Bag LunchOur monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge.  Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room.  Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee or cider are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, July 16 Photographer Jo Crebbin returns to share some of her amazing photographs from around the world.

Tuesday, August 20 — Katie Edwards from the North Carolina Museum of History will present Starring North Carolina! – a program that spotlights many of the films and television programs that have been made in North Carolina, beginning in the early 1900s with silent movies that were shot in the state’s western region. North Carolina’s movie scene changed dramatically in the 1980s when producer Dino De Laurentiis arrived here to film Firestarter. He liked the area so much that he decided to build a studio in Wilmington, thus launching the path to “Hollywood East.” Since then, hundreds of major motion pictures, independent films, made-for-TV movies, television shows, and documentaries have been filmed across the state.

Tuesday, September 17Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains with Danny Bernstein. In North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the landscape is more than a scenic backdrop, it literally shapes the culture. Every trail has a story. With slides and stories, Danny (Danielle) Bernstein will discuss the unique history of specific trails and hiking areas in our mountains. We’ll meet Moses H. Cone and George Masa, climb Chimney Rock, visit the elk in the Smokies, trek the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, hike in the three Pisgah Districts – and much more. Highland Books will have copies of her books available for sale and signing following the program.  Danny is a hiker, hike leader, and outdoor writer. She’s completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the South beyond 6000, and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail across North Carolina and three Caminos de Santiago. Currently, she leads hikes for Carolina Mountain Club, Friends of the Smokies, and the Asheville Camino group. She’s written four outdoor books. In her previous life, she was in computer science, way before computers were cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of computer science. Danny’s mission is to get people out of their cars, into the woods and hiking.

Tuesday, October 15 — Storyteller and performer Gary Greene will present Carl Sandburg: A Wanderer’s Heart, PART 2, a character portrayal of Carl Sandburg.   Completing the story began in his November 2018 program, Gary will bring to life the story of Carl Sandburg from his youthful wanderings in the Midwest, to his blossoming career as a journalist and poet in Chicago, culminating in the “national treasure” he became in his later years at Connemara.  This will be an opportunity to experience Sandburg’s life through his own words, thoughts and passions.  Gary Greene has lived in WNC for 30 years and has divided his professional career between the church and the library.  He recently retired from Brevard-Davidson River Presbyterian Church as the Director of Family Ministries and currently works part-time in the Youth Services Department at the Library. It was through performing with the theater company Poetry Alive that he became acquainted with the popular poetry of Carl Sandburg.  Gary notes, “I found a kindred spirit in Sandburg.  We both grew up in the Midwest knowing the same landscapes and people.  We both loved telling stories to children and plinking around on a guitar.  We both ended up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and have been nourished by its beauty.  Today his work seems to me as timely as ever.”

Tuesday, November 19 — Author and scholar Pam Blevins will present B.A.C.H. – A Musical Mystery Tour.

Tuesday, December 17 – TBA