Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Digital Storytime for Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2

In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday this Friday, we will read a Story Jumper digital book created by students in a Seussian format!  Click on the link below to read "There's a Zybrary in the Library"

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas 2017 Cheer from Teen Poetry Happens and Alexander County Library

Teen Poetry Happens is at it again with holiday cheer!  Check out their Christmas wish in their video parody for 2017.


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Teen Poetry Happens and Alexander County Library!


Friday, October 20, 2017

Build A Better World A Success for the Alexander County Library System

Alexander County Library and Bethlehem Branch had a wonderful summer of activities around BUILD A BETTER WORLD, the summer reading program.  664 youth joined the program with over 12,000 hours of reading reported and over 1300 folks attending programs. A whopping 87% of those who signed up participated in the program.

The libraries wish to thank: Alexander and Bethlehem Friends of the Library; Kim Hertzler and her sweet reading therapy dog, Abby; Alexander Central Auditorium and Christine Deal; Taylorsville Presbyterian Church; The Green Bean Players from The Green Room for their wonderful production of "Pinocchio"; Wendy's and Tar Heel Capital; and all of the amazing volunteers who make the program run smoothly!

So proud of our Golden Nail recipients who met all the challenges from the bottom of the calendar.

Get tuned up for LIBRARIES ROCK - summer reading for 2018!  The program will run from June 17 - July 28, 2018 at Alexander County Library, Bethlehem Branch, and opening in 2018, the Stony Point Branch!

Enjoy these photos from BUILD A BETTER WORLD!

Miss Mel

Monday, October 2, 2017

Digital Storytime at Alexander County Library

Click here for Ms. Mel's Wide Mouth Frog

During the week of October 2 - 6, 2017 at Alexander County Library, I added a digital component during Storytime. Hopefully, the children and their caregivers enjoyed my retelling of the Wide Mouth Frog. It was a little book I wrote that former Teen Poetry Happens participant and YAYA, Jessica Ferretiz, illustrated for her senior project.  Our Storytime theme was THE SKY IS THE LIMIT. The little frog definitely flies around (and yes, that's a double entendre!!).

Patrons brought digital devices- such as an iPad, tablet, cell phone - to hook up to the library's wifi. They were able to participate as we told the story by pointing to words with their child. There were library tablets that could be used as well as my projection of the story on the wall.

Here are some photos of each Storytime.  I plan to do a digital storytime at least once a month.  The next digital series week will be on Tuesday, November 28 and Friday, December 1 when we have I LOVE SUPERHEROES as our theme. Hope to see you and your little one at Storytime!

Many thanks to all who joined me on the adventure!  Hope to see you and your little one at Storytime!

Miss Mel

Friday, June 16, 2017

BUILD A BETTER WORLD - Starting at Alexander County Library - A Double Entendre!

Alexander County Library and Bethlehem Branch have been signing up summer readers since May 1!  The big day to begin timed reading is Sunday, June 18.  Youth ages birth to 18 can read any materials - books, magazines, Internet articles, or even closed captioning on their favorite movies or shows.  They simply report their time each week to the library.  For all the details, check the library's website at www.alexanderlibrary.org/summer-reading.

 The Balloon Lady will be our first program for all ages on Friday, June 23 at Alexander Central Auditorium beginning at 10 am.  Hailing from Perth, Australia, she is fun to watch and to listen to!  There is a free balloon sculpture workshop for youth after the show.  Call me at the library to reserve your spot if you want to learn to make fun balloon animals.

The Green Bean Players from The Green Room Theatre will perform the classic fairytale "Pinocchio" at Alexander Central Auditorium.  The show begins at 10 am on Tuesday, June 27!

Volunteer opportunities are available!
Come, join us and BUILD A BETTER WORLD!

Mel (AKA, Tony the Buildah)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Alexander County Library's First Poetry After Hours Is Awesome!

Teen Poetry Happens members Hunter Addington, Noah Nowell, and Courtney Gant read the collaborative poem "Ask Me What I Remember" on April 21, 2017 at Alexander County Library.

“Ask Me What I Remember” Crafted by Teen Poetry Happens from written memories on the poetry wall, “Ask Me What I Remember – Images of Perseverance”, March 10, 2017

Friday nights at Mamaw’s house
Grandma playing piano by ear
My mama singing, snow at Christmas
Telling stories about childhood

Grass and caterpillars in my baseball glove
Playing in the spring,
Sliding at the shoals,
Climbing Rocky Face Mountain

I remember when I was scared
Ice had ripped my skin while sledding
Screaming “I’m dying, I’m dying!”

AM radio
Choke knobs on the dash
Crazy midnight adventures
All by a redhead’s side

Scared drivers,
Afraid of possibly sick children,
Provoked to drive quickly away
At their approach.

Roasting marshmallows
When it was chilly
Before computers took
Over our lives

My brother was born,
My sister was born
And we just keep on living
Hope to build a better tomorrow

Thanks to all who came and shared their poetic works! 

At the Art After Hours reception on May 19 works by Ethan Swanson debuted.  The next Poetry After Hours - inspired by Ethan's He'art Exhibition - will be June 16, from 6 - 7:30 pm.  Join us!

Hope to see you soon at Alexander County Library!