Troutman library kicks off new year with month of fun
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Beat the winter blues with a wide variety of activities and opportunities to grow at the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Library. The library is also making library use easier than ever this year.
In early 2018, the quick and easy self-check system, which allows visitors to check out a book in less than 30 seconds, will be operational. After a scan of their library card, patrons place their book or stack of books on the checkout pad and then are on their way.
This convenient automation will mean no more waiting to check out books. Patrons can also renew books from the self-check machine, even if they do not have the book on hand, as well as check the status of their account by just scanning their cards.
The self-check system uses Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) technology to read a small chip in each book, which contains the book’s identification number, and connect it to the user’s library card.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY MEETING AND BOOK SALE
To get more involved in supporting the library and its programs, check out the Troutman Friends of the Library quarterly meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25. Any member of the community is welcome to attend. New officers will be installed for the 2018 year, and upcoming plans will be discussed.
For anyone interested in becoming a member, membership details are available at the front desk.
The Troutman Friends of the Library Book Sale will continue all month. Until supplies are gone, an entire grocery bag of paperbacks is only $1. Stop by to stock up before they are all gone!
In preparation of the upcoming self-check system, the staff is culling the library collection, which has created an overflow in the Troutman Friends of the Library book sale. Anything (hard or paperback) customers can fit in a box and carry out is theirs for only $5. Money raised is used to support library programs.
The N.C. Works for Military Veterans staff will be at the library from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4, and Thursday, Jan. 18. The program helps veterans and their family members find jobs in their local area.
The group also specializes in assessing job skills, planning career opportunities, and preparing job seekers for interviews.
The Themes & Treats Book Club will explore the Best of 2017 Goodreads on Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 5:30 p.m. Come enjoy sweets and coffee alongside some valuable book discussions with friends.
Check out the Goodreads website, which provides readers with unlimited book reviews and recommendations. They also hand out the only book awards nominated and voted for by readers. All are welcome to join the club to discuss some of the best titles of this past year in both fiction and nonfiction.
The Poetry Writing Group will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11. The friendly group is open to anyone who wants to read their original work or get feedback on their poems.
Adult Pinterest Craft Club will explore Essential Oil Crafts on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 5:30 p.m. Amanda Conley from Young Living will be the presenter for this month's Pinterest Club.
After Conley discusses the importance of essential oils, participants will get to create their own bath bombs and sugar scrubs to take home. Registration is required, so please call or sign up at the front desk.
Story Time with Ms. Maxine will resume after the holiday break on Friday, Jan. 5, at 11 a.m. Kids and their companions will enjoy stories, crafts, and silly fun. This program continues each Friday (Jan. 12, 19, 26) and is designed for children ages birth to five.
Parents can also register their kids under age five for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program for their chance to earn prizes just for reading together each day. Signup information is available at the front desk.
On Saturday, Jan. 13, kids will enjoy learning about toy making at 10 a.m. On Jan. 20, they can engage in LEGO free play all day.
For the Monday Movie, teens will enjoy the film adaptation of Stephen King’s "The Dark Tower" on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. The film stars Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor and Dennis Haysbert.
The plot follows the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, who has been locked in an epic battle with Walter O'Dim, the Man in Black, to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower that holds the universe together. With the fate of the universe at stake, good and evil will battle for control.
Stress-Free Puzzles will be available all day on Saturday, Jan. 6. Come alone or as a family any time throughout the day and relieve the stress of the week by putting together some beautiful puzzles donated to the library by patrons.
Family Movie Night will feature "My Little Pony" on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 5 p.m. Bring the whole gang, along with snacks and beverages to enjoy, during your Troutman Cinema experience.
The library will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Holiday.
For more information or to reserve a spot in limited seat program, call (704) 528-2682 or stop by the library at 215 W. Church St., Troutman.