Skip to main content

Skip Navigation LinksLibrary News

Let's Make History: Help Us Celebrate Pack's Centennial


We think Pack Memorial Library is looking pretty darn good as it celebrates 100 years of being a free public library. Technically, Pack originally opened as a subscription-based library back in 1879, and after 40 years it became a public library in 1919. After several locations around downtown Asheville, Pack moved into its current home in 1978. To celebrate, we’re hosting a party and have some exciting and original events and activities on tap.

On Friday, July 26 from 2-5 p.m. we will be holding a block party at Pack and in the empty lot across the road at 68 Haywood St. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Golden ticket giveaway. Between now and the Centennial party, golden tickets will be placed in books throughout the Pack Library. If you find one, you’ll have a chance to run through Bookends used bookstore filling a tote bag with free books.
  • A library themed relay race.
  • Listen to first-hand accounts about fond memories of Pack.
  • Live music.
  • The Hop Ice Cream Café will have special library inspired flavors.

The centennial celebration is also your chance to access rarely seen areas of Pack Memorial Library. “This will be one of the only times the public can take a tour of the top floor of Pack Memorial Library and get a peek at special collections from the North Carolina Room,” explains Pack Librarian Erin Makara.

For more information on Pack’s centennial celebration check out the event page.

And the celebration doesn’t stop after the block party. There will be unique programs and events throughout the year that will be announced on our website, Facebook page, and in our monthly newsletter.