By Maria Davis

Mountains Branch Library Branch Manager

I have always heard the term “hidden gem,” but never really thought much about it until transferring to Mountains Branch Library. We are truly a hidden gem that seems to be getting discovered more each week. The people in this area of Rutherford County truly are special and love their library!

Dancers entertain the crowd at the Hispanic Cultural Festival.

We have had several awesome programs recently that have brought in new patrons, new friends, and visitors alike. The Hispanic Cultural Festival in July was a HUGE hit. We had almost 100 people come through to watch the dancers, try out their Spanish, and eat some very tasty authentic Hispanic food. I ate my share and then some! The dancers were beautiful and so entertaining.

Aditi Watson was here for the second silk scarf painting class and it looked just as fun as the first one. The scarves are beautiful and will be treasured by their makers.

We now have automatic doors at the front of the library and at the outside entrance to the Community Room. Thanks to Aubrey Clay for getting everything worked out for us.

The 2019 Summer Reading Program was out of this world!! Miss Tamara did an amazing job with her weekly programing and the kids had a BLAST!!! The Glow Party was probably my favorite! Who doesn’t love glow –in-the-dark paint and fun?? We had almost 80 children and teenagers register this year and we couldn’t be more proud! Keeping kids reading during the summer is so fun and Summer Reading Program makes it even better!

Special thanks to Tracy Davis from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for coming August 1 to demonstrate “Cooking for 1 or 2.” Several people attended this program and came away with full tummies and several recipes for the future.

Books and Bites is concluding its season as we feature author Sarah McCoy September 25th. We had a full house for Mary Alice Monroe August 21 and hope to have that many for Sarah McCoy. If you have never been to a Books & Bites event, you should definitely join us!

We are so excited to announce that Dr. Walter Ziffer will be joining us September 10, 2019 at 3:00 to present “Witness to the Holocaust.” We are able to have Dr. Ziffer join us due to receiving a Roads Scholar grant through the NC Humanities Council. Dr. Ziffer will tell his fascinating and heartbreaking story about how he personally survived the Holocaust and the aftermath it had on his life. This program is free and open to everyone.

Do you have an interest in Genealogy? It seems that the US Census Bureau is the place to start. On September 4, 2019 at 12:30 pm I will be showing a live webinar on the big screen titled “’Intermediate Genealogy: Census Records.” We should get some great tips on how to use the Census Records to begin or further our research. There is no registration for this free event. The webinar lasts about one hour.

 In October, we will have an ecoEXPLORE program with Libbie Dobbs-Alexander on October 15 at 4 pm.  ecoEXPLORE (Experiences Promoting Learning Outdoors for Research and Education) is an incentive-based citizen science program for children in grades K-8.  Developed by the North Carolina Arboretum, this innovative pilot program combines science exploration with kid-friendly technology to foster a fun learning environment for children while encouraging them to explore the outdoors and participate in citizen science.

For more upcoming events, go to www.rutherfordcountylivrary.org.

We would like to thank the Lake Lure Lions Club for always supporting Mountains Branch Library. Thanks to their generosity, we were able to purchase a good many new Large Print items as well as several Audio Books. With leftover funds, we purchased magnifying glasses and “readers” that are available for patrons to use in the library. Sometimes we forget our glasses and sometimes that print is just too small to see comfortably. Thank you Lake Lure Lions!

Mountains Branch Library truly is a hidden gem. We strive to be a hub for the community, a place to learn, to read, to interact, and to engage. We are cool in the summertime and warm in the wintertime. Our staff and volunteers are always warm! We love seeing you and hearing about your week. We love seeing your children grow up and come in with their children. We love knowing that you feel the same way about Mountains Branch Library. Come in anytime!