Locations & Hours

Main Library
276-676-6233

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SUN 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Damascus Library
276-475-3820

MON, WED, FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Glade Spring Library
276-429-5626

MON closed
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WED & FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Hayters Gap Library
276-944-4442

MON closed
TUE & THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
WED & FRI 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SAT 9am - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Mendota Library
276-645-2374

MON closed
TUE - THU 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
FRI closed
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed


Winter Reading Challenge

Posted January 24th, 2018 in Uncategorized

FireplaceWhen you’re curled up under a blanket, reading a book, trying to get through the shortest month of the year, we have a challenge for you. Try our new reading challenge.

Starting Feb. 1, adult readers are encouraged to pick up a Book Bingo card at any library location. Completed Book Bingo cards that are returned by Feb. 28 can be exchanged for a fine forgiveness card and are entered for a chance to win a WCPL gift bag filled with prizes for readers.

To complete a Book Bingo card, you must read any five books between Feb. 1 and Feb. 28. The Book Bingo card has suggestions, but any book is accepted. List the books you’ve read on your card and turn it in at any WCPL location. Some categories suggested on the Book Bingo card are “read an old favorite for the second time,”” read a book from your childhood,” “read the first book in a series” and more.

The library’s staff is happy to provide reading suggestions.

 


Sunday with Friends

Posted January 15th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Wow. It’s hard to believe that Sunday with Friends celebrates 20 years this year.

Back in 1998, the Friends of the Library started a literary series. Their first speaker was Richard Foil who talked about his book “Cumbow China of Abingdon, Virginia.” In 2000, they Friends gave the literary series the name, Sunday with Friends.

We are so grateful that our Friends have continued this series throughout the years. It’s awe-inspiring what volunteers can accomplish. Ben Jennings has taken on most of the responsibilities for organizing the event. We thank him from the bottom of our hearts.

This year’s line-up of speakers begins Jan. 21 with photojournalist Earl Carter. He’ll talk about his 40 year career and share photographs from his career.

Earl CarterEarl Carter

Carter has published a retrospective of his 40-year career, “Appalachian Album.” Although he has worked at newspapers in Miami, Florida, and Huntsville, Alabama, he spent most of his career as the chief photographer at the Kingsport Times News. He has provided images to publications and television networks. Carter lectures about his career and shows some of the 224 photographs that document the people and events in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee during the last half-century: early images of the Carter Fold, June and Johnny Cash, coal country life, floods and natural disasters, and the everyday lives of people.

Joe Reiff

Joe Reiff speaks Feb. 11. Professor of religion at Emory & Henry College, his book, “Born of Conviction: White Methodists and Mississippi’s Closed Society,” focuses on the response of the white Mississippi Methodists to the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Twenty-eight ministers signed a statement of their convictions, based on Jesus’s teachings to permit “no discrimination of race, color, or creed,” in an attempt to lead white Methodists to work for racial justice. The book documents the failures of the group, but also their successes, as the Deep South’s massive resistance to segregation began to crack. The book received the 2016 Nonfiction Award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters.

Stephen Jett

Stephen Jett brings the past to life Feb. 25. Retired professor of geography from University of California, Davis, he has written a new book, “Ancient Ocean Crossings: Reconsidering the Case of Contacts with the Pre-Columbian Americas.” It paints a compelling picture of pre-Columbian cultures and Old World civilizations that, contrary to popular belief, were not isolated from one another. Jett suggests that many ancient peoples had both the seafaring capabilities and the motives to cross the oceans, and, in fact, did so repeatedly and with great impact. The book synthesizes ideas from archaeology, geography, linguistics, climatology, oceanology and history of navigation to make his compelling case. Jett has also published several books on Navaho architecture, place-names and culture.

Janisse Ray

Janisse Ray returns to the series March 11. Ray is one of America’s finest environmental writers and reads from new work, sharing the podium with her friend Holly Haworth. She is the author of the memoir “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” and several volumes of non-fiction. This spring she is the Louis Rubin Visiting Writer at Hollins University. Ray writes about longleaf pines, rural community, seeds, climate, bogs and healing. Haworth is an East Tennessee native. Her works have appeared in the Oxford American, Orion and the Virginia Quarterly Review. She has reported on mushroom foraging, ancient fossils, native mussels, cricket song and long-distance train rides. She received the Middlebury Fellowship in environmental journalism.

