As focus on e-books and downloadab­le material grows, library asks for input

Books aren’t dead, according to Buncombe County Public Library Director Ed Sheary, but he admits that libraries cannot ignore the growing popularity of e-books and digital audiobooks. As part of a federal grant, the library is seeking public input about the North Carolina Digital Library, the virtual place where patrons can check out downloadable materials. The survey closes July 7. (Photo courtesy of Pack Memorial Library)

Chautauqua­: “American Imaginatio­n”

UPDATED with a review and photos by Mannie Dalton.
Historic pioneers of “American Imagination” are brought to life through dramatic readings by actors/performers at the Chautauqua 2010 reading series, held on Mondays through Thursday June 24. The spirited series is sponsored by Buncombe County Public Libraries and features four reenactments, plus live music by local musicians and bands.