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Early Voting Locations

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, April 19 and ends on Saturday, May 5. Don’t wait for May 8, vote early at one of these times and locations:

One Stop Early Voting begins Thursday, April 19.Thursday, April 19 – Saturday, May 5

  • Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday – May 5 – 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early Voting Locations:

  • North Asheville Library
    • 1030 Merrimon Avenue
  • Black Mountain Library
    • 105 N Dougherty Street, Black Mountain
  • South Buncombe Library
    • 260 Overlook Road
  • Fairview Library
    • 1 Taylor Road, Fairview
  • West Asheville Library
    • 942 Haywood Road
  • Biltmore Square Mall
    • 800 Brevard Road
  • Buncombe County Training Room
    • 199 College Street, downtown Asheville
  • Kenilworth Presbyterian Church
    • 139 Kenilworth Road
  • Lutheran Church of the Nativity
    • 2425 Hendersonville Road, Arden
  • UNC-Asheville Wellness Center
    • 200 Wellness Way, Campus
  • Weaverville Town Hall
    • 30 South Main Street, Weaverville

For more information about Elections, call 250-4200.  Find us online at buncombecounty.org/vote and check out the online app at voter.buncombecounty.org

Computer Upgrades for Public Libraries

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Public Libraries are changing their library catalog software. The libraries will be closed for several days for staff training and computer maintenance.

The closing schedule is:

  • Tuesday, August 16 – Pack Library closed
  • Wednesday, August 17 – North Asheville and Skyland Libraries closed
  • Thursday, August 18 – Black Mountain and Enka-Candler Libraries closed
  • Friday, August 19 – East Asheville and West Asheville Libraries closed
  • Wednesday, August 24 – Fairview, Oakley and Leicester Libraries closed
  • Thursday, August 25 – Weaverville Library closed
  • Thursday, September 1 – All libraries closed

In addition, library services will be limited for the week of August 29. Patrons will only be able to check out three items per visit and we won’t be able to issue new library cards during this time. The library catalog and patron accounts will not be available online from Saturday, August 27 to Friday, September 2.

We hope to go live with our new software on Friday, September 2 and we apologize for any interruptions in service during the conversion period.

Library Summer Reading Programs Now Being Offered

Monday, June 13th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC –

Thursday, June 16 at 11am
Tap-n-Shake Story Time with Sonia Brooks
West Asheville Library [ages 2-5]

Thursday, June 16 at 10am & 11:30am
Summer Library Fest 2011
Pack Memorial Library
Start the summer right at the annual kick-off party for our summer reading program, the Summer Library Fest. This year at the Fest, children of all ages will enjoy sonnets, hip-hop verses, songs and stories from local poet and storyteller Allan Wolf. Join us at the Smith McDowell House on Thursday, June 16 for two free shows at 10am and 11:30am.

Saturday, June 18 at 3:30pm
EUROPE: Punk Your Wardrobe
East Asheville Library ages [11 to 18]
Bring shoes, shirts, pants or other clothes to shred and modify

Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30pm
Cherokee Storyteller Lloyd Arneach: Long Ago Stories
West Asheville Library [ages 5 & up]

Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30pm
Cherokee Storyteller Extraordinaire Lloyd Arneach
Black Mountain Library [all ages]

Wednesday, June 22 at 10:30am
Pen Pals Across the Globe
Pack Memorial Library [ages 8-12]
Space is limited, please register for this program at the library or by calling 250-4720

Wednesday, June 22 at 2pm
Native American Storyteller Lloyd Arneach
North Asheville Library [ages 6 & up]
Free ticket required. Please pick up your free ticket at the North Asheville Library beginning June 10. Limit 50.

Wednesday, June 22 at 11am
NORTH AMERICA: Cherokee Storyteller Lloyd Arneach
East Asheville Library [all ages]
Free tickets required. Call the library at 250-4738 to reserve a space.

Thursday, June 23 at 3pm
Storytelling with David Novak
Weaverville Library [all ages]
Please pick up your free ticket at the Weaverville Library beginning June 16.

Thursday, June 23 at 2:30pm
The Balloon Lady Donna Pruett
South Buncombe/Skyland Library [all ages]

Thursday, June 23 at 11am
One World, Many Stories T-Shirt Extravaganza
Leicester Library [all ages]
Bring a light colored t-shirt to decorate

Friday, June 24 at 11am
Colburn Earth Science Museum: 3-2-1 Blastoff!
West Asheville Library [ages 6-12]
Free ticket required. Pick up your free tickets at the West Asheville Library after June 10.

Friday, June 24 at 11am
Drumming with the Moozic Lady
Swannanoa Library [all ages]
Weather permitting, all shows will be outside so bring something to sit on.

