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August Events at Buncombe County Libraries

From local authors to local history, the Buncombe County Public Library System is a fantastic resource for more than just books. Check out the many great activities for all ages and interests at our branch locations in August.

Go directly to the library calendar of events.

Buncombe County Public Libraries

PROGRAMS – August 2018

 

Weaverville Evening Book Club: Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Wednesday, August 1 at 7 p.m.

Weaverville Library

41 N. Main Street

250-6482

 

East Asheville Book Club: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 p.m.

East Asheville Library

902 Tunnel Road

250-4738

 

Geologists Rock!

Friday, August 3 at 3 p.m.

Swannanoa Library

101 West Charleston Street

250-6486

Learn how to be a geologist with the help of the Swannanoa Valley Museum and the Swannanoa Library. See the many varied gems and rocks native to Western North Carolina and have a chance to exam them, just like a geologist.  This program is free and most suitable for school age and above. There will also be a WNC rock display in the Swannanoa Library case from August through December.

 

CD Dream Catcher DIY

Saturday, August 4 at 2 p.m.

Fairview Library

1 Taylor Road

250-6485

Upcycle old library CDs by creating a colorful beaded dream catcher using materials provided. Ages 8 and up

 

Weaverville Afternoon Book Club: The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean

Tuesday, August 7 at 3 p.m.

Weaverville Library

41 N. Main Street

250-6482

 

Groovin Rocks! Rock Painting Party

Tuesday, August 7 at 6 p.m.

Swannanoa Library

101 West Charleston Street

250-6486

Rock Painting during Groovin' on Grovemont under the trees. We'll provide the rocks and paint, you bring your creativity and come paint a rock to hide in our park (or take home) while at Groovin'. Remember to wear clothes you don't mind get paint on. Parental supervision is needed for children under 10.

 

Enka-Candler Book Club: The Passenger by Lisa Lutz

Tuesday, August 7 at 7 p.m.

Enka-Candler Library

1404 Sandhill Road

250-4758

 

Ukulele Strum and Sing for Beginners

Wednesday, August 8 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 22 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Weaverville Library

41 N. Main Street

250-6482

Learn how to tune, strum and play basic chords and many songs on the ukulele.  We'll continue to meet on Wednesdays through August and maybe beyond! For adults, bring your own uke.

 

Fandom Friday Cosplay Club

Friday, August 10 at 4 p.m.

Enka-Candler Library

1404 Sandhill Road

250-4758

For teens ages 12 and up.

 

Free Film Screening: Project Nim

Friday, August 10 at 6 p.m.

North Asheville Library

1030 Merrimon Avenue

250-4752

Come to the library for a free screening of the thought-provoking documentary Project Nim. In the 1070s, linguist Herbert S. Terrace investigated the language abilities of chimpanzees by acquiring a baby chimpanzee and placing him in a home with human surrogate parents. The chimp, named Nim Chimpsky (a pun on Noam Chomsky, who had previously theorized that only humans are biologically wired for language), was raised as a human child and developed a range of vocabulary in ASL.

Project Nim documents the story of the experiment, asking ethical questions and exploring the emotional states of both Nim and the scientists. This program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

 

Read with JR the Therapy Dog

Saturday, August 11 at 11 a.m.

Swannanoa Library

101 West Charleston Street

250-6486

Stop by the library to read with JR the Therapy Dog. Great for reluctant readers of all ages.

 

Jazz Hour At Pack Library: Up Jumped Three

Saturday, August 11 at 2 p.m.

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

Free jazz hour with local jazz group Up Jumped Three.

 

Historic Plantations of the Low Country

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Weaverville Library

41 N. Main Street

250-6482

Only a half day’s drive from Asheville lies another world.  Historian Barbara Weatherall will trace the intriguing story of the plantations which made South Carolina the richest of the American colonies. Part history, part travelogue - we will look at life and work on the plantations from colonial days through the post-Civil War era and what the visitor might see touring this world today.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Weaverville Library.  For more information call 250-6482.

 

Friends of the Fairview Library Meeting

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Fairview Library

1 Taylor Road

250-6485

All members of the Friends, or anyone who would like to be a member of the Friends, are welcome to attend.

 

Mull it Over Beer and Books Club: The Wilmington Ten by Kenneth Robert Janken

Tuesday, August 14 at 7 p.m.

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

Mull it Over is a beer and book club that meets every second Tuesday of the month at the Wedge at Foundation, located at 5 Foundy Street. Everyone over 21 is welcome to attend. Books are available for pick up at Pack Library. The book for August is The Wilmington Ten by Kenneth Robert Janken.

 

Leicester Book Club: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Tuesday, August 14 at 1 p.m.

Leicester Library

1561 Alexander Road

250-6480

 

Spanish Conversation Group

Tuesday, August 14 at 5 p.m.

