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In the August issue
We have a wonderful, centrally-located library in Ashe County, and while we are fortunate to have such a lovely space in which to serve the community, we want people in remote parts of the county to have easy access to books as well. With help from partners such as Ashe Home Builders Association, we have installed eight Twigs, also known as Little Free Libraries, across the county to provide reading material at locations such as Todd Mercantile, State Line Grocery, and Family Central. Library staff and community volunteers keep the Twigs stocked with books and library calendars. If you would like to learn more about our Twigs, visit

In August, we celebrate the Little Free Libraries in Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. This year in Ashe, join us for a fun family festival with face painting, crafts, games, free books, and more!

Saturday, August 5, 10 am - 2 pm at Family Central

This year, the On the Same Page Literary Festival celebrates its 10th year with ten wonderful authors and more than a dozen author readings, writing workshops, and special events. The main festival will take place September 12 - 16, 2017.
The 2017 Festival Read is 
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This extraordinary novel has won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, and was named the No. 1 Novel of 2016 by Time magazine. Read-Share-Return copies of the book are available at Ashe County Arts Council.

To kick-off the festival,  Patricia Beaver , Ph.D., will lead a discussion on what role the North Carolina mountains may have played in the underground railroad. Pat is professor emerita of anthropology at Appalachian State University, where she was founder of the Center for Appalachian Studies. 
Colson Whitehead was born in 1969 and was raised in Manhattan.  After graduating from Harvard College, he started working at the Village Voice, where he wrote reviews of television, books, and music. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.
He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.

The Authentic South of Gone with the Wind
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
~ Lady Bird Johnson ~
Speck of Proof: Air Quality Monitors Available for Checkout
Learning about the quality of the air you breathe should be as easy and inexpensive as borrowing a book from a library, and that's why Carnegie Mellon University researchers have provided free Speck air quality monitors to 100 public libraries nationwide. Ashe County Public Library is pleased to be the only library in North Carolina to be chosen for this program.
Library patrons can check out a Speck sensor, which detects particulate air pollution in the home, for three weeks at a time. The device is simple to use and requires only a standard outlet to operate. To learn more about Specks, visit or the upstairs Information Desk at the library!
North Carolina Authors: To Be Rather Than to Seem
We just purchased a great selection of e-books by authors with a North Carolina connection. This collection features well-known authors such as John Hart, Ron Rash, Nicholas Sparks, and Clyde E d g erton as well as new voices such as Michael Parker, Nina de Gramont,  an d Rebecca Lee.  Visit  to pick out a book by a homegrown author.  If you don't know how to get started with the library's digital collections, visit the upstairs Information Desk, and our staff will be glad to assist you.

If you can't get enough books by NC authors, visit NCLive's Homegrown Ebook Collection for even more selections!
Click the button below to see a full listing of library programs and events for August 2017. Thank you to the Ashe County Friends of the Library for their generous support of our programs. Click here to learn how you can become a Friends of the Library member.
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