The Buncombe County Public Library System wants to encourage continued literacy for youth throughout their summer vacation with the Summer Reading Program.
The theme for the 2019 Summer Reading Program is “A Universe of Stories,” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. After the opening party at the Oakley/South Asheville Library, fun space-themed events will take place at all the branch libraries throughout the entire summer. Here are a few highlighted events taking place throughout the Summer Reading Program (they may not all be space-themed, but you’re welcome to dress up like an alien to anything you like):
Mindful Mondays: Mondays: June 17, July 8, Aug. 5 from 6-7 p.m.
PM @ Pack Library
Pause and Find Peace this Summer. Centering activities for children ages 7 and up. No registration necessary
Family Tai Chi
Wednesday, June 19
Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, July 10
Wednesday, July 24
Wednesday, Aug. 7
From 6-7 pm. Ages 5 and Up. Adult participation welcome and encouraged.
Ramen with a Side of College
Thursday, Aug. 1 at 6-7:30pm
Join us for a light dinner of dressed up Ramen Noodles and a casual
Q &A about your first year at school. Door prizes! This is a program for students starting college this fall. Space is limited. Register online or call 828-250-4720.
Romeo & Juliet in the Park @ Swannanoa
Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22
6:30 p.m., PLUS a Matinee on Saturday, June 22nd @ 2 p.m.
Ballad of Romeo & Juliet: an Appalachian Musical
Join the American Myth Center players as they perform a Bluegrass-infused version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. For ages 13 and up. This will be performed in the park to the side of the library. Please consider bringing camp chairs or blankets for your comfort.
Astronaut Costumes & Unicorn Week @ North
Event: Lunar-tics presented by AMOS @ Oakley/South Asheville
Date: July 27
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Information:Interact with the phases of the moon and explore the day and night skies with our inflatable planetarium.
Age/Restrictions: Recommend for Ages 7+, Pre-Registration Required, No Groups
Event: Get Your Art On!: Printmaking @ Oakley/South Asheville
Date: June 15
Information: Try your hand at multiple fun printmaking art techniques.
Age/Restrictions: For Ages 5+, Pre-Registration Required, No Groups
Event: ecoEXPLORE: Intro to Herpetology @ Oakley/South Asheville
Date: Aug. 14
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Information: Join us for an introduction to herpetology with the NC Arboretum.
Age/Restrictions: Recommended for Ages 5-13.
Participants of these events will receive a stamp for their Summer Reading Bookmark. Each branch will have its own bookmark featuring all of the fun programs taking place at that library location throughout the summer. For every four stamps that a child gets, they may choose a free book from a special selection of prize books chosen by the Youth Services librarians. You can even pick up a book on anti-gravity - they’re impossible to put down.
So, keep reading, and keep visiting the library. Keep track of all the great programs taking place at each branch library throughout the year by checking out their calendar at buncombecounty.org/library. Check out June's schedule of events below.