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Free Morningstar Webinar Dividend Paying Stocks

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – On June 19 Josh Peters, the editor of the popular newsletter Morningstar Dividend Investor, will help you build your portfolios with dividend paying stocks.  He will discuss his time-tested process for finding high-quality investments, and how to avoid dividend cuts. He’ll close the workshop by answering questions from the audience.

Morningstar Investment Research Center is a comprehensive online investing database. It provides independent opinion and data on more than 30,000 stocks and mutual funds.

Join us for an enlightening training session that will provide you with the skills you need to make the most of this online investing database.  This class is provided free of charge from Buncombe County Public Libraries.


Thursday, June 19 at 6 pm or 7:30 pm (EST)


Anywhere with phone and Internet access

How to Register:

Use this link:   www.nclive.org/blog/newsroom/upcoming-morningstar-webinar-dividend-paying-stocks

Book Giving Tree at the Oakley Library

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

Give a book to a child.

ASHEVILLE NC – Please help provide new books for disadvantaged children in our community. Beginning November 12, visit the Oakley/South Asheville Branch Library and select a gift card with pertinent information about a child (gender, grade/reading level, a special interest). Purchase a book ($10 minimum retail value) and return it to the Oakley Library by December 17. Or, donate $10 and the Friends of the Oakley Library will do the shopping for you.

Since our first Giving Tree in 2000, we have provided books to over 1500 local children. Your participation will insure the continued success of this project.

The Giving Tree is sponsored by Friends of the Oakley Library. For more information contact the library at 250-4754 or email [email protected].

Free Basic Computer Classes at Pack Library

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Woman using computerASHEVILLE NC – Pack Library resumes our popular series of basic computer classes on Saturdays in August and September. Free computer classes for beginners will be offered in the computer lab on the lower level of the library. You can take all the classes in the series or just the ones you need.

Space is limited, so registration is required for all classes. To register, or for more information, contact Cheryl Middleton at 250-4754 or email [email protected].

The schedule for our August/September classes is:

Saturday, August 25: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Basic introduction to the Internet; get online using web addresses; become familiar with Internet Explorer.
Prerequisites: Mousing/Computer Basics class – or familiarity with keyboard and mouse.

Saturday, September 1: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Expand on the information from Internet Part 1; learn to use search engines to find the information you need (Google); learn to evaluate websites and online information.
Prerequisites: Internet for Beginners, Part 1

Saturday, September 8: 10:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Learn how to create, save and print a word processing document; includes using spelling and grammar check and the word toolbar.
Prerequisites: Completion of preceding classes in this series – or familiarity with mouse/keyboard and basic elements of Windows.

If Saturday classes don’t fit your schedule, stay tuned. A weekday series of free classes will be announced in September.

Alex Minkin Presents Illuminated Cave Photo Exhibit at A-B Tech

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Holly Library is pleased to host Inner Earth Illuminated: Caves of the Southeastern United States, a photographic exhibit by Alex Minkin.

Caving is a family tradition for the Minkins and five years ago Alex began illuminating and photographing caves.  In his words: “Most of the time these places exist in absolute darkness. When they’re illuminated, however, they have the power to stimulate every sense in the body. They can evoke both fear and excitement, or provide a place of absolute peace and solace. I have illuminated the caves with various colors in order to represent the feeling one has upon discovery.”

Instructor Rock Doddridge says that “Alex was a dual enrolled student here in spring of 2006. He took Psych 150 with me, doing a superb job. His father is a surgeon with Carolina Hand Surgery. Alex has committed himself to maximizing his talents and interests, and living life fully.” Alex earned his BFA from Guilford College in 2011.

The library will host a reception for Alex at noon Monday, March 5 in Holly Lobby. The exhibit runs March 5 through April 27.

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.

The Winter Garden

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – “The Winter Garden” will be presented by Master Gardener Ralph Coffey on Ralph will show how to design a garden based on winter interest, with an emphasis on plants that offer color & beauty all year long.Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Swannanoa Library.

Using photographs from his own garden, Ralph will show how to design a garden based on winter interest, with an emphasis on plants that offer color and beauty all year long.

He’ll discuss how to design the garden with evergreens and conifers, deciduous trees, grasses, shrubs with fruits and berries, and hardscape (including water and stone). Ralph owns the 1889 White Gate Inn in Asheville where he has developed extensive gardens over the past 13 years.

This program is free and the public is invited. For more information, call the library at 250-6486.

Ghostly Tales of WNC at Swannanoa Library

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – Friday, October 14 at 6pm
Swannanoa Library
101 West Charleston Street

GhostJoin us for a shivery evening of local ghostly tales told by Tadd McDivitt, researcher for Joshua Warren of “Haunted Asheville” fame.

The event takes place in Grovemont Park next to the Swannanoa Library. Bring camp chairs and/or blankets and be sure to dress warmly… his stories may chill you to the bone! Look for refreshments and possibly even a surprise ghost…um…guest!

Free and open to the public – ages 13 and over. Sponsored by the Friends of the Swannanoa Library. Rain day is October 21st.

Questions? Call Swannanoa Library at 250-6486 or email [email protected].


Find out about other ways to celebrate Halloween in Asheville this year.

Special Events Recognize the 50th Anniversary of the Desegregation of Pack Memorial Library

Monday, August 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee, a community-wide committee headquartered at the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville, will commemorate the 1961 desegregation of Pack Memorial Library with a series of special events on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The events, which are free and open to the public, are co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Association, the Stephens-Lee Alumni Association, the Buncombe County Library System, the Asheville Art Museum, and the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville.

Youngsters outside the "Colored Public Library" once housed in the YMI Cultural Center. The Pack Memorial Library, long restricted for whites only, was not desegregated until 1961.Youngsters outside the “Colored Public Library” once housed in the YMI Cultural Center. The Pack Memorial Library, long restricted for whites only, was not desegregated until 1961.

“From 1929 through 1961, the Market Street Branch Library was identified as the ‘Colored Public Library’ and was housed at the YMI Cultural Center. The ‘Whites Only’ Pack Memorial Library was around the corner in what is now the Asheville Art Museum,” said David Miles, ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee event co-chair and Asheville Middle School assistant principal. “After being denied equal access to educational resources at Pack Library simply because of their race, high school students from Stephens-Lee and Allen School approached the members of the City of Asheville Library Board and requested that they desegregate the main branch of Pack Memorial Library, which was on Pack Square. The students, Oralene Graves Simmons and Viola Jones Spells, were members of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality or ASCORE. Their request was approved by the library board on September 15, 1961.”

The commemoration will begin with talks by ASCORE members at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, at the YMI on Market Street in downtown Asheville. Following the talks will be a commemorative walk to the former site of Pack Memorial Library on Pack Square, now the location of the Asheville Art Museum, for a reception and photo exhibit.

Namurah Blakely, ASCORE Youth Leadership Committee event co-chair, said, “As a volunteer in the Asheville City School system and as a mother of two young men who attend (and attended) Asheville High School, it is important that our future leaders see and acknowledge the past and present leaders of our community. This knowledge will stay with them forever to help shape and mold them into our leaders of tomorrow.”

The organization is planning a series of commemorations concerning desegregation in Asheville that will be held over the coming five years and will include a summer youth leadership development program.

For more information, visit diversityed.org or call 828.232.5024.

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.