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  • Check out something other than books at Buncombe county libraries

    Tuesday, February 21, 2023   /   by Amy Brown

    Check out something other than books at Buncombe county libraries

    I learned something new today! There are a ton of things going on in our county library system that are free to the public including attraction tickets, classes, games, and sports equipment.

    Did you know that Buncombe county residents can get FREE passes to local tourist attractions??? Neither did I! It's called a Zoom pass and anyone with a library card can get one to the attractions below. You are allowed one pass per month.

    ZOOM passes, which give Buncombe County residents free access to local attractions, including the North Carolina Arboretum, the WNC Nature Center, the Asheville Museum of Science, and Asheville Community Theater. You can make one reservation per attraction every 30 days. Get all the deets on ZOOM passes here.

    It's Spring! Get FREE seeds!


    Gardening necessities

    Plan your spring garden by picking up seasonal vegetable, herb, and flower seed packets at the Black MountainLeicesterand Weaverville branches. Bonus: The Black Mountain branch also regularly offers free gardening courses.

    Binoculars and telescopes


    Want to indulge in a little birding or stargazing? You’ll need tools for that. Cardholders can check out binoculars from the North Asheville branch and find telescopes at Pack Memorial downtown.



    Hit up the Black Mountain branch for discs for disc golf, “Take & Play” outdoor games from Pack Memorial and Fairview branches, and the Leicester + Black Mountain branches for jigsaw puzzles. You can also get picnic baskets with a blanket and games at the Enka-Candler branch.

    Also, don't forget about performances, clubs, and classes; all available for free! Groups like the Lego Builders Club, tonight there is a harp and violin performance at the Pack Memorial Branch, and classes such as Spanish language conversation, tax help, and Intro to rhythm and drumming, and bingo all make for a fun afternoon. Take advantage of free entertainment and enjoy your day in the mountains!