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Main Library
276-676-6233

MON - THU 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
FRI & SAT 9 a.m.
SUN 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

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.
SUN closed


The Big Read

DragonWatch our Kick-off video on our YouTube Channel.

Watch Charles Vess’ presentation on our You Tube Channel,

After months of planning and grant writing, The Big Read is finally here! We hope you are as excited as we are.

We have a lot of events planned. Everything from the Kick-off Party to book discussions, a concert by Symphony of the Mountains, movies, talks, crafts, workshops – even learn how to create a video game character. Scroll down to see the calendar of events or click here to download a brochure.

The Kick-off Celebration is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 3-5 on the Campus Commons at Virginia Highlands Community College. (in case of inclement weather, we’ll move into the lobby of the Keyser-Aday Theater). We’ll have balloons out along the way to the Commons, so just follow them to all the fun.

At the kick off, we’ll have

Charles Vess

On Sunday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Charles Vess speaks at the main library in Abingdon. Charles is one of our favorite and most popular speakers. The author and illustrator of many books and an internationally-acclaimed fantasy artist, he has so many awards, we’ve lost count. His latest endeavor is creating new illustrations for Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series for their 50th anniversary. He’ll give us a sneak peek at the illustrations and talk about their creation, working with Le Guin and how to bring someone else’s world to life and keep your own style at the same time.

Symphony of the MountainsDragon Cutout

Have we got a treat for you! The Symphony of the Mountains is coming to the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College Sept 29 at 3 p.m., to perform portions of “Fantasia” and other delightful music. There will be scenes from the movies playing during certain musical interludes. Guest artists 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 There’s an instrument petting zoo, and kids can build their own “fantasy” instrument, such as a mushroom drum. Take your photo with a dragon. Grab a copy of “A Wizard of Earthsea.” It’s going to be a blast. This Big Read event  requires a ticket, which you can get through the Symphony of the Mountains. Just visit their website for details.

Fantasy Movie Series

We’re showing a Fantasy Movie series at the Abingdon Cinemall Mondays at 7:30 p.m. Free with your library card. This is the 10th anniversary of “Stardust,” which is based on a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Charles Vess. Come check it out, we’ll have some surprises!

There are also movies shown at all our libraries.

Crafts

William King Museum of Art, as always, is offering some great art activities during The Big Read. These events are held at the museum and are free.

Build a Fairy House Saturday, Oct. 14 from 1-4 p.m. Take a stroll around the museum grounds and find sticks, leaves, flowers, and other interesting, magical objects. You’ll then use what you find to construct a home fit for Titania.

Sculpt a Clay Dragon, Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the time when dragons ruled the skies. In this hands-on workshop, you’ll use different sculpting techniques to create your very own dragon out of clay.

There are crafts for kids at all the libraries and more crafts for adults and families. Just check the calendar.

Workshops

Jennifer Estep, New York Times bestselling author, is here Saturday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. for a World Building Workshop. If you want to write a story or book set in a fictitious place, how do you build that world? Join us and Jennifer will give you pointers on how to create a place for your characters to inhabit.

Want to write the great American novel? Need some writing tips? Join us Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m., for a Writing Workshop led by Mark Baumgartner from ETSU.

We have many more events, just check out the calendar below.

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07oct(oct 7)11:00 am31(oct 31)7:00 pmArt ShowThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 7:00 pm (31) Damascus Library

07oct(oct 7)11:00 am31(oct 31)7:00 pmArt ShowThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 7:00 pm (31) Glade Spring Library

16oct6:00 pm7:00 pmBedtime with BarterThe Big Read 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm Main Library

16oct7:30 pm9:00 pmStardustThe Big Read 20177:30 pm - 9:00 pm Abingdon Cinemall

18oct10:30 am11:30 amMendota Story TimeThe Big Read 201710:30 am - 11:30 am Mendota Branch Library

