Hackney Library Art Display Features Barton Students’ Interpretations of Wiley Cash’s ‘A Land More Kind Than Home’

Student Land More Kind Than Home Art DisplayHackney Library is experiencing a wealth of new art (see our recent post about the faculty exhibit in the library’s new art gallery) on display!

The newest addition is the work of Barton students, hanging in the original gallery area near the elevator on the first floor.

The Barton College Art League invited students to submit work based on Wiley Cash’s A Land More Kind Than Home, the 2014 FYS summer reader.  Students from all different majors, ranging from art to nursing, submitted work for the show, including assistant art professor Maureen O’Neill’s FYS students.

The student artists featured in the second exhibit include:

  • Kay Forden
  • Shannon Casto
  • Edwin Ignacio
  • Courtney Moore
  • Jose Simpre
  • Quentin King
  • James Berry
  • Nicolaus Seegal
  • Lizzie Salyers
  • Jasmine Cox
  • Teresa Hilton
  • Candice Bunch
  • Kate Barnes
  • Benjamin Hawley
  • Jacinda Aytch

Please come by when you can and see how Cash’s fictional work has been explored in art by some of our very own Barton students.

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Faculty Art Exhibition Now on Display in New Library Art Gallery

New library art galleryCome feast your eyes on the latest addition of art to Hackney Library!

An exhibition featuring works by Barton College Art and Design faculty is now on display in the new “Art Gallery” in the library, located on the first floor between the side wall of the Office of Student Success and the side glassed-in wall of the Library Technology Classroom.  (You’ll be able to recognize it by the new “Art Gallery” sign suspended from the ceiling.)

The new gallery allows us to augment our ability to showcase art in addition to the already-existing art display area near the elevator on the first floor.

This current exhibition features the following pieces of faculty art:

  • Susan Fecho, Chair of Barton’s Department of Art and Design, has a new series of prints on display that she created at Penland School of Crafts this summer. The work is based on her response to the immediate landscape environment.
  • Mark Gordon, Associate Professor of Art, has a selection of ceramic pieces on display.
  • Gerard Lange, Associate Professor of Art, has two photographs from his series of Wilson County on exhibit.
  • Maureen O’Neill, Visiting Professor of Art and Director of Exhibitions and Education Programming, has on display a pastel drawing of the Barton College Ceramic Studio, which was done this summer as part of a series.

This exhibit is the first of many planned for this new “Art Gallery” in the library.  Please come by at your leisure and enjoy these creative works by some of our very own Barton colleagues.

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Dr. Troy Kickler to Speak at September 17 Constitution Day Program


Dr. Troy Kickler

On Wednesday, September 17, Hackney Library will be hosting a celebration of Constitution Day with a program and reception from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open free of charge to the public as well as to the Barton community.  (Constitution Day is held each September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on that date in 1787.)

Troy Kickler will be the featured speaker at the event. Dr. Kickler is the author of The King’s Trouble Makers: Edenton’s Role in Creating a Nation and State (2013).  In the book, Dr. Kickler explores an often overlooked history of northeastern North Carolina and the founding of America, including, among other things, that many passages of the U.S. Constitution originated from townsmen of Edenton, North Carolina.  His talk will also be titled “The King’s Trouble Makers” and will address eastern North Carolina’s role in the Founding Era, including the development of the Constitution.

Kings Trouble Makers Cover ImageKickler has also published numerous introductions and forwards to scholarly works, written articles and reviews for a variety of scholarly historical journals and publications, edited or co-edited anthologies, and more.  Other recent publications include “Why the Constitution is Essential for Liberty” as part of the State Policy Network’s We the People series, and “Caught in the Crossfire: African American Children and the Ideological Battle for Education in Reconstruction Tennessee” (in Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, New York University Press, 2012, James Marten, ed.).

