Join us this summer for online learning, reading, and fun. Check out these programs, free from your library:
Online Summer Learning Programs
Cartooning Is Fun
Learn how to draw cartoons this summer!
Join cartoonist Paul Merklein this summer when he virtually visits Fontana Regional Library. Paul will show you how to draw famous cartoon characters! Cartooning is fast, fun and easy. Anyone can do it. Including You.
Paul Merklein visits libraries and schools, inspiring kids, teens and adults to have fun cartooning.
Balsam Mountain Trust
Awesome Opossums: Secret Backyard Helpers
Have you ever chased a possum from under your porch or been surprised by one in your trashcan? Meet Balsam Mountain Trust's resident opossum, Blossom, and find out why you're better off keeping them around.
The Amazing Life of An American Alligator
How does a teeny baby alligator survive to become an 11-foot giant? Find out with Balsam Mountain Trust’s Education Outreach Coordinator, Nicole. She will introduce you to a young American Alligator and tell you all about the amazing life journey of these super cool creatures!
Red Yarn's Backyard
Come sing, dance & learn with family performer Red Yarn and his colorful crew of critters as they create an inclusive space in Red Yarn's Backyard! Through high-energy folk-rock songs and tender, funny puppet skits, Red Yarn and the Critters will explore themes like appreciating each others' differences, standing up for what we believe in, and the multicultural roots of beloved folktales & songs. Wherever you come from, whoever you are, you’ll always be welcome in Red Yarn's Backyard!
North Carolina Zoo
Live from the North Carolina Zoo, get ready for stories about wolves, elephants, and snakes. Meet zoo animals including Vanderbilt the turtle, tadpoles, and Freckles the snake!
Big Bang Boom
This rockin 3-piece power pop band is from Greensboro, North Carolina. Their show is high-energy, and both parents and children will find it hard to stay in their seats!
Summer Learning & Reading Programs
Jackson County Public Library Summer Learning Program 2021
Jackson County Public Library Kids and Teens (ages 0-18)
Kids and Teens (ages 0-18) can sign up anytime after June 7th for the Summer Learning Program and get their first prize. Sign up in-person at the library, at jacksoncountylibrarync.readsquared.com, or download the Read Squared app. All kids have to do is read (or be read to) 20 minutes a day throughout the Summer to earn prizes. They will get a prize for every 7 days they read, with a total of 7 prizes throughout the Summer. Like last year, we have separate reading logs for ages 0-3 (activity based), 3-11, and 12+.
Click here to see a printable version of our Summer Calendar. New virtual programs will be posted on the SLP 2021 YouTube Playlist (with the exception of Rock & Read, which is emailed out and posted on Facebook every Wednesday morning). There will be a Rock & Read activity bag available for pick up starting June 7th with the craft materials that go along with the weekly Rock & Read videos.
Please note: free lunches for kids under 18 will be available from 11:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday beginning June 14th.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the Jackson County Public Library at: (828) 586-2016.
Jackson County Public Library Adult Summer Reading
Adults can sign-up for the Great Jackson County Read, an Adult Summer Reading program, starting on May 25th. This year’s theme is The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Fire, and Air. Participants can sign up online using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/JacksonASRSignUp. After signing up, registrants can pick up an official Great Jackson County Read 2021 bookmark and a welcome prize at the Library!
The Great Jackson County Read runs from June 1st to September 6th. Readers earn prizes for the number of pages they read, and all pages read can be submitted through the following link: https://tinyurl.com/JacksonASRPages. Each participant who reads at least 750 pages will earn a succulent plant, as plants incorporate all four elements to grow. The top three readers will receive a $75 gift card to a local restaurant for dinner for two!
Join the Great Jackson County Read Facebook group for elemental reading lists, updates on page counts, and more!
If you have any questions or would like to sign-up offline, please call the Library at 828-586-2016 and ask for the Reference Desk. We look forward to reading with you!
Hudson Library Summer Learning Program 2021
Hudson Library Adult Summer Reading Bingo
Earn prizes for the things you read all summer long. Open to ages 17-117!
Hudson Library Children’s Summer Learning Program: Tails & Tales
Online registration recommended; we’re using the online service Read Squared, where you can track your reading time and explore lots of great features – reading lists, games, special missions, and more! You can also register at the library, or phone the library at 828-526-3031. Ages 0-17 are welcome!
If you don’t register in person, stop by the library to pick up your SLP bag. Most of the prizes will be in the bag -- it's up to the parent/guardian to hand out prizes when children have earned them. You'll need to come to the library to collect the final two prizes, a DVD checkout coupon and a free book!
Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library Summer Learning Program 2021
Welcome to summer!! We are so excited to be able to continue our summer learning program starting Tuesday June 1, 2021. We are hoping to have a fun and exciting journey with you over the next few weeks! Our theme for this summer is Tails and Tales. We will be exploring jungles, swimming in the sea, and making our way throughout the Earth in search of animals and their different adventures! We are inviting the entire family to join in the fun. No one is too old or too young to take part. There will be activities for all ages. Registrations can be made in person at the library or on the Read Squared app (http://cashierslibrary.readsquared.com) . Summer will be packed with programs and activities, and we hope to see you there!!
Macon County Public Library Summer Learning Program 2021
Macon County Public Library Kids Program (Ages 0-12)
Families can begin signing up their children for this year’s Summer Learning Program starting June 1st at http://maconcountylibrary.readsquared.com. While registration this year is online only, staff is more than happy to assist with registration either in person or by phone.
Reading and activity progress can be tracked starting on Monday, June 7th. Children now have the option to track their reading and rewards online or by downloading the Read Squared app. Those able to use our online platform will have access to additional reading suggestions, mini-games, and badges to go along with our traditional prizes. Paper reading logs are available at the children’s desk upon request for children ages 0-4 and 5-12.
All in-person programs are limited to 25 attendees per event to allow for safe distancing. Tickets to these programs are free and will be provided on a first come first serve basis starting at 9am the morning of each 10am program. Masks will be encouraged for all programs and may be required depending on the comfort level of each presenter. We will also continue to offer monthly activity bags in June and July.
Please note: To-Go lunches for kids under 18 will also be available for free throughout the summer from 11:00am-12:00pm Monday-Friday beginning June 1st.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the Macon County Public Library at: (828) 524-3600.
Macon County Public Library Teens Program (Ages 12-18)
Starting June 1st Teens can pick up the Summer Program schedule and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. Our first program will be an animal themed movie day on June 2nd at 3 p.m.
Make sure to keep track of your time spent reading. At the end of summer party on July 28th a grand prize awaits the teen who has spent the most time reading over the summer.
Look forward to catching up with your friends and making new ones during our anime club, board/ videogame days and movies. We’re excited to host programs again, however we still want to keep everyone safe while doing so. Masks and social distancing will be encouraged or required depending on the amount of program attendees.
Anime Club is intended for ages 14-18, Parents of younger teens and tweens please be aware that some anime is rated TV-14 for violence and occasional language. The teen librarian watches everything that is shown beforehand and is watching it with the intended age group in mind. Movies shown may also be PG-13 so if you have any questions please call the library at (828) 524-3600 and ask to speak to Courtney.
Marianna Black Library Children’s Summer Learning Program: Tails & Tales
Online registration is now available for all young readers! We’re using the online service Read Squared, where you can track your reading time and explore lots of great features – reading lists, games, special missions, and more! You can also register at the library, or call us at 828-488-3030. Ages 0-17 are welcome!
For every 7 days that you read for at least 20 minutes you're eligible for a prize, just stop by the library to pick it up. There are also some great inhouse programs planned. Check out our events calendar to learn more.