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Down East Library Resource Center
700 HIghway 70 East, Otway
Mailing Address: PO Box 322, Smyrna, NC 28579
Down East Public Library is at
702 Highway 70 East Otway, Beaufort NC 28516
252-728-1333

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Open
Monday - Wednesday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

February - March Activities

FRIENDS OF THE DOWN EAST LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP DRIVE The Friends of the Down East Library invites you to join our non-profit organization for 2012.  Annual membership fees are $10 (Individual), $15 (Family), $16-$99 (Patron), $100-$499 (Founder) or $500 or more (Sponsor, lifetime paid member).  The Friends provides volunteer and financial support to the Down East Public Library branch in Otway, and partners with Carteret Community College and local businesses, organizations and individuals to provide programming opportunities in the adjacent Resource Center.  Membership applications can be picked up at the library, or if you prefer an application be emailed to you, send a request to Jane Wrenn (janiebbug@gmail.com), Friends’ Secretary.  Annual membership dues are tax deductible. 

COMPUTER FUN, USEFUL, EASY Carteret Community College is offering a Computer Fun, Useful, Easy class at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway, starting on February 28 and meeting for six sessions on Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m. Each week begins with a “how to” for practical and creative computer skills. Hands-on instruction will be provided in this high commitment to fun class. The course fee is $30. Call 222-6200 for more information or to sign up for the class.

GUITAR ABCs Carteret Community College is offering a Guitar ABCs class at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway, starting on February 29, meeting for six sessions on Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. This class is for true beginners, who will learn seven basic chords and rhythm.  The course fee is $45. Call 222-6200 for more information or to sign up for the class.

ART APPRECIATION The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway welcomes Bobbie Massie of Atlantic, as she leads an art appreciation discussion, What’s Modern and Contemporary Art All About?, on Monday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in the Resource Center.  Bobbie will explore the development of art following the Post Impressionist period (Van Gogh and Gaugin) through the Modern period (1900-1950) and Contemporary period (1950 until today).  Plans for three sessions will include an opportunity to create a piece of contemporary work within the group and hopefully will result in a “contemporary” art display for the library.  Call the Down East Library, 728-1333, to register.

WATERCOLOR ART CLASS The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway is pleased to host James Shuler of Straits, as he leads a new Watercolor Art Class starting on Monday, March 5, 6-9 p.m.  This four-week class has limited seating, and the course fee is $50.  Stop by the library to see our art exhibit featuring the artwork of James Shuler and sign up while you are at the library, or call 728-1333 to register.

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT OFFICE Carteret Community College will be presenting an Introduction to Microsoft Office class at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway.  The twelve-session class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, starting March 6.  This course is a great follow-up to Computers for Beginners, and participants will learn to create letters, spreadsheets, presentations and databases.  The class fee is $120 for those under the age of 65, free to those 65 and older.  All participants will need a workbook, approximately $30.  Call CCC, 222-6200, to register.

CAKE DECORATING Back by popular demand, Cathy Willis of Bettie will lead another Cake Decorating class in the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway.  The six-week class meets on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., starting March 6.  Cathy will teach you to create professional looking cakes and cupcakes to make all family occasions very special.  Seating is limited, so register early.  The class fee is $10 per session for supplies.  Call the Down East Library, 728-1333, to register.

COMPUTERS FOR BEGINNERS Carteret Community College will be presenting another Computers for Beginners class at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway.  The twelve-session class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m., starting March 6, and is designed for those with little or no experience on computers.  Participants will learn basic skills for using computers.  The class fee is $120 for those under the age of 65, free to those 65 and older.  All participants will need a workbook, approximately $30.  Call CCC, 222-6200, to register.

DOWN EAST FAMILY HISTORY GROUP  If you are interested in learning more about down east history or tracing your family’s genealogy, join some local experts at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway on Wednesday, March 7, at 3 p.m.  Share local history information, discuss how to investigate the family tree, how to locate local resources, and what information is available at our County Courthouse if you know where to look.  Learn little known resource tips and availability of ongoing assistance with your search. Dennis Chadwick of Straits coordinates this program, assisted by local experts Sonny Williamson and Jack Goodwin.  This group meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 3 p.m., with pre-registration required by calling the library at 728-1333.

OBSERVING THE WINTER SKY Join Dennis Chadwick to learn to identify the star constellations in our winter sky.  Meet at the Harkers Island bridge on Wednesday, March 7, at 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to identify Orion, Seven Sisters and other constellations, and be entertained by the Greek mythology connected to common constellations.  Make this a fun family outing, and it’s free, so put it on your calendar now.  Dress for cold weather.  Rain date is March 8.  Call Dennis, 728-2330, for more information.

ACRYLICS ART CLASS The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway welcomes Gloria Willis of Bettie, as she leads another Acrylics Art Class starting on Thursday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.  This four-week class has been quite popular in the past, so call now to reserve your seat.  Learn to paint with Gloria’s guiding hand, and create a piece of artwork you will treasure.  Seating is limited, and the cost is low at $10 per class date for supplies.  Stop by the library to see our art exhibit featuring the artwork of Gloria Willis and sign up while you are at the library, or call 728-1333 to register.

BOOK STUDY GROUP The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway is pleased to host a new Book Study Group on March 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Resource Center.  Brad Williams of Harkers Island leads this study group, which focuses on personal growth and insight selections.  The book being studied is “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, which addresses the keys to successful communication.  Call Brad at 675-8891 for more information.

DOWN EAST READERS CLUB Starting in February, the Down East Readers Club will meet on the second Tuesday each month at 10 a.m. in the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway, and welcomes new members to join in the fun.  Put March 13 on your calendar and join in.  Discussions are always lively, fun and thought provoking.  Coffee will be served.  Call Linda, 241-4634, for more information, directions or to join the club.

ELDERCARE AND THE FAMILY The Friends of the Down East Library hosts an educational series, Eldercare and the Family, in the Resource Center in Otway on the third Thursday each month, 3-4:30 p.m. The March 15 meeting will be led by Shannon Cook, social worker with Community Home Care and Hospice, who will share how hospice can help families dealing with dementia at home. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn and share, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is recommended, so call 728-1333 now to add your name to the list.

HAND AND FOOT CANASTA The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway is pleased to host a Hand and Foot Canasta group on Tuesday, March 27, at 9:30 a.m. in the Resource Center.  Don’t know how to play?  Come on in and learn this fun card game with a group of friends and neighbors. Call Glynda Barrett, 729-1279, for more information or to register.

SPRING FESTIVAL PLANT SALE The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway will host its third annual Spring Festival Plant Sale on May 5, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the former library location in Smyrna, at the corner of Highway 70 and Whitehurst Road.  If you have a green thumb and would like to help the library by donating plants for our sale, please contact Fred Bisbee, 729-7681, to let him know.  More details on the festivities planned will be shared soon.

CUB SCOUTS, first and third Mondays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center, Otway.  If you have a first to fifth grade boy interested in joining the troop, contact Kathryn Chadwick, 225-0194, to get more information.

HOMEWORK HELP, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Down East Library Resource Center, Otway.  If your elementary child could use some homework help, the Friends of the Down East Library offers this service by appointment.  There is limited seating, so call Nancy Dale, 729-1339, to register in advance.

TOPS A "Take Off Pounds Sensibly" chapter of the TOPS non-profit organization meets at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway every Wednesday at 10:45 a.m.  It is all about a healthy lifestyle and friendly support. Now is the time to join in and start feeling and looking better.  Visit at the next meeting or call Lib at 728-5308 for information.  The first visit is free, and membership is low in cost.  Information on the national organization can be found at www.tops.org.

KNIT WITS, the Down East Knitter’s Club, is open to everyone who enjoys knitting, crochet, embroidery and other crafts.  The group meets each Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the Friends of the Down East Library Resource Center in Otway.  Come share patterns and ideas, and enjoy the company of some Down East crafters.  Drop-ins are welcome and bring your own supplies.  Call the Down East Library, 728-1333, for more information. 

BOOK SHOP AT RESOURCE CENTER The Friends of the Down East Library in Otway offers a great selection of used books on Fridays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  We gratefully accept your cash donations for books selected.  Donations support the operations and continued growth of the Down East Library branch of the Carteret County Public Library System and the adjacent Resource Center.  Call 728-1333 for information or directions.