By Joy Sharp Maxwell

Mountains Branch Librarian

September feels like Back to School time here at Mountains Branch Library. We’ve finished another successful Summer Reading Program with lots of kids participating in “Libraries Rock” and Makers Camp. We have some great fall programming scheduled, all of which support our Rutherford County Library Mission statement, “Read. Connect. Explore. Share.”

In September, we’ll explore the question of whether or not Abraham Lincoln was, in fact, a Rutherford County native. Evidence exists that Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks, came to North Carolina in the 1700’s and lived with a wealthy family, the Abraham Enloes. There she gave birth to a baby boy. Was that baby our 16th president? Join the Mountains Branch Genealogy Club in Tuesday, September 11 at 3:00 as they host a free presentation from the Bostic Lincoln Center. Hear the evidence and decide for yourself!

If your kids are having difficulty trading in their pj’s for school uniforms, join us on Saturday, September 15 for Pancakes in Pajamas. Besides serving up plenty of short stacks, we will share pancake stories and run a pancake relay, ages 3-8.

On Thursday, September 20, 4:00, connect with nature and explore the fascinating world of ornithology – otherwise known as the study of birds. We continue our partnership with the North Carolina Arboretum and ecoEXPLORE staff as they share information about our feathered friends and take us on a short birding walk. If your child has not signed up for this amazing citizen scientist program, they’re missing a great opportunity to help real life scientists while earning prizes and badges. www.ecoexplore.net, ages 5-13.

We hope you have been able to join the Friends of the Mountains Branch Library for one of their Books & Bites author events at the Lake Lure Inn this summer. We cannot imagine a more pleasant way to spend an afternoon than enjoying a delicious lunch overlooking Lake Lure, while peeking inside a writer’s craft and story. Our last Books & Bites of 2018 takes place Thursday, September 27 at 11:00, featuring best-selling author, Lisa Patton.

“There’s not a better Southern author writing today than Lisa Patton,” according to Fannie Flagg. Set in Oxford, Mississippi, Patton’s latest book, “Rush”, examines the southern ritual of sorority rush at Ole’ Miss. It is a story about women from both ends of the social ladder discovering their voices. It captures “to absolute perfection the hilarity, hysteria, and heartbreak of it all,” says Flagg. “I couldn’t have loved it more.” Tickets for this event are $25 and include lunch. They may be purchased at Mountains Library. For more information, call Mountains Library at 287.6392. This a Fundraiser for the Friends of the Mountains Branch Library.

In October, time once again for the annual Friends of the Mountains Branch Library Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off will take place Saturday, October 27 from 12:00 – 2:00 at the Temple of Jesus Fellowship Hall at the corner of Hwy 64/74 A and Bill’s Creek Road in Lake Lure. Chili cookers can sign-up to compete at Mountains Branch Library. Prizes awarded for the Top Three Entries. $5 to sample chili, $5 for a full-size bowl.

After chowing down on chili, come over to the library and check out our Friends of the Library Book Sale!

Congratulations to Jana Moravec for taking home Diane Breaker’s “Soul of Lake Lure” sculpture! Jana was the lucky winner of the Friends of the Library raffle, which raised nearly $1300 to help pay for the library’s new electronic sign.