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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 fall GET INVOLVED with Ashe County Veterans Association,

to preserve the stories of our local veterans for future generations!  

Every day, memories of World War II—its sights and sounds, its terrors and triumphs—disappear. Yielding to the inalterable process of aging, the men and women who fought and won the great conflict are now in their late 80s and 90s. They are dying quickly—according to US Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 620,000 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II were alive in 2016.  It is crucial to gather and preserve the stories of our county veterans before it is too late. Please join the effort to interview Ashe County's WWII veterans and bring awareness to their sacrifices.  We must pass on an understanding for the price of freedom to future generations.  


Ashe County Public Library will be launching the Fall Series of Involving Books programming at Boon Docks Restaurant, West Jefferson on September 25 with a crime scene investigation!  Stop by Boon Docks at 5:30 p.m. for a Brouhaha book talk and pick up a copy of Louise’s Lies, featured read and discussion book, by, well-loved author Sarah Shaber. 

As the story begins: “On a bitterly cold night in December 1943, Government girl Louise Pearlie and her friend Joe Prager are enjoying a quiet drink in the Baron Steuben Inn when a bloodstained body is discovered behind the bar.  Visit the “crime scene” and take note of clues to help you discover who did it?

Read * Share * Return

Pick-up a copy of Louise's Lies our featured book to kick-off  the 

Fall Involving Books Program Series


Sarah Shaber's novels feature young widow Louise Pearlie, a government girl who works for the Office of Strategic Services, the United States’ first spy agency. 






Meet the Author * Sarah R. Shaber

Join us for an Eat & Greet at Boon Docks Brew Haus

at 5:30 p.m. on October 27, 2017

Book Discussion with Sarah takes place at 10:00 a.m

on October 28, 2017 at the library.


Sarah Shaber's Visit


In Memory of Ida C. Marsh

Ida C. Marsh Gallery

Ida Clare Marsh

b. July 29, 1919 d. November 18, 2016

First Lieutenant Ida Marsh was one of few women from Ashe County to serve in the U. S. Army. As an operating room nurse in field hospitals from 1942-1946 during World War II, she participated in campaigns in Normandy, France, and Ardennes. She was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal with five Battle Stars, and the World War II Victory Medal.

            Miss Marsh completed her nursing degree in 1942 at City Memorial Hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and obtained her degree as an anesthetist at the Medical College of Alabama in 1954.  She worked at Grady Hospital in Atlanta and traveled all over the United States to hospitals in need of an anesthetist.  She returned to Ashe County around 1970 and worked for many years at Ashe Memorial Hospital.

Ida Marsh had a love of books and art. She painted with notable Ashe County artist, Florence Thomas, and together they attended many oil and watercolor workshops. Through the establishment of this Ida Marsh Art Gallery, she will forever be remembered through her generous gift to the Ashe County Public Library.

Residents of Forrest Ridge Nursing Home / Assisted Living attended the Ida Marsh Gallery dedication. 

The Museum of Ashe County History loaned photos of Ida Marsh along with her medals and military  souvenirs.  These items are permanently displayed at the museum.

Doris Burchette and son, close friends of Ida Marsh loaned some of Ida's original art for the reception.

Ashe County High School JROTC students attended the art gallery dedication and assisted with hosting the event.

Film Festival Schedule

These documentaries can be accessed through the library's NCLIVE databases for future viewing opportunities.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Our blood drive registered 20 donors, seven of these were first time donors,

and collected 18 pints of blood.

Thank you Friends of Ashe Library, Marcia Rowe (FOL Blood Drive Coordinator),

and Ashe High School JROTC for helping make our first Red Cross Blood Drive a success!