April 7-13 is National Library Week, and the 2019 theme is:“Libraries = Strong Communities.”
I am struck by what a powerful message this conveys about the role of a local library. In an age when people report a growing sense of isolation, libraries can bring people together—to learn, to grow and to connect. The work that we do in support of the Sherrills Ford-Terrell Library contributes directly to that cause.
As it so happens, the importance of community is also a central theme of this year’s Catawba County Community Read: Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, by Sam Quinones. In this fascinating and sobering account, Mr. Quinones asserts that isolation and loss of a sense of community have contributed to the opioid crisis, and he proposes ways that communities can come together to effectively combat this complex issue.
On March 19, we held the “Things to Do for Children & Adults in Catawba County” event, showcasing Catawba County organizations that provide cultural and educational activities available in our community. The representatives from these organizations were grateful for the exposure and eager to share information about their programs. Local residents who attended found it very helpful and thanked us for our efforts in coordinating this event for their benefit.
The Evolution of Music program, created and led by Joyce O’Neal, kicked off on March 4. Four sessions were held in March. The final session will be held on April 8th (no class April 1) from 4-5:15 p.m. in the library community room. Each week is a stand-alone topic, so we hope you’ll avail yourself of this highly enjoyable program that is geared for adults and children alike. No prior music experience required!
Believe it or not, we are already turning our attention to the 2019-2020 program year! Our committees have begun planning their activities for next year, and the budgets for their initiatives will be discussed and approved at our April 23 (rescheduled from April 16) business meeting. All Friends are encouraged and welcome to attend.