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In the March issue


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The library will be closed on March 30 and 31. While the physical building is unavailable, take advantage of our digital collections through OverDrive and NCLive, and catch up with us on our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

The ARL Good Neighbor Project is a series of events and initiatives designed to help us positively impact our community. Look for the logo throughout the year for opportunities to be a better neighbor! The current Good Neighbor Project focuses on Managing and Maintaining Mental Health in our community. According to the American Psychiatric Association, mental illnesses are common "health conditions involving changes in thinking, emotion, or behavior (or a combination of these)" that affect nearly one-fifth of U.S. adults in a given year. As a community organization that champions access to information, the library will contribute to local conversations about mental health awareness  by offering trainings, sponsoring events, and building library collections that emphasize the importance of discussing and educating ourselves about mental health topics. 

ARL Good Neighbor Project March Events

Plant a Seed of Kindness
Monday, March 12, 3:30 pm
All Ages
Enjoy a folktale of rabbit and mouse, a kindness scavenger hunt, and plant some seeds from our seed library.
13 Reasons Why Facilitated Discussion
Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 pm
Ages 13-18 and parents
This program will focus on unpacking the science and practice of suicide prevention as they relate to the Netflix series, 13 Reasons Why, for the purpose of helping adolescents, families, and community members address this growing public health problem.
Lunch & Learn: Talk Saves Lives
Thursday, March 22, 12 pm
Registration is required as lunch is provided (336-846-2041 x227)
Learn the warning signs and risk factors for suicide for older adults and how we can help prevent it together. Guest speaker Betsy Rhodes.
Lunch & Learn: Living with Bipolar Disorder
Thursday, March 29, 12 pm
Registration is required as lunch is provided 336-846-2041 x227)
"Bipolar" means more than mood swings and chemical imbalances. It is a genetic brain condition that causes not only mood but behavioral symptoms. Severity and symptoms vary along a spectrum of disease presentations. It is a chronic disease with periods of illness as well as remission. Keeping the disease under control requires daily maintenance and vigilance for emerging symptoms. Guest speaker Karen Brock, M.D.

Mental pain is less dramatic than physical pain, but it is more common and also more hard to bear. The frequent attempt to conceal mental pain increases the burden: it is easier to say 'My tooth is aching' than to say 'My heart is broken.'
~ CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain  ~
The Ashe County Seed Library re-opens in mid-March. 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 the community of Ashe County. 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. Last year, the seed library was used by 123 people who checked out over 1000 seed packets! Visit the Seed Library website for more information and look for us at the High Country Seed Swap on March 17.

Library Staff Picks

Let our staff recommend your next great read! Look for this new, ongoing display near the circulation desk, and find out what kinds of books our staff like to read and what their hobbies are when they aren't reading. From horror and romance to serious nonfiction, you're sure to find a staff member who shares some of your own reading preferences. On display at right with reviews from our staff: Lunch at the Piccadilly, Momotaro: Xander and the Lost Island of Monsters, and The Ninth Hour.
Click the button below to see a full listing of library programs and events for March 2018. 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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