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Antique and Collectible Book Sale – Nov. 18-19

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Bookends Used Book Store at Pack Library will be having a collectible book sale on Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. – 4 The sale @ Pack Library will feature antique & collectible books, 1st editions & rare finds.p.m. This sale will feature antique and collectible books, first editions and rare finds for bibliophiles. The collectible books will be in Lord Auditorium on the lower level of the library. Cash or check only will be accepted for this sale.

In addition, there will be a hallway book sale outside the library featuring holiday books, movies and music. Children’s books in a variety of subjects will also be available in the hallway sale.

For more information, call Pack Library at 250-4700 or email [email protected]. All proceeds will benefit the library.

“Art of the Book” Exhibit at UNC Asheville’s Blowers Gallery Opens August 17

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – “Art of the Book: Process, Product and Community at Asheville BookWorks,” an exhibit of printmaking, binding, paper-making and related processes, opens Wednesday, August 17, at Blowers Gallery in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library. The exhibit showcases the work of instructors and students at Asheville BookWorks, a West Asheville studio space and gathering place for those interested in print and book arts. “Art of the Book” includes sculptural books, journals, one-of-a-kind creations, and BookWorks collaborations, including “Early Autumn” a hand-set limited edition of poems by Coleman Barks which features a reproduction of a 13th century insect scroll screen by Chinese artist Qian Xuan. A closing reception will take place from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, and will feature a gallery talk by Laurie Corral, director of BookWorks, and Frank Brannon of SpeakEasy Press. Blowers Gallery is free and open to the public daily with evening viewing hours most days. For gallery hours and more information, visit the gallery website or call 828/251-6436.

Dollywood’s Penguin Players Present: Otis

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011


Various Libraries beginning Monday, May 9

Dollywood’s Penguin Players will return to Buncombe County Public libraries in May. This year, the Penguin Players proudly present Otis by Loren Long. A fun-loving tractor, Otis roams the fields after a hard day’s work and plays in the haystacks, but it’s his determination that shows there’s a place for everyone! Otis is a lively 20-minute production filled with sing-along songs, including music written especially for the Penguin Players by Dolly Parton.

This program is free and children of all ages are invited. The schedule of performances is:

  • Monday, May 9
    Fairview Library at 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 10
    Skyland/South Buncombe at 10:30 a.m.
    West Asheville Library at 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 11
    Enka-Candler Library at 10:30 a.m.
    Black Mountain Library at 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 12
    Pack Library at 10:30 a.m.
    Oakley/South Asheville Library at 3 p.m.
    North Asheville Library at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, May 13
    Leicester Library at 10:30 a.m.
    Weaverville Library at 3:30 p.m.

For more information on any of these shows, call the Children’s department at Pack Library, 250-4720.

Weaverville Library Announces Essay Contest

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

WEAVERVILLE, NC – The Friends of the Weaverville Library are sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate National Library Week, April 10-16.

The essay subject is “Why We Should Celebrate Libraries.” There are three categories:

  • Juvenile (1-12)
  • Young Adult (13-18)
  • Adult (19 and over)

The winner of each category will receive a $25 gift certificate from Accent on Books. The winners will be announced on Thursday, May 5 and the winning essays will be available at the library for anyone to read.

Contest Rules:

  • 1,000 word essay maximum
  • Submissions will be accepted from April 10 to April 30
  • Submissions can be turned in at the library or emailed to [email protected]
  • Name, phone number, and age category should be on all submissions

For more information, contact the Weaverville Library at 250-6482 or email [email protected]mail.com.

Award-Winning Poet Allan Wolf at West Branch Library

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Award-winning Asheville poet Allan Wolf presents a high-energy multi-media family-friendly show to kick off a celebration of National Poetry Month at West Asheville Library. Allan performs from memory in the tradition of Appalachian storytellers, combining a dynamic style with a wide-ranging selection of poems for all ages to enjoy.

The program will be on Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of West Asheville Branch Library, it is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the West Asheville Library at 250-4750 or email [email protected].

Read Aloud to Children – Spread the Joy!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Do you love to read? Do you like children? The Preschool Outreach Project (POP) is looking for volunteers.

