Library’s adult services help older generations get out to have fun

Published 6:58 pm Friday, December 2, 2022

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By Angela Cutrer
Elizabethton Star
Think the library is only for kids or students? Not so!
Maryann Owen, the Adult Services & Outreach Librarian at the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library, strives to make sure there’s always something to do for adults in the area. Whether you want to learn a new skill or just find a way to relax, the library is the place to go.
“It’s my job to find things for adults to do with the library, and we have several coming up,” Owen said, adding that she tries to ensure three to five events per month for adult citizens at the library, which is located at 201 N. Sycamore in Elizabethton.
On Thursday, it was adult arts and crafts night, where pine needles were used to make unique baskets. The next event of that kind is Jan. 12, 2023, followed by Feb. 9 and March 9.
December is still chocked full of events for adults in Elizabethton thanks to the Elizabethton-Carter County Public Library’s Adult Services & Outreach Program:
Come Walk It Off
Come join the ECCPL’s Adult Services & Outreach program to connect with nature. Meet Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 2:15 p.m. at Edward’s Island Pavilion, across from Riverside Taphouse, for a stroll to enjoy the beauty of nature with new (or old) friends.
Stress Less Saturday
We all know that getting together with family for the holidays is usually joyful, but it can also be stressful, especially for adults. Join Daphne Ringley’s “Stress Reduction & Relaxation session” for a stress-free environment Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2-3 p.m. at the library. Ringley’s background in yoga and fitness helps her show you effective stress management techniques that anyone can do. Bring a towel or small blanket and wear comfortable clothing.
Carter County Fiber Arts Guild sessions
The Carter County Fiber Arts Guild invites adults to the library Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to drop in and connect, teach, consult or just work on your own project.
The Coloring Connection
Looking to make social connections? How about getting together with other adults to enjoy a fun “childish” way to meet others? The second Tuesday of each month from noon to 2 p.m., be at the library to do a little adult coloring, which can allow you to meet, connect, decompress, relax and have fun. Materials are provided – you are the only missing piece! The next event is set for Dec. 13.
The library’s usual monthly events include the Carter County Fiber Arts Guide, arts and crafts, Coloring Connection, Courtyard Connection, Crafts & Coloring at the Courtyard and Tea Time.
“My main goal is to connect to my community [by] offer[ing] adults fun and educational events,” Owen said. “I try creating an atmosphere where folks can relax, decompress or unwind and feel comfortable while making a connection.”
Have ideas for an adult event? Want more information on upcoming events? Call Owen at 423-547-6360 or check out the library’s website at [choose the “Adult” tab] and Facebook page.

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