how valuable this new technology will be in helping us promote all that the library has to offer. We hope you will check it often.

There is also no way to overstate how indebted we are to our incredible Friends of the Mountains Branch Library. This was an enormous expenditure for them, but one they were proud to make to enhance the important role the library holds in our community.

We are also grateful to our fellow Rutherford County employees in the maintenance department, as well as Camp Electric, for working so hard to get the sign delivered and installed.

As a way of saying thank you to the many donors who made this possible, the Friends held a Gala Celebration of Art, Music & Books on June 15. What a wonderful and ‘soulful’ night it was, highlighted by the unveiling of Lake Lure artist Diane Breaker’s new ‘Soul’ sculpture – ‘The Soul of Lake Lure’. Breaker expressed her appreciation for libraries, which greatly influenced and encouraged her creativity while growing up. She also talked about the passion, inspirations and methods behind her ‘Souls’.

A poem accompanies each of the “Souls” creations, which Breaker recited. “To me, the poetry acts as the conduit between the viewer and my artwork,” she remarked. “‘The Soul of Lake Lure’, is the embodiment of our wonderful community’s inner beauty combined with the blessings of our gorgeous surroundings.”

The ‘Soul of Lake Lure’ is on display at the library until July 15th when it will be presented to one lucky raffle ticket winner. You can purchase tickets at the library until July 14, $5 for one ticket or five for $20.

You will notice several other improvements the next time you visit the library, too. Generous donations from several patrons, allowed us to brighten up the exterior of our building, making it more attractive and welcoming. You will notice our beautiful new cedar sign hanging over the entrance, created for us by Lake Lure artisan, Keith Wood of Wood Works of Lake Lure. We are so proud of this sign and its double-sided mountain engraving done by Kelly Horton of Tri-City Laser in Spindale. Stop by and visit Keith’s shop, Wood Works of Lake Lure on Memorial Highway, to see more of his craftsmanship.

Later this month we will add two boldly colored barn quilt squares on either side of the entrance, hand-painted for Mountains Branch Library by local artist, Michelle Nordberg, and inspired by an original North Carolina quilt pattern.

Finally, our friend, Jim Stewart, installed colorful new planters at the entrance to welcome all of you.

Inside, we have replaced our worn out chairs at the public catalog computers with super-comfortable new ones. Stay tuned! There’s more to come!

Here is what’s happening INSIDE the library:

Summertime at the library means Summer Reading and our theme this year is Libraries Rock! Of course they do, and we have programs for kids, teens and adults. Registration ended June 30, but you can still attend any of our free programs. All of our fun children’s programs take place on Tuesdays at 3:30. In July we’ll enjoy Sub Zero by Kidsenses on July 10th, a visit from a Chimney Rock Park Ranger of the 17th, a Sock Hop on the 24th, and Tunes & Tales on the 31rst. Our Summer Reading Program will conclude August 7 with a visit from B-Rad Magic!

We’ll celebrate Friday the 13th with a Tie-Dye Party! Bring your own white t-shirt and let your imagination run wild. 2:00 – 3:00, all ages welcome.

Kids 8-12 can get creative during our weeklong Makerspace Camp taking place July 23-27 from 2:00 – 3:00. Register online at www.rutherfordcountylibrary.org, or call us at (828) 287-6392.

The main library in Spindale will also offer Teen and Adult Maker Clubs. Visit our website at www.rutherfordcountylibrary.org for more information.

Teens and Adults can participate in Summer Reading by stopping by the library to register and receive a Challenge Card of library activities. Completing these challenges will enter you in a drawing for fantastic prizes.

In addition, Mountains Branch will host an Adult reading initiative in July and August – “Welcome to the New South”, with a curated reading list, Book Club, film screening, guest speaker and a final Southern Cooking potluck! Visit our Mountains Library Friends Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/lakelurelibrary/ for details.

Finally, the Friends of the Library will host another Books & Bites author event on August 1, 11:30 at the Lake Lure Inn. Christopher Swan will read from and discuss his debut work, “Shadow of the Lions”. Tickets are $25 and include lunch. Stop by the library to purchase your tickets.