Community Read events kick off May 31

Wil Petty

May 29, 2014

The Community Read for Hugh Howey’s “Wool” will be kicking off at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 31 with an entire day of events at West Jefferson Park.

“We encourage everyone in the community to come out and participate in this great event,” said Kim Grindrod, adult services librarian for the Ashe County Public Library. “It’s the first time that the Community Read has been held in the month of June and we really hope people will come by, pick up a book and participate in as many events as they can attend.”

At 10:30 a.m., festivities will kick off for children while reading “The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies,” and following that, children and adults will be able to make Medieval masks.

“We will be announcing and launching the official party for the Community Read at this event,” Grindrod said.

Beginning at noon, the library will be providing snacks before capping off the days activities with “Shakespeare in the Park.” The Ashe County Home Schoolers will be doing their interpretation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” starting at 2 p.m.

“We will be doing various things throughout the day,” Grindrod said.

The event is free to the public and everybody is encouraged to attend.

Official Community Read events will kick off at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3 when read-a-louds of “Wool” will take place at Todd Mercantile. Those will take place every Tuesday in June, with a Celebration of the book on June 24.

In addition, there will be read-a-louds taking place every Thursday, starting at 6 p.m. on June 5 at Phipps Store in Lansing. Those will be held every Thursday, with a celebration at Phipps Store on June 26.

Wool art work sessions will take place on Wednesday June 18 and June 25. There will also be an event centered around the Ashe County Farmer’s Market on Saturday, June 21.

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, Howey will be at the Ashe Civic Center to discuss the novel.

For more information about Community Read events, go to the Ashe County Public Library Website at

Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.