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Adult Summer Reading Program

Cultivate your mind this summer by participating in Haywood County Public Library’s adult Summer Reading Program, running Monday, June 2, through Friday, Aug 29! This year’s theme will be “Cultivating the Mind and the Garden.” Program participants will be invited to read books on various healthy eating and gardening-related topics, attend gardening and cooking-related events, visit the Seed Library at the Waynesville Library, volunteer in the Giving Garden at the Canton Branch Library, and more. Interested adults are invited to register to participate starting June 2 at any of the library system’s branches.

At the time of registration, participants will receive an activity sheet with reading-, cooking-, and gardening-related activities to be accomplished, such as “Check-Out a Cookbook and Make a New Recipe,” “Attend a Garden Program,” “Read a Suggested Book,” etc. To help get program participants jump-started, Adult Services Librarian Kathy Olsen has compiled a list of healthy eating and gardening-related books and DVDs that will be included with the registration packets. Participants will also receive a brochure of events scheduled throughout the summer.

While the primary purpose of the program is to encourage reading, program participants will also have the opportunity to explore new resources available through the library that may be unfamiliar to them, such as the Seed Library at the main library in Waynesville and the Giving Garden at the Canton branch. The Seed Library is a free seed-lending library that operates on the premise that when you check-out seeds, you will be planting them at home, and then returning the next generation of the seeds to the library for others to borrow. Located behind the Canton Branch Library, the Giving Garden is a raised-bed vegetable garden that is used to teach various aspects of gardening (square-foot gardening, vertical gardening, composting, etc.), with all harvested produce going to Canton’s food pantry, The Community Kitchen. It is a joint initiative of the Haywood County Public Library, the Haywood County Cooperative Extension Center, and the Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Once Summer Reading participants complete their activity sheets, they will receive a prize. Available prizes will include book lights, journals, and lunch bags. Participants will also be invited to submit book reviews. Those who write a review will be rewarded with a $5 Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale voucher.

Everyone who signs up to participate will receive a packet of wildflower seeds with their registration packets, along with a raffle ticket for the two grand prizes (one-year membership to the N.C. Arboretum and a gift certificate to the Frogs Leap, a "farm to fork" restaurant in Waynesville). The program will end with a pesto party at the Waynesville Library on Thursday, Aug. 28, at 5:30 p.m. (sign-up required: (828) 356-2507). Attendees will watch pesto being made from plants from the Giving Garden, and then get to sample the results! The drawing for the grand prizes will be held at the pesto party; however, participants will not have to be present to win.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Adult Summer Reading Program Events

All events are either at the Canton Branch Library or the Waynesville Library unless otherwise noted.

 

CANTON

WAYNESVILLE

Tuesday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.

Learn about garden structures and vertical gardening. Discover what plants like to grow up, about various garden structures, and how to construct them.

Saturday, June 14 - At Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration on Main St.

The Seed Library of Waynesville is going on the road! Check it out at the Appalachian Lifestyle Celebration on Main Street in Waynesville. Info: www.downtownwaynesville.com/calendar.html

Tuesday, July 15, 5:30 p.m.

Master Gardener Coordinator Tim Mathews will present a program on IPM (Integrated Pest Management.) Find out how to keep pests at bay while remaining environmentally sensitive.

Tuesday, June 24, 5:30 p.m.

"Growing and Using Healing Herbs" will be presented by Naturopath Michelle Sanderbeck and Herbalist Garth Kuver of Genesis Gardens. Learn how to make a tincture, decoction and poultice.

Thursday, July 24, 1:45 p.m. (cooking) & 2:30 p.m. (gardening)

Buy Haywood and MountainWise will show parents and children how they can use local products to create tasty snacks! Afterwards, join Master Gardeners to discover how fun gardening can be for the whole family!

Sunday, July 13, 1 p.m.

Join local aquaponics farmer Bear Forsyth as he demonstrates intermediate-skill level aquaponics farming. See Bear's portable farm for a close-up view of how it's done.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 5 p.m.

"Growing and Using Healing Herbs" will be presented by Naturopath Michelle Sanderbeck and Herbalist Garth Kuver of Genesis Gardens. Learn how to make a tincture, decoction and poultice.

Saturday, Aug. 23, 3 p.m. - At Blue Ridge Books

Janet Lilley and Linda McFarland, co-authors with Dr. Dan Pittillo, botanist and wildflower expert, will share from Seasons in a Wildflower Refuge, their story of the Corneille Bryan Native Garden at Lake Junaluska.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 10 a.m. - At The Community Kitchen

Food Preservation Class with Extension Agent Julie Sawyer. Learn how to can and preserve your harvest.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.

Composting Class with a Master Gardener. Learn how to use kitchen scraps, leaves, and lawn waste to create compost that will enrich your garden's soil.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 5:30 p.m.

"Making Pesto from the Garden." Pesto is easy to make, and tastes delicious. Watch a pesto-making demonstration and then sample the results! Class size is limited to 15. Call (828) 356-2507 to sign-up.

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