Buncombe County Public Libraries are not only a place for literature, film, research, story hours and free yoga classes. They also provides amenities like public bathrooms, heating, air conditioning and internet access, which are enjoyed by everyone but are lifelines for some patrons.
The statute of limitations long ago expired on the small misdemeanor Phyllis Lang may or may not have committed as a teenage volunteer at the small library in her hometown of Elgin, S.C. “There was a locked case of books that were deemed not appropriate for the average audience — books like Marjorie Morningstar and […]
Anna Aston, Fannie L. Patton and Anna Chunn were among the earliest advocates for a library in Asheville. The institution finally opened in May of 1879.
“We want people to know this is a place to gather,” says Jeff Arnal, executive director of BMCM+AC. “ A place to think and to study and to exchange ideas. That’s part of what a study center is about. And we welcome folks to come and do that.”
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)
The weather’s getting nippy, but it’s still a great time to get out and check out some events that won’t break the (piggy) bank. From winter gardening and holiday shopping to local authors and uplifting musical performances, this weekend’s got everything you need to lure you out of the house on the cheap. And as always, leave us a comment if you’ve got any more low-cost events you’d like to share.
This weekend brings art (Friday is the Downtown Art Walk in Asheville), a great book sale and lots of music. Know of more events that are $5 or less to attend? Please add them in the comments field.
Renovations will close the Buncombe County Law Library from Monday, Jan. 5, until April, County Manager Wanda Greene told Xpress today.
This week’s roundup includes a reading, but also a book group in the making, a couple of local awards, a film and a yoga workshop. Wondering what all of these have to do with literature? Read on…
It’s time we turn our attention again to that most scintillating of documents, the Buncombe County Public Libraries Annual Report. Check it out: A scene from the stacks in Pack Memorial Library. According to a new report, the Buncombe County branch libraries checked out some 1.5 million items in the past two years. Photo By […]