Locations & Hours

Main Library
276-676-6233

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRI & SAT 9 a.m.
SUN closed

Damascus Library
276-475-3820

MON, WED, FRI 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
TUE & THU 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
SUN closed

Glade Spring Library
276-429-5626

MON closed
TUE & THU 11 a.m. - 7 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 11 a.m. - 7 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 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
FRI closed
SAT 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


WCPL receives Big Read grant

Posted July 9th, 2017 in Uncategorized

NEA Big Read‘A Wizard of Earthsea’ to be celebrated during The Big Read

We are so excited that we received a $15,000 grant to host The Big Read in Washington County. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Big Read broadens understanding of the world, communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Managed by Arts Midwest, this initiative offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book.

WCPL is the only organization in Virginia to receive a grant to host a Big Read project. Grants were made to 75 non-profit groups, ranging from schools to libraries to arts organizations.

“Through the NEA Big Read, we are bringing contemporary works to communities across the country, helping us better understand the diverse voices and perspectives that come with it,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “These 75 organizations have developed unique plans to celebrate these works, including numerous opportunities for exploration and conversation.

The Book

The Big Read in Washington County focuses on “A Wizard of Earthsea” by Ursula Le Guin. Activities begin with a kick-off celebration Oct. 7.

Set in the fictional archipelago of Earthsea, the story centers around a young mage named Ged, born in a village on the island Gont. Displaying great power while still a boy, he joins the school of wizardry, where his prickly nature drives him into conflict with one of his fellows. During a magical duel, Ged’s spell goes awry and releases a shadow creature that attacks him. The novel follows his journey as he seeks to be free of the creature.

The book has often been described as a coming of age story, as it explores Ged learning to cope with power and come to terms with death. The novel also carries Taoist themes about a fundamental balance in the universe of Earthsea, which wizards are supposed to maintain.

Local artist Charles Vess, who is an internationally-acclaimed fantasy illustrator, is creating new illustrations for the book’s 50th anniversary release next year.

The Partners

WCPL is working with several partners to expand the offerings for the community. They include Charles Vess, the Symphony of the Mountains, William King Museum of Art, Arts Array, College of Older Adults, the local school system, local arts organizations, Abingdon Cinemall and Appalachian Poets and Writers. The Bristol Herald Courier and The Washington County News are media sponsors.

Activities

We don’t have specific dates and times nailed down for many of the events yet. But we have some awesome fun planned.

Some of the plans include:

  • Kick-off Celebration (free books, juggler, book fair and more)
  • Keynote Speaker: Charles Vess
  • The Symphony of the Mountains performs scenes from “Fantasia”
  • A Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing workshop
  • Crafts and story time
  • Upscaling books
  • NY Times bestselling writer Jennifer Estep
  • Tai Chi
  • Naturopathy
  • Fantasy Film Series
  • Brian & Marie Bridgeforth
  • William King Museum workshops
  • Lectures of Birds of Prey
  • And more …

 

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.

About Arts Midwest
Arts Midwest promotes creativity, nurtures cultural leadership and engages people in meaningful arts experiences, bringing vitality to Midwest communities and enriching people’s lives. Based in Minneapolis, Arts Midwest connects the arts to audiences throughout the nine-state region of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. One of six non-profit regional arts organizations in the United States, Arts Midwest’s history spans more than 25 years. For more information, visit artsmidwest.org.


Summer Reading Finale

Posted July 3rd, 2017 in Uncategorized

We paint with marbles in this last week of our Summer Reading Program. We thank all of you who came attend any of our other programs and encourage you to join us for the last week.

Here are some of the details.

Children’s events

The last week of our Summer Reading Program features “marble painting.” Please note: We have a different schedule because of the fourth of July.

The program is offered six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, July 6 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, July 6 at 2 p.m.

Lego Play is Monday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at the main library. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination.

“Beauty and the Beast” is shown at the main library July 3 at 2 p.m. “Moana” is shown at the main library, Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. “Kubo and the Two Strings” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, July 7 at 1 p.m.

