Troutman Library plans cultural events, National Library Week celebration
BY DEBBIE PAGE
The Troutman Library has a busy lineup of activities planned in April for patrons of all ages. Several programs will help with spring gardening and yard care while others will focus on the arts. Additionally, two NC Works sessions will assist military veterans and their families in job searches.
YOUTH ACTIVITIES AND FAMILY FARE
The Troutman Library Teen Volunteer Club will have Community Garden Work Days on two Saturdays, April 1 and April 29, at 11 a.m. Teens will learn gardening skills as they prepare the community garden for spring planting.
Participants should bring their shovels, hoes, and gloves to help clean the beds and then later plant veggies and herbs. Teens should bring community service sheets if they wish to receive credit for their work.
“Anyone in the community can come by to work on the garden at any time, weeding, watering, or whatever. For their efforts, they are welcome to take produce from the garden throughout the growing season,” said Rebecca Lopez, branch manager.
Troutman library will celebrate National Library Week with a visit from Claire the Storyteller on Tuesday, April 11, at 4 p.m. She will present her “Around the World” program, which will help listeners embark on a trip around the world through stories from other cultures. Claire’s visit is sponsored by a Town of Troutman library grant.
As part of its week-long Cultured Communities Celebration, the library will host an Hispanic Music and Dance Family Event on Wednesday, April 12, at 5:30 p.m. This exciting Hispanic cultural experience will be led by some of the library’s local patrons, who will teach participants about various dances as well as traditional attire and music.
This family event will also connect attendees connect with library resources to continue their learning about Hispanic and other cultures.
All of the library displays, with each focusing on different age groups and reading levels, explore different cultures, people with disabilities, and those in unique living situations as part of the Cultured Communities effort, according to Lopez.
Troutman library will also host two NC Works Informational Sessions for Military Veterans and Families. The first on Thursday, April 6, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and the second is on Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m.
NC Works Career Centers help veterans find jobs in their local areas. They will assess the attendees’ skills and help them develop a plan to find career opportunities. The sessions will also prepare job seekers for the interview process. These sessions are designed specifically for military veterans and their families.
On Tuesday, April 18, at 5:30 p.m., the Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create Aromatherapy Air Fresheners to bring the scents of spring inside. Participants will create their own aromatherapy mason jar air freshener with the essential oil fragrance of their choice. These creations could also make great unique, handmade gifts for birthdays and Mother’s Day.
Registration is required to ensure enough materials are on hand. Sign up at the front desk or call (704) 528-2682 to reserve a spot.
With spring comes loads of yard work. On Wednesday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m., the NC Cooperative Extension Service will teach a class on lawn turf management to make those tasks a bit easier. Matt Lenhardt will answer questions about fertilizers, herbicides, turf diseases, insects, and general lawn care.
For the April Maker Monday session on Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m, participants will create Alcohol Ink Tile Coasters to decorate their home and protect the furniture or to give as a gift. Registration is required for this event, so interested community members should sign up at the front desk or call (704) 528-2682 to reserve a spot.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information on any of these programs, call (704) 528-2682 or visit the Troutman Library at 215 W. Church St.