Author’s book talk Thursday at Fincastle Library

Stewart Goodwin will present a talk and sign her books, “The Twisted Tree” and “Letters from Home 1946-1947,” from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Fincastle Library.

Goodwin has researched her family trees for more than 40 years. “The Twisted Tree” contains 16 paternal lines: Patterson, Moran, Brooks, Harvey, Weeks, Topping, Blamire, Drawbond, Cash, Humphries, Parker, Campbell, Parish, Morrison, Shaw and Stoner, all connected to Rockbridge and Augusta Counties. The book contains 559 surnames, 2,746 individuals, 704 pages total and is fully indexed.

“Letters From Home” is a compilation of letters written in 1946-1947 by Goodwin’s grandparents of Clifton Forge to their son in the Occupation Forces in Japan. They include murders, suicides, drownings, high school high jinx, marriages, births and young men returning home or leaving for military service at the end of World War II. The book mentions more than 180 Clifton Forge residents of that time and includes photos of many of them. It is fully indexed.

Goodwin’s talk is sponsored by the Friends of the Fincastle Library.


VFW spaghetti dinner November 3

VFW Post 1841 at 4902 Roanoke Road (US 220) will have a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5-7 p.m. at the post location in Daleville.  Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12 years. Dinner includes spaghetti w/meat sauce, salad, garlic bread and drink. Desserts will be available at extra cost.  Eat in or take out.  Contact Louis Silcox at 540-556-1625, or Alice at 992-3360 for tickets.


Create a Certified Wildlife Habitat

The Friends of the Buchanan Library will host a program about the process of creating a certified wildlife habitat in your neighborhood, community, or your backyard. The National Wildlife Federation’s Community Wildlife Habitat Certification Program promotes garden and landscapes with wildlife in mind, promotes the use of native trees and plants, and works to reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides and chemicals and to integrate wildlife friendly practices. Master Naturalist Volunteer Donna Haley will present this program on October 18 at 10 a.m. at the Buchanan Library. The public is invited to attend this free program. The lLibrary is located at 19795 Main Street, Buchanan, 928-3005.


Halloween craft classes at the libraries

The Blue Ridge, Buchanan, and Fincastle libraries will offer free afternoon craft classes in October to make a variety of spooktacular Halloween decorations.

The classes are for all ages. All materials will be provided.

Class schedules are: Monday, Oct. 22 at 4, Blue Ridge; Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 4, Fincastle; and Thursday, Oct. 25 at 4:30, Buchanan.

For more information, see the Botetourt County Libraries’ Facebook page or call the libraries at 928-2900 (Blue Ridge), 928-3005 (Buchanan) or 928-2700 (Fincastle).


Movies at the Libraries

Botetourt County libraries will show “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” in October.

Count Dracula and company participate in a cruise for sea-loving monsters, unaware that their boat is being commandeered by the monster-hating Van Helsing family.

The newly released PG rated film will show on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 at the Fincastle library and at 4:30 at the Buchanan branch. The Blue Ridge library will show the film at 4 on Thursday, Oct. 25. Free snacks will be provided at all three showings.

For more information, see the Botetourt County Libraries’ Facebook pag


Events at Eagle Rock Library

Storytime for all ages is being held at Eagle Rock Library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Storytime will have fingerplays, musical instrument time and crafts each week.

The Breakfast Club will meet every Monday from 8-9 a.m. at the library. All are invited to have breakfast with the branch manager each week before the library opens. Free coffee and food are provided, but feel free to bring a treat to share.


Buchanan Dates to Remember

  • VFW Post 5895 and American Legion Post 93 — The regular monthly meetings of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5895 and the American Legion Post 93 are held at the Buchanan Town Hall at 19753 Main Street in downtown Buchanan. The next meetings are October 23. The VFW meeting begins at 7 p.m. and the American Legion meeting follows at 8 p.m. The monthly meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All current members and anyone interested in becoming a new member are encouraged to attend.
  • Buchanan Lions Club – Members of the Buchanan Lions Club meet in the North Star Restaurant for a meal and business meeting on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The group will meet on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. To learn more about this organization or to make a donation of glasses or hearing aids, contact Mike Burton at 254-3345.


Eclectic Readers meeting at the Eagle Rock Library

The Eclectic Readers Book Club will meet on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. to discuss Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” Copies are available at the front desk or may be reserved by calling 928-2800.


Blue Ridge Library book sale

Friends of the Blue Ridge Library will hold their fall book sale on October 18, 19 and 20 at the library. Hours for the sale are: Thursday, October 18,  5-8 p.m.; Friday, October 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Saturday, October 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hundreds of hardcover and paperback books will be available. The price for most hardcover books is $1each and the price for paperback books is 50 cents each. The sale will be held in the meeting room of the Blue Ridge Library on US 460 about a half-mile east of the Bonsack Walmart. The street address is 28 Avery Row, Roanoke.

Friends of the Blue Ridge Library helps to support the activities of the library by paying for children’s and adult programming, and purchasing other items that the library needs.    For directions, call 928-2900.