The Glade Spring library holds a summer finale party July 5 from 3-5 p.m. They also offer a time for family and friends to unplug and have some fun playing board games, July 6 from 1-4 p.m.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag. Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, July 7 at 2 p.m., with “The Irish RM.” If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

Movies in the Square shows “Fences” July 7 at 9 p.m.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, July 7 at 10 a.m., and July 8 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors.

Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Library Computers for Beginners is taught at the main library, July 5 at 2 p.m.

Smartphone Q&A is taught at the main library July 8 at 2 p.m.

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Finale

Posted July 2nd, 2017 in Uncategorized

We paint with marbles in this last week of our Summer Reading Program. We thank all of you who came attend any of our other programs and encourage you to join us for the last week.

Here are some of the details.

Children’s events

The last week of our Summer Reading Program features “marble painting.” Please note: We have a different schedule because of the fourth of July.

The program is offered six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Wednesday, July 5 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, July 6 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, July 6 at 2 p.m.

Lego Play is Monday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at the main library. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination.

“Beauty and the Beast” is shown at the main library July 3 at 2 p.m. “Moana” is shown at the main library, Friday, July 6 at 6 p.m. “Kubo and the Two Strings” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, July 7 at 1 p.m.

The Glade Spring library holds a summer finale party July 5 from 3-5 p.m. They also offer a time for family and friends to unplug and have some fun playing board games, July 6 from 1-4 p.m.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag. Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, July 7 at 2 p.m., with “The Irish RM.” If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

Movies in the Square shows “Fences” July 7 at 9 p.m.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, July 7 at 10 a.m., and July 8 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors.

Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Library Computers for Beginners is taught at the main library, July 5 at 2 p.m.

Smartphone Q&A is taught at the main library July 8 at 2 p.m.

 

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 


Science Fun

Posted June 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized

It’s a science week. NASA and Hands-on Regional Museum join us this week with programs that combine art and science.

Here are some of the details.

Children’s events

The fifth week of our Summer Reading Program features “Hands-on Regional Museum!” They’ll join us with a different program each day.

The program is offered six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Tuesday, June 27 at 11 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, June 28 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, June 28 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 29 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 29 at 2 p.m.

Rocket scientists from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama join us Monday, June 26 at 2 p.m. NASA volunteers tell us about all the cool stuff they’re doing and answer your questions. It’ll be a fun video conference.

There are two additional programs Monday, June 26 at the main library. Lego Play is at 11 a.m. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination. Teens create upcycled nail polish necklaces at 6 p.m.

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, June 27 at 4 p.m., and the Tween Book Club meets Wednesday, June 28 at 4 p.m. Both clubs are based at the Glade Spring branch library. The Glade Spring branch library also offers a teen finale party Tuesday, June 27 at 2 p.m.

“Lego Batman” is shown at the main library June 29 at 6 p.m. “Pete’s Dragon” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m.

Summer Games, a time to unplug and play board games, is at the Glade Spring library Thursday, June 29 from 1-4 p.m. Use our games or bring your own.

All our activities for kids and teens can be seen on the Kids and Teens section of our website. There’s a calendar just for their activities.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag. Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

Teens participate in a variety of drop-in programs and register for weekly gift card giveaways.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

Sharyn McCrumb and Jack Hinshelwood present “Words and Music” Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. Please note that this event is held at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon. McCrumb reads selections from her 12 “Ballad novels,” and Jack Hinshelwood performs the ballads, which are interwoven throughout the works.

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, June 30 at 2 p.m., with “The Songcatcher.” If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

Senior Tuesday is at the Hayters Gap branch library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 27. This is a time set aside especially for seniors to ask questions and get help finding things.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, June 30 at 10 a.m., and July 1 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors.

Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Library Computers for Beginners is taught at the main library, June 27 at 6 p.m.

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 


BINGO!

Posted June 18th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Bingo CardBingo!

The summer fun continues this week with still more programs, including a Teddy Bear Picnic.

Here are some of the details.

Children’s events

The fourth week of our Summer Reading Program features “BINGO!” It’s kid-friendly Bingo with prizes and snacks.

The program is offered six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Tuesday, June 20 at 11 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Tuesday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 22 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 22 at 2 p.m.

