Highland County Public Library Report for June 2019


This is Tomi Herold, Librarian at the Highland County Public Library.

Summer time means Prime Time for the library. Our “It’s Showtime at Your Library!” Summer Reading Program kicks off on Monday, June 10, 2019 and will last until Saturday, August 3, 2019. Children and teens can sign up to read for prizes during the eight-week program. We have activity programs each week to help keep readers engaged and entertained.

We’ll celebrate the kick-off of the Summer Reading Program on Monday, June 10th at 7:00 p.m. with magician, juggler and comedian, Jonathan Austin. There will be an opportunity to register for the program, collect a reading log, and enjoy entertainment for the whole family. We have handouts with details about the Summer Reading Program at the front desk at the library. Check out the library’s Facebook page for upcoming events.

The Summer Meal Program will be returning to the library this summer. We’ll offer free lunch to children 18 years of age and younger. We provide healthy meals based on USDA nutrition guidelines. No application or proof of income is needed. The meals will be served in the Library Meeting Room from 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. The Summer Meal Program will run from June 13th through August 9th. This program is offered through a partnership that includes Highland County Public Library, Highland County Department of Social Services, and the Virginia Department of Social Services. The library will be offering a free book each time a child attends lunch. If you have questions, contact Malorie Brower (540) 468-2199 ext. 304.

Ariel Duran from Allegheny Mountain Institute will be offering cooking classes for children at the library this summer. These classes will be held in the Library Meeting Room. In June, his schedule will include rainbow salad on June 11th, green fruit smoothie on June 18th, and veggie quesadilla on June 19th. All cooking classes will be held at 11:00 a.m.

We have so many more great programs coming in June! On Friday, June 21st at 10:30 a.m. the “Spoon Man,” will play the spoons and offer a hilarious interactive comedy program for all ages. On Tuesday, June 25th at 11:00 a.m. join us for “Puppets and Bunnies!” where we’ll feature Kevan Atteberry’s book, “Bunnies!!!,” make monster puppet crafts, and enjoy yummy snacks. On Tuesday, July 2nd, join local dance instructor, Dorothy Stephenson, in our meeting room for “Everybody Dance Now!” This is your opportunity to learn all the fun party dances like Electric Slide, Cha-Cha Slide, Macarena, and Chicken Dance. We’ll have a couple of matinee movies in June, including “LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” on June 14th at 3:00 p.m. and “Mary Poppins Returns” on June 27th at 2:00 p.m. All library summer programs are free of charge.

Summer vacation means reading time and we’ve got hot new books for you. Come check out James Patterson’s “The 18th Abduction,” Mark Greaney’s “Agent in Place,” Anne Perry’s “Triple Jeopardy,” Lucinda Riley’s “The Royal Secret,” Thomas Harris’s “Cari Mora,” Janet Evanovich’s “The Big Kahuna,” Jeffrey Deaver’s “The Never Game,” Dean Koontz’s “The Night Window,” Dale Brown’s “The Kremlin Strike,” Mary Kay Andrews’s “Sunset Beach,” Jennifer Chiaverini’s “Resistance Women,” and Ian McEwan’s “Machines Like Me.” In non-fiction we have Rick Atkinson’s “The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777,” Jared Diamond’s “Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis,” Adam Savage’s “Every Tool’s a Hammer, Life is What You Make It,” Anna Quindlen’s “Nanaville,” and Tom Cotton’s “Sacred Duty: a Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery.”

This is Tomi Herold for Allegheny Mountain Radio News.

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Chris Swecker

is the Assistant Station Coordinator and a News Reporter for WVLS. He has roots in Highland County going back several generations, and he grew up in Monterey. Since graduating from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in Media Arts and Design, he has pursued his career at a news station and advertising agency in Virginia, on Microsoft’s campus in the state of Washington, and in both states as sole owner and employee of a video production company. He enjoys exploring life with his wife, Jessa Fowler, traveling, hiking, hunting, gardening, and trying new foods, all while discovering more about what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. He feels blessed to be a small part of this talented AMR team to help give back to the community that has provided him with so much.

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