• Libraries

    Looking Back on 2019 National Library Week

    We just completed National Library Week and the theme surrounded the idea that a library creates a strong community.  This is one of the main reasons libraries are so very important to our towns and communities because they are a way to bring together people, be they in a small town or a large city.  Here in North Carolina, we have plenty of both, with cities like Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, and Greensboro playing host to large numbers of people and small towns in our beautiful state seems to be innumerable. So, with this being the case bringing together people from a crowded city or pulling people in from more rural…

  • Events,  Libraries

    N.C. State University Library Book Sale Starts April 8th!

    I attended N.C. State University so I am biased about the universities in this state and I keep tabs on my alma mater.  One of the events I enjoyed when I was in school was the Library Sale that takes place each year in the NCSU Brickyard. It just so happens that next week the book sale starts so if you’re in the Raleigh area, or plan on making a trek out that way, then you might want to check it out!   Library book sales are incredibly helpful to both the library and the public.  Most libraries will take used book donations and it’s a way to bring income…

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    Adult Literacy and Resources In North Carolina

    I love reading and even studied English in college just so I would be required to read.  It was great getting to read books and write about, discuss, and mull over their meanings or just enjoy the stories from contemporary to classic works.  While I don’t claim to be an expert, and I’m not the fastest of readers, I will always strive to spend my free time reading. Also, reading helps with understanding.  With Google and other search engines and resources literally in our hands, we can look up almost any information or fact or figure or bit of trivia in seconds. A love of reading, or just the ability…

  • Events,  Libraries

    Unique Book Festival Mixes Books, Food, Puns, and Fun

    Being here in the Old North State, I don’t know much of the goings-on in other areas across the country unless I read about them, and I stumbled across a fantastic event in California that was new to me.  Mind you, North Carolina has a number of fantastic, fun, and unique events going on each week, but I really enjoyed reading about the “Edible Book Festival” at University of California, Berkeley. I’d never heard of this event, again I think it may be because we’re way across the country, but this sounds like a fantastic time for book and food lovers alike. Sadly, the event has already taken place, I…

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    Bookmobiles and Their Service To The Community

    For some, there is little to no access to a library and even in cases where someone might be in close proximity to a library, there are still circumstances that prevent them from accessing resources a local library has to offer.  This is when a bookmobile can be an asset not only to a library but to the community as well. A bookmobile not only can offer books but some offer magazines, videos to assist in job searches, or even internet access. It’s also common for rural areas to have more of these resources simply due to limited access to things like internet but because of the isolated nature of…

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    The Importance Of Libraries and Reflections From A Small Town

    I recently came across an article from the Hartford Courant that highlighted the importance of libraries and I wanted to start out by recommending it to you before going on.  If you don’t even continue on, please check out the 8 perspectives by a variety of folks on why they believe the library is important. Reasons range from the way they support the community, the people that make up the library, the resources and aid they offer, and even the nostalgia they draw from those of us that were able to have a library easily accessible. It’s that area of nostalgia I would like to focus on as some people…

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    Library Resources for Your Community: Are You Taking Advantage?

    Resources provided by local libraries are often overlooked and many people are thoroughly unaware of what might be available to them.  We’ve mentioned this before but there are numerous ways in which the local library can be beneficial to people of all ages. For instance, in the Buncombe County Libraries this month, there are book clubs, gardening, art, exercise options, among other opportunities and it’s something that many may enjoy or benefit from. However, there are people who feel that libraries are obsolete community centers that are on their way out.  Again though, libraries aren’t just for books anymore. Aside from common things like children’s programming or senior citizen classes…

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    Are Libraries Still Important?

    Late last year it was reported that the sale of hard copy books was on the rise but there is still a massive amount of the population who prefer eReaders and electronic books.  Yet, there is still a place where both groups can come together: The library. Obviously, libraries have long been used for books, newspapers, academic papers, and research materials but there are numerous libraries across the country that allow for the borrowing of ebooks.  Apps like Libby are used for borrowing ebooks, some people use their Kindle or Nook, others may get ebooks straight to their laptop or tablet, but public libraries are a phenomenal (and free) source…