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Wednesday, 27 May 2015 00:00

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Summer reading program for adults

Escape the ordinary this summer by participating in an Adult Summer Reading Program June 8 through Aug 28 at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. 

Area adults are invited to try something new this summer by exploring adventure-filled books or movies and attending extra-ordinary events at the library throughout the summer. Learn how to grow edible mushrooms, armchair-travel to the Ecuadorian Amazon with local adventurer Dave Burns, discover how to turn kitchen scraps into “black gold” (aka compost) for your garden, or participate in a superhero cupcake challenge. These are just a few of the events your library has planned to help you escape the ordinary this summer. 

Interested adults are invited to register to participate starting June 8 at any of the library system’s branches in Waynesville or Canton. At the time of registration, participants will receive a prize plus a raffle ticket for a grand prize with their registration packet, which will include a list of out-of-the-ordinary books and movies, as well as a brochure of the different events happening at the library throughout the summer. Attend one or all of the events to be eligible for a gift certificate to The Sweet Onion Restaurant in Waynesville. Post a favorite line from one of the books you read this summer to the library’s Facebook page and receive a $5 voucher for the Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale in July.

The drawing for the grand prizes, gift certificates to Blue Ridge Books and Mast General Store, as well as the gift certificate to the Sweet Onion, will be held at the end of the summer, and the winners will be notified. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. or 828.452.5169 (Waynesville) or 828.648.2924 (Canton).


Spira returns with new field guide

Timothy Spira will present his latest field guide Waterfalls & Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The book surveys one of America’s most biologically diverse regions by linking waterfalls and wildflowers. Spira introduces hikers to the “natural communities” approach for identifying and understanding plants within the context of the habitats they occupy, equipping hikers to see and interpret landscapes in a new way. The 30 hikes Spira discusses all include a detailed map and GPS coordinates, descriptions of flora and fauna likely to be seen and an associated plant species list. 

Spira is a professor of biology at Clemson University and is the author of Wildflower and Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont: A Naturalist’s Guide to the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. 



Firewolf to discuss ‘everyday enlightenment’

Author Tina Firewolf will present her latest work Beneath the Chatter: The Wise Self Awaits at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The book is an engaging contemplative verbal and visual experience both wise and whimsical, with gentle and yet raw honesty. It is like having a conversation with your most wise self within. Join Firewolf to hear how a three-foot-tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book. She will share her personal story and tales from the book that illuminate life lessons and help ignite us into “everyday enlightenment.” 

FireWolf is a teacher, speaker, energy medicine practitioner and spiritual guide. She works to help others discover the power within and learn to express themselves fully in every aspect of life. or 828.586.9499.


Rash to speak in Cashiers

Acclaimed bestselling Southern Appalachian writer Ron Rash will give a reading at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Cashiers Public Library.

The presentation is part of a new program series of guest speakers by the Friends of the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library called “Peak Your Interest.” The series will take place through late August.

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