There are three programs Monday, June 19 at the main library. Lego Play is at 11 a.m. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination. A STEM program is at 2 p.m. The Southwest Virginia Robotics League joins us to create Lego Robots. Teens play “Minute to Win It” games and enjoy pizza at 6 p.m.

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, June 20 at 4 p.m., and the Tween Book Club meets Wednesday, June 21 at 4 p.m. Both clubs are based at the Glade Spring branch library. The Glade Spring branch library also offers a teen craft Tuesday, June 20 at 3 p.m.

A Teddy Bear Picnic is held at the Mendota branch library, June 21 at noon. Gather your teddy bear or other stuffed friends, put on your fancy duds and hats and enjoy a picnic lunch.

“The BFG” is shown at the main library June 22 at 6 p.m. “The Secret Life of Pets” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, Friday, June 23 at 1 p.m.

Summer Games, a time to unplug and play board games, is at the Glade Spring library Thursday, June 22 from 1-4 p.m. Use our games or bring your own.

All our activities for kids and teens can be seen on the Kids and Teens section of our website. There’s a calendar just for their activities.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag. Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

Teens participate in a variety of drop-in programs and register for weekly gift card giveaways.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

Sharyn McCrumb and Jack Hinshelwood present “Words and Music” Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. Please note that this event is held at Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church in Abingdon. McCrumb reads selections from her 12 “Ballad novels,” and Jack Hinshelwood performs the ballads which are interwoven throughout the works.

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, June 23 at 2 p.m., with “The 39 Steps.” This classic Hitchcock brain twister contains the ingredients of a grand spy mystery, a wild chase and a harrowing portrait of an innocent man struggling to prove his innocence, while the world turns inexplicably against him. If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

The Mendota branch library shows a family-friendly movie outdoors June 23 at 8:30 p.m. Movies in the Square in downtown Glade Spring shows “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” at 9 p.m., June 23.

Senior Tuesday is at the Hayters Gap branch library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 20. This is a time set aside especially for seniors to ask questions and get help finding things.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, June 23 at 10 a.m., and June 24 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors.

The Ladies Book Club meets at Hayters Gap branch library, June 21 at 10 a.m.

Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Library Computers for Beginners is taught at the main library, June 21 at 2 p.m.

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program

 

 

 

 

 


Critters, Cinema and Crime!

Posted June 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized

One of our most popular Summer Reading Programs is back this week. Darin Handy, wildlife rehabilitator, returns with his critters.

The week kicks off June 11 at 3 p.m., at the main library with Richard Underwood talking about his book “Crime Song.” Amy Clark speaks about “Talking Appalachian” – something we all know a little about – but wait until you hear her perspective. She’ll be at the main library June 15 at 7 p.m.

We have a busy week planned. Here are some of the details.

Children’s events

The third week of our Summer Reading Program features “Darin Handy’s Animals.” He is a wildlife rehabilitator and always brings delightful creatures and lessons about their importance.

The program is offered six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Tuesday, June 13 at 11 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Tuesday, June 13 at 2 p.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 15 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

There are three programs Monday, June 12 at the main library. Lego Play is at 11 a.m. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination. A STEM program is at 2 p.m. We’ll learn about geo-mapping with the help of Abingdon High School’s Technology Student Association. A teen program is at 6 p.m. Participants create beautiful painted rocks.

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, June 13 at 4 p.m., and the Tween Book Club meets Wednesday, June 14 at 4 p.m. Both clubs are based at the Glade Spring branch library. The Glade Spring branch library also offers a teen craft Tuesday, June 13 at 3 p.m.

“Storks” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, Friday, June 16 at 1 p.m.

Summer Games, a time to unplug and play board games, is at the Glade Spring library Thursday, June 15 from 1-4 p.m. Use our games or bring your own.

All our activities for kids and teens can be seen on the Kids and Teens section of our website. There’s a calendar just for their activities.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag. Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

Teens participate in a variety of drop-in programs and register for weekly gift card giveaways.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults

We blend crime and song when Richard Underwood speaks Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at the main library. “Frankie and Johnnie” and “The Ballad of Tom Dula” are familiar tunes about true crime. Underwood explores the crimes behind 24 such ballads. Whether it’s a woman who kills her man because he “done her wrong,” a murdered woman or the death of an innocent bystander, Underwood explores the underlying true crime and its relationship to the ballad. His book, “Crime Song,” recently won the silver in Best Regional—Southeast—Nonfiction category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Books and Brews discuss “Crime Song” at their meeting Thursday, June 15 at 6 p.m., at Wolf Hills Brewing Company. The book club is open to anyone, so drop by and join them. There may even be a surprise.