POP is an outreach service of Buncombe County Public Libraries, a program designed to bring the joy and excitement of books to children in child care centers. The children we work with are often unable to attend story time programs in their local libraries, so we bring the very best the library has to offer straight to them. Our volunteers offer stories, songs, puppets and smiles to our youngest book lovers, children ages 2-5.

No formal experience is needed, just a strong commitment to both children and reading. Most volunteers spend a

Award-Winning Author Bret Anthony Johnson to Visit UNC Asheville

Monday, March 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Bret Anthony Johnson, author of the award-winning collection, “Corpus Christi: Stories,” will visit UNC Asheville at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. The San Francisco Chronicle called Johnson an “author with a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue and a dead-on eye for conjuring an entire universe with one simple detail.” Johnson’s presentation will include a reading, question-and-answer period and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Bret Anthony Johnson”Corpus Christi: Stories,” was named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent of London and The Irish Times, and given the Annual Short Fiction Award by The Southern Review. Johnson has also received the Texas Institute of Letters’ Debut Fiction Award, the Christopher Isherwood Prize and the James Michener Fellowship. His work appears in magazines such as the Paris Review, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, the Oxford American and Tin House and in anthologies such as New Stories from the South: The Year’s Best.

Johnson is director of creative writing at Harvard University, and is the editor of the anthology “Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer.” His short story, “Republican,” won the 2008 Cohen Award as best story published in the literary magazine, Ploughshares.

Johnson also makes forays into more popular culture. A skateboarder for almost 20 years, Johnson recently reviewed skateboard icon Tony Hawk’s new book and garnered Twitter recognition from Hawk himself. Johnson is also a contributor to NPR’s news magazine programs.

Online information is available from UNC Asheville’s Department of Literature and Language, or call 828.251.6411 for more details.

Buncombe Libraries Help the Unemployed

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – As unemployment rates hover at nine percent statewide, Buncombe County Public Libraries are providing access to the Job & Career Accelerator™ online service, purchased by NC LIVE, and funded through a grant from the State Library of North Carolina.

This innovative online resource provides job seekers everything they need to find their next job. Users create professional resumes and letters using integrated tools, master interviewing and networking techniques, upgrade their current skills, and learn to use popular work-related software applications through the fully integrated interactive computer skills training.

Job & Career Accelerator enables North Carolina library patrons to search millions of job listings, both locally and nationally. As is the case in many North Carolina counties, unemployment continues to drive library use, making tools like the Job & Career Accelerator especially necessary.

Access to the Job & Career Accelerator is free to all North Carolinians through a grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina to NC LIVE, an organization that provides North Carolinians with access to online books, journals, and other media. NC LIVE also offers a current collection of job and career-related eBooks and other resources through the NC LIVE Jobs Portal at www.jobs.nclive.org.

Patrons of the state’s public libraries, as well as students, faculty and staff from any of North Carolina’s community colleges, independent colleges, and public universities can access all NC LIVE resources, at no cost through www.nclive.org, or through library websites.

Contact your local library for free access to NC LIVE resources. For more information, please visit www.nclive.org or any Buncombe County Public Library.

Fairview Library Poetry Slam, Registration Deadline – Feb. 11!

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – On Sunday, February 27 at 2 p.m., the Friends of the Fairview Library will host a Poetry Slam, a competitive event in which poets read their own work. The competition is all in fun, and the poets will be judged both on content and performance. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in two categories:

  • adults
  • high school students

There are four rules of the Slam:

  1. Poems must be of the poet’s own construction.
  2. Each poet gets three minutes.
  3. Poets may not use props or costumes.
  4. The audience promises to cheer, stomp, and clap.

If you want to present a poem, call the Fairview Library at 250-6484 or send an email to [email protected]. The deadline for registering is February 11. This program is free and open to the public.

Ebook Publishing Workshop at the Black Mountain Library

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC – The Friends of the Black Mountain Library will host a program on Monday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. entitled “How to Turn Your Book into an E-book and Get Published.”

The program will offer publishing tips including how to get a book contract, how to find the right editor for your book, and how to establish a publicity track record.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the library at 250-4756 or email [email protected].