Items filtered by date: November 2021

Wednesday, 08 May 2024 15:36

Overdose Prevention Lunch & Learn

The library is hosting a Lunch & Learn program on May 22 at noon, and all are invited to attend. The Health Foundation and Recovery Revolution’s Crisis Intervention Team will be speaking about our county's response to the opioid epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that drugs claim almost 300 lives every day. Attendees will learn about the stigma surrounding addiction and treatment, life-saving Naloxone, and facts about Fentanyl. Lunch will be provided, so registration is required. Please call 336.838.2818 x232 to register.

by Suzanne Moore, County Librarian

Bob Dylan, one of America's most beloved folk-rock icons, turns 83 on May 24, 2024. He is widely regarded as the greatest songwriter of all time and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2016. In addition to his music career, he has pursued other interests, including painting, distilling, ironworking, and acting in several films.

Wilkes County Public Library and Friends are organizing a special event to honor National Poetry Month. The event will take place on April 30, featuring Jaki Shelton Green, North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. Starting at 4:00 p.m., Wilkes County Friends of the Library will provide refreshments and host Green for a Meet & Greet in the library. At 5:30 p.m., Green will read aloud her poems and talk about her work as the state poet, followed by a brief Q&A session. Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian, said, “We are proud to have our State Poet here to help us wrap up the end of National Poetry Month. She has some powerful stories to tell with her poems and hearing them spoken adds even more depth and beauty to the written words.”

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Addiction has a significant impact on both individuals and their loved ones. Its repercussions can cause emotional and physical pain, often leaving people feeling helpless and unsure about what to do. This can lead some to give up, walk away, or deny that the problem even exists. However, in today's world, where there is so much suffering and heartache, it is more important than ever to be a source of light and look for the good that may be difficult to find. Addiction also impacts the whole community.  Loss of employment, reduced productivity and increased burdens on public healthcare and safety are affected in areas with increased drug use. A supportive community can reduce the impact and save lives.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Ready, set, library! National Library Week is April 7–13, 2024, and Wilkes County Public Library encourages everyone in the community to visit the library to take part in the festivities and explore all the library has to offer.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Henry Glassie, a renowned folklorist, and College Professor Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, celebrates his birthday on March 24th. His book, Passing the Time in Ballymenone, is a fascinating and detailed exploration of life in a small, tight-knit community in Northern Ireland. In this book, Glassie captures the rich cultural traditions, values, and beliefs of the people of Ballymenone, offering readers a unique and insightful glimpse into the daily lives of this community. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 16:44

Black History Reads

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Wilkes County Public Library is recognizing Black History Month with a couple of important readings and conversations.  First, save the date for a conversation about Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt by, Phoebe Zerwick. This book is a deeply reported, gripping narrative of injustice, exoneration, and the lifelong impact of incarceration, Beyond Innocence is the poignant saga of one remarkable life that sheds vitally important light on the failures of the American justice system at every level. 

Tuesday, 13 February 2024 16:42

Real-life Stories about Pianos!

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

The Traphill Branch Library's group, The Reading Trap, recently celebrated Thad Carhart's 74th birthday on February 16 by reading his memoir, The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. In the book, Carhart talks about his discovery of the joy of pianos at a piano atelier in Paris, France.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Library Lovers Month Takes the National Spotlight Every February! Libraries are amazing community centers that offer a wide range of books and other resources for public consumption. The best part is that all you need to gain access to these resources is a library card, which is completely free of charge! So, if you haven't got a library card yet, it's high time you get one and start exploring the vast world of knowledge and information that awaits you at the library.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

While visiting my grandmother in Florida, during Christmas vacation and sitting on Holmes Beach with a mesmerizing view of the ocean, I read a book titled "The Sound of Waves" by Yukio Mishima, which was published in 1954.  Mishima's birthday is on January 14, 1925.  If you can’t physically go to the ocean, I promise this book will take you there!

Sunday, 24 December 2023 08:41

Lessons from Literary Introverts

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

The latest *Reading Trap authors to celebrate birthdays are Fyodor Dostoyevsky (b. Nov 11, 1821) and Alain de Botton (b Dec 20, 1969).  Both authors are renowned for their philosophical works, and their books were recently selected for discussion. The reflections about their works are uniquely connected, and they offer an insightful perspective on various philosophical themes that are worth exploring.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Wilkes County Public Library is hosting “Liberty Sessions Unplugged” in support of local veterans on December 9, 2023. The event will take place at VFW Post 1142, located at 802 Veterans Drive in North Wilkesboro. The jam session kicks off at 2:00 p.m. with performances by Will Easter, Doug Davis & Friends, and Highway 268. All players and pickers are welcome to join an open jam session from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The event ends with performances by Helen Morris and Friends, The Wilkes Record Players, Autumn Ridge, and Randy McNeil.

