Community leaders tell stories to children
by James Howell
Children were treated to a special story time Thursday, delivered by several community leaders at Ashe County Public Library.
“West Jefferson would like to proclaim September as official library card sign-up month,” said West Jefferson Mayor Dale Baldwin, confirming the purpose of the event was to help promote the importance of having a library card.
Mayor Baldwin drove this point home by saying, “The library card is the smartest card you can have.”
With a library card, students can gain access to a wide variety of print and electronic resources. Some of these resources include: free databases, online homework help and attend programs, activities and clubs that provide added value to the educational experience.
Baldwin also expressed the value of the local library, saying, “The library means so much to the town.”
The adults reading to the children included Ashe County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cabot Hamilton, Ashe County Superintendent of Schools Travis Reeves, Ashe County Manager Pat Mitchell and West Jefferson Town Manager Brantley Price.
While reading “Duck! Rabbit!,” by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld, Hamilton and Reeves both attempted to make different cases to the children. While Hamilton said the main character was a duck, Reeves disagreed, saying the main character was a rabbit.
In a light-hearted 12-2 vote cast by the children, they sided with Reeves. The children agreed the animal was, indeed, a rabbit.
The event also had contributions from Mitchell and Price, who presented their favorite childrens’ books.
Mitchell read “The Little Rabbit Who Wanted Red Wings,” by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey, while Price read his favorite children’s book “The Biggest Bear,” by Lynd Ward.
After story time, the children made crafts under the supervision of their parents and library staff.
According to information released by the library, 84 percent of Americans agree that the public library in important to education. Peggy Bailey with Ashe County Public Library said, “It’s nice to see the effort made by the community to promote the library.”
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