Appalachian Regional Library - Wilkes County Blog
Wilkes County Public Library is recognizing Banned Books Week September 26 – October 2. This time of year reminds us that ‘freedom to read’ is supported by the Bill of Rights’ First Amendment.
The American Library Association (ALA) actively advocates and educates in defense of intellectual freedom—the rights of library users to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment. Intellectual freedom is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.
Noel Perrin, born on September 18, 1927, is September's celebrated author. He was most known for publishing essays in the New Yorker about life on his farm in Vermont and environmental issues. As the magazine series developed, Perrin complied his work in a book entitled, First Person Rural. These essays inspired other writers in what became known as a 'rural-writing' genre. He was also a pioneer user of solar energy, and developed the first solar-powered generating system in Vermont tied in with the power grid of a public utility.
By Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian
Every day an average of twenty-two veterans die by suicide. This is a sad fact that Mission 22 hopes to lower and one day eradicate by raising awareness. Mission 22 is a non-profit organization dedicated to healing with treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and promoting mental wellness.
DAR – Constitution Day
The Rendezvous Mountain Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are observing Constitution Day, September 17, with an informative display at Wilkes County Public Library. DAR is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization that strives to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism.
Wilkes County Public Library has a new display of informative posters to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in its meeting room. There is a whole generation born after 9/11 who are learning about what happened on this tragic day that set the war on terrorism in motion. The 9/11 Memorial Museum provided these posters and is also screening, on-demand, a short webinar (35 min) on September 10 and 11. Visitors to the library will be able to view this program throughout the day.
by, Suzanne Moore, Wilkes County Librarian
My month is ending with the pages of Blue Highways: A Journey into America, a book by William Least Heat-Moon. Heat-Moon turned 81 years old on August 27. This book, published in 1982, actually began in 1978, when he was 38 years old, as he set off on a cross-country journey using only back roads; ‘blue lines’ on the old-style Rand McNally road atlas. Over a period of three months, Heat-Moon covered 13,000 miles in his customized van, a home on wheels. Some say his travel memoir is a cross between Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley and Kerouac’s On the Road. Forbes magazine included Blue Highways on their list of ‘15 travel books that will make you change the way you see the world.’
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Wilkes County Public Library (WCPL) joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.
For Children and Parents:
- Wilkes Fresh Story Time & Mobile Market is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at the Traphill Branch and for 2:00 p.m. at Ronda Town Hall on August 5, 12, and 19.
- Join the Art Party and create a new art project each week, outdoors at Wilkes Library, 4:00 p.m. on August 3, 10, and 17.
- Baby’s Easy Safe Sleep Training will be held at the library, in partnership with Wilkes Health Department; 10:00 a.m. on August 11 and 5:30 p.m. on August 23. This 1-hour class teaches families the safest sleep practices for babies to reduce SIDS. To attend, you must be at least 30 weeks pregnant or a parent of an infant under 1-year-old. You will receive a free Pack 'n' Play for attending (one per infant). For more info, call the Health Department at 336-651-7469.