Highland County Public Library January Report

This is Emma Herold from the Highland Mid-Kids Radio Club.The Highland County Public Library’s annual public meeting is coming up on Sunday, Jan. 22 at 2:00 p.m. We’ll be dedicating the meeting to launching a new project, the Highland Seed Savers. We’re offering free seeds, seed saving tips, a seed swap, and refreshments. The goal of the project is to establish a seed savers library in our building, to provide education on collecting and preserving seeds, and to record and compile the stories of local heirloom seeds in order to grow for the future while preserving the past. We’ll be collecting feedback from attendees on what classes and workshops you’d like to see offered in the coming year to help along the seed saving process. The first few minutes of the meeting will feature a brief library report and election of new library directors. Gardening themed door prizes will be offered.


STEM Club will meet on Tues., Jan. 17 from 3:45-5:00 p.m. We’ll build a miniature bobsled racer that speeds over snow and ice, using different construction materials to adjust its size, weight, and speed.  We’ll capture race track data to graph the racer’s performance. Kids fourth grade and older are welcome. On Tues., Jan. 24 from 3:45-4:45 p.m. we’ll have after school winter crafts. Join us for stories, crafts and refreshments.


The Literary Movie Matinee on Tues., Jan. 17 will feature “Sully” at 12:30 p.m. Starring Tom Hanks, “Sully” tells the inside story of the 2009 emergency plane landing on the Hudson River in New York City, popularly known at the Miracle on the Hudson. The film is based on Sully Sullenberger’s non-fiction book, “Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters.” Coffee, tea and cookies provided.


Story Time for Babies and Toddlers is now held the first and third Tuesdays each month at 10:00 a.m. The next story time will be Tues., Jan. 17. Please join us for stories, music, and play time. Children and their caregivers are invited.


Family Movie Night will feature the recent remake “Pete’s Dragon” at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20. The movie, popcorn, candy and drinks are all free of charge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Moviegoers of all ages are welcome.


The Library will be closed Fri., Jan. 13 for the Virginia state holiday, Lee-Jackson Day and on Mon., Jan. 16 for the federal holiday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. We will be open on Sat., Jan. 14.


Come check out our newest titles on the shelves including Lisa Jackson’s “Expecting to Die,” Thomas Perry’s “The Old Man,” James Rollins’s “The Seventh Plague,” Julie Klassen’s “The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill,” Alex Grecian’s “The Devil’s Workshop,” and Armando Lucas Correa’s “German Girl.” In non-fiction we have Gary Taubes’s “The Case Against Sugar,” Ann Voskamp’s “The Broken Way: A Daring Path to Abundant Life,” and Robert Gough’s “Complete Guide to Saving Seeds.”

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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