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Wiley Cash speaks at library

Posted April 17th, 2018 in Uncategorized

Wiley CashSunday with Friends hosts Wiley Cash April 29 at 3 p.m., at the main library in Abingdon, Virginia.

New York Times bestselling writer, Cash is an acclaimed young Appalachian novelist celebrating the publication of his third novel, ”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.

Christine Baker Kline, the author of “Orphan Train,’’ said, “Lives are changed in this intimate and yet expansive novel about a real-life 1929 North Carolina mill strike. With subtlety and insight, Wiley Cash reveals the dignity and humanity of people asking for a fair shot in an unfair world. Fraught with the turmoil of social change, ‘The Last Ballad’ moves inexorably toward a devastating moment of reckoning. A timely and topical portrait of a community in crisis.”

Lee Smith has 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.”

A reception and book sale follow the presentation.


“Permanent” director visits Abingdon

Posted March 15th, 2018 in Uncategorized

We’re doing something a little different for our next Sunday with Friends event. The Friends of the Library have partnered with the Arts Array cultural outreach series at Virginia Highlands Community College for a special series of events.

Colette Burson, the Abingdon native who is the director of “Permanent,” visits and participates in a number of public discussions about her film career and the making of “Permanent.” We suggest that you come and listen to one of her talks and then see the movie.


Sunday, April 8: Burson is our Sunday with Friends speaker at the main library in Abingdon at 3 p.m.

Monday, April 9: She speaks at Virginia Highlands Community College in room ISC 130 at 1 p.m.

Film plus discussion

Monday, April 9: “Permanent” is shown at the Abingdon Cinemall at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., as part of the Arts Array. Burson conducts a question and answer session after each movie.

Admission is free for all students and staff members of VHCC, Emory & Henry College, King University and Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, including participants in the College of Older Adults who purchase an Arts Array pass. Community admission is $7.75.

About the film

The film is based on Burson’s memories of growing up in Abingdon. It stars Academy-Award winner Patricia Arquette, Rainn Wilson and Kira McLean. In the 1980s, “perms” are all the rage, and 13-year-old Aurelie dreams about getting one to finally 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.”


Environmental writers speak at main library

Posted March 1st, 2018 in Uncategorized

Our next Sunday with Friends speakers are environmental writers Janisse Ray and Holly Haworth. They read from their latest works Sunday March 11 at 3 p.m., in conference room of the main library in Abingdon.

We invite you to come and listen to their tales of longleaf pines, fossils, family and long train rides.

About Janisse Ray

Writer, naturalist and activist Janisse Ray is author of six books. She holds an MFA from the University of Montana, and has been awarded two honorary doctorates, one from Unity College in Maine and the other from LaGrange College in Georgia. In 2015 she was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame. Her work has been translated and published in France and Turkey. She lives in rural southern Georgia.

Her first book of creative nonfiction rocketed Ray onto the literary scene. “Ecology of a Cracker Childhood,” a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast, was published by Milkweed Editions in 1999. Besides being a plea to protect and restore the glorious pine flatwoods of the South, the book looks hard at family, mental illness, poverty and fundamentalist religion. Essayist Wendell Berry called the book “well done and deeply moving.” Anne Raver of The New York Times said of Janisse Ray, “The forests of the South find their Rachel Carson.” 

Ray has won many awards, including a Southern Booksellers Award for Poetry 2011, Southeastern Booksellers Award for Nonfiction 1999, an American Book Award 2000, the Southern Environmental Law Center 2000 Award for Outstanding Writing, and a Southern Book Critics Circle Award 2000. ” Ecology of a Cracker Childhood” was a New York Times Notable Book and was chosen as the Book All Georgians Should Read. “The Seed Undergound” won the Nautilus Gold Book Award Better Books for a Better World in the Green Living category 2013, American Horticultural Society Book Award 2013, American Society of Journalists & Authors Arlene Eisenberg Award for Writing that Makes a Difference 2013, Garden Writers Association Gold Award of Achievement for Best Book Writing 2013, and Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Award.

About Holly Haworth

Haworth’s writing brings nature to life in your imagination. You may never have seen a Tennessee pigtoe mussel, but reading ” Its nacre—the interior layer—was the white of a winter sky, distant light gathering behind thick cumulus,” creates a vivid picture.

Haworth is a Tennessee native, who teaches at the Blue Mountain School in Floyd, Virginia. She is a writer and reporter based in Southwest Virginia, where she lives along the West Fork of the Little River. She grew up in Boyd’s Creek, Tennessee, home of her great-great-great-great grandfather.

Her work appears in Lapham’s Quarterly, the Oxford American, Orion, Virginia Quarterly Review, Parabola, Earth Island Journal, Paste, Still: The Journal, Flycatcher, the On Being radio program blog, and Terrain.org, among other places.

She has written essays and reported on the harvest of mescal agave, mycelium networks, mushroom foraging, urban watersheds, root-digging and medicinal plants, the timber, gas and coal-mining industries, coal ash spills and coal ash dumps, the detriments of artificial night lighting, ancient fossils, extinction, public art, native freshwater mussels, cricket song, music and sound and long train rides.

She is a recipient of the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, the Russell Fellowship at Utah State University, the Thomas J. Lyons Fellowship from the Western Literature Association, and the Jackson Fellowship at Hollins University, where she received her MFA.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.





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