18oct6:00 pm7:00 pmBig Read Book DiscussionThe Big Read 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm Main Library

19oct1:00 pm2:00 pmBig Read Book DiscussionThe Big Read 20171:00 pm - 2:00 pm Main Library

19oct4:00 pm6:00 pmBeauty & The BeastThe Big Read4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hayters Gap Library

19oct5:00 pm7:00 pmBeetlejuiceThe Big Read5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Glade Spring Library

20oct2:00 pm4:00 pmCity of EmberThe Big Read 20172:00 pm - 4:00 pm Main Library

21oct11:00 am11:45 amLego Play SaturdayThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 11:45 am Main Library

21oct11:00 am1:00 pmAdult Crafts: Fantasy Upcycled BooksThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 1:00 pm Glade Spring Library

21oct1:00 pm3:00 pmWriting WorkshopThe Big Read 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm Main Library

21oct1:00 pm3:00 pmClay Dragons WorkshopThe Big Read 20171:00 pm - 3:00 pm William King Museum of Art

23oct7:30 pm9:00 pmMaleficentThe Big Read 20177:30 pm - 9:00 pm Abingdon Cinemall

24oct4:00 pm5:00 pmBig Read Book DiscussionThe Big Read 20174:00 pm - 5:00 pm Glade Spring Library

24oct4:00 pm5:00 amEssential OilsThe Big Read 20174:00 pm - 5:00 am Damascus Library

24oct6:00 pm7:00 pmPassawatami Book Club: October6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Glade Spring Library

25oct10:30 am11:30 amMendota Story TimeThe Big Read 201710:30 am - 11:30 am Mendota Branch Library

25oct6:00 pm7:00 pmBig Read Book DiscussionThe Big Read 20176:00 pm - 7:00 pm Mendota Branch Library

26oct2:30 pm3:30 pmHomeschool Lego PlayThe Big Read 20172:30 pm - 3:30 pm Glade Spring Library

26oct5:00 pm6:00 pmBig Read Book Discussion5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Damascus Library

26oct6:30 pm7:15 pmTrick or Treat at the LibraryThe Big Read 20176:30 pm - 7:15 pm Main Library

27oct1:30 pm2:00 pmFavorite Song Magic1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Main Library

27oct6:00 pm8:00 pmWonder WomanThe Big Read 20176:00 pm - 8:00 pm Mendota Branch Library

28oct11:00 am12:00 pmLego Play SaturdayThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 12:00 pm Damascus Library

28oct7:00 pm9:00 pmZombie Fever: The Escape GameThe Big Read 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pm Glade Spring Library

29oct3:00 pm4:30 pmFantasia & The SymphonyThe Big Read 20173:00 pm - 4:30 pm McGlothlin Center for the Arts

30oct10:00 am12:00 pmSchool ConcertsThe Big Read 201710:00 am - 12:00 pm McGlothlin Center for the Arts

30oct7:30 pm9:00 pmCinderellaThe Big Read 20177:30 pm - 9:00 pm Abingdon Cinemall

31oct11:00 am7:00 pmHalloween ExtravaganzaThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 7:00 pm Hayters Gap Library

31oct4:00 pm6:00 pmHalloween: ClueThe Big Read 20174:00 pm - 6:00 pm Damascus Library

31oct5:00 pm6:00 pmHalloween PartyThe Big Read 20175:00 pm - 6:00 pm Glade Spring Library

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02nov4:00 pm6:00 pmWizard of Oz4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Hayters Gap Library

02nov4:00 pm6:00 pmWall-EThe Big Read 20174:00 pm - 6:00 pm Damascus Library

04nov11:00 am12:00 pmLego Play SaturdayThe Big Read 201711:00 am - 12:00 pm Mendota Branch Library

06nov7:30 pm9:00 pmFantastic Beasts & Where To Find ThemThe Big Read 20177:30 pm - 9:00 pm Abingdon Cinemall

 

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