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Ashe County Involving Books

Read interesting and engaging books with the community that will spark involvement in local, positive, community efforts!

Involving Books features books relating to causes, issues, challenges, or situations that call for an active response from readers. Discussions about the books will take place at the library, at partner locations, and in public forums such as parks, breweries, restaurants, and farmers markets. Community service opportunities or individual activities related to the topics of the books will be organized or suggested. Visits from authors, musicians, artists, or other experts connected to each book’s topic will provide culturally enriching and informative entertainment.

This spring BE AWESOME and discover

the POWER of GIVING ... 

"Find your light and let it SHINE!"


During the month of March join us for awesome programs and conversation about ...

Compassion, Cooperation, and the Power of Giving



Read one or both of these books!

(limited) Read - Share - Return copies are on hand at the library

... or click on book covers to borrow a cataloged copy.

Programs for March


Join us for AWESOME programs in March!

1:00 p.m. on March 2

State Rep. Ray Russell visits to share stories & weather experiments

1:00 p.m. on March 9

Ms. Pucci's hosts a special event with stories, cupcake creation and a spot of tea.

3:00 p.m. on March 16

Join the Molasses Jam Band for Saturday Sing-Along 

1:00 p.m. on March 23

Dance Party with Arly the Fox

1:00 p.m. on March 30

Try "plogging" in the park and enjoy a new StoryWalk 


Doofus Dad Visits the Library

Power of Giving Opportunity Fair

Ashe County Public Library is partnering with Ashe County Community Foundation on April 6, 2019 to host a “Power of Giving Opportunity Fair.”  Ashe County Community Foundation is an affiliate of North Carolina Community Foundation with twenty-two fund holders.   The ACCF, founded in 1995 is led by a local advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants, and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Ashe County.

Beginning at 10:00 a.m. the public is invited to visit and learn about opportunities for charitable giving and volunteering in the community.  At the time of this press release funders scheduled to attend the fair include: Ashe County’s Children’s Trust, Virginia S. Hunt Fund for the Care of Animals, Ashe County Board of Education, Melinda Hamrick Children’s Fund (Keep Ashe Warm), and Ashe Services for Aging Foundation. Representatives from these and other organizations will be on the library’s main and upper floors to meet with visitors and share information about their work.  ANY nonprofit organization or coalition interested in joining the fair should contact the library (336.846.2041 or

A Smart Money Story Time is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. for children of all ages.  Ashe County Commissioners have been invited to attend as readers and free books along with piggy banks will be distributed while supplies last.

The Opportunity Fair ends with refreshments and a short presentation at 1:00 p.m. on the past, present and future of the library’s endowment.  Following the presentation join in conversation about Jenny Santi’s book, The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Life-Changing Power of Giving.

The message this event hopes to send is that giving, with time, expertise, money and/or skills can make a positive difference in the world.  When you make the world better for others, you make the world better for yourself too. 

The Ashe County Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes and partner for donors. ACCF was founded in 1995 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Ashe County.  ( pictured: Jacqueline Isner, ACCF board member) 

Earl Inge with Ashe County's Marathon Jam talks about the Fisher House Foundation.

A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 84 Fisher Houses located on 25 military installations and 35 VA medical centers. Many more houses are under construction or in design.

The Marathon Jam raises money each year to help support North Carolina Fisher Houses.

The Ashe County Board of Education Endowment Fund, represented by Amanda Coldiron, is a nonprofit organization that enables new and innovative approaches to learning that are not supported through the traditional funding of public education. Money placed in the fund provides grants to educators in Ashe County Schools.

Patricia Calloway, Director of Ashe Services for Aging, shares information on many activities and programs available at the Senior Center.  

Fawn Roark with Communities in Schools  shares projects and programs supported in Ashe County.

Larry Dix, Ashe County Commissioner reads Count on Pablo to children in honor of Smart Money Week.

Jan Noffsinger, library board member shares information about the Ashe Library Endowment.

Melinda Hamrick and Diane LaBonte are representing Keep Ashe Warm.  This is a new group looking to those in Ashe County who need help during the winter, but may not be getting it.

Julie Landry with Partnership of Ashe shares information about the Ashe County Children's Trust Fund.

Linda McClintock is with Ashe County's emergency food pantry The Sharing Center .

Troy Brooks, a faithful library volunteer, representing the Friends of Ashe County Library (pictured in their book store) shares information about the library's Veteran History Project.

Glenda Rash volunteers at the library every year to help register folks for VITA (volunteer income tax assistance).

Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Event




Ashe County Public Library Endowment Challenge