The Library will start registration for the annual Summer Learning Program on Monday. Anyone interested 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.

The Summer Learning Program is designed to keep children and teens excited about reading during the summer months. Each registrant will receive a Reading Log and will win various prizes for each week that they read at least 20 minutes a day, with a total of seven prizes throughout the summer. Children from birth to 18 are eligible for the program. Children who are not literate can still participate by being read to by an adult. As in previous years, there are separate logs for ages 0-3 (activity-based), 3-11, and 12-plus. This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities, so get ready to learn about, read about and celebrate oceans.

Beekeeping program

The Jackson County Public Library is hosting Beekeepers for Beginners with David Massengill at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room.

Third generation beekeeper Massengill will teach attendees how to choose a beehive location, the different types of bees and pollinators, hive types, bee and pollinator friendly plants, and the equipment you need (and don’t need) to keep your own bees.

Massengill keeps between 50 and 60 hives. Based in Balsam, he is a damage control agent, the president of the Jackson County Beekeepers Association, a 4-H beekeeper mentor and a volunteer firefighter.

This program is free and open to the public. 

Adult Summer Reading

It is time once again for the Jackson County Public Library Adult Summer Reading Program. This year they are doing Reading Bingo. Come to the Library in person to register and receive a Bingo Card or register at

For each Bingo, participants will receive a raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets can be obtained by submitting a book review for each book read. Ten $25 gift certificates from local businesses are being offered as prizes. This contest is open to all library cardholders 18 years of age and older. The deadline for Bingo Card submission is 8 p.m. Sept. 6.

Robinson on business success

At noon on Wednesday, June 8, the Library is hosting Ron Robinson and his seminar “Business Success in Trying Times.” This program is in the Conference Room and is free of charge, however sign-up is required as space is limited.

If the pandemic has reinforced anything to business professionals, it is that people can’t just sit on their past accomplishments. Instead they should plan ahead to survive in the market, just like the old military saying “prepare for war during peace time.” Robinson, author of “A Business of Leaders,” will discuss the concept at length in this one hour program. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Robinson has traveled the globe improving and turning around Fortune 500, mid-sized and nonprofit organizations in addition to serving on boards and assisting the homeless, poor and those with developmental disabilities. He campaigned to represent Western North Carolina as District 50 State Senator and published several books. He has spoken to groups as large as 3,000 and facilitated groups as large as 300.

Visit the library, call 586-2016 or go to to register or learn more about these events and see all the programs planned for this summer. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (