It’s nearly November and we have a few new library events to share with you. We’re starting a Spice of the Month Club– a monthly take-and-make featuring a variety of unique spices, herbs, or blends. Included in each monthly kit will have a premeasured spice packet along with information about the featured spice, its history, and a few fun facts. There will also be two simple recipe suggestions but feel free to research and pick your own recipe with one of our cookbooks. Once you have created your culinary masterpiece at home, we’d love you to share photos of your successes (and fails), opinions, tips, and love (or not) of the spice of the month in person, on the library’s Facebook page, or you can always email your pictures and thoughts to us at too. If there’s enough interest, we could also host a Meet & Eat to share recipes, talk about how your dish turned out, and maybe even share a sampling together. Our first spice will be Smoked Paprika.

Calling all quilters, embroiderers, hand and machine stitching novices and experts alike: join us at the library for Sit & Stitch! Every second Thursday of the month from 10 am–3 pm, bring your sewing machine, materials, embroidery, and whatever project you’re currently working on or dreaming about to gather and focus on making that dream a reality. All skill levels welcome and help will be available for beginners. If you’ve been interested in the I Found a Quilted Heart movement, this is another opportunity to participate. Come and go as you please during the day or visit a local restaurant for a to-go lunch and keep working on your projects all day long. The first get together of the new Sit & Stitch group is November 10th in the Hickory meeting room.

At the request of local caregivers and with the help of the Friends of the Library, the Burr Oak room in the lower level of the library will transform on Tuesday mornings to the Play & Build room. A wide variety of open-ended play opportunities for newborns to 6-year-olds will be available from 10 am-noon. There will be large and fine motor skill developing toys along with color identification and shape sorting activities to allow children to learn the skills of early literacy, problem solving, sharing, and working within groups in a safe environment outside the home. Children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, and discover their own interests during play. The large area in the Burr Oak room also provides space for the little ones to burn off some energy in the winter months. Children must always be supervised by their parents or caregivers, but it’s a great way to meet other local families and neighbors. Come play and build friendships, block towers, muscles, skills, and confidence starting Tuesday, November 8th from 10 am-noon.