New clubs, eclipse event on tap for August at Troutman Library
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Though summer is waning, fun and learning opportunities still abound at the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library in August after the conclusion of its popular summer reading program. New classes, clubs, and special events will appeal to community members of all ages.
Branch manager Rebecca Lopez thanked patrons, volunteers, and sponsors who helped make the “Build A Better World” summer reading series a huge success. Over 50 patrons of all ages gathered on Thursday to celebrate, enjoying special themed ice cream cakes prepared by Cold Stone Creamery and cashing in their final reading tokens for prizes and books.
A total of 228 kids, 52, teens, and 133 adults registered for the program, which consisted of 17 events in June and 43 in July to promote reading, extend learning about science, nature, environment, and engineering, and encourage building positive relationships and service to others.
The June programs had 462 participants, with an impressive 1,617 attending the library’s July events.
SOLAR ECLIPSE ACTIVITIES
Excitement is building for the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, which be visible as a partial eclipse in this area. Troutman citizens can begin gathering at 2 p.m. for the rare opportunity to safely view a spectacular celestial event with special glasses provided by the library.
To add in a bit of slippery fun, kids will also enjoy making galaxy slime on the library’s lawn in celebration of the event. The eclipse process will actually begin about 1:11 p.m., with the maximum coverage occurring at 2:40 p.m.
For those who cannot attend the event but still wish to view the eclipse at work or at home, the library will provide glasses but request that recipients take photos of the event and tag the library on Facebook or post them the page. The staff wants to see how the community celebrates this beautiful natural phenomenon.
Chess classes will begin on Friday, August 4, at 4 p.m. Attendees of all ages can learn how to play the complicated strategy game, which will exercise their ability to think quickly and plan strategy in order to beat their opponents.
The class, taught by a library patron, will offer further sessions on August 11, 18, and 25. Spaces are limited, so those interested should sign up quickly at the front desk for any or all classes or call to reserve a spot.
Themes & Treats Book Club
Beginning on Wednesday, August 9, the highly popular “Themes and Treats” book club, which began at the Statesville branch, is creating a second group that will meet at the Troutman library at 5:30 p.m. The club will continue to meet the second Wednesday of every month, and adult readers are invited to join in the literary fun.
Participants read their preferred books, based on a different monthly theme, and then meet to briefly talk about their individual books and encourage others to read them.
Everyone enjoys the enlightening discussions and sweet treats at the meetings, according to program specialist Shellie Kennedy. The library staff provides goodies, but members often bring extra treats to share as well.
August's theme is "Re-Reads." Participants are invited to read a book they love but have not read in a while to discover a new appreciation for it.
Kennedy said the club had many Troutman and Mooresville attendees, who requested a second club nearer to their homes. The club is unique because members read books of their choice on a single theme, rather than the same selection, which promotes individual enjoyment and provides others’ new suggestions for reading selections.
National Night Out
Troutman library staff and Friends of the Library volunteers will be at National Night Out, a community event sponsored by the Troutman Police Department, at Troutman ESC Park on Tuesday, August 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Folks can get more information about library events and programs and get involved through the Friends of the Library group.
NC Works Career Information Session for Military Veterans
On Thursday, August 3 and 17, N.C. Works Career Center staff will be at the library from from 2:30 to 4 p.m. to help veterans and their family members find jobs in their local area. They specialize in assessing veterans’ skills, helping them plan career opportunities, and preparing job seekers for interviews.
Maker Monday: Take-home Gardens
On Monday, August 14, at 4 p.m. community members will have another chance to participate in this popular Summer Reading program that ran out of spaces very quickly.
Building a better world starts with what looking at what people put in the ground, or this case, an empty two liter bottle of soda! This program shows the resourcefulness of recycling and the importance of growing new plants.
Registration is required, please sign up at the front desk or call to reserve a spot.
On Wednesday, August 23, at 5:30 p.m., the Adult Pinterest Craft Club will design beautiful scrapbook pages that participants can cherish for years to come. Attendees should bring their own photos from home to add to use in creating the pages.
Registration is required to plan for materials, so please sign up at the front desk or call to reserve a space.
Teen Movie Back to School Bash
On Monday, August 28, at 4 p.m., teens can unwind after that stressful first day back at school with snacks and watch a teen movie for the library’s annual Back to School Movie Bash.
All teens are welcome to attend and get involved with this active club, which frequently meets throughout the school year for fun activities and contests as well as to perform service projects throughout the community.
Market Munchkins at the Troutman Farmer’s Market
OnTuesday, August 29, at 4 p.m., library staff will be at the Troutman Farmer's Market for a fun story time that focuses on local food, produce, and handmade crafts. This story time will be about animals and will include a craft project and presentation from local market vendors.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
To reserve a space for an activity or for more information, call (704) 528-2682 or drop by the Troutman Library at 215 W. Church Street.