Tuesday, June 28 at 2pm
One Balloon, Many Stories with the Balloon Fairy
Enka-Candler Library [all ages]

Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30am
AUSTRALIA: Stories and Aboriginal Painting on Stones
Black Mountain Library [all ages]

Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30am
Flying High with Amazing Steve Somers and Magic From Around the World
Pack Memorial Library [ages 5 – 10]

Wednesday, June 29 at 2pm
Snakes Alive! With Ron Cromer
North Asheville Library [ages 5 & up]
Free ticket required. Please pick up your free ticket at the North Asheville Library beginning June 15. Limit 50.

Thursday, June 30 at 10:30am
Fire and Ice: Fire Safety, Ice Cream and a REAL Fire Truck!
Fairview Library [ages 5 & under]
for preschoolers only

Thursday, June 30 at 3pm
Snakes Alive! With Ron Cromer
South Buncombe/Skyland Library [ages 5 & up]
Free tickets are required for this program. You can pick up your ticket at the Skyland Library beginning June 13.

Thursday, June 30 at 11am
The Balloon Lady
Leicester Library [all ages]

Thursday, June 30 at 2:30pm & 4pm (TWO SHOWS!)
Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets
Weaverville Library [all ages]
Please pick up your free ticket at the Weaverville Library beginning June 23.

Used Book Sale at Weaverville Library

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

WEAVERVILLE, NC – The Friends of the Weaverville Library Used Book Sale will be Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fiction and non-fiction books will be divided into various categories as well as children’s books, audio books, movies and music. Each item is priced individually.

For more information, call the Library at 828-250-6482.

GrowSmarter with Buncombe County Public Libraries as You Age

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – As we grow older, our bodies grow less limber and we need to keep moving and stretching to stay strong. Brains are the same. Learning something new every day stretches our brain and keeps it healthy too. Buncombe County Public Libraries can help.

Want to learn how to paint or draw? We’ve got many books to help – DVDs too! Want to fix something in your home or car? Come to the library – you’ll find just what you need on our shelves and databases, and save money by doing it yourself. Try origami, flower arranging or the basics of chess.

Every time you take up a task that requires you to think in a different way or move in a different way, you are building connections in your brain to last a lifetime.

Check out a list of our programs. Whether you want to learn more about gardening in Western North Carolina, knit and purl or read the latest talked-about book – our programs keep your mind active and alive. Learn about history through our annual four day event, Chautauqua, or just come by and find a subject you are interested in…and do a little research. Libraries can be the resource you need to create your own gym for the brain.

All of these things make a difference, and all of them are free to learn here at your local library. Grow Smarter with us.

Herb Gardening Clinic to be Held May 17th

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Come to the Fairview Library on Tuesday, May 17 at 7 p.m. to learn about basic herbs that should be in every garden. Alison Arnold, former director of horticulture at the North Carolina Arboretum, will share her knowledge of both perennial and annual herbs that are easy to grow and bring beauty and flavor to our lives.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Fairview Library as part of their series of spring programs, this event is free and open to the public. For more information call the Fairview Library at 250-6484 or email [email protected].

Grow Smarter! The Library Shows you How

Monday, May 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Internet offers a world of information at your fingertips. What bit of information won’t Google turn up? But that can be a problem: there is a lot of information but not all of it is reliable, and some of the “facts” you find may be false. To find information you can trust, look to your Library.

NC Live is a collection of databases available to Buncombe County Public Libraries cardholders. It offers free electronic access to resources for people of all ages on a range of topics including careers, business and investing, auto repair, health, history, ebooks, audiobooks, and more. Some of the most popular databases include:

  • Auto Repair Reference Center provides the technical information required to diagnose and remedy car problems
  • Heritage Quest provides historical and genealogical information
  • Kids Search and Student Research Center are two of the many resources designed to help students with homework
  • Learning Express Library provides test preparation materials, job skills courses, job search information, resume writing, and more
  • Masterfile Premiere and Academic Search Premiere provide up-to-date magazine articles from a wide range of popular and scholarly publications
  • Morningstar Reports provides stock and mutual fund information for investors
  • NetLibrary and MyiLibrary provide downloadable ebooks and audio books
  • Reference USA provides business information and residential directory information

Access NC Live at www.nclive.org. Use your library card number to log on. The database content you find there has been checked for accuracy, contains no advertising, and is not available on the open Internet. In short, the information you find can be trusted.

Questions? Visit your library or call 250-4700 for more information.

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].

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

East Branch Library Closed March 8

Monday, March 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The East Branch Library at 902 Tunnel Road will be closed on Tuesday, March 8 for building repairs. It will reopen on Wednesday, March 9 at 9 a.m.