Yancey County Public Library

 

Yancey County Public Library

Cindy Gibson, Branch Manager
Wayne Edwards, Associate Librarian
Sharryl Hagerman, Circulation Assistant
Caitlin Mast, Circulation Assistant

PO Box 1659, Burnsville, NC 28714 (mailing address)
321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 (shipping address)
828.682.2600

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Yancey County Public Library

321 School Circle
Burnsville, NC 28714

HOURS

Mon-Wed-Fri: 9am – 5 pm
Tues-Thurs: 9am – 8pm
Sat: 10am – 1pm
Sun: CLOSED

Free Wifi

Computer Access

Printing and Copying

Research Help

Park or School Nearby

Retail Nearby

Storytime

Outdoor Seating

Private Study Areas

Meeting Rooms

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Block Party: The Lego Gathering 10:00 am
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Ages 7-12. Meets in the Juvenile Area.
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Ales and Tales Book Club 2:00 pm
Ales and Tales Book Club @ Homeplace Brewery
Jul 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ales and Tales Book Club @ Homeplace Brewery
 
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Tween Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
Jul 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
 
Music Under the Trees 5:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
Jul 9 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
 
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Stroller Time Walk & Talk 10:00 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Jul 11 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Walk around the library, ending outside on a blanket for a few songs and a story.
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
Jul 11 @ 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
 
Block Party: The Lego Gathering 3:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Meets in the Juvenile Area
Teen Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
Jul 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
 
Qigong & Tai Chi 4:00 pm
Qigong & Tai Chi @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Qigong & Tai Chi @ Yancey County Public Library
Part of the Aging Well Series
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Block Party: The Lego Gathering 10:00 am
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Ages 7-12. Meets in the Juvenile Area.
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Tween Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
Jul 16 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
 
Music Under the Trees 5:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
Jul 16 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
 
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Wednesday Readers Book Club 10:00 am
Wednesday Readers Book Club
Jul 17 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday Readers Book Club
Wednesday Readers: July-Dec 2019 July — Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer August —  Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall September — The Wright Brothers by David McCullough October — Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield November — Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari December — Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia[...]
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Stroller Time Walk & Talk 10:00 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Walk around the library, ending outside on a blanket for a few songs and a story.
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
Jul 18 @ 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
 
Block Party: The Lego Gathering 3:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Meets in the Juvenile Area
Teen Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
Jul 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
 
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Block Party: The Lego Gathering 10:00 am
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Ages 7-12. Meets in the Juvenile Area.
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Tween Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
Jul 23 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Tween Summer Reading @ Yancey County Library
 
Music Under the Trees 5:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
Jul 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
 
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Stroller Time Walk & Talk 10:00 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Jul 25 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am
Stroller Time Walk & Talk @ Yancey County Library
Walk around the library, ending outside on a blanket for a few songs and a story.
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
Jul 25 @ 11:00 am
Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories (Ages 5+) @ Yancey County Library
 
Block Party: The Lego Gathering 3:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Meets in the Juvenile Area
Teen Summer Reading 3:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
Jul 25 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Teen Summer Reading
 
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Play Me a Memory 1:00 pm
Play Me a Memory @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 26 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Play Me a Memory @ Yancey County Public Library
Enjoy the benefits that listening to music, literature, and poetry has on the mind.
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Block Party: The Lego Gathering 10:00 am
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Jul 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Block Party: The Lego Gathering @ Yancey County Public Library
Ages 7-12. Meets in the Juvenile Area.
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Music Under the Trees 5:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
Jul 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Music Under the Trees @ Yancey County Library
 
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Yancey County Library is located in the historic YCI Administrative building at 321 School Circle in Burnsville, North Carolina. The historic library has picturesque views of the beautiful mountains from its upstairs community room and is the only library in the regional system to house an art gallery- The Herring-Kivette Art Gallery. To learn more about Yancey County, visit Yancey County Chamber of Commerce or Explore Burnsville.

Yancey County library service began in the 1930’s, thanks to the work of Ms. Martha Robinson. The Markel Handicraft School contained a circulating library which served a 25-mile radius from the Higgins Neighborhood Center. The school was named for John Markle, a philanthropist and cousin of Ms. Robinson who began the Presbyterian Mission project in 1918.

In 1933, Rose LeFevre, president of the Women’s Club of Burnsville, established the first public library in Yancey County. The Library was located in an upstairs room of the Club House (now an apartment building on North Main), and most of the books were given from individual collections. Rose LeFevre succeeded in getting the county to contribute funds specifically for the library for the first time; thereby making the library eligible to receive assistance from the North Carolina State Library Commission in 1945.

In 1946, the library was moved to the Briggs Building (where The Grapevine store is located) and later moved in 1961 to the basement of the building now occupied by Players Sports. The library then moved to the Ray/Cort building that now houses the Lloyd Bailey Annex. In 1975, the Yancey Library moved to the renovated Northwestern Bank building — given to the county by the bank to use for a library — where it remained until July 2011. Services throughout the early years were enhanced by the purchase of a bookmobile that was driven primarily by Ms. Dorothy Thomas of the Celo Community. Ms. Dorothy, as she was called, was instrumental to bringing the 3 counties together to form the AMY Regional Library System.

In 2011, the library location moved to the Yancey Collegiate Institute Historic District where it remains now. To learn more about the Public Library Expansion Project, visit Yancey County Public Library and to learn more about the historic district, please read Yancey Collegiate Institute and Other Miracles on Baptist Hill by J. Todd Bailey.

See the 2017 Yancey County State of the County’s Health Report.

Yancey County Local Board Members

*Alan Larkins (Chair)

Jody Higgins (Co-Chair)

*Beryl Carroll (Secretary)

*Susie Buchanan

*Julia Fox

Patti McCall

Gail Parker

Anna Webb

*signifies a member of the Regional Board

Constitution and By-Laws of the Yancey County Public Library

Friends of the Yancey County Library

The Friends of the Yancey County Library is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support Yancey County Library programming and materials through book sales and donations.  They also operate a bookstore on Burnsville Town Square called The Book Cellar.  Please stop by The Book Cellar or Yancey County Library and see about becoming a Friend of the Library.

Friends of the Yancey County Public Library

Watercolor of Yancey County Public Library by Charles Gillespie