The Damascus Senior Band performs at the Damascus branch library, Wednesday, June 14 at 12:30 p.m.

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, June 16 at 2 p.m., with “Local Hero.” Burt Lancaster and Peter Riegert star in this wonderfully whimsical comedy of an oil company’s planned buyout of a Scottish seaport. If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

Senior Tuesday is at the Hayters Gap branch library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 13. This is a time set aside especially for seniors to ask questions and get help finding things.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, June 16 at 10 a.m., and June 17 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors

Genealogy & Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.

If you are interested in tracking your roots, these classes are for you. Learn to use free tools to trace your family tree. This class is designed for those just beginning or continuing their search.

Find Your Scots-Irish Roots is held at

  • Damascus branch library: June 13 at 5 p.m.
  • Mendota branch library: June 14 at 1 p.m.
  • Glade Spring branch library: June 15 at 6 p.m.
  • Main library (Abingdon): June 17 at 10 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap branch library: June 17 at 2 p.m.

Mountains of Music Homecoming

Our celebration of our region’s rich culture continues this week.

Tap your toes while we watch Talking Feet: Solo Southern Dance,” June 15 at 4 p.m., at the Damascus branch library. This 2007 documentary explores flatfoot and rural tap dancing styles. After the movie, there will be a dance demonstration.

Amy Clark shares the rich history of the Appalachian language in “Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity and Community.” She’s at the main library, Thursday, June 15 at 7 p.m. Come join us, you might learn something about our language that surprises you.

Jud Barry demonstrates and discusses fascinating mountain instruments, in “From the Bagpipe to the Dulcimer,” June 17 at 11 a.m., at the Glade Spring branch library. He’ll even play a tune or two.

Come and join us. We’re having a blast.

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program
  • The Washington County Public Library Foundation for supporting our Mountains of Music Homecoming events

 


Summer Reading 2

Posted June 4th, 2017 in Uncategorized

LittleElliotThe fun continues this week with even more programs. You should see the calendar I have to keep track of all of this … or maybe you shouldn’t. My office is a mess. So let’s talk about what’s happening June 4-10 instead.

Children’s events

The second week of our Summer Reading Program features “Vehicles.” Stop by and check out cool vehicles likes firetrucks, police cars and more.

The program is offered five times during the week.

  • Mendota: Tuesday, June 6 at 11 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Tuesday, June 6 at 2 p.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, June 7 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of two vehicle visits, the June 8, 2 p.m., program at the Abingdon library is a showing of “Cars.”

There are three programs Monday, June 5 at the main library. Lego Play is at 11 a.m. We provide the Legos, just bring your imagination. A STEM program is at 2 p.m. Appalachian Sustainable Development joins us to help create a moss terrarium. The teen program is at 6 p.m. Participants create dream catcher mobiles.

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, June 6 at 4 p.m., and the Tween Book Club meets Wednesday, June 7 at 4 p.m. Both clubs are based at the Glade Spring branch library. The Glade Spring branch library also offers a teen craft Tuesday, June 6 at 3 p.m.

“Trolls” is shown at the main library Thursday, June 8 at 6 p.m. “The BFG” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, Friday, June 9 at 1 p.m.

Summer Games, a time to unplug and play board games, is at the Glade Spring library Thursday, June 8 from 1-4 p.m. We have games or bring your own. Bring your friends or come alone and enjoy a fun afternoon.

All our activities for kids and teens can be seen on the Kids and Teens section of our website. There’s a calendar just for their activities.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag.  Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

Teens participate in a variety of drop-in programs and register for weekly gift card giveaways.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

Our new Movies for Grown-ups continues Friday, June 9 with a Scottish movie. If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

Movies in the Square in downtown Glade Spring presents “Moana” at 9 p.m. In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches an impetuous Chieftain’s daughter’s island, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right. Rated PG.

