Laurel Springs now has a ‘Twig’ of its own
Christina Day Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
There’s a new “twig” in Laurel Springs
Built by the Modern Woodman Youth Service Club of Ashe County, the miniature branch of the Ashe County Public Library - the twig - is located at Mabe’s Grocery in Laurel Springs.
Suzanne Moore, county librarian for Ashe County Public Library, said the “twigs” are the library’s attempt to provide books to people who live far away from the library. Since not everyone is close to a library branch, some can now be close to a library twig or “Little Free Library” as they’re officially called.
The Mabe’s twig marks the library’s third Little Free Library in the county. Phipps Store in Lansing and Todd Mercantile in Todd are home to the other twigs.
“The Modern Woodman Youth Service Club of Ashe County was excited to partner with the Ashe County Public Library on this project,” Angela Shimel of MWYSC said, “Our goal is to get our children involved in service opportunities in our community and since our families are frequent patrons of the library, it was great to be able to help them in building the twig at Mabe’s Grocery.”
The service club consists of county home-schoolers and receives $40 a month from Modern Woodmen of America to assist in projects that will be of service to the community.
Shimel said the group saved two month’s worth of funding for the twig, and was able to complete the project thanks in part to a donation of plywood made by Parker Tie.
The twig, which was built at the end of September, was put up at Mabe’s Grocery on Dec. 19. Cabot Hamilton and Kathleen George of the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce were on hand, as was Suzanne Moore. Owners of Mabe’s Grocery, E.J. and Shirley Mabe also took part in the ribbon cutting.
Angela Shimel and her husband Joseph, along with their children Loren, Bradley and Owen, affixed the twig and stocked it with books that the kids had culled from their own collection to donate.
“The kids from the Youth Service Club were hands on with power tools to assemble it,” Shimel said, “They learned so much from doing it.”
Suzanne Moore said the next twig has been built by the Home Builders Association using recycled bleachers from the old Beaver Creek School. The Beaver Creek twig was painted by local artist Stephen Shoemaker and will be put in Fleetwood at the former site of the school in January.
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