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THE LIBRARY LOOKOUT COLUMN: Libraries are open for reading, crafting, knitting

Summer reading at the library is underway with both in-person and virtual platforms, but the fun won’t stop when summer ends.

While programming for children has been back in action since starting our “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading program in June, adult programming is starting back as well, and is available at all library locations.

Sara Hahn

Whether you’re looking for a local book club to discuss the latest read or a group of friends to collaborate with on your latest needlework craft, we have a group for you.

When it comes to Book Clubs, adults have two options for attending, either in Albemarle or Locust, or both. The groups will be discussing different titles, so being active in both groups is a great way to be involved and meet lots of new folks discussing great reads. The Albemarle book club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. and the Locust group gathers on the third Friday (beginning in September). If you are interested in joining the Albemarle discussion for the summer, check out a copy of the July pick, New York Times bestseller “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens, or get a jumpstart on the August choice of “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Book lists for future meetings are available on our website.

If you think that libraries are only for reading, you’re missing out. If you’re a fan of arts and crafts or creating something from nothing, you have options at your fingertips and your local library location.

Adult craft classes are our new favorite program offering, and they are sure to be yours as well. Available in Badin, Norwood and Oakboro, you can meet once a month to make a Pinterest-worthy craft or seasonal decoration and let your creative side loose. Join the Badin group on the third Tuesday of each month at 10:30 a.m., the Norwood crafters on the third Friday at 10:30 a.m. or the new Oakboro Adult Craft group on the second Monday at 2 p.m. Registration is required for all groups, and a small fee for materials is noted at registration.

If yarn and needles are more your thing, join the Knit/Crochet groups in Albemarle, Norwood or Locust to gather with like-minded crafters and work on your latest project. The Stanly Stitchers of Albemarle get together each month on the fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. downstairs in the meeting room to compare projects and fellowship, while the Locust yarn lovers gather every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. At the Norwood library, Fridays are for crafting. While the Adult Craft group meets one Friday a month, the knit/crochet group gets together all of the other Fridays of the month, meeting at 10:30 a.m.

No matter which library location you choose, one or all, we can’t wait to have you join us as we gather with our community to craft, create, read and learn. See you soon!

Currently Reading: “The Wife Who Knew Too Much” by Michele Campbell.

Picture Book Highlight: “Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears” by Corey Rosen Schwartz.

Sara Hahn is children and youth services librarian at the Stanly County Public Library.