Senior Tuesday is at the Hayters Gap branch library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., June 6. This is a time set aside especially for seniors to ask questions and get help finding things.

Join us for Coffee and a Chat at the Glade Spring branch library, June 9 at 10 a.m., and June 10 at 9:30 a.m., in Hayters Gap. Have a cup on us and talk with your neighbors. Mendota holds a Tea and Talk, Tuesday, June 6 at 6 p.m.

Computer Classes

The Glade Spring branch library offers one-on-one computer and device assistance Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.  These are two computer classes at the main library this week. Library Computers for Beginners, our introductory computer class, is Wednesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.

Risky Clicks is June 6 at 6 p.m. Risky Clicks, Stay Safe Online teaches you how to avoid scams, viruses and malware on the Internet.

Mountains of Music Homecoming

Yee Haw! It’s music time. Our first event, June 9, is the only event with a cost ($5), and it’s a fundraiser for the Mendota Community Association. We’re having a musical picnic at the Mendota Branch Library. After the picnic, kick back and listen to Fire in the Kitchen, or wear your dancing shoes and work off some of the calories from dinner. $5, cash only please. (food service begins at 4:30 p.m.; music at 6 p.m.)

Jack Beck and Wendy Welch speak at the Glade Spring branch library Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. Jack is a singer and Wendy is a writer. They discuss how Scottish culture influenced American culture/music and literature.

An old-fashioned jamboree is held at the Hayters Gap branch library from 2-4 p.m., June 10.  Sandra Parker plays her Celtic harp following the jamboree at 4 p.m.

We blend crime and song when Richard Underwood speaks Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m. at the main library. “Frankie and Johnnie” and “The Ballad of Tom Dula” are familiar tunes about true crime. Underwood explores the crimes behind 24 such ballads. Whether it’s a woman who kills her man because he “done her wrong,” a murdered woman or the death of an innocent bystander, Underwood explores the underlying true crime and its relationship to the ballad. His book, “Crime Song,” recently won the Silver in Best Regional—Southeast—Nonfiction category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Come and join us. We’re having a great time.

Thank You

We thank the following for their generous support of your library.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program
  • The Washington County Public Library Foundation for supporting our Mountains of Music Homecoming events

 

 

 

 

 


Summer Reading 1

Posted May 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized

readingOur Summer Reading Programs are here. We’ve got a lot of our usual activities, such as computer classes, going on as well.

And … we started a new “Movies for Grown-ups” series. We’ll show a movie at the main library in Abingdon for grown-ups every Friday at 2 p.m., beginning June 2 and continuing until July 21.

We’re also excited about our participation in Mountains of Music Homecoming this year. We’ve planned a wide array of cultural events as an official partner of the Homecoming.

Before we tell you about all of this week’s events, we thank the following.

  • Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for their support of our Kids and Teens Summer Reading Program
  • Moose Club 1966 for providing the bicycles for our give-away
  • The Friends of the Library for supporting our Adult Summer Reading Program
  • The Washington County Public Library Foundation for supporting our Mountains of Music Homecoming events

Children’s events

The first week of our Summer Reading Program features Professor Whizzpop, a fantastic medley of comic mayhem. The hapless Professor Whizzpop’s much mishandled magic provides giggles galore, as he gets nearly everything wrong. The kids in the audience help to make everything right.

He performs six times during the week.

  • Mendota: Tuesday, May 30 at 11 a.m.
  • Hayters Gap: Tuesday, May 30 at 2 p.m.
  • Damascus: Wednesday, May 31 at 11 a.m.
  • Glade Spring: Wednesday, May 31 at 2 p.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m.
  • Main (Abingdon): Thursday, June 1 at 2 p.m.

The Teen Book Club meets Tuesday, May 30 at 4 p.m., and the Tween Book Club meets Wednesday, May 31 at 4 p.m. Both clubs are based at the Glade Spring branch library. The Glade Spring branch library also offers a teen craft Tuesday, May 30 at 3 p.m.

“Sing” is shown at the main library Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m. “Finding Dory” is shown at the Glade Spring branch library, Friday, June 2 at 1 p.m.

Let’s Get Crafting at the Glade Spring branch library Saturday, June 3 at 1 p.m. Create a mod-podge candleholder.

All our activities for kids and teens can be seen on the Kids and Teens section of our website. There’s a calendar just for their activities.

Registration and prizes

Sign up at any library location. You’ll get a fine forgiveness card and a Friends of the Library tote bag.  Read and complete book logs. Pick them up at the library and list the titles of five books a kid reads or listens to. Exchange the book logs for a prize from the treasure chest. You’ll also be entered for the bike give-away.

Teens participate in a variety of drop-in programs and register for weekly gift card giveaways.

If adults check out five items at once, they are entered to win weekly gift baskets. The grand prize basket is the popular Barter Theatre basket.

For Adults:

We didn’t forget to plan entertaining activities for you, and we changed our Summer Reading Program a little. Instead of one signature book, we chose Sharyn McCrumb’s Ballad Series. We are focusing on “The Songcatcher,” because it ties in so well with the Mountains of Music Homecoming. But you can read any book you want. We also aren’t requiring you to register. To be entered into our weekly giveaway, just check out five items at once.

Quinn Hawkesworth is our next Sunday with Friends speaker. She’ll be at the main library in Abingdon, Sunday, June 4 at 3p.m. She performs her new one-woman show, “Suitcase Blues.”

Our new Movies for Grown-ups starts Friday, June 2 with “The Quiet Man.” If you come to these movies, you’ll get a Fine Forgiveness card, valid through Aug. 31.

“The Quiet Man” is director John Ford’s epic romantic comedy. A loving sentimental nostalgic tribute to his Irish ancestry and homeland, it stars John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara.

Senior Tuesday is at the Hayters Gap branch library from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 30. This is a time set aside especially for seniors to ask questions and get help finding things.

The Passawatami Book Club meets in Glade Spring at 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 30. The Ladies Book Club meets May 31 at 10 a.m., in Hayters Gap.


Summer Time

Posted May 22nd, 2017 in Uncategorized

readingIt’s one of my favorite times of the year – summer. Why, you may ask? Well . . . it’s summer! Time for barbecues, creeks, the whir of a fan, the first juicy bite of a perfectly sun-kissed tomato, walks in the cool woods. You know … all the things that remind you of how much fun it was when you were young, and summer was a great adventure. A time that was filled with exploration and excitement (and if you were like me – sleeping late).

There was also another part that I loved about summer – reading. If it was too hot to ride my bike or aggravate my brother, it was time to take my book into the shade or up a tree, curl up and see where it would take me.

That’s another thing we love about summer – our Summer Reading Programs. We have two: one for children and one for adults.

Kids and Teens

We’ve planned six weeks of fun programs for kids filled with magic, firetrucks, amazing critters, bingo, programs from the Hands On! Regional Museum and painting. We’ve even got NASA. Our “It’s Rocket Science” program brings in staff from NASA’s Marshall Space Center via video conference to tell us the cool things they’re doing and answer questions.

We’ve got a teddy bear picnic, lots of movies and crafts and special programs for teens.

We have weekly prizes for teens and kids. We’re also giving away bicycles. Kids bring their book logs to the library, and they’re entered. We’re doing the drawing at the end of the six weeks. Maybe you’ll be the winner of a bicycle to take on long summer rides.

Kids just need to visit their local library and register. They’ll get an overdue fine forgiveness card, a tote bag, and we’ll show them how to fill out their book logs. A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Adults

We didn’t forget you. We’ve got excitement planned for you too. Instead of picking one signature book this year, we picked a series of books … Sharyn McCrumb’s Ballad novels. You can read any of them or something entirely different. We just want you to remember the joys of reading. Remember spelunking with Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher, hunting for treasure with Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, solving mysteries with Nancy Drew? It’s time to go on new adventures with a young woman charged with murder and the tabloid-style reporting that accompanies her trial. How about Frankie Silver, a woman hanged for murder in 1832? Then there’s Tom Dooley … a tale of adultery and betrayal, that turns into a modern “Wuthering Heights.”

We’re going to focus on “The Songcatcher” by McCrumb. It’s got a kidnapping, service in two wars, homesteading and a search for a ballad passed down through the family. We picked it because Mountains of Music Homecoming is happening during Summer Reading, and it seemed like a wonderful synergy.

