Mountains Branch Library Summer Reading goes swimmingly

A shark, crabs, sea anemone and more are swimming in the Mountains Branch Library lobby this month! Summer reading is in full swing across the county and there’s still time for children and adults alike to join in the fun.
This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibilities.” Mountains Branch Library is decorated for the occasion, with a shark and friends greeting visitors and a ball pit for children to crawl through. Children track each 20 minutes they read in their reading log and earn prizes for every 100 minutes.
Children who complete 500 and 1,000 minutes of reading will be entered into a drawing for one of the grand prizes. Reading logs must be turned in by July 30 to qualify for these drawings. They can be brought to Mountains Branch, County or Haynes libraries, or emailed to
But our summer reading program isn’t just about books! July activities include making tie-dye backpacks, origami and dioramas, resin pours and sand art. In June, participants made glow-in-the-dark ocean glitter slime and ocean bottles, and teens tested their problem-solving skills in our escape room.
Registration is required for these events and can be done online at, in person or over the phone at 828-287-6392.
Teens and adults are invited to read books in eight categories, such as a “book written by or about a celebrity” and a “book published in the 1980s.” Those who read a book in all eight categories will be entered into a grand prize drawing.
We’ve had a great turnout for the first two speakers in the 2022 Books & Bites series, presented by Friends of the Mountains Branch Library. Authors Kristy Woodson Harvey and Mary Alice Monroe drew large crowds at Lake Lure Inn in June and March. The series continues with Dianna Rostad Aug. 10, Carolyn Curry Sept. 1 and Jennifer Coburn Oct. 11. Stop by or call for the schedule or to sign up.
Yoga, clogging, quilting, Brick Builders Club, Genealogy Club and story time continue through the summer. A calendar of events can be found at Mountains Branch and Keep an eye out for other upcoming programs, including adult cooking and craft classes, and feel free to suggest ideas for activities!
With magazines, newspapers, books and computers, the library provides a cool place to relax in the heat of summer. Coloring sheets, Legos, toys, puzzles and other interactive activities are always available in the children’s area. The Book Sale Room offers plenty of reading material and DVDs for $1 or less.
Stop by soon to see the “oceans of possibilities” at your local library!

Written by Jennifer Heaslip, Library Assistant, Mountains Branch Library

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