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, with all the demands of shopping, cooking, entertaining, and traveling.  All these factors can upset our spiritual wellness.  Spiritual wellness offers a meaningful connection between our inner selves, the world, and the transcendent. It provides purpose, resilience, and a sense of belonging.  By exploring life’s questions, spiritual wellness guides us towards purposeful lives. Emotionally, it equips us with tools like compassion and resilience. This wellness fosters unity, empathy, and belonging.  This understanding provides a way to achieve greater peace, freedom, and increased manageability over our healing process.  Come out for these special events and find inspiration and support to lift your spirits and find joy.

by Suzanne Moore, County Librarian

 

December 4, 2023

OPEN HOUSE 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Are you tired of the same old boring store-bought ornaments? Are you interested in adding a unique and personal touch to your Christmas tree? Try making your own DIY Christmas ornaments with crafty supplies provided by the library.   Explore your ‘ornamentality’ by creating a beautiful keepsake for your seasonal décor.   

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 14:29

Literary Birthday Spotlight for October

by Suzanne Moore, County Librarian

Aravind Adiga, one of India’s acclaimed authors, was born on October 23, 1974 in Madras (now called Chennai), and grew up in Mangalore in the south of India.  His book, The White Tiger, is a 2008 winner of the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction. Each year the best novel published in the United Kingdom and Ireland, written in the English language, wins this award, named for a British wholesale distribution company.   

Tuesday, 26 September 2023 13:03

H.G. Wells, “Father of Science Fiction”

By, Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Herbert George Wells (b. Sept 21, 1866), an English author from the early 1900s, became a ‘Reading Trap’ celebrity at the book club’s September meeting.   Wells’ novella masterpieces; War of the World, Invisible Man, Tono-Bungay, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and The Time Machine are recognized as ‘must-reads’ and have also gained popularity over the years in film and radio broadcasts.  It was during a performance reading of War of the Worlds, that the radio drama induced mass hysteria by listeners who feared a real Martian invasion. 

by: Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Elizabeth Lee, Wilkes County Children’s Librarian, is a champion for the library’s youngest users and an inspiration to their parents.    She has been at the helm of the youth services department for 13 years and has quite a following. 

  Suzanne Moore, County Librarian


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Wilkes County Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month takes place each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the ALA and libraries work together in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

Tuesday, 29 August 2023 14:50

Human Books on Loan at The Masthead

by Sebastian Dionicio

Wilkes County Public Library held its first Human Library on August 22, 2023, at The Masthead, located in North Wilkesboro, in honor of American novelist and short-story writer Ray Bradbury, where a diverse selection of human "books" were available for "check out" and "readers," like me, were encouraged to look beyond preconceived notions of others and instead to the person who lies within the "pages."

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Traphill Branch Library (and Wilkes Co. Library) coincidently recognizes two books with a unique connection.  The Reading Trap Book Club’s Literary Birthday celebrations honored July’s birthday author Martin Sherwin (b. 2 July 1937) and during August pays respect to Barbara Stoller-Miller (b. 8 August 1909).

Monday, 26 June 2023 17:54

Kindness Wins with Summer Reading!

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

The Wilkes County Public Library launched a successful summer reading campaign with 639 people signed up to participate as of last Friday.  If you are reading this now, it is not too late to register . . . you have until Saturday, July 1.  This year the summer reading theme is ‘All Together Now’ with an emphasis on kindness, friendship and unity.  All ages are encouraged to relish in good reading and programs. In addition, there are many incentives for tracking your time spent reading.  Sign up, READ ON and win prizes!     

by Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Last month The Reading Trap Book Club (a Traphill Branch Library program) celebrated Wilfred Patrick Thesiger’s birthday (b. June 3, 1910), by reading his amazing travel memoir Arabian Sands.  National Geographic notes this book as one of the greatest adventure stories of all time. 

by Suzanne Moore, County Librarian

Arto Paasilinna (b. April 20, 1942) and Pär Lagerkvist (b. May 23, 1891) are two notable authors with books highlighted as part of Traphill Library’s Literary Birthdays Series. Paasilinna, a Finnish author, has works translated into twenty-seven different languages and Lagerkvist, a Swedish author, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1951.

by, Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Library

Wilkes County Public Library encourages all community members to visit the library during National Library Week, April 23-29, to explore all they have to offer.

Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and ebooks. But there's so much more to the story of libraries. 

by, Suzanne Moore

Octavio Paz, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990, is an international figure who became a noted Mexican poet, essayist, and diplomat. He was born in Mexico City, on March 31, 1914, into a family with political and military ties. This time was of course during the height of the Mexican Revolution, and the outbreak of World War I. He saw the rise of fascism when Franco was the Spanish dictator, during World War II. Paz’s essays reflect turmoil and destruction of these times, the clash of cultures, and the identity of Latin America.

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