A man who yelled at a woman and punched her in the face after she asked him to be quiet inside Asheville’s Pack Memorial Library has been banned from the stacks, according to incident reports and the library director.
It was an unusual scene for a library that sees its share of disturbances. Here’s what happened, according to a library incident report and an Asheville Police Department incident report:
About 6 p.m. on March 6, Catherine Shane asked Philip Banks and Fernando Espejo-Saaveda to be quiet so her friend could study. Banks suggested she and her friend go to a study area. The woman returned to where her friend was sitting.
“Mr. Espejo-Saaveda went over to them and yelled at the woman ‘little Hitler,'” the library report stated. “Ms. Shane put her hands on Mr. Espejo-Saaveda, who then struck her in the face. Much yelling ensued.”
The library’s director, Ed Sheary, banned Espejo-Saaveda from county libraries for a year.
Sheary said the incident was unusual, although there are about four or five incidents that library staff consider reportable each week and write up in incident reports. Most are of the “drunk and disorderly” type, Sheary said.
The library does not have a hard and fast rule regarding quiet among the stacks. The rule boils down to: “are you interfering with the use of the library by others,” Sheary said. There’s a lot of contention around that rule, with some people seeing the library as an extension of Pritchard Park, while others view it more as a research library, Sheary said.
The library has dealt with unruly patrons for years, but physical changes to the building a few years back cut down on disruptive incidents, Sheary said. The library moved bathrooms to an outer hallway and did away with group seating. Now, the hottest area for disputes about quiet center on the computer area, where people sit together to use the library’s machines, he said.
Here’s the library’s incident report:
You honestly believe that a “Library Incident Report” rises to the same level as a police report as public information? You genuinely think it’s appropriate to post the actual report here, which includes the shouter’s home address information, even when you had already quoted the entire relevant text? And you really, truly think that this is such a big “public” story that you need to include the names of the people involved, even after they’ve politely requested that you not?
just think how nice Asheville was before all you Yankees showed up!you escaped from what ever hell hole you came from but when you showed up in our homeland did you abandon your nasty ways?nope you have made our homeland into the same hellhole you came from where will you escape to next?save our mountain environment go home!beware the southron who is no longer polite truckwilkins
Well, that’s nice and all but as a native whose roots here go back to the 1770’s, I have to point out that if weren’t for one particular Northerner (and you know who I’m talking about) modern Asheville would probably be no bigger or important, or smell any nicer, than Canton.
Please think before you speak and make a moron out of yourself.
What the fuck does the North have to do with any of this? Haunted Head’s correct – you’re a moron.
You have just proved that being “southern” is no guarantee of having manners or class.
I am of NC stock since 1761 and find you to be an embarrassment to southerners and not fit to comment on what outsiders bring to our state.
Jason, perhaps you could remove the victim’s name in an effort to respect her privacy?
This my girlfriend. I was there. This was a tramatic event for her. She was assaulted. Please take this down. We did not press charges because we were trying to make peace about it without making a scene. The report is wrong her hands were not on him first.
I work at WCQS. I first consulted my co- worker and friend David Hurand on how to handle this matter discretely. We want our privacy.
This is not news. There are other cultural sensitivies going on in the matter you don’t know about. Please again take this down. As a friend working in public radio, avid reader of Ashvegas, and Asheville resident that would like privacy.
They need to shut it down and move it up Merrimon somewhere. Just far enough so that the bums won’t walk there.
I agree. They should shut down Pack. I’ve been to hundreds of libraries and this is one of the worst for its size. Asheville has beautiful historical buildings, so I was surprised by this monstrosity (more like a factory floor).
Buncombe County needs to get its act together with its parks too. They are old and unkempt. If the Duke coal plant ever does come down, I would triple the size of Lake Julian park. Add greenways all around the lake, picnic areas, green space for Frisbee , several paved parking areas, tennis courts, and maybe even a campground.
I like the way that you capitalized “Frisbee”. Like when God is referred to as “Him”.
I correctly capitalized Frisbee® (owned by Mattel Toy Manufacturers). It is generically not capitalized as a flying disc. Lake Julian NT DGC http://www.dgcoursereview.com/course.php?id=6092
Buncombe County needs to connect the two parks, add greenways around the lake, a larger beach area for swimming, and maybe a fishing deck & camping.
The lake has a disc golf course, a good fishing deck and boating which is a good start. The experience could be enhanced with more amenities if the Duke Coal plant comes down (not saying I’m for or against it).
Whoa! Disc golf at Lake Julian?! I had no idea, thanks for sharing. I’m am definitely going to hit that up.
Here is a better idea..move the homeless shelter away from downtown. Pritchard Park is already a shameful squatting camp most days, and the library is just a block away. Why should the WE THE PUBLIC have to surrender our park and library to drunken, hostile vagrants?
It may not conform to your prejudices, but it’s an actual fact that no one involved in this incident was homeless or a vagrant.
It’d be a shame to mess up a good anti-homeless rant with facts.
I do not disagree with your point on this particular incident, BUT I was responding the the comment “They need to shut it down and move it…so that the bums won’t walk there.”
Try to stay on topic.
Big Al with the backseat modding!
The library might not be the best around but i mean come on, a downtown without a public library is just ridiculous. Also, adding another thing on Merrimon that you pretty much have to drive to is an absurd notion. If they improve the streets with bike lanes and better sidewalks i would have less of a problem with that part of town.