Joy Sharp Maxwell

“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away. And in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on the wall.” — Roald Dahl

Summer is the perfect for sharing family time, whether exploring all the amazing outdoor wonders with which we are abundantly blessed here in the Hickory Nut Gorge, or exploring new books, movies, toys or programs at your local library.43_display with kids

This summer, the Rutherford County Libraries are focusing on exercising your mind AND your body with our Summer Reading Program theme, “On Your Mark, Get Set…Read!” for kids, and – for the first time ever – a Summer Reading Program for adults called, “Exercise Your Mind…Read!”

It’s not too late to register for either of these programs at any county library, both of which include lots of great programs and prize giveaways, including a Kindle reader for both kids and adults. Adults registering for the Summer Reading Program will receive a free pedometer, while supplies last.

Mountains Branch Summer Reading Programs will take place each Tuesday morning at 9:30 from July 12th through August 9th. Programs include Casey Laugh and Learn, Didgeridoo Down Under, Chimney Rock Animals, Acrobats and a Celebration Party on the 9th. Stop by the library for a full schedule of events.

To help families get outside AND read together, Mountains Branch is excited to offer our Explore Outdoors backpacks, which can be checked out for up to two weeks. Each backpack contains local trail maps, identification guides, binoculars, a magnifying glass and bug collector. There is also a neat journal to record your findings and pass on to the next hiker! We’d love to have you “explore” our backpacks, so stop by and “check them out”.

The Explore Outdoors Backpacks are made possible by a generous grant from the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation, who encourages all area residents and visitors to explore all that the Hickory Nut Gorge has to offer.

Thanks to a great idea from our library volunteer, Penny Watkins, our littlest readers are virtually climbing up Chimney Rock! Our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program is off to a great start, with over 20 families signed up and sprinting towards their goal of 1000 Books. Penny created a fantastic display for the kids to work their way up, starting in the library parking lot, proceeding up Chimney Rock and sliding down Hickory Nut Falls. Penny even went so far as to make each child’s picture into a little mountain climber, so they can enjoy moving “themselves” up the mountain for every 100 books they read.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an outstanding way to help insure your child is prepared to start school, and a great way to bond with your child over reading. We’d love to have you join us!

Upcoming programs at Mountains Branch include a discussion of the Overmountain Men and the Battle of Kings Mountain with Rutherford County Historian, Chivous Bradley. Hosted by the Mountains Library Genealogy Club, the program will take place Tuesday, July 12th at 3:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss learning more about this deciding battle of the Revolutionary War.

The Friends of the Library present another in their Books & Bites author events at the Lake Lure Inn with local author, Bob Covert, who claims he’s just “impersonating a serious author”. Bob will read from his book of wacky short stores, “A Slide on the Bus”. This luncheon and book talk will take place Wednesday, July 20th at 11:30. Tickets are $25 and include a wonderful three course lunch.

Finally, please stop by our new Mountains Library Friends Facebook page to learn more about what the Friends are doing to support our local library. Remember to “Like” us!