Got Game? We Do! Board Games Now Available at Hackney Library!

Board Games

Hackney Library’s new board games are available for 3-day checkout to Barton students; they are shelved in the Learning Cafe area on the first floor.

British libraries in the 1800s were some of the first public libraries to host gaming rooms to lure patrons away from more skulduggerous activities.  Since then, more classic board games such as chess, checkers, and backgammon have always been a staple on many library reference shelves.

However, in the past decade, librarians have been adding new games (even video games) to their collections.  Hackney Library is jumping on the game bandwagon with the addition of almost a dozen new board games!

Playing games is more than silly fun (though that is usually the best part).  As researchers begin to study the complexity of gaming, they’ve found games are able to propagate a number of important skills.  Great games cause players to think critically and creatively, understand rules, and develop strategy.  Team-based games require communication and collaboration.  Trivia games focus on memory and recall.  One of the new games, Wise and Otherwise, even raises global awareness as players learn about expressions and adages from cultures around the world.

Need a break from studying or writing that term paper?  Instead of binge-watching the newest Netflix series and losing track of time, keep your mind active with our newest collection of board games!  (Some of the game titles alone may be enough to intrigue you: Anyone up for a game of Qwirkle? Or Quelf? Or how about Munchkin Cthulhu?)  You’ll laugh, shed some stress, and you won’t even know you’re learning about yourself and your friends.

All board games are shelved in the library’s Learning Café on the first floor.  They are available for in-library use, as well as a 3-day checkout to Barton students and faculty/staff only (sorry, no IB Students, Friends or Wilson County Public Library patron checkouts), so you can take your favorite game home with you over the weekend.  (But take care to keep track of all the pieces; patrons are responsible for any damages or lost parts!)

So give your brain a fun, stress-free way to take a break from studies while staying sharp—check out some games today!


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Hackney Library Hours Alter During Easter Week

Easter Basket smallerHeading into Easter Weekend, Hackney Library’s hours will change a bit.  The library will be open the following hours during that time:

  • Monday-Wednesday, April 14-16: 8 am – 11 pm (regular hours)
  • Thursday, April 17: 8 am – 5 pm
  • Good Friday, April 18 through Saturday, April 19:  Closed
  • Easter Sunday, April 20:  6 – 11 pm

As always, electronic resources will be available from on campus (and from off campus with a Barton login) during this time.  Regular library hours will resume on Monday, April 21.

Have a great break!

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Library Book Sale Has “New” Items Available for Purchase!

booksale sign smallAre you interested in expanding your personal library with some new-to-you, very inexpensive, gently used books?  Librarian Rich Fulling has just weeded some extra copies of “oldies but goodies” from our collections, and they are now available for purchase on the library’s Book Sale shelves by the Learning Café!

Hardbacks are $1.00; paperbacks are 50 cents each (you may pay at the circulation desk).

Come by now to get the picks of the litter—they won’t last long, so drop by the Book Sale shelves today!


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New Student Art Display in Hackney Library Invites All to Participate

5 squared smallIn the library’s gallery area, a new art exhibit has taken root, and with your help, it will continue to grow.  The exhibit not only represents art from various art students (in the Barton College Art League, from Wilson’s James B. Hunt High School, and from Appalachian State University), but it also invites everyone (this means you!) to add a contribution as well.  Called “52,” the exhibit consists of 5-inch by 5-inch squares of paper (hence the exhibit name).  Materials for producing your own 52 piece of art and blue painter’s tape for affixing it are provided on a table near the gallery display on the library’s first floor.

Following is a description of the exhibit from Barton Associate Professor of Art, Gérard Lange: 

Squares represent a unique challenge in visual art.  The shape dictates symmetrically, but design conventions call for asymmetrical balance.  However, squares also evoke the grid, a formal matrix upon where disparate images and ideas can be conveyed in harmonious unity.  Works in this display were produced by students from the Barton College Art League, James B. Hunt High School in Wilson and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  There were no requirements other than the outer dimensions had to be 5 x 5 inches square.  Each piece was installed to invoke the natural growth of moss and lichens.  A few clusters were placed in random locations then subsequent groupings “grew” where they seemed natural.  This manner of display embraces the notion of “gallery as canvass,” such as seen in the work of noted Japanese photographer Masao Yamamoto.  Visitors are invited to use the provided materials and create their own works of art, hanging it wherever they feel it is appropriate.  In this way the display should continue to evolve throughout the exhibition, collecting the passing thoughts and ideas of all who see it.  Just as the elemental pieces become part of the whole, all people become part of this tableaux.