Colette Burson

Colette Burson talks about her new film April 8. Burson is an Abingdon native who made a feature film, “Permanent,” based on her memories of growing up in Abingdon. The film stars Academy-Award winner Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson and Kira McLean. It’s the 1980s, “perms” are all the rage, and 13-year-old Aurelie dreams about getting one to fit into her new school. However, when her clueless parents take her to a hairdressing academy to save a few dollars, things go incredibly wrong. The film is about adolescence, socially awkward family members, and “bad hair.” Burson is the award-winning writer/director of the HBO series, “Hung,” which ran for three seasons, as well as an earlier feature film, “Coming Soon.”

 

Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash speaks April 29. Cash is one of the most acclaimed of young Appalachian writers. His new novel is ”The Last Ballad.” Set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events, the book chronicles a single mother’s desperate struggle for her rights in a textile mill. Lyrical, heartbreaking and haunting, it is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression. Lee Smith said that the book is amazingly relevant for today’s world, when workers’ rights are besieged, as they haven’t been since the Great Depression. Cash is a writer-in-residence at UNC-Asheville and is the author of two earlier novels, “A Land More Kind Than Home” and “The Dark Road of Mercy.”

Rita Quillen

Rita Quillen and other poets join in a celebration of regional poetry May 20. Quillen is one of the region’s finest poets, Her new volume, “The Mad Farmer’s Wife,” is a response to a life lived on a mountain cattle farm in Southwest Virginia and also to a poetic persona created by noted Kentucky poet and essayist Wendell Berry more than 30 years ago: the Mad Farmer. In a world increasingly detached from the land that supplies all our essential resources, Quillen’s poetry tries to help us understand the complexity and challenge of living a rural life in today’s economy and the dark life-and-death struggles that are a routine part of farm living. She is joined at this event by other poets from the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers.

The events include receptions, book sales and signings.


It’s the holidays

Posted December 12th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Stylized Christmas treeWhew. If you are as swamped as some of us are with preparing for the holidays, you have our sympathies. And, we have some things that just might help make your life a little easier.

Come check out our displays of helpful holiday books. We can help you find new scrumptious tidbits for your holiday party or family get together. If you’re in a rut with your holiday decorations, we have helpful hints for that.

Do you need a break and something to help you get into the holiday spirit? The Friends of the Library have a wonderful present for the community – John Hardy is performing his one-man show “A Christmas Carol.” Join us Sunday, Dec. 17 at 3 p.m., at the Abingdon Community Center and watch John bring more than 40 characters to life. His show is a faithful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ book, and he’s wonderful.

We’re also showing a Christmas movie at the main library. Visit us Friday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m., and check out “It Happened on Fifth Avenue.” The Damascus branch library offers a movie Wednesday, Dec. 20 at noon.

The Hayters Gap branch library offers a Gift Wrapping workshop Tuesday, Dec. 19 from 4:30 -6:30 p.m. Come get some tips on how to make your packages look beautiful.

If you’d prefer a time to just sit and enjoy an activity with friends and family and want to get out of the house for a while. Come to the Damascus branch library Dec. 19 from 4-6 p.m., and play a board game.

If you’d like to help others during this season, drop food donations at any of our libraries – particularly peanut butter. We’ll forgive your fines if you do.

We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season. We’ll be closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25, so be sure to visit us before then and stock up.

 


Happy Thanksgiving

Posted November 21st, 2017 in Uncategorized

Happy ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! We hope it is filled with family and friends and all the things that you are thankful for.

We’re thankful for all of you.  So many of you make us a part of your lives and allow us to share your joys and woes. You visit and genuinely want to know how we are. That connection is special to all of us, and we wanted you to know that we cherish it.

We’re also thankful for the Friends of the Library. Their support helps us bring speakers and programs to the libraries that we couldn’t provide without them. They help us keep up to date on our training, and their smiles bring us joy.

There’s another group that helps make sure that we can provide programs and services to you – our library foundation and our donors. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to buy new furniture, provide e-books, attend conferences, and much more. We thank all of you and wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving.

We will be closed Thursday and Friday, so that we can spend time with our families and friends. We’ll probably overeat and complain about it. Some of us will watch football, and some of us will read a book. (I know that’s a surprise.) Some of us will catch up on our sleep. Whatever we do, we’ll try to take time to reflect on the things that make us thankful and take a moment to be grateful.

