From the Desk of Mr. James Byrd: The Temptations of Dried Apples, Apple Pies, and Just Plain Apples

2020-11-13T15:12:05-05:00November 13th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Temptations of Dried Apples, Apple Pies, and Just Plain Apples Grandmother Ann lived over the ridge from Rocky Hollow.  Like the other women in the neighborhood, she dried sweet sliced apples in summer.  She used white cloth sacks to hang them in an unfinished upstairs room to keep for winter.  By doing that, the [...]

From the Desk of Mr. James Byrd: Fall Brings Thoughts About Apples

2020-11-10T11:14:01-05:00November 10th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Fall Brings Thoughts About Apples Apples date back to ancient times as a valued source of food.  When settlers came to America from Europe, they brought seedling apple trees and seeds.  They were wise in doing that, because the land had only crabapple trees.  Widespread planting of trees and seeds helped keep people from starving. [...]

From the Desk of Mr. James Byrd: A Haunting Among Us!

2020-10-23T16:35:25-04:00October 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Haunting Among Us! For more than thirty years, Avery Morrison Public Library has had strange and unexplained experiences that have happened to library patrons and members of the library staff.  In all of the occurrences, no one has been harmed. Clocks, whether electric or battery powered, will not run in the North Carolina Room.  [...]

Librarians Read Too

2020-10-14T12:31:47-04:00October 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

"I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers."  ~ L.M. Montgomery Brightly colored leaves, pumpkins, apple cider, and homemade goodies are all fine and dandy, but let's tap in to the dark side for a moment.  'Tis the season for some disturbing, spooky, and thrilling tales. Some of our librarians share [...]

Position opening at Spruce Pine Public Library

2020-09-14T17:22:24-04:00September 14th, 2020|Uncategorized|

AMY Regional Library needs you. We have a position coming available at Spruce Pine Public Library!  If you are interested in working with a tremendous group of folks who are passionate about building community, talking literature, and creating accessible resources, then this is the place for you. 2020 Associate Librarian Job Description

Avery-Mitchell-Yancey Regional Library Board Meeting: August 27, 2020

2020-08-27T16:16:54-04:00August 27th, 2020|Uncategorized|

All local and regional library board meetings are virtual at this time, but meetings are still open to the public. If you would like to be present for this meeting, email the Director at or call at (828) 682-4476 and zoom connection information will be shared with you. The AMYRL Annual Regional Library Board [...]

Covid-19 Positive Case Update

2020-08-17T18:30:34-04:00August 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|

August 17, 2020 We have two confirmed positive Covid-19 cases in the AMY Regional Library System.  These individuals are recovering at home. Because we are a public facility, we are choosing to be transparent in the early information we have while also protecting employee privacy.  We have been in communication with public health staff, and [...]

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