In addition to being a frequently published author, Kickler is also founding director of the North Carolina History Project and editor of its web site, NorthCarolinahistory.org.  According to its web site, the North Carolina History Project, which is a special project of the John Locke Foundation (a non-profit, non-partisan think tank in Raleigh, North Carolina), aims

not only to encourage a wide variety of historical questions and provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas but also to emphasize overlooked or forgotten historical themes. Such themes include entrepreneurship, private sector problem solving, the importance of individuals and ideas, and the positive role of free markets.

The Project’s site is a free online encyclopedia of North Carolina and also includes commentaries, lesson plans, and a community calendar.

Kickler holds an M.S. in Social Studies Education from North Carolina A&T State University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Tennessee.  He has taught at Barton College, at the University of Tennessee, and at North Carolina State University, and he serves on the Scholarly Advisory Board of The Religion in North Carolina Digital Collection (a collaborative project of Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest University).

Please join us for an interesting program reflecting on the link between eastern North Carolinians and the Constitution as we commemorate the signing of that enduring document 227 years ago this year.

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Hackney Library’s September 9 Open House to Include Book Signing with FYS Summer Reader Author Wiley Cash

Hackney Library’s throwing a party, and you’re invited!  On Tuesday, September 9, we will be holding our 9th annual Open House, “Celebrating Wiley Cash’s ‘A Land More Kind Than Home,’”  in the library from 4 to 6 pm, complete with refreshments, giveaways, door prizes, and best of all, a book signing with New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash.  Read on for more details!


Author Wiley Cash

Author Wiley Cash

For the past few years, Hackney Library’s annual Open House has taken its theme from the current Freshman Year Seminar (FYS) Summer Reader, and this year will be no exception.  We will kick off this year’s event with a book signing from 4 to 5 pm featuring novelist Cash, whose debut novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, has been chosen as Barton’s 2014 FYS Summer Reader.  Concurrent Open House activities will be going on from 4 to 6 pm during the event.

The Open House and Book Signing are both free of charge and open to the general public as well as to the Barton community.  In addition to the book signing, Open House activities from 4 to 6 pm will include:

  • free Land-themed t-shirt giveaways
  • lots more freebies
  • online surveys
  • tours of the Library and the Office of Student Success
  • free refreshments, and much more

In addition to the Open House activities above, two door prize drawings (one for students and another for everyone else) will be held at 5:30 pm.  Door prizes in both drawings will include one each of the following:

  • a Kindle e-reader
  • a free copy of FYS Summer Reader A Land More Kind Than Home
  • a $50 Barton Bookstore gift certificate
  • a $100 Amazon gift card
  • Barton-themed items, and more

All door prize recipients must be present at 5:30 pm during the drawings in order to be eligible to win.


Cash’s debut novel is both the Barton FYS Summer Reader for 2014 and this year’s “Wilson Reads” selection by the Wilson County Public Library.

Not only has Cash’s award-winning novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, been chosen as the freshman Summer Reader this year by Barton—to be used by its FYS classes as a springboard for discussion in a variety of ways during the Fall 2014 semester—but it’s also been designated by the Wilson County Public Library as its “Wilson Reads” selection for this year.

In light of this collaborative selection, the book signing/reception portion of the Open House is being sponsored jointly by the Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.  Copies of Cash’s works will be available for purchase at the book signing in addition to the two copies being given away as door prizes.

A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Wiley Cash holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.  He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo.  His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly, and his essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review, and other publications.

Cash currently teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University.  He and his wife live in Wilmington, NC.

On his web site, Cash summarizes A Land More Kind Than Home in the following way:

Families are supposed to shield children from the horrors of the world, but one Sunday nine-year-old Jess hall watches as his autistic brother is called into a little church in the mountains of North Carolina.  What happens next forces Jess to question everything he once believed.  Clem Barefield, the local sheriff, arrives to find a group of charismatic believers who are unwilling to utter a word about the things Jess has seen.  At the center of the mystery is Carson Chambliss, a snake handling ex-convict turned preacher whose past is just as mysterious as the power he claims to possess.

