Trail Days celebration
Posted May 5th, 2019 in Uncategorized
The Friendliest Little Library on the Trail, the Damascus branch library, welcomes hikers and others to Trail Days. Every day of the year, the library provides high-speed Internet to hikers. It also provides a comfortable porch and chairs and a place to store backpacks. The Friends of the Library also keep a rack of free paperback books to take on the trail. Its Visitor Center provides information about local attractions for those who want to take a short break from their hike.
During Trail Days, they develop a variety of events for hikers and celebrants.
This year, the events include movies shown at 2 p.m. from May 13-18.
Kevin Hamed visits the library May 16 at 6 p.m. Hamed is a biology professor at Virginia Highlands Community College and a certified wildlife biologist. He’ll talk about the Eastern Hellbender salamander. Hamed’s research has included the life history of the Tennessee dace, the distraction of the least weasel in Tennessee and the impact of bottle and can litter along forest service roads on small mammals. He and his students are currently studying Southern Appalachian amphibians.
Craft Day is held May 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop by any time and enjoy one of the projects. Learn to smudge with safe, engage in some Zen coloring or bracelet making. There are even more projects.
At 11 a.m., May 18, Ben Casteel brings his popular Foraging for Edibles program back to the library. He’ll explain which plants on the trail are edible and how to find them. The event begins with instruction and is followed by a hike.