by Joy Maxwell

Mountains Branch Librarian

Mountains Branch Library is reveling in spring! We think the library looks especially lovely this time of year, and we’d love you to stop by and see for yourself!

Before we jump into May and June, we’d like to take a moment to recognize a couple of happenings in April. We celebrated both National Library Week and National Volunteer Week during the week of April 7-14. The theme for National Library Week this year is Libraries = Strong Communities. And this is certainly our commitment not only at Mountains Library in Lake Lure, but throughout the Rutherford County Library System. We are grateful every day for this incredible community we serve. Our patrons gift us with their love and support, and it is our mission to provide them with not only a community facility in which to gather, explore, be entertained and informed, but also to provide that priceless democratic ideal – a place of equal opportunity where information and knowledge are freely accessible to all.

In recognition of National Library Week, we gave away fifty sturdy canvas book bags to fifty lucky patrons. The bags are very cool, but what’s even cooler is helping to eliminate single-use plastic! We vow to do our part at ‘Mountains’. We will continue to offer these great book bags for just $1 – with all proceeds going to the Friends of the Library. Please remember to bring your book bag with you each time you visit the library and fill it up!

I suspect that when most of you place a face with the circulation desk at the library, it is the face of one of our priceless volunteers. Over the years, they have come to personify community in this little library of which we are so proud. Every day they bring warmth, humor, and their unique positive vibes to our circulation desk. We have more than twenty volunteers here – steadfast, true and loyal!

We’re not even half way through 2019, and already the Friends of the Mountains Branch Library are having a banner year. Their first Books & Bites author event in April was one for the books! A capacity crowd filled the Lake Lure Inn banquet hall to hear Charlotte-based author, Kimmery Martin discuss her debut novel, “Queen of Hearts”. In addition to being a full-time writer, Martin is also an ER doctor. She shared the journey she has made from physician to author.

On Tuesday, May 21, 11:00 a.m., the Friends are very excited to welcome author Michelle Gable and her fascinating work of historical fiction, “The Summer I Met Jack”.

Gable bases her book on the intriguing story of Alicia Corning Clark, a woman who J. Edgar Hoover insisted was paid by the Kennedys to keep quiet, not only about her romance with Jack Kennedy, but also a baby they may have had together.

In 1950, the beautiful young Polish refugee arrives in Hyannisport, Massachusetts to work as a maid for one of the wealthiest families in America. Alicia is dazzled by the large and charismatic family, in particular the oldest son, a rising politician named Jack.

Reserve your space for what’s sure to be a wonderful afternoon of good food, good books and good company by stopping by the library to sign up. Or you can mail your check to: Friends of the Mountains Branch Library, 150 Bill’s Creek Road, Lake Lure, NC 28746. Tickets are $25. All proceeds go to support the Mountains Branch Library. For more information contact the library at 287-6392. And please remember to purchase your signed copy of “The Summer I Met Jack” at the event, in order to insure we continue to welcome these great authors to our area.

Mountains Branch Library and the Friends of the Library are so honored to host the Mountain Area Friends of North Carolina Libraries Spring Workshop on Saturday, May 4, 9:30 – 1:00. Guest speaker at the workshop is renowned and beloved Hendersonville writer, Ann B. Ross, author of the very popular “Miss Julia” series.

All Friends of the Library members – as well as the public – are invited to attend. The event is free, however pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available at the library.

The library will be closed on Saturday, May 25- Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Take a moment during your weekend to remember those who gave all.