Library Journal’s review of the book calls it “[a]s lyrical, beautiful, and uncomplicated as the classic ballads of Appalachia. . . a tragic story of misplaced faith and love gone wrong, set in the mountains of North Carolina” (March 1, 2012).  Kirkus Reviews echoes this sentiment, describing the novel as “lean and spare as a mountain ballad. . . . An  evocative work about love, fate, and redemption.” Publishers Weekly characterizes the book as “compelling, with an elegant structure and a keen eye for detail, matched with compassionate attention to character.  The languid atmosphere seduces, and Cash’s fine first effort pulls the reader into a shadowy, tormented world where wolves prowl in the guise of sheep” (January 16, 2012).

Booklist describes Cash as “a graceful and promising writer,” one whose “story and characters will linger in readers’ memories” (March 15, 2012).  Likewise, Warren J. Carson notes that“[w]ithin the first few pages of Wiley Cash’s debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home, the reader knows without a doubt that he is in the hands of a master storyteller” (Appalachian Heritage, Spring 2013, p. 83).  Carson wraps up his review of Land by calling it “a veritable tour de force . . . . Cash combines a rare talent with superb training and has delivered what I expect will be the first of many great works” (p. 84).  Cash’s second novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, was released in January 2014 to great acclaim, bearing out these predictions.

So please remember to mark September 9th on your calendar as a “don’t miss” opportunity:  At this fun-filled Open House you will get to know your library and librarians, as well as Office of Student Success staff; you will walk away with some great loot; and best of all, you will meet and have your FYS Summer Reader signed by its author, the incomparable Wiley Cash.

We look forward to seeing you on 9/9!

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Hackney Library and Friends Saddened by Death of Author Louise Shivers

Louise Shivers

Author Louise Shivers, 1929-2014

Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library express our deepest condolences to the Shivers and Shingleton families upon the death of novelist Louise Shivers, 84, on Saturday, July 26, 2014.

Ms. Shivers was a native of Stantonsburg, and for 25 years served as writer-in-residence at Georgia Regents University-Augusta.  She was best known for her 1983 award-winning novel Come to Get My Baby Out of Jail and the subsequent movie made from it, “Summer Heat,” as well as her novel A Whistling Woman, and a memoir, My Shining Hour.

Shivers was working on a third novel set in eastern North Carolina during the Civil War titled Leaving Cold Harbor; she was scheduled to be the featured speaker at the Friends of Hackney Library’s April 7, 2015 dinner/lecture.

She will be greatly missed.

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New Informational and Directional Signs Now Help Point the Way in Hackney Library

New Lib Signage

One of several new informational/directional signs now hangs from the ceiling in Hackney Library.

“Where can I find a book on reserve for my class?”

“Where do I go for help with researching a paper?”

“Where can I check out a laptop?”

These questions—and many more—are posed frequently by patrons to Hackney Library faculty and staff, who are very happy to provide the answers.  But with the recent installation of new informational and directional signage throughout the first floor, those questions may become necessary less and less often.

We think the new signage will aid Hackney Library users to find more quickly what they’re looking for; but rest assured, we’ll still be available to answer with pleasure those questions (and any others) that should arise.

And if you have any additional suggestions for signage that would help you navigate the library more easily, we’re all ears!  Let us know what you think….


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Hackney Library Gets New First-Floor Study Chairs!

chairsFor those with sensitive backs (and backsides), Hackney Library’s latest summer furnishing revamp will offer some welcome relief:  We have just purchased and installed 60 new chairs around study tables on the first floor.

The new chairs are on wheels and feature adjustable-height padded seats and mesh backs for studying comfort.  They replace some of the older wooden chairs on the first floor, as well as some upholstered chairs, which have been moved upstairs to replace worn wooden chairs at second floor study carrels and Curriculum Lab desks.

In addition to offering increased comfort, the new chairs’ ease of mobility will make it easier to reconfigure study areas to suit students’ collaborative needs at any particular moment.

So improve your posture and comfort while enhancing your study experience at the same time–come give the new chairs a whirl!

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