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Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00

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Kids program celebrates superheroes 

The “Every Hero Has a Story” summer reading program will be held at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

The library will provide villain themed activities for each age group. Third to fifth graders will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 29, and will participate in a villain scavenger hunt and create their own minions. Kindergarten to second grades will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 30. They will listen to a few superheroe stories and make their own superhero sock puppets. Preschoolers will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, and will create their own superhero capes and masks. Teens will participate in a villain match up at 3:30 p.m. Thursday July 2, and will also create minions and shrunken heads. 

828.488.3030 or www.fontanalib.org/brysoncity.


LEGO Club in Bryson City 

There will be a LEGO Club meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

The library will provide Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up, the only thing area children need to bring is their imagination. All area children are invited join in and let their creativity shine.



Tribute to McDonald at City Lights

Faustine Wilson, daughter of the late Victoria Casey McDonald, will present McDonald’s last novel Living in the Shadow of Slavery at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book continues the story of her great grandmother, Amanda, whose story began in the novel, Under the Lights of Darkness. As a slave of William Holland Thomas, Amanda faces uncertain times now that the Civil War has ended and all slaves have been declared free. Having never known freedom, she and her family must make difficult decisions on how best to survive in this new existence.

Wilson will also discuss a bit of the history of slavery in western North Carolina and the legacy of Victoria. Wilson is the owner of Survival Pride Clothing in downtown Sylva. McDonald was a preacher, teacher, storyteller, historian and author of four books.




• Author Dr. Steven Harvey will host a writing class on Saturday, June 27, at the Writers Circle Studio in Hayesville. Harvey will teach a three-hour class, “The Mnemonics of Memoir.” This class is for those people who want to write true stories about themselves and their lives. Harvey is the author of three collections of essays and a memoir called The Book of Knowledge and Wonder. He was a teacher of English for many years at Young Harris College. He currently is the senior editor for River Teeth Magazine, and he teaches in the Ashland University MFA program. 828.389.4441. 

• The “Lets Talk About It” book discussion series will kickoff at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at the Waynesville Public Library. The first book to be discussed will be Time’s Witness by Michael Malone. He is a Tar Heel native who writes of the mythical town Hillston, North Carolina, where Malone “unravels the town’s deepest secrets, crimes and injustices.” Leading the discussion will be Lynn Salsi, who herself has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in literature. Refreshments will be provided. 

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