I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. ~Jorge Luis Borges

Programs and Events - Shady Spring Branch Library

Here you can find more information on the groups and events happening at the Shady Spring library!



Youth Programs and Events


"Express Yourself" Ornament Contest

Do you like to compete in contests, be creative, or would you just like to help decorate the library's Christmas Tree? Then participate in our "Express Yourself" Ornament Contest! Anyone can stop at the front desk and pick up a clear ornament and create their own unique design. Prizes for favorite ornaments will be awarded by age division: 3-5, 6-9, 10-13, 14-17, and 18 & up. The prize for the 18 & up group will be a $25 Lowe's gift card. The winners of each of the remaining groups will receive a gift bag filled with age appropriate items.

If you would like to participate get your ornament starting on Monday, October 27th. Finished ornaments (with the name tag completed!) must be returned by Friday, November 14th. Voting starts November 17th and ends December 4th. Winners will be announced Friday, December 5th.

Pet Supplies for Fines

This is your chance to wipe off those fines AND help our local humane society. Raleigh County Public Libraries will be cooperating with the Humane Society of Raleigh County by sponsoring a "pet items for fines" swap during the week of November 17th - 22nd. On these days, you can donate the pet supply items listed below and have overdue fines reduced or removed from your library record.

  • 1 bag of dry pet food = $7.00 in waived fines
  • 1 can of dog food = $2.00 in waived fines
  • 2 cans of cat food = $2.00 in waived fines
  • 1 bag of kitty litter = $5.00 in waived fines

Just bring your pet items and library card (or your photo ID if you've lost your card) to any of the three Raleigh County Library branches. This offer is good for removal of overdue fines and payment for replacement library cards only. It cannot be applied as a credit or refund and will not cover the replacement cost of lost books. Those without fines can still bring in a donation of items which we will cheerfully include in our delivery to the shelter.

Annual Christmas Bazaar

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Look no further! Support your local artisans and get great gifts at our Annual Christmas Bazaar. Browse the wares of 15 local vendors on Saturday, December 6th from 9am - 3pm. A small sample of what you'll find at the bazaar:

  • Baked goods
  • Local honey
  • Rag dolls
  • Flower fairies
  • Sock monkeys
  • Saw blade paintings
  • Light switch covers
  • Wood crafts
  • Handcrafted soaps and candles from "The Grandsons' Soap"
  • Handcrafted jewelry

With all these items and more, you'll definitely find treasures for the people on your Christmas list... and for yourself as well!


Friends of the Shady Spring Library

The Friends of the Shady Spring Library is a group that helps to raise funds and promote use and appreciation of the public library. Membership applications are available at the Shady Branch of the library. FOSSL meets the 2nd Monday of every other month. New members are welcome!
In April, everyone is welcome, and plans for expanding the library will be discussed.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Shady Spring Library hold a book sale twice a year in order to raise funds for the library. They accept donations of books throughout the year - books that are in good condition, not torn, old or musty. They also do not accept old textbooks or encyclopedias, due to storage space constraints.

People who want to volunteer to help with the sale should call the library at (304)763-2681. The dates for the next book sale can be found on the Shady Library's calendar.

Book Discussion Group

A book discussion group meets the fourth Thursday* of every month at 1 p.m. at the Shady Spring branch throughout the year. Click here for a list of this year's titles. *Dates may change due to Holiday or Library schedules.

Shady Spring District Garden Club

The Shady Spring District Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs Inc. Their mission is to "provide education, resources, and national networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, and civic and environmental responsibility. The SSDGC meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 1pm from March to December for educational programs and to spend time together, and have gardening projects throughout the month prior. If you are interested in joining the garden club, contact the Shady Spring library. New members are welcome!

Shady Spring Library Quilters

The Shady Spring Library Quilters meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month* from 10am - 1pm to work on quilting projects, learn techniques, discuss, and get ideas. Quilters of every level of expertise are welcome, from experts to people just beginning to learn. Occasionally the group will work together to make charity quilts. *Dates may vary based on Holiday or Library schedules, and the times for each meeting will be announced monthly

Youth Events

Wednesday's Reads

Help kickstart the second half of your child's week with Wednesday's Reads! Children in grades kindergarten through 3rd can stop by on Wednesdays at 4pm for a story and a craft.

Tweens Program

Tuesdays at 4pm just got way more exciting! Come take part in our Tweens Group (ages 9 - 13) as we create button art, monsters, mazes, and many other exciting crafts. Bring a friend and check out the new releases of books and movies and grab a snack while making new friends.

Reading Adventures

Reading Adventures is a program for 3rd-6th graders with no weekly or monthly meetings. Just stop by the library to register and pick up a reading log. The reading log provides a genre list of what books to read and how many in each genre. Each reader has 13 weeks to read 12 books. A pizza party will be provided for those who read 6 books by September 16th. Students who reach the goal of 12 books will win a prize. On November 4th, the library will host a party for all who has reached their goals. Reading logs will be due October 31.

Pre-School Spring and Fall Story Hour

Story Hour is a weekly reading program for 3-4 year olds that takes place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for 8 weeks in the Fall and 8 weeks in the Spring. Children will be read stories, have snacks, and make crafts. Specific dates will be made available on the Shady Library's calendar. Pre-registration is required, so stop in and sign up!

Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program is currently not in session! Check back in the Spring for Summer Reading 2015 details.
The Summer Reading Program is a weekly reading program throughout the summer for children ages 3 through 12. A program for ages 3 - 5 takes place Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Children ages 6 - 12 have a session on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Reading groups will meet at the front of the library and rotate to different craft stations. If you would like more information, please call at (304)763-2681.