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.
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.
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.
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