The Jackson County Public Library will host Jenna Kranz from Uncomplicated Kitchen, who will teach patrons how to pickle just about any vegetable, at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Quick pickles are an easy way to make vegetable last longer while adding a boost of flavor to salads, tacos, pizza, sandwiches and much more. Participants will get to make their own batch of quick pickles to bring home.

This program is in the Atrium and is free of charge. However sign-up is required as space is limited.

Uncomplicated Kitchen is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Western North Carolina.

“We work to improve food security through educational outreach,” Kranz said. “Our mission is to teach community members how to plan meals, shop for ingredients, and cook healthy, simple and affordable recipes. We bridge the gap between the food people have access to and the tools and knowledge they have to prepare nutritious meals for themselves and their families.

“Whether people shop at the farmers market, grocery store, or receive food through charitable organizations, Uncomplicated Kitchen teaches our community that healthy food is affordable and simple.”


Mental health

The Jackson County Public Library will host a free mental health seminar facilitated by VAYA  Health at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

This program is in the Community Room and is free of charge, but registration is required.

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Many of the “outside of the box” interventions can be incorporated into the lives of people managing a mental illness and/or their caregivers to help create balance, stability and a reduction in stress and its maladaptive impacts.

This is the first in a series of four presentations that look at alternative treatments and practice modalities and their impact on mental health. This course is designed for both care providers and people receiving care.

Participants are welcome to attend all or part of the series. Call the Library at 586-2016 to register. If you’re not able to attend this event, or you’d like to see what else they have to offer, feel free to visit to sign up for free webinars offered by Vaya Health.


New books discussion

The Jackson County Public Library is starting a new monthly program. Each month a Library staff member will be discussing some of the new book titles that the Library has received. Particular attention will be paid to “under the radar” titles and authors, new releases, and other books that staff is excited about.

This month’s discussion will be led by Library staffer Allyson Coan.

The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the Atrium of the Library. All are welcome, and no registration is required.

These events are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

To register and/or for more information about any of these events, call the Library at 586-2016.