We hope you have the most wonderful Thanksgiving and that you take a moment to look around and rediscover the things that you’re grateful for and the things that make you happy. When we see you next, we hope you’ll have a smile on your face. We’ll try to have one too.

 


What’s Happening

Posted November 14th, 2017 in Uncategorized

eventsJust because The Big Read is over doesn’t mean that there isn’t a plethora of activities going on at your library.

Story time is held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the main library and every other Wednesday at the Glade and Mendota branches. STEM programs, teen book club, crafternoons and more are happening around the system. You can check out the schedule here.

Did you know that when you check the upcoming events calendar on our website, you can filter it so that it only shows particular types of events or only events at your nearest library? Just click on Filter Events and make your choices. You can also tell what type of event a calendar entry is by the color coding. Kids and Teens events are blue. Classes are yellow, movies are red, etc.

The Glade Spring branch library holds an afternoon of Xbox gaming for teens on Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. Join us for some great games in the new teen center at that branch. It also has lots of video editing equipment for fun and school.

Lots of movies are upcoming, several of them are special for Thanksgiving. For example, the Damascus library has its senior movie Nov. 15 at noon. The main library shows “Yours, Mine and Ours: Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. “Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving” is shown at main at 11 a.m., Nov. 20 and “Free Birds” is shown at 11 a.m., Nov. 21.

There is a great series of Healthy Living events at the Glade Spring library. What’s For Dinner is Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. and Stress Management is Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. This series continues throughout December with plenty of tips for how to cope with holiday stress.

Be sure to join us Sunday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m., when Dr. Jennifer Murray visits the main library to talk about “What it Takes to be a Hero: American Soldiers and Commemorating the Vietnam War.” This is the last event in our celebration of veterans. The talk explores American soldiers in Vietnam, how they understood their experience and how we remember and commemorate those soldiers and the war itself. Dr. Murray is an assistant professor of history at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

 

 


Fantasia and More

Posted October 26th, 2017 in Uncategorized

DragonWe’ve really enjoyed The Big Read so far, and one of our most anticipated events is this weekend – “Fantasia.”

 

If you’ve ever heard the Symphony of the Mountains, then you know that you’re in for a treat. If you haven’t, then you are truly missing out on a wonderful experience. Sunday, Oct. 29 at 3 p.m., they’ll be performing at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College. They are paying tribute to fantasy music by performing parts of  “Fantasia.”

Many adults remember the sense of wonder when they first experienced “Fantasia” as children. We will re-create that magical feeling for a new generation of children, as we bring a live symphony together with movie clips from the Disney classic films “Fantasia” and “Fantasia 2000.”

Featured guests include The Rebel Voices Chorus and Chamber Choir, David Carroll, Director; Patrick Henry High School Wind Ensemble, Pete W. Marcum, Director; Allyss Haecker, Soprano and Lisa Withers, Piano.

In addition to the concert, there will be an instrument petting zoo and music and book displays. Children can also build a fantasy instrument, such as a mushroom drum.

Use some of our props – or come in costume – in the photo booth.

In addition to music from “Fantasia,” they’ll perform music from “Frozen” and “ET” and other  fantastic selections, such as Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The concert is free for students and $20 for adults. To get tickets, visit the symphony’s website.

Movies

The Fantasy Film Festival continues at the Abingdon Cinemall Monday, Oct. 30 with “Cinderella.” A girl named Ella (Cinderella) has the purest heart living in a cruel world filled with evil stepsisters and an evil stepmother out to ruin Ella’s life. Ella comes one with her pure heart when she meets the prince and dances her way to a better life with glass shoes, and a little help from her fairy godmother, of course. A live-action retelling of the classic fairy tale about a servant stepdaughter who is abused by her jealous stepmother and stepsisters after her father died. Bring your library card and it’s free. If you don’t have a library card, we’ll be there to issue you one.

The Mendota library is showing “Wonder Woman” Oct. 27 at 6 p.m.

Hawks & Raptors

Join us at the main library, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Ron Harrington and Michael Sanders.

They will share their photographs and descriptions of the habitat and behavior of the hawks that are permanent residents of the region and of the species that migrate through the region on an 8,000-mile-trek to South America.

This trek is part of a major fall migration of hawks over the Clinch Mountains in Mendota that brings the region notoriety in the world of ornithology. In one day, hundreds of hawks pass over the Mendota Fire Tower, traveling up to 200 miles per day.

Halloween

We’ve got loads of treats for Halloween this year. Zombies and Clue and plain old-fashioned fun.

