The Jackson County Public Library is hosting Sylva’s own Professor Whizzpop at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Hula Hooping with Kelly Jewell-Timco at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. Both events are in the Community Room.

These events are part of the Summer Learning Program. Anyone interested in the Summer Learning Program can register by coming to the Youth Services Desk on the first floor of the Library, or go to the link, or download the Read Squared app.

Professor Whizzpop describes this summer’s program as follows: “Have a whale of a summer with Professor Whizzpop’s all new summer reading program for 2022!! There’s giggles galore, madcap magic and plenty of barnacled books as Professor 

Whizzpop encourages your eager readers to READ! We’ll fill your library with laughter and wonder as we meet the world’s only acrobatic goldfish, mis-make a mermaid and narrowly avoid becoming a shark snack ... we will even shoot a real life pirate out of a real life cannon! It’s guaranteed to amaze, amuse, engage and enthuse your library audience!”


Craft beer cookery

At 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 25, the Library hosts Asheville journalist and photographer Jon Page at the Lazy Hiker Brewery & Mad Batter Kitchen. Page will be talking about and demonstrating food photography techniques from his recent book “The Craft Brewery Cookbook.”

Space is limited for this free class so either call the Library at 586-2016 or email Allyson Coan at to register. City Lights Bookstore will also be on hand with copies of Page’s book for sale.

Page is currently an assistant editor of Craft Spirits Magazine, a digital publication from the American Craft Spirits Association. Previously, he was the managing editor of All About Beer Magazine.

“My drinks, food and nature writing and photography has been featured in numerous publications, including All About Beer Magazine, Bay Nature, Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine, Oakland Magazine and Wildlife in North Carolina,” Page said. “Oh, and I’m a national champion egg tosser. Seriously.”

Contact and follow Page at


To register and for more information on these events, call the Jackson County Public Library at 586-2016. The events are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (