The Colors of Nature

The beauty of the seasons unfold in a variety of colors. Pastel blossoms of springtime, along with the gentle newness of budding green leaves, lightens the heart. The bright summer sun brings with it the reds, purples and yellows designed to attract many species, including the tiniest Hummingbirds, while the trees settle into their darkestContinue reading “The Colors of Nature”

Books Into Film: Comparatively Speaking

Sitting on my deck sipping cocktails with a friend on a fine summer evening several years ago, we struck up a conversation about the art of turning a book into a film. Of course, comparisons always occur. Speaking anecdotally, I find that people who have read the book before seeing the movie tend to likeContinue reading “Books Into Film: Comparatively Speaking”

Paris Air … Speaking of Travel

Travel to far off ports of call can provide an exotic change of scenery. More importantly, it opens one’s eyes to other cultures and ways of living. Your length of stay and ability to interact with locals — even within the US — can also impart a certain amount of compassion and understanding of ourContinue reading “Paris Air … Speaking of Travel”

It’s Spring – Let’s Plant a Garden

Outdoors — possibly with a good book — is the place to be in Western North Carolina in any season, but particularly during the spring when nature awakens from its winter chill and calls us into its domain. Sitting under your favorite tree or walking the many hiking trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains, takingContinue reading “It’s Spring – Let’s Plant a Garden”

Celebrating North Carolina Authors

Many bestselling authors have found inspiration in the beauty of North Carolina. While some were born and/or raised here, others found their way to this remarkable area later in life. Inspiration comes in many forms, but the pull of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina is apparent in the number of authors whoContinue reading “Celebrating North Carolina Authors”

Buncombe County Libraries Expand Hours

On June 15, all Buncombe County libraries opened their doors to the public based on Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 215. All branch libraries, including the main Pack Memorial Library, are now open for browsing, checking out materials, and computer use during their regular hours. The meeting rooms are now available for public use and programsContinue reading “Buncombe County Libraries Expand Hours”

ZOOM Program

The Friends of Pack Library are once again funding the popular ZOOM program. This program teams the Buncombe County Libraries with local attractions and museums to offer free admission for library card holders. ZOOM Partners Museums: Asheville Art Museum, Asheville Museum of Science, Hands On Children’s Museum, Smith-McDowell House MuseumTheatre: Asheville Community Theatre, NC StageNature:Continue reading “ZOOM Program”

Helping Imagination Take Flight

Imagination … one of the many things available at the public library. Whether we’re reading a work of fiction, or accessing information and knowledge, libraries open up our minds, moving us toward creativity and, yes, even a better understanding of nature and humanity. Books open up the world. But imagine this … Your access isContinue reading “Helping Imagination Take Flight”