The main library’s celebration is Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Put on your costumes and join us for treats. Our staff will be in costume, too.

We’re also having our popular pumpkin decorating contest. Kids should bring their completed pumpkin entries by 6:15 p.m. for judging. The winners will be announced at 7 p.m. Pumpkins may be carved or painted. Carved pumpkins are judged in most original, scariest and silliest categories; painted pumpkins are judged separately.

The Glade Spring branch library is celebrating Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7-9 p.m., with a special treat just for teens – Zombie Fever: The Escape Game.

Use your library and book knowledge to collect clues to escape the zombie-infested library … before time runs out. Prizes and special awards are given to those who succeed. If you fail – welcome to the infestation.

This event is for ages 13-17. This is an after-hours program and requires a permission slip and registration. Free and open to the public.

Wear comfortable clothing. If you are allergic to face paint, please let us know.

The Damascus branch library is hosting a special “Clue” party Oct. 31 from 4-6 p.m.  Dress as Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet or any of their cohorts, play Clue at the library and get your treats.

All the branch libraries will offer treats on Halloween from 5-7 p.m.

Other programs

Guy Briggs tries to answer the question, “Is your favorite song magical?” Friday, Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m., at the main library. A Fantasy Craft program is held at the main library Saturday, Oct. 28 at 11 a.m., and a Fantasy Lego program is held at the Damascus library at 11 a.m., the same day.

The Teen Book Club meets at the Glade Spring branch library Oct. 31 at 4 p.m.

Come and join us in this celebration of all things fantasy. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

 

 


More Big Read Excitement

Posted October 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized

DragonI hope you’ve been enjoying The Big Read celebration. We’ve got more excitement coming up. If you’ve ever wanted to write the great American novel or a short story or if you’re just curious about how writers do it, join us at the main library Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Mark Baumgartner, creative writing professor at ETSU, will be here.

If working with your hands is more your style, check out the Clay Dragon Sculpture workshop at William King Museum of Art, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. You’ll use different sculpting techniques to create your very own dragon out of clay. It’s free and open to the public.

Linda Stanley leads an Upcycled Book Workshop Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Glade Spring branch library. Bring out your inner artist during this program, where you’ll learn ways to turn old books into something fantastic. Free and all supplies are provided.

Movies

The Fantasy Film Festival continues at the Abingdon Cinemall Monday, Oct. 23 with “Maleficent.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. Bring your library card and it’s free. If you don’t have a library card, we’ll be there to issue you one.

We’ve got several other movies for you to enjoy this week. The Glade Spring library is showing “Beetlejuice” Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and “Beauty and the Beast” is at the Hayters Gap library the same date at 4 p.m.

“City of Ember” is shown at the main library Friday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

Other programs

The Damascus branch library hosts an Essential Oils program Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. A pumpkin painting program is held at Hayters Gap branch library Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Fantasy craft programs are held at main Oct. 23, 24 and 25 during regular hours.

Glade Spring is holding a Meditation program Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

Book Discussions

Talking about books is fun! Some people might think it’s intimidating, but it’s the same as telling a friend what you liked about a book – or what you didn’t like. We’re having book discussions at all our libraries, so come and join one. You might even make a new friend – book readers are an interesting group. If you are one of those people who likes to prepare, check out the online resources the NEA offers. You’ll find information about the book, the author, discussion questions, reader resources, teacher’s guide and more.

Book discussion dates include

  • Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct 24 at 4 p.m. at the Glade Spring branch library
  • Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Mendota branch library
  • Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Damascus branch library

If you’re a teen and want to talk about the book, check out the Teen Book Club at the Glade Spring branch library. They meet Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

Kids

We have special Big Read story times, LEGOs and crafts for kids at all our libraries. Check out the calendar for specific times and locations.

You can see videos of our Kick-off and the talk by Charles Vess on our YouTube channel. Click on the links to watch.

 

 

 

 


More Big Read Excitement

Posted October 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized

DragonI hope you’ve been enjoying The Big Read celebration. We’ve got more excitement coming up.

If you’ve ever wanted to write the great American novel or a short story or if you’re just curious about how writers do it, join us at the main library Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Mark Baumgartner, creative writing professor at ETSU, will be here.

If working with your hands is more your style, check out the Clay Dragon Sculpture workshop at William King Museum of Art, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. You’ll use different sculpting techniques to create your very own dragon out of clay. It’s free and open to the public.

