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In the April issue
National Library Week is a time to highlight the changing role of libraries, librarians and library workers. Libraries aren't only a place of quiet study, but also creative and engaging community centers.  Libraries of all types are evolving to meet the needs of the communities they serve. Elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large depend upon libraries and the resources they offer to address the needs of their communities. By providing such resources as e-books and technology help, programs for all ages or a safe haven in times of crisis, libraries and librarians transform their communities.  Libraries also offer something unique to their communities, the expertise of individual librarians. Librarians assist patrons in using increasingly complex technology and sorting through the potentially overwhelming mass of information bombarding today's digital society. This is especially crucial when access to reliable and trustworthy data is more important than ever. Join us in April as we celebrate all the ways our library transforms and is transformed by the community we serve!
April 9 - April 15

The Ashe County Seed Library opens in April. This partnership between Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture (BRWIA), Ashe County Cooperative Extension, and Ashe County Public Library seeks to make free seed available to promote food security, build community resilience, and create a culture of sharing. We aspire to encourage and educate our community to grow healthy food by gardening, preserving seed adapted to our area, and gathering historical seed stories of Appalachia. Join us for the Ashe Seed Library Opening on the upper level of the library, and look for Seed Saving Workshops and a Food Memoir Writing Contest in the months to come! Visit BRWIA's Seed Library website to learn more about seed libraries in Ashe and Watauga.
Friday, April 7, 1-3 pm

New Releases for March
If you would like to know about new purchases for the library collection, be sure to sign-up for our New Releases newsletter!
New Fiction
Poet Laureate Visits in April
In celebration of National Poetry Month, we welcome  NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson to Ashe County. Stephenson grew up on a small farm  near Benson, in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina. "Most of my poems come out of that background," he says, "where memory and imagination play on one another."
Join Shelby Stephenson, our NC Poet Laureate, for the (alliteratively named)  Picking in the Park with a Poet and a Potluck Picnic ! Stephenson will hold court in the  Bowie-Seagraves Municipal Park , reading poetry and playing a little music while folks enjoy a potluck picnic and have the chance to meet a real live poet. 
Friday, April 21, 5-7 pm
Bowie-Seagraves Municipal Park

Local Authors Spotlight:
Linda Sturgill and Turner Stimpson
We have a vibrant community of writers in our region, and in April we welcome two local authors to the library. Meet Linda Sturgill, author of  Hannah's Faith Through the Storm  at an informal event, and attend a presentation by Turner Stimpson, author of several books about Alzheimer's.

Linda Sturgill: April 1 at 10 am
Turner Stimpson: April 20 at 4 pm

First Annual Peeps Diorama Contest
What's a frugal book-lover to do when Easter has passed and the pantry is still packed with sweet little Peeps? We suggest constructing a shoebox-sized diorama featuring your favorite literary scene! The library will accept submissions between April 17 and 28; pick up an entry form at any library service desk to get started. We are seeking submissions in four categories: Children, Teens, Families, and Adults. All entries will be displayed on the upper level of the library. Patrons are encouraged to come and cast ballots for the Peeples Choice Award! Contest rules are below.
  • Each diorama must be based on a book or literary theme.
  • All characters must be portrayed by Peeps.
  • Dioramas must be made using a single shoebox (of any style).
  • All entries must be suitable for family viewing.
  • One entry per person or family.
  • All entries must be submitted with an entry form.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, overall appearance, and creative use of Peeps.
  • Note: We will do our best to keep your diorama safe, but the library is not responsible for any damage to your diorama. By entering the diorama contest, you are giving the Ashe County Public Library permission to display your diorama in the library, take pictures of your creation, and share them online.
2017 NC Science Festival
As part of the annual NC Science Festival, join Kevin Hining, NC wildlife education specialist, for an event highlighting research conducted on a creature that has a powerful predator deterrent and discover how you can become a citizen scientist!
Founded in 2010, the North Carolina Science Festival is the first statewide science festival in the United States. During a two-week celebration each spring, the Festival brings over 400 events (hosted by schools, colleges, libraries, museums, parks, businesses and other community organizations) together under one banner to recognize the economic, educational, and cultural impact of science throughout North Carolina. The Festival is presented by the Biogen Foundation and produced by Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For more information, visit
Thursday, April 20, 4 pm
Click the button below to see a full listing of library programs and events for March. Thank you to the Ashe County Friends of the Library for their generous support of our programs.
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