Troutman library celebrates Geek Week, offers opioid education seminar

Posted at 9:57 PM on May 3, 2019



Geeks of all ages will enjoy a variety of entertaining programs May 20-25 at the J. Hoyt Hayes Memorial Troutman Library. Lovers of Harry Potter, Tolkien, Star Wars, and Sherlock Holmes will find a fun program to nerd out.

The library will also present an Opioid Education Seminar on Monday, May 13, at 5:30 p.m. This informative program, led by guest speaker Sandy Tabor-Gray of the Drug and Alcohol Coalition of Iredell in conjunction with Partners Behavioral Health Management, will provide an overview of opioids and the opioid crisis.

Participants will also learn about the drug Narcan, how it works to reverse an opioid overdose, and how to administer the it safely. Afterwards, Tabor-Gray will lead a question and answer session.

For more information on this session about supporting safe communities, call Tabor-Gray at 704-763-9478.


The Themes & Treats Book Club will celebrate the library’s annual Geek Week on Wednesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m. by discussing a book in the science fiction, fantasy, or paranormal genres. Enjoy discussion, coffee, and snacks provided by Troutman Friends of the Library. All adults are welcome to join.

The Adult Pinterest Craft Club will create Mason Jar Fairy Lanterns on Wednesday, May 22, at 5:30 p.m. Participants will be able to enjoy the beautiful and magical glow of fairies in their homes. Registration is required and opens on May 1.

A new group, the Compassion Crafters, will start on Thursday, May 30, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Interested beginner and intermediate hobby sewing enthusiasts can put their skills to better use. This group will meet the last Thursday of each month and is an open house style program.

Projects will be donated to organizations such as Troutman Police Department, emergency services, and My Sister's House.


On Maker Monday, the library will kick off Geek Week by making Dragon Egg Sculptures on Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. Participants will create decorative dragon eggs out of sculpting clay to become the Mother (or Father) of Dragons.

On Sherlock Day, geeks can engage in the Recall Challenge and Life-Size CLUE on Tuesday, May 21. Players can put their deductive reasoning and memory skills to the test with these fun interactive games for the whole family! Recall Challenge will be at 4 p.m. followed by Life-size CLUE at 5:30 p.m.

Harry Potter fans will enjoy DIY Potions (4 p.m.) and Jeopardy (5:30 p.m.) on Thursday, May 23. Participants will get out their wands and brew some magical potions in their own creatively designed bottles and then put their Harry Potter knowledge to the test in a round of intense Jeopardy.

On Star Wars Day, join Miss Miranda for the Preschool Story Time on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. for a galactic journey with a special book and a fun craft. Later that day, the whole family will enjoy Star Wars LEGO Challenge at 4 p.m., working to create legendary Star Wars images using LEGOs. Participants can make their own Millennium Falcon or Death Star to display in the library.

The Tolkien Trivia Scavenger Hunt will be Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m. Find out how much you know about Middle-Earth and its literary creator by searching for clues around the library and answering questions before another team can lay claim to the title of Tolkien Genius.

At the Fantasy Writing Workshop later on Saturday, budding writers can meet fellow fantasy nerds who share a passion for the genre and for writing. Participants will exchange ideas, tips, and stories all day long.


Preschool Story Time will be each Friday (May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) from 11 a.m. to noon. Toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy stories, songs, and crafts. Great for ages 5 and under.

The Morning Movers Story Time will be each Tuesday (May 7, 14, 21, 28) from 11 a.m.  -to noon. Kids three and younger can participate in songs, rhymes, stories, and sensory play.


For more information, call (704) 528-2682 or visit the circulation desk at the Troutman Library, 215 W. Church Street.

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