Linda Stanley leads an Upcycled Book Workshop Oct. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Glade Spring branch library. Bring out your inner artist during this program, where you’ll learn ways to turn old books into something fantastic. Free and all supplies are provided.

Movies

The Fantasy Film Festival continues at the Abingdon Cinemall Monday, Oct. 23 with “Maleficent.” A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land’s fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal – an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king’s successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. Bring your library card and it’s free. If you don’t have a library card, we’ll be there to issue you one.

We’ve got several other movies for you to enjoy this week. The Glade Spring library is showing “Beetlejuice” Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and “Beauty and the Beast” is at the Hayters Gap library the same date at 4 p.m.

“City of Ember” is shown at the main library Friday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m.

Other programs

The Damascus branch library hosts an Essential Oils program Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. A pumpkin painting program is held at Hayters Gap branch library Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. Fantasy craft programs are held at main Oct. 23, 24 and 25 during regular hours.

Glade Spring is holding a Meditation program Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

Book Discussions

Talking about books is fun! Some people might think it’s intimidating, but it’s the same as telling a friend what you liked about a book – or what you didn’t like. We’re having book discussions at all our libraries, so come and join one. You might even make a new friend – book readers are an interesting group. If you are one of those people who likes to prepare, check out the online resources the NEA offers. You’ll find information about the book, the author, discussion questions, reader resources, teacher’s guide and more.

Book discussion dates include

  • Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct 24 at 4 p.m. at the Glade Spring branch library
  • Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Mendota branch library
  • Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Damascus branch library

If you’re a teen and want to talk about the book, check out the Teen Book Club at the Glade Spring branch library. They meet Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

Kids

We have special Big Read story times, LEGOs and crafts for kids at all our libraries. Check out the calendar for specific times and locations.

You can see videos of our Kick-off and the talk by Charles Vess on our YouTube channel. Click on the links to watch.

 

 

 

 


Big Read Fun

Posted October 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized

DragonWe had a blast at the Kick-off and Charles Vess was fascinating as usual, and The Big Read fun continues. If you’d like to see what we’ve been doing, click the links at the beginning of this sentence. They’ll take you to our YouTube channel. Keep reading for what’s coming up.

Workshops

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep will be at the main library Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. to talk about World Building. Fascinating idea, isn’t it? After you’ve come up with your characters and figured out what it is they’re going to be doing, they still have to have a place to live. Even if it’s a fictional town based on your hometown, you have to know what it looks like, what businesses are in the town, who else lives there, etc., etc., etc. If you’re creating a new place, you have to decide what kind of place it is first. Jennifer creates wonderful worlds for her characters to inhabit, and she’ll talk about the trick of the trade and answer your questions. After her talk, she’ll have books for sale.

If you’d rather work with your hands, we’ve got a treat for you at William King Museum of Art – Build a Fairy House workshop. You’ll learn to create a Fairy House fit for Titania. For this family friendly fantasy workshop, participants search the museum grounds for sticks, leaves, flowers and other interesting, magical objects. You’ll then use what you find to construct a home built for a fairy. This workshop is free.

Movies

It’s hard to believe but this year is the 10th anniversary of the release of Stardust,” which Abingdon’s own Charles Vess helped to create. The movie is based on a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles. Join us Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., at Abingdon Cinemall to watch the movie. We’ll also be watching some fun extras. Bring your library card and it’s free. If you don’t have a library card, we’ll be there to issue you one.

We’ve got several other movies for you to enjoy this week. The Damascus library is showing “Tuck Everlasting” Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. and “Labyrinth” is at the Glade Spring library the same date at 5 p.m.

“Big Fish” is shown at the main library Friday, Oct. 13 at 1 p.m. and “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” is shown in Mendota at 6 p.m.

Book Discussions

Talking about books is fun! Some people think it’s intimidating, but it’s the same as telling a friend what you liked about a book – or what you didn’t like. We’re having book discussions at all our libraries, so come and join one. You might even make a new friend – book readers are an interesting group. If you are one of those people who likes to prepare, check out the online resources the NEA offers. You’ll find information about the book, the author, discussion questions, reader resources, teacher’s guide and more.

Our first book discussion is at the Hayters Gap branch library, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m.

Other book discussion dates include

  • Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct. 19 at 1 p.m. at the main library
  • Oct 24 at 4 p.m. at the Glade Spring branch library
  • Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. at the Mendota branch library
  • Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. at the Damascus branch library

If you’re a teen and want to talk about the book, check out the Teen Book Club at the Glade Spring branch library. They meet Tuesdays at 4 p.m.