McCrumb is coming to talk about her Ballad novels, and Jack Hinshelwood is going to play the tunes from each book. It should be a great time – words and music. We expect a good crowd, so we’ve moved that event to Sinking Spring Presbyterian Church, June 25 at 3 p.m.

We’ve got book discussions scheduled at each library. You can talk about any of the Ballad novels you want.

Oh … we’ve also got prizes. Check out five items at a time, and you’ll be entered to win weekly drawings. The grand prize at the end of the program is the ever-popular Barter Theatre basket.

Join us this summer and share the excitement of a good book.


Trail Days Celebration

Posted May 10th, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Friendliest Little Library on the Trail, the Damascus branch library, created loads of special programs to celebrate Trail Days. We also offer lots of services that hikers and visitors appreciate.

Come and rest your weary feet on our welcoming front porch. You can use our high-speed Internet and charging stations. We have storage for your backpacks and bike racks. There’s also all the usual library services.

We have a rack of free paperbacks for hikers to borrow to take with them. Our Friends of the Library select books that will be easy to carry and interesting to read on the trail. We also offer backpacks for day hikers to borrow.

The library houses the town’s Visitor Center. Come visit us and get information about the area.

During Trail Days drop by the library and enjoy board games and adult coloring, sidewalk art, magazines and newspaper and Friends of the Library “Mini Book Sale.” The book sale takes place Saturday during library hours.

We’ve planned lots of special events to celebrate Trail Days.

Second Annual Movie Festival

We’ll show an outdoor adventure movie Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m. The schedule is:

Monday, May 15: “The Loneliest Planet.” An engaged couple’s backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves.

Tuesday, May 16: “Happy People.” A documentary depicting the life and work of the trappers of Bakhtia, a village in the heart of the Siberian Taiga, where daily life has changed little in over a century.

Wednesday, May 17: “Mile, Mile and a Half.” In an epic snow year, five friends leave their daily lives behind to hike California’s historic John Muir Trail, a 211-mile stretch from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney.

Thursday, May 18: “Trek.” Two trekkers are walking in the wild, one eager to discover, the other complaining about the greenness. A third trekker, seemingly lost, appears on the track and asks them for the intergalactic bus stop.

Movie schedule may change based on availability.

Special Programs

Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m. “Salamanders of White Top Mountain” with Dr. Kevin Hamed. A biology professor at Virginia Highlands Community College, he’ll tell us about the various salamanders that can be found along the Appalachian Trail. His latest research involves pathogens in salamanders.

Friday, May 19 at 10 a.m. “The American Chestnut Foundation” with Eric Jenkins. Eric Jenkins from the American Chestnut Foundation leads a walk and talk about the efforts to preserve the American Chestnut.

The talk is from 10-11 a.m. Eric describes the role of the American Chestnut 100 years ago, its demise from blight and the restoration program. The talk concludes with an introduction of the Appalachian Trail MEGA-Transect Program, a collaborative effort organized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., participants can see surviving American chestnuts. TACF volunteers will point out distinguishing tree characteristics and demonstrate how to report surviving trees as part of the MEGA-Transect Project. This information contributes to understanding the status of surviving trees and aiding in the development of blight-resistant trees. The training includes a three-mile walk to see American chestnuts along the Appalachian Trail.

Feel free to participate in both or one part of this event.

Friday, May 19 at 2 p.m. Takoma Tedd and his acoustic guitar.  Enjoy his ‘60s style acoustic rock.

Saturday, May 20 at 11 a.m. Foraging for Edibles with Ben Casteel. Ben Casteel from Virginia Highlands Community College enlightens us about edible plants – and he doesn’t mean your standard vegetables. We begin with a talk in the community room and then we move onto the Appalachian Trail. So wear some comfortable shoes.

On the hike, he’ll point out edible fungi, berries, etc. along the trail. He hopes to have samples to try.

Saturday, May 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Whittlers. Not up to going on the trail looking for treats? Stay at the library, where whittlers demonstrate their skills for you.

Come visit us during Trail Days. You’ll have fun, and we look forward to seeing you.


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