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By John Peters

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Following is a list of titles recently received by the library that are available for checkout:


Bones of the Lost by Kathy Reichs, fiction


Seduction in Silk by Jo Beverley, fiction


The Skull and the Nightingale by Michael Irwin, fiction


Hotshot by Julie Garwood, large print fiction


Hunting Eve by Iris Johansen, large print fiction


Light of the World by James Lee Burke, large print fiction


Let Freedom Ring by Kitty Kelley, non-fiction


Crazy Rich by Jerry Oppenheimer, non-fiction


Soil and Sacrament by Fred Bahnson, non-fiction


Solve Your Money Troubles by Robin Leonard, non-fiction


History of Ancient Egypt by John Romer, non-fiction


We are looking for adult volunteers to read with children, letting them practice their reading skills, and assisting them with reading comprehension. If you think you have time to spend a day each week with a child, and be their Reading Buddy, call Angela at the library to be matched with a child who needs help, 336-789-5108.


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Pre-school Story Hours happen weekly at the library. Library assistant Jenny Wright leads the Wednesday story times, with the 2-year-olds at 9:30 a.m. and 3-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. Assistant Librarian Tommie Smith leads the 4- and 5-year-olds at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. These events are free, and open to the public.


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Game Night continues at the library on Thursday nights, beginning at 6 p.m. The library provides cards and board games for those who would like to play. New players are always welcome.


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Every Thursday night is Pajama Story Time at the library for children aged pre-K through third grade. Kids may come dressed in their pj’s and bring their favorite cuddle toys. We’ll tell bedtime stories, do some relaxing exercises, and participate in activities that pertain to the story. Free.


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Fridays we gather at the library for Tai Chi at 10 a.m. The Tai Chi class is for everyone, but especially for those with conditions, such as arthritis, that limit mobility. Those who attend should wear comfortable clothes that do not limit movement. The class is led by instructor Brack Llewellyn.


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The Imagine That! storytelling guild meets at the library on the first Tuesday night of every month, at 7 p.m. They invite the public to join them to hear their stories as they practice their craft of storytelling.


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The Friends of the Library annual Back to School Bookbag Giveaway is being held through Sept. 14. Each time a school-aged child checks out a book, they can register to win a bookbag filled with books and school supplies.


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September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. If your community/youth/church/school group would like to tour the library, learn about our programs, and sign-up for library cards, contact Branch Librarian Pat Gwyn, 336-789-5108, to set up a time to visit us. We look forward to seeing you.


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The Picture Books book club meets on Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m., to watch the movie of the book “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” We’ll pop popcorn, you may bring a soda with you. Copies of the book will be available at the front desk in the days before we watch the movie.


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You are invited to the library on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m., for a Community Pot Luck Supper and Recipe Swap. Bring a food or dessert dish for us all to share for supper, and bring the recipe you used to make the dish. We’ll share each other’s recipes over dinner. Bring someone with you who’s never been to the library, and we’ll get them signed up for a library card while they’re here. The library will have tea, water, and coffee available to drink. Join us.


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The Community Book Club meets on Wednesday, September 25, at 1pm. New members are invited to join us!


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The library will hold our after hours Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt on Friday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 pm. Kids can look for glowing items on the checklist, and put scrambled letters in order to find a word to solve a quiz. Where will you be when the lights go out? At the library.


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The library will hold auditions for the Dewey Decimal Players show, “A Christmas Carol,” on Monday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. To be a Dewey you have to be 13-18 years old, no experience necessary. The show will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 16 and Dec. 17, and we will rehearse mostly Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoons. The NoneSuch Playmakers will be combining with the Dewey Decimal Players to bring this Christmas classic to you at the library. Don’t miss it.


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The Picture Books book club meets at the library on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m., to watch the movie of the book “The Woman in Black.” We’ll pop popcorn, you may bring a soda with you. Copies of the book will be available at the front desk in the days before we watch the movie.


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Kids are invited to our Autumn Leaf Craft Class on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 4 p.m. We’ll pick leaves from the surrounding trees, and create artwork with them to display in the library through the Autumn Leaves Festival! Join us!


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The Surry Quilter’s Guild will be in the library’s multipurpose room with their quilts on display during the weekend of Autumn Leaves Festival, Oct. 11, 12, 13. Please stop by to view their handiwork while you’re downtown for the festival.


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The library’s own teen theatre troupe, The Dewey Decimal Players, will present the Halloween play, The Uninvited Guests, on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 14 and 15, at 6:30 p.m. both nights. Free. Follow the story of a family who’s just moved to the creepy town of Dark Falls, where the neighbors aren’t friendly, and the house seems haunted. The edge of your seat is waiting for you. Don’t miss it. Spooky fun for the family.


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Teens and Young Adults only are invited to join us after hours at the library on Friday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., for Zombie Patrol! We will divide into teams of humans and zombies and track each other through the library. How long can the humans last? We’ll see.


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Our annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest begins on Monday, Oct. 21, when contestants bring their entries to the front desk to be displayed so library patrons can vote on their favorite. The pumpkin with the most votes wins a prize. Voting ends on Thursday, Oct. 24. This year we are doing something new with the pumpkin decorating — the pumpkins need to be decorated to look like a book character. You can paint your pumpkin, use props, add decorations with construction paper or cardboard, whatever you need to do to make your pumpkin look like a character from a book. Questions? Call Angela at the library, 336-789-5108!


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The Community Book Club meets on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. New members are invited to join us.


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Local author Donna Smith will be at the library for a book discussion and signing of her book, “Murder in Mayberry,” on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 6:30 p.m.


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We will have a Halloween Craft Class and Storytelling for kids on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. Free. We are going to make spooky luminaries to put on our porches for Halloween.


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Questions? Call us at 336-789-5108


Find us on Facebook at Friends of the Mount Airy Public Library


Go to our website to view our events and catalog online at nwrl.org


Library hours:


Monday through Thursday 8:30am until 8pm


Friday 8:30 a.m. till 5 p.m.


Saturday 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Reach at or 336-719-1931.

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