Kids

We have special Big Read story times, LEGOs and crafts for kids at all our libraries. Check out the calendar for specific times and locations.

And… of course we still have lots of other programming going on as well. For instance Sharyn McCrumb will be at the main library Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. We’ve got computer classes, healthy living classes, etc. Come join us!

 

 

 

 


The Big Read is Here

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized

Charles VessThe Big Read returns to Washington County

Here There Be Dragons …

Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea” is the centerpiece of The Big Read celebration in Washington County, Va. We’ve created six weeks of events celebrating the book. You won’t believe all the things we have planned, but many of you will think this first weekend is awesome!

As usual we start with a party, called the Kick-off, where you’ll have a lot of fun and get goodies for The Big Read. Then our keynote speaker, Charles Vess, speaks Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m., at the main library. Both of these are going to be wonderful events and we look forward to see you there. More details about each are below.

The Kick-off

The Big Read kicks off with a celebration at Virginia Highlands Community College’s campus commons, Abingdon, Va., Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3-5 p.m. You are invited and encouraged to wear your wizarding finest. In addition to all the fun, you’ll get to see me in a silly hat.

A roving juggler, Craig Lewis from Night Owl Circus entertains with his skill. Sandra Parker, Celtic harpist and vocalist, provides musical entertainment. Poets from the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers read fantasy-inspired poetry. Robert Pilk from Mountain Empire Comics offers free comics, and cosplayers entertain the crowd.

A mini-book fair offers attendees the chance to meet two local authors, Katie Richardson and Wilma D. Dalton, and purchase their books. Richardson is the author of “Anarchy in America,” a novel that explores the dystopian concept of survival. In a world with no taxes, no welfare, no laws, no police and no restraints, can siblings Luke and Sophia learn the skills to survive? Dalton is the author of “The Dark Side of the Woods.” The dark side of the woods is a place that Sadie walked by daily and thought was perfectly normal. Until she realized, nothing that walked in, walked back out. Curses, wolves, new romance and a gruesome transformation threaten to change everything Sadie has ever known. A Jan-Carol Publishing representative is available with other fantasy novels for sale.

William King Museum of Art offers a craft project for children. There are other games and activities for kids, including temporary dragon tattoos and a wizard hat ring toss.

Dragon cutouts are available for selfies. Door prizes and refreshments are on hand.

Charles Vess: Keynote

Charles Vess takes us on a journey through Earthsea via his new illustrations for the series, Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m., at the main library in Abingdon. An internationally-acclaimed artist, he is working closely with Le Guin to bring her world to life in a new 50th anniversary edition of her Earthsea series. He gives us a sneak preview of his interpretation of Earthsea and discusses the challenges of bringing someone else’s vision to life.

Vess has exhibited in New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Spain and Italy, and Abingdon’s William King Museum of Art. He drew 175 illustrations for Neil Gaiman’s “Stardust,” which became a major motion picture, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. It will be shown Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m., at the Abingdon Cinemall as part of The Big Read celebration.

He has received many awards including a Locus Award, three World Fantasy Awards for Best Artist and one for Best Short Story, and more. He illustrated for Marvel Comics (including cover art for “The Amazing Spider-Man”), made many contributions to DC Comics (with an 11-issue run as cover artist for “Swamp Thing”), and the “Sandman” series.

 

About The Big Read celebration

The Big Read’s goal is to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea” is arguably the most widely admired American fantasy novel of the past 50 years. The book’s elegant diction, geographical sweep and mounting suspense are irresistible. Earthsea—composed of an archipelago of many islands—is a land of the imagination, like Oz, Faerie or the dream-like realm of our unconscious. The novel follows the early life of a boy from a remote village whose magical powers, intelligence and determination get him accepted to wizard school where his pride plunges him into darkness, and he must journey far to face his demon. Le Guin has received the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and World Fantasy awards (each more than once), as well as the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the Library of Congress’s Living Legend Award.

The novel celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, when it will be re-issued with new illustrations created by Abingdon’s Charles Vess, who speaks at the library Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m.

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Media sponsors of The Big Read are the Bristol Herald Courier and the Washington County News. A grant from the National Endowment for the Arts administered by Arts Midwest funds the program. Additional funds are provided by the Friends of the Library and the WCPL Foundation.

 


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