Items filtered by date: July 2021

by, Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

My month is ending with the pages of Blue Highways: A Journey into America, a book by William Least Heat-Moon.  Heat-Moon turned 81 years old on August 27.   This book, published in 1982, actually began in 1978, when he was 38 years old, as he set off on a cross-country journey using only back roads; ‘blue lines’ on the old-style Rand McNally road atlas.   Over a period of three months, Heat-Moon covered 13,000 miles in his customized van, a home on wheels.  Some say his travel memoir is a cross between Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and Kerouac’s On the Road.  Forbes magazine included Blue Highways on their list of ‘15 travel books that will make you change the way you see the world.’ 

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Wilkes County Public Library (WCPL) joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. 

Wednesday, 18 August 2021 11:50

Library Dates to Remember in August

For Children and Parents:

  • Wilkes Fresh Story Time & Mobile Market is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at the Traphill Branch and for 2:00 p.m. at Ronda Town Hall on August 5, 12, and 19.
  • Join the Art Party and create a new art project each week, outdoors at Wilkes Library, 4:00 p.m. on August 3, 10, and 17.
  • Baby’s Easy Safe Sleep Training will be held at the library, in partnership with Wilkes Health Department; 10:00 a.m. on August 11 and 5:30 p.m. on August 23. This 1-hour class teaches families the safest sleep practices for babies to reduce SIDS. To attend, you must be at least 30 weeks pregnant or a parent of an infant under 1-year-old. You will receive a free Pack 'n' Play for attending (one per infant). For more info, call the Health Department at 336-651-7469.

There’s a new book club in town, or should we say in the region.  Talking Service Book Club started at Ashe County Public Library the summer of 2019.   This book club will be going hybrid to connect with Wilkes County Veterans.  The group meets to get together and reflect on short, powerful writings about military service by some of the world’s greatest authors. Participants are encouraged to share their insights, build on each other’s comments, and challenge their assumptions through lively, informal conversations.  


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