Troutman library bursting with early spring activities
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Program director Shellie Kennedy invites adult readers to join the fun and informal Themes & Treats Book Club, which meets at the Troutman location on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Every month members read a book of their choice based on that month’s theme and share their reviews with the group.
Participants enjoy Starbucks coffee and refreshments provided by the Iredell Friends of the Library, with group members also sometimes bringing some of their favorite treats to share.
The March theme is historical fiction, so group members will step back in time and experience the world of a past time period and culture.
The focus is April will be poetry or novels in verse, in celebration of National Poetry Month and Library Week, with May helping members celebrate National Nerd Pride Day with a Geek Reads theme (science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal genres).
In June, the readers will read a selection from the true crime section (Nonfiction 364) and share something “Ripped From the Headlines” about about an intriguing real-life mystery. Back to School Classics will be the August theme as members read a classic that they have on their shelf and have never read, loved and want to reread, or want to give another chance.
A discussion of a banned book will be the September topic. Someone thought these books were bad news, so members will read one, figure out why, and share their opinion on its banning.
In October, members will read a book about witches, the supernatural, or Halloween. The November theme is “Celebrating NC,” with members choosing a book by a North Carolina author.
The December focus is “It Happened in 2019,” with members commemorating the end of another literary year by reading a book published in 2019.
The library has a wide array of activities for March, starting on March 4 with the Troutman Book Club #2, which meets the first Monday of each month, discussing "The Stolen Marriage" by Diane Chamberlain. New members are welcome! Contact the library for more information on this group.
The Themes & Treats Book Club will share members’ historical fiction selections on Wednesday, March 13, at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy discussion, coffee, and snacks with a fun and welcoming group of adults!
The Rustic Craft Corner event will feature making Burlap Banners on Thursday, March 14, at 5:30 p.m. Everyone loves burlap, and here's a chance to make adorable St. Patty's Day banners using burlap and other rustic crafts.
Registration is required so please sign up at the front desk or call to reserve a spot. This is an adult (18+) program.
The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create Teacup Centerpieces on Thursday, March 21, at 5:30 p.m. These beautiful one-of-a-kind centerpieces feature your favorite tea cup and saucer filled with flowers provided by the library. Bring a teacup and matching saucer from home to participate. Registration is required for this space-limited workshop.
Get ready for this summer’s vegetable gardening with a program from the Iredell County branch of the NC Cooperative Extension on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. Learn all about methods to achieve successful vegetable gardening and sustainable living. A variety of topics will be discussed, followed by a Q&A session.
Teens will have the opportunity to create unique Mardi Gras masks on Thursday, March 7, at 4 p.m.
At the March Student Service Opportunity on Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m., teens and tweens can earn one hour of volunteer time. This month participants will help staff get ready for spring by making seed bombs to distribute to library patrons.
The Book Warriors will discuss this month’s selection, A Night Divided, on Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. Jennifer A. Nielsen’s book explores Soviet-occupied Germany and the wall that divided a nation. Teens will use an interactive trivia game to discuss the book and and enjoy some pizza!
It’s movie time! On Tuesday, March 5, from 5 to 7 p.m., bring the whole family to enjoy “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (Rated G). This sequel is set six years after the gang saves Litwik’s Arcade from Turbo's vengeance in "Wreck-It Ralph.”
Ralph and Vanellope, now friends, discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a new adventure. When the Sugar Rush arcade cabinet breaks, Ralph and Vanellope are forced to travel to the Internet to retrieve the piece capable of saving the game.
“Instant Family” (PG-13), starring Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, will be featured on Saturday, March 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Pete and Ellie are a childless suburban couple who flip houses for a living. The couple decides to foster a child and meet 15-year-old gutsy Lizzie, who also has two younger siblings also in the system: sweet and shy Juan and the adorable but feisty youngest, Lita.
The well-meaning but clueless couple suddenly must handle three children with strong dispositions and trust issues resulting from their experiences in the foster care system. They navigate the blending of all of these personalities into a family, a process full of comedy as well as poignant moments.
The family will enjoy the sequel to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spinoff, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” on Thursday, March 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. with a showing of “The Crimes of Grindelwald” (PG-13). The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, the Magizoologist who must take on the villain Grindelwald (Johnny Depp). Jude Law appears as the young Dumbledore.
To thwart Grindelwald's plans of installing pure-blood wizards to rule the world, Dumbledore asks his former student Newt Scamander to help. Love and loyalty are tested in the divided wizarding world as Grindelwald tries to wreak devastation on the world and destroy Dumbledore by enticing Credence Lestrange, a tortured outcast and the last of a line of powerful pureblood wizards, into doing his bidding.
Homework Help is offered to kids in grades K through 8 on Thursdays (March 7, 14, 21, 28) from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays (March 9, 16, 23, 30) from 3 to 5 p.m. The library’s teen volunteers offer a wide range of assistance. Parents must call the library to reserve a 30-minute session for their child.
On the March 4 Maker Monday, kids will enjoy getting creative with LEGOs & Goldie Blox. They can take a break from schoolwork and build something to make their imaginations soar at 4 p.m.
St. Patty’s Day Crafts will be the Maker Monday activity on March 11 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the luck o' the Irish by making these fun holiday-themed crafts.
Kids can make cool Binary Code Jewelry on Maker Monday (March 18) at 4 p.m. Kids will learn about the language of computers and create jewelry with their name in binary code.
On Stress-Free Saturday (March 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.), parents and kids can check out one of our Free Play stations for some fun relaxation. Stations may include puzzles, coloring sheets, crafts and more for a fun Saturday outing.
On the March 25 Maker Monday, kids will use Snap Circuits to learn all about the basics of electric engineering in a fun environment. The library has over 300 different projects from which kids can choose!
The Morning Movers Storytime with Ms. Kelli is on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Parents and toddlers will enjoy the songs, rhymes, stories, and sensory play geared toward ages 3 and under.
The Preschool Storytime with Ms. Maxine is every Friday at 11 a.m. The entertaining storyteller will weave stories, lead songs, and help kids explore craft projects. This program is great for kids ages 5 and under.
For more information, call (704) 528-2682 or visit the library at 215 W. Church Street in Troutman.