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

This group is for anyone who wants to practice their Spanish speaking skills. No registration necessary and the group meets downstairs in computer lab at Pack Library the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

 

Enka-Candler History Book Club: Pompeii by Robert Harris

Wednesday, August 15 at 3 p.m.

Enka-Candler Library

1404 Sandhill Road

250-4758

 

Intro to Entomology

Thursday, August 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Enka-Candler Library

1404 Sandhill Road

250-4758

Join The North Carolina Arboretum for an introduction to entomology, the study of insects. You’ll learn all about our creepy and crawly friends and even meet a few live insects! You can also join our crew of ecoEXPLORERS — kids who submit observations of plants and animals for scientists to study and earn prizes while they do it. For ages 5 to 13 but all ages are welcome to attend.

 

Swannanoa Book Club: The Last Ballad by Wiley Cash

Thursday, August 16 at 6 p.m.

Swannanoa Library

101 West Charleston Street

250-6486

 

Book-to-Movie Film Series: August: Osage County

Friday, August 17 at 3 p.m.

West Asheville Library

942 Haywood Road

250-4750

A dysfunctional family air their dirty laundry as they gather to mourn the loss of their patriarch. Meanwhile, the deceased's widow struggles with mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills. Starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and based on the Tony-winning play written by Tracy Letts.

Join us for this free film at the West Asheville Library. The runtime for the movie is 2 hours and it’s rated R.

 

Free Film Screening: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

North Asheville Library

1030 Merrimon Avenue

250-4752

Join Dr. Margo Capparelli of Equinox Ranch for a public screening of the award-winning short documentary, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1. Crisis Hotline profiles a team of trained responders at a VA Medical Center in New York as they field calls from veterans and active-duty military personnel in crisis.

After the film, Dr. Capparelli will lead a discussion and speak about her organization, Equinox Ranch, a safe space in Cullowhee where veterans heal with the help of trained professionals and compassionate volunteers. This program is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required.

 

Jedi Training Academy

Saturday, August 18 at 2 p.m.

Fairview Library

1 Taylor Road

250-6485

Is the Force strong with you? Find out when you navigate the “lava” skiffs on the Outer Rim of Mustafar, dodge Storm Trooper “blasts”, assemble a “droid” from spare parts, and more! Dressing up encouraged. Age 5 and up.

 

Summer of Noir Film Series: Fargo

Tuesday, August 21 at 6-8 p.m.

Fairview Library

1 Taylor Road

250-6485

Join us for the final free film screening and discussion on the highly influential Film Noir genre, now with FREE popcorn provided by Grail Moviehouse. Events are hosted by North Carolina Film Critics Association member James Rosario, who will introduce each film.

Academy Award winner Francis McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, and Peter Stormare head up this homespun Neo-Noir from writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen.

When down on his luck car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (Macy) hires a pair of two-bit criminals (Buscemi and Stormare) to kidnap his wife, things go from bad to worse. On the case is a small-town sheriff (McDormand) in a weird and wild ride across the frozen plains of Minnesota.

 

Read with J.R. the Therapy Dog

Friday, August 24 at 4 p.m.

Enka-Candler Library

1404 Sandhill Road

250-4758

The Enka-Candler Library hosts J.R. the Therapy Dog on the 4th Friday of each month. Kids are invited to stop by between 4 & 5 p.m. to practice their reading skills with a gentle, patient and adorable canine friend. J.R. is a certified therapy dog and he can't wait to meet the readers of the Enka-Candler community.

 

The Art of Origami

Saturday, August 25 at 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

South Asheville/Oakley

Learn how to create amazing origami designs with your local librarians.

 

Healing with Animals and Culinary Herbs

Monday, August 27 at 6 p.m.

North Asheville Library

1030 Merrimon Avenue

250-4752

Come to North Asheville Library for a free class on holistic healing led by Jessie Moon Marks of Moon's Herbs Nursery. Marks, whose ecologically friendly herb farm focuses on natural and sustainable products, will teach the forgotten medicinal uses of readily-available weeds and culinary herbs, as well as covering the health benefits of human-animal interaction. This program is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

 

Free Summer Films at the Leicester Library: Greatest Show on Earth

Tuesday, August 28 at 6:30 p.m.

Leicester Library

1561 Alexander Road

250-6480

Local film historian Chip Kaufmann will host a summer film series at the Leicester Library featuring films from master showman, Cecil B. DeMille. All presentations will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month, and popcorn will be served.

 August 28- The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) set in the Ringling Brothers Circus with Charlton Heston and Jimmy Stewart

 

Jazz Hour At Pack Library: Michael Jefry Stevens & Friends

Thursday, August 30 at 6 p.m.

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

Free jazz hour with local musician Michael Jefry Stevens and friends.