Summer’s pending and libraries are ready

Margaret Hurt
Special to The Black Mountain News

The last day of school is June 8, and kids everywhere are ready. In addition to family vacation time, Zachary Lassman, 8, plans to head to the Black Mountain Library for reading and fun, along with other favorite summer activities.

“I like it when they have themes we learn about, and they read books to the kids,” he said.

The pace will be active at the Black Mountain Library this summer. Starting in June, there’s something for kids of all ages, from infants to teens, on the schedule. This summer’s theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set ... READ!” is movement-based, so get ready to get in on the action.

Each summer, Buncombe County libraries offer programs all around the county for children, including movement, music, art, animals and story times for littler ones.

Summer can be long for Zachary’s mother, Maria Lassman. She’s challenged to come up with ways to keep her three young children occupied and learning all summer. Taking the kids to the library each week certainly helps.

“It’s more interesting for the kids when someone else reads to them and teaches them,” she said. The reading program last summer opened new topics of interest for her children, such as pirates. “It gave me a theme to focus on for checking out books,” she said.

One unique opportunity for 13 musically-inclined teens aged 11-18 years will allow them to perform at the July 30-31 music festival LEAF Downtown.

“I am so excited about this opportunity for teens. There has been so much networking and effort by many to make this possible,” said Laura Edmonds, youth services librarian at Black Mountain Library. Interested teens need to sign up at the library by July 23.

Drawing upon a wealth of local talent, Edmonds enjoys recruiting instructors who are area residents. She enlisted Brandon Hudson, an instructor at Black Mountain Yoga and for yoga camps, will provide the children’s yoga program on July 27.

The county summer library program kicks off at the Summer Library Fest at the Oakley/South Asheville branch on Saturday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants will hang out with members of the Asheville Tourists baseball team and Blue Ridge Roller Girls. They’ll complete an obstacle course, make crafts and more.

Kids are encouraged to pick up an “On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read!” card at any Buncombe County library and start checking out books. they’ll get their cards stamped at each library visit. After four visits, they’ll earn a free book of their choice.

Elementary-age programs at Black Mountain Library

June 17, 2 p.m. - Flow Circus: comedic juggling and magic show

June 22, 10:30 a.m. - Jump into learning about hopscotch

June 29, 10:30 a.m. - Tinikling: Philippine dance using bamboo poles

July 13, 10:30 a.m. - Basketball Bonanza: John Coy’s book of an historic game; play hoops

July 18, 11 a.m. - Introduction to insects

July 27, 10:30 a.m. - Yoga and stories

Aug. 10, 10:30 a.m. - Mountain story magic and tales from librarians

Teen-age programs at Black Mountain Library

June 20: Sign ups begin for teen Downtown LEAF performance

July 2: 5:30 p.m. - Pizza and movie night

Ongoing programs at Black Mountain Library

Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. - Storytime for up to 24 months with parent

Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. - Storytime for preschoolers up to 6

Second Fridays, 4-5 p.m. - Lego Club

Third Fridays, 4-5 p.m. - Board Game Day