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In the July issue

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 1 for Christmas in July, but you can visit us at our tent on Backstreet to play book quizzes, win fancy stickers, and find out about upcoming library events!
The library will also be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.

Victory Gardens & Seed Saving Stories

Ramona Renfroe, Director of  Ashe County's History Museum, introduces the most successful local foods project in the United States and a "living exhibit" made possible by Ashe County Cooperative Extension and Ashe County  Master Gardeners.  Then, Dr. Jim Veteto  will review the history of gardening in southern Appalachia from the Woodland Indian period to the present. Particular focus will be given to Cherokee heirloom gardening and seeds and stories from old-time farmers and gardeners in Ashe and Watauga Counties. Dr. Jim Veteto is a recognized expert on agricultural biodiversity and seedsaving and a foremost expert on Appalachian heirloom vegetables and fruits. He directs both the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies and Southern Seed Legacy and is associate professor of Cultural and Environmental Anthropology and Cherokee Studies at Western Carolina University. This event is an Involving Books program.
Saturday, July 8, 2 pm at the Museum of Ashe County History
Let's Talk About It

There are three sessions left in this wonderful book discussion series, and if you haven't been able to attend yet, don't despair! Although the books were chosen to be representative of the theme, each is a great work of Southern literature in its own right.  All sessions are free and open to the public, and all of the books  can be picked up at the library or checked out as an e-book at

The Let's Talk About It series is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. To learn more about how the North Carolina Humanities Council supports communities in our state, visit their website at .

Let's Talk About It Discussion Sessions

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison | Thursday, July 6, 5:30 pm
Presentation by Leon Lewis, Professor at Appalachian State University
The Known World by Edward P. Jones | Thursday, July 20, 5:30 pm
Presentation by Bruce Dick, Professor at Appalachian State University
Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan | Thursday, August 3, 5:30 pm
Presentation by Bruce Dick, Professor at Appalachian State University


Cow Appreciation Day at the Library

Meet a real live cow from Highland Meadow Cattle Company. Author Rebecca Petruck will host a game of Mad Cow Libs and a Cow Candy Judging Contest. Don't miss this all ages Involving Books event!
Tuesday, July 11, 2 pm in the park behind the library
Sizzling Summer Reads!
Even if you're on the road this summer, you can take a library book with you! We just purchased a great selection of e-books and audiobooks that you can download to your device and carry with you. 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! Visit to check out an excellent summer read.

Involving Books at Ashe Farmers Market
  • Visit with Julia Shanks, author of The Farmers Market Cookbook. Julia will share recipes and offer make & taste demonstrations. (9-11 am)
  • Crooked Road Ramblers are an old-time band from Southwest Virginia, steeped in the traditional music of the Blue Ridge. See them perform or listen for a live broadcast on the Gary Poe Bluegrass Show. (Just a little after 11 am)
  • Meet Forrest Pritchard, organic farmer and New York Times Best-selling author. Hear about his farming adventures and  how he saved his family's farm. (12-1 pm)
Saturday, July 22, 9 am - 1 pm at Ashe Farmers Market
Click the button below to see a full listing of library programs and events for July 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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