September is library card sign-up month, a time when Buncombe County Public Libraries join the American Library Association and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning.

In Buncombe County, there are two ways to get a library card — visit any library in person (this is usually the quickest way), or head to the website of the library of your choice. You will need to email a photo of your ID to get a library card by email.

As soon as an application is filed, the library will email the cardholder a library card number and PIN that may be used immediately for all digital resources. A physical card will be mailed at a later date.

For students who have a Buncombe County and Asheville City School ID, both can be used to check out library materials.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year.

For a list of library branch locations, visit https://www.buncombecounty.org/governing/depts/library/default.aspx#sec-branch-locations.

Gentle Yoga Series at Leicester Library

Starting this month, the Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Road, will offer Yoga In Mother Nature sessions in the garden area outside the library.

The classes are free and will take place on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. (Sept. 14, 21 and 28).

This is a gentle yoga practice to warm up and stretch the joints. The class will be taught outside, and participants are asked to bring a towel or mat, firm pillow and water. The class is best suited for older teens and adults of all ages. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Registration is required at the library desk, 828-250-6480.

Memoirs at the West Asheville Library

Everyone has a story.

During eight evenings from September to December at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, the Wilma Dykeman Legacy will celebrate four memoirs of lasting value from the mountains of Western North Carolina. These sessions will be offered in person and online.

Through four lectures and four book discussions the following writers will be featured:

• Sept. 9, online only, 7 p.m.

Talk by Jim Stokely, son of Wilma Dykeman and president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, featuring Wilma’s memoir “Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood.”

Send an email to register to mystory@wilmadykemanlegacy.org.

• Sept. 15, online only, 7 p.m.

Book discussion of “Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood.” Send an email to register to mystory@wilmadykemanlegacy.org.

• Oct. 14, online only, 7 p.m.

Talk by Walter Ziffer, retired engineer, minister and professor, featuring his memoir “Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for God.”

Send an email to register to mystory@wilmadykemanlegacy.org.

• Oct. 20, online only, 7 p.m.

Book discussion of “Confronting the Silence: A Holocaust Survivor’s Search for God.”

Send an email to register to mystory@wilmadykemanlegacy.org.

• Nov. 11, in person, 7 p.m.

Talk by Dr. Warren J. Carson, retired professor of English and director of the Gospel Choir at the University of South Carolina Upstate, featuring Nina Simone’s memoir, “I Put a Spell on You.”

• Nov. 17, in person, at 7 p.m.

Book discussion of I” Put a Spell on You.”

• Dec. 9, in person, 7 p.m.

Talk by Mary Judith Messer, featuring her memoir “Moonshiner’s Daughter.”

• Dec. 15, in person, 7 p.m.

Book discussion of “Moonshiner’s Daughter.”

All programs are free, and everyone is invited. Light refreshments will be served.

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