So come by at your leisure and see what others have posted, and then let loose your own “inner artist” and create a “52” or two of your own to add to the mix!

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New Large, Rolling Whiteboards Now Available in Hackney Library

Ladislav and whiteboard

BC student Ladislav Lelkes tries out one of the new whiteboards.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Garnett Whitehurst, Hackney Library is now the repository for three large whiteboards on wheels that library users can move around the first floor wherever they are needed.

The property of the Honors program, these whiteboards have graciously been made available for library patrons to use when they’re not in use for Honors projects. 

Each whiteboard comes complete with dry erase markers and an eraser, and best of all, you don’t have to check out the boards or supplies to use them!

The whiteboards are currently “parked” by the side of the library’s technology classroom.  Try one out today!

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Framed Friends of Hackney Library Event Posters Now Decorating the Library’s Walls


Photo Credit: Alexx Deem

Although the recent wintry weather has prompted most of us on-campus to be focused on what’s happening outside lately, Hackney Library has experienced a burst of interior building beautification activity, with the help of some picture-hanging expertise from Physical Plant personnel.

The next time you visit, you’ll see new permanent artwork gracing the walls on the first floor.  Thanks to funding from the Friends of Hackney Library, posters publicizing many past Friends events (including book signings, dinners, and other programs) from as far back as 2006 have recently been framed and mounted in the library’s technology classroom, Learning Café, and other areas on the first floor.

IMG_6679So come by at your leisure and see the new additions that not only enhance the library’s décor but also document the cultural events made possible for us by the Friends through the years.

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Distinguished AC Alumna, Artist JoAnn Cowans, Donates Inscribed Copy of Her Latest Artwork


Artist JoAnn Cowans’ picture in Atlantic Christian College’s 1955 yearbook, “The Pine Knot.”

Distinguished Atlantic Christian College alumna JoAnn Cowans has generously donated an inscribed copy of her latest volume of artwork, Black Gold, to Hackney Library.  Ms. Cowans is internationally known for her oilfield paintings.  She is the only artist to have received the prestigious “Keeper of the Flame Award” from the Petroleum History Institute.  In addition to her paintings of the oil fields, Ms. Cowans has created landscape and still life oil paintings that hang in museums and galleries around the world.

Ms. Cowans, class of 1955, was the first four-year art major to graduate from Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College).  While at AC, she served as Editor and Art Editor for the Pine Knot; Page Editor for the Collegiate; Vice-President of Stage and Script, the drama club; and was a member of Sigma Pi Alpha and Sigma Tau Chi sororities.


JoAnn Cowans’ painting “Evening, Brea Canyon,” featured in her volume “Black Gold”

She left North Carolina for California in the early 1960s, and writes in the introduction to Black Gold that she, “…fell in love with the Venice [California] skyline.  There were rows of derricks along the beach.  They looked like wonderful abstract sculptures.  I spent the next few years painting the area, listening to the squeaky pumps and talking with residents and workmen. Then—as now—I drew on different painting techniques to show the many moods and facets of the subject.”  

"The Road (to the oil fields)," another of Cowans' paintings featured in "Black Gold."

“The Road (to the oil fields),” another of Cowans’ paintings featured in “Black Gold”

Black Gold covers the period 1960 to 2009, and includes reproductions of her paintings of the oil fields, the Venice countryside, and landscapes and still life of Orange County, California.  Each reproduction is accompanied by her reflections on the subject, its significance, and the creative process drawn from “old diaries, paintings, and sketches while writing.”

This beautiful volume, with its gracious inscription, “To Barton College, With fond memories of my days at Atlantic Christian,” is on display at Hackney Library, along with photographs of Ms. Cowans during her time here.  When you have a moment, we encourage you to come by Hackney Library to view this wonderful display.

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