By Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian

Every day an average of twenty-two veterans die by suicide.  This is a sad fact that Mission 22 hopes to lower and one day eradicate by raising awareness. Mission 22 is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing with treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and promoting mental wellness. 

DAR – Constitution Day

The Rendezvous Mountain Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are observing Constitution Day, September 17, with an informative display at Wilkes County Public Library.  DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization that strives to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.   

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Remembering 9/11 at Wilkes Library

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Wilkes County Public Library has a new display of informative posters to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in its meeting room. There is a whole generation born after 9/11 who are learning about what happened on this tragic day that set the war on terrorism in motion.   The 9/11 Memorial Museum provided these posters and is also screening, on-demand, a short webinar (35 min) on September 10 and 11.   Visitors to the library will be able to view this program throughout the day.     

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.’