Troutman library offers fall fun for kids and adults
BY DEBBIE PAGE
As the leaves start to turn and the temperature cools, the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library is gearing up for a busy fall for kids, teens, and adults.
Branch Manager Rebecca Lopez and Program Specialist Shellie Kennedy are encouraging community members to come in and see the many free library resources available to them. To entice folks to sign up for a library card during September, the staff will be giving away one kid and one adult prize to two lucky new enrollees.
Students who use their NEST Access account during the month of September are also eligible to win. However, they are limited to one entry for the month.
The Themes & Treats Book Club will meet Wednesday, September 13, at 5:30 p.m. Each month, each group member reads a book based on a monthly theme. Then the group meets to enjoy enlightening book sharing discussions and sweet treats. All are welcome to join!
September’s theme is "A Book That Intimidates You,” which could be anything from a book with a daunting number of pages or with a subject matter that the reader usually avoids. This month, folks are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and embrace something challenging.
A new Community Novel Group is forming on Wednesday, September 20, at 5:30 p.m. For the third year, writers and editors are invited to attend this first meeting to discuss ideas and brainstorm possible plots and styles for this year’s effort.
Over the next few months, the group will collaboratively write a novel that will be published in May as part of the Iredell Makerspace program. For more information, contact Shellie Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (704) 528-2682.
At September’s Maker Monday, participants will make DIY light switch covers on September 25 at 4:00 p.m. This decoupage light switch cover project will brighten up any room. Registration is required for staff to plan for materials, so call or come by to sign up.
The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create fall banners on Thursday, September 28, at 5:30 p.m. These unique banners, made using stamps, burlap, and other materials, will bring the fall season home.
Though materials will be provided, participants can bring any personal items from home to contribute to their design. Again, registration is required to plan for materials, so call or come by to sign up.
Troutman Parks & Recreation and J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library are joining up to host a Scarecrow Building Workshop on September 24 at 3 p.m at Troutman ESC Park Pavilion. The whole family will enjoy this family-friendly event.
Participants should bring some old clothes to dress the scarecrow in, with other necessary materials provided by the hosts. Hot cider and treats will be served too!
YOUTH AND TEENS
Attention teachers and parents of little ones! The staff has just completed the annual weeding of the children's section, which means all kinds of new finds are available in the Troutman Friends of the Library book sale. Be sure to stop by soon before they're all gone.
Youngsters will enjoy Story Time with Ms. Maxine every Friday at 11 a.m. for the entire school year. Troutman’s favorite story time lady will read exciting stories with lots of movement and fun to get rid of kiddie wiggles and then lead kids in craft projects.
The first Friday of each month will be dedicated to the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Ms. Becca will also join in on the the third Friday (September 15 this month) for bilingual story time.
Teen Trivia Night is set for Thursday, September 14, at 4 p.m. The Kahoot-based trivia night is back and designed specifically for teens and their knowledge of current events and other topics.
The “Will It?” program returns on Tuesday, September 19, at 4 p.m. with the “Will It Peanut Butter?” challenge. Peanut Butter and saltine crackers might be yummy, but with pickles? That's only for the bravest to taste.
Join the staff and a special guest from the Town of Troutman in eating gross food covered with peanut butter.
The next Market Munchkins at Troutman Farmer’s Market will Tuesday, September 26, at 4 p.m. at the Troutman ESC Park pavilion. Join in a fun story time focusing on baking and meet and talk to local vendors who showcase their delicious treats right here in Troutman! Kids will make a make a sweet tasting treat too.
The Teen Book Club will discuss Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon on Wednesday, September 27, at 2 p.m. After the discussion, teens will enjoy watching the movie and munching on pizza.
For more information or to reserve a spot for certain activities, call (704) 528-2682 or the visit Troutman Library front desk at 215 W. Church Street.
FALL TEEN VOUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
For those seeking community hours this school year, many upcoming volunteer opportunities are coming up during the fall semester. (These programs are no longer affiliated with the library.)
All volunteers will report directly to the Troutman Friends of the Library or the Town of Troutman supervisors, depending on the event. Bring your service sheets to be signed at each event.
Troutman Friends of the Library Garden Work Day will be Saturday, September 9, at 9:30 a.m. Participants will prepare the garden area at the library for the upcoming fall season crops. Another day will be scheduled later to plant spring crops as well.
The Town of Troutman Greenway Clean-up will be Tuesday, September 12, at 4 p.m. The town will provide gloves and trash bags for this semi-annual cleanup. Meet Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson or other town supervisor at Town Hall just prior to the clean-up.
Preparation for the Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale will be Saturday, September 23, at 2 p.m. The book sale area in the library is due for some organization, cleaning, and sprucing up, so teens can get volunteer hours for helping out.
Teens can also volunteer to help at the Town of Troutman Trails and Treats event on October 31 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Teens can help direct traffic and assist with event setup as well as cleanup after the event. Meet Watson or other town supervisor at 3:30 p.m. at the Fit Trail entrance to volunteer.
The Friends of the Library Adopt-A-Street cleanup is Thursday, November 7, at 4 p.m. Teens will meet at the library to assist with picking up trash and cleaning up streets assigned to the group around the library area.
Another volunteer opportunity is helping with the Town of Troutman Holiday Craft Show on Saturday, November 11, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. During the morning shift, teens will help with setup and directing traffic. for the afternoon shift, teens will assist with cleanup and assisting vendors in their packing up. Teens should meet Watson at the ESC Park pavilion area at the beginning of their shift time.
After the Town of Troutman Christmas Parade on December 2, teens can volunteer from noon to 2 p.m. to assist with picking up trash along the parade route to make sure the town stays clean and attractive. Teens should meet Watson or other town supervisors at Town Hall to help out.
The last fall volunteer opportunity is helping with the Town of Troutman Jingle Bell Run on Sunday, December 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. At this event, teens can help with set up, guiding runners, and cleanup after the event. Contact Watson for specific details close to the event.
Contact Watson at email@example.com or call (704) 528-7600 for more details on any of the town supervised volunteer opportunities.