In the spirit of our mission to build community and foster civic dialogue, Xpress set out to find some of the lesser-known folks who are quietly doing important work in the Asheville area. Xpress is proud to present our Asheville influentials for 2016.
This week’s roundup includes The North Asheville Library’s “Do They Know it’s Christmas?” film series along with screenings of The Polar Express and Princess Mononoke.
As always, Xpress brings you the best in low-cost weekend events.
This weekend features visual arts, written word, pets and outdoors. As always, Xpress brings you the best in budget-friendly events.
When I read Mr. Roberts’ June 1 Xpress letter, “What Happened to Pack Memorial Library?” my first reaction was speechless disbelief that he would take it upon himself to label a sizable portion of Pack Library patrons “ex-cons, strung-out drug abusers, downtrodden” and “scary-looking thugs.” Ironically, downtrodden is defined by the Princeton University WordNet database […]
When did Pack Memorial Library become a daytime shelter for ex-cons and strung-out drug abusers? Surely, a diverse mix is wonderful and an Asheville tradition, but this is nothing like that. There is no mix of children and everyday families and business people there. All I ever see, daily, are downtrodden, strung-out and scary-looking thugs […]
One has to shake one’s head trying to come up with a response to Bob Youngerman’s diatribe on pulling funding from public broadcasting — namely, National Public Radio [“Please Tell Me Why I Should Support NPR,” April 6 Xpress]. It’s obvious that Mr. Youngerman, the “unaffiliated voter with a conservative bent,” is ignorant of the […]
After reading “Mountain Shame,” Jake Frankel's account of the labor unrest and possible union organization of The Marion Manufacturing Company on October 2, 1929, my interest was piqued about that fateful day [March 30 Xpress]. In my research into this event, I learned that there were elements of this tragedy that Mr. Frankel did not […]
The recent renovation of Pack Memorial Library makes access to the library more difficult for many of its patrons. Before the renovation, the right-hand doors at the library's Haywood Street entrance worked automatically. Now all the doors work manually. While entering the library recently, I was asked by a woman in a wheelchair to hold […]
TThe Pack Memorial Library is putting books back on its shelves in downtown Asheville. But don’t check ‘em out just yet: Although the renovation project is ahead of schedule, the estimated reopen date is for sometime in late fall or early winter.
Photo by Jonathan Welch
A small group of protesters sat in front of Pack Memorial Library today to call for the city of Asheville to put back two park benches it removed after receiving complaints about criminal behavior in the area.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the “new” Pack Memorial Library building on Haywood Street in downtown Asheville. Those few of us remaining who worked in the Pack Square structure that now houses the Asheville Art Museum are still prone to refer to the current library facility as the “new” building, despite the fact […]
Recently I was at Pack Library downtown and asked why they had moved the ongoing sale of used books upstairs. I was told that the library is scheduled to undergo major reworking of the street floor, which will result in a permanent reduction of space for books. In anticipation, the library is in the process […]