Calling all Night Owls!  “Study ‘Round the Clock” Returns Dec. 7 to Hackney Library

Looking for a quiet place to study all night long in preparation for exams?  Hackney Library’s ever-popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” may be just the ticket; it  provides Barton student night owls a safe place to roost during Fall 2017 Reading Day and exams.

Beginning this Reading Day on December 7, Study ‘Round the Clock will provide 24-hour availability over a four-night period to Hackney Library’s study spaces (which adds up to an extra 32 hours compared to the regular semester).

Library hours during Study ‘Round the Clock are as follows:

  • Thursday, Dec. 7 (Reading Day) through Friday, Dec. 8: Open 8 am Thursday, remaining open continuously until closing at 8 pm Friday
  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 10 am – 7 pm (regular hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 10 through Wednesday, Dec. 13: Open 2 pm Sunday, remaining open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Thursday & Friday, Dec. 14 & 15: 8 am – 5 pm

In addition to extended hours, throughout Reading Day/exams, free coffee, tea, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During Study ‘Round the Clock, no library services will be available from midnight until 8 am the following morning, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time.

Access will be limited to only Barton students during the midnight to 8 am time slots.  Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am, and students entering or leaving after midnight will sign in/out with the police officer on duty.

So plan to visit Hackney Library during exams (remember to bring your ID for admission after midnight!) to get some extra study time in, and get your favorite hot beverage for free!

“Study ‘Round the Clock” is sponsored by Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library Office of Student Affairs, and the Student Government Association.



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Hackney Library to Provide E-Access to “Chronicle of Higher Education” Beginning Jan. 1, 2018

Coming Soon!  Beginning January 1, 2018, Hackney Library will be providing access for the Barton community to the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education, which will be available from anywhere, whether on campus or off.

A variety of features will be included in this subscription:

  • Unlimited access to all premium content at
  • Access to daily updates through newsletters like Academe Today
  • Special reports and data such as the The Almanac of Higher Education and The Trends Report
  • Archived issues back to 1989

So if you currently subscribe personally to either the paper or e-version (or both) of the Chronicle, you may want to reconsider whether you need to renew for 2018 now that Hackney Library will be subscribing, as of January 1.  Once it’s live, we’ll give you details about how to access and customize it.

Consider it a Happy New Year’s gift from Hackney Library to you!

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New NCLIVE Historic Newspaper Database Now Available through Hackney Library

Thanks to a new database available to Hackney Library patrons via NCLIVE, you can now access some 3.5 million digitized pages of historic newspapers in North Carolina, including selected issues of Wilson’s Daily Times (ranging from 1896-1929),  the Wilson Advance (ranging from 1874-1899), the Wilson Mirror (ranging from 1887-1894), plus many more newspapers from both Wilson and other North Carolina towns and counties.

The new database is called Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection and is distributed by ProQuest through NCLIVE.  Its digitized pages come from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.  The database may be searched by topic or keyword, and browsed by both city and newspaper name, among other options.  Available right now, it is part of a new collection of resources from NCLIVE that will gradually be rolled out through January 1, 2018.  It’s a great resource for primary documents dealing with North Carolina history.

There are several ways you can access it from Hackney Library’s home page:

  • Typing Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection into OneSearch, and scrolling down to the “Databases” section of the search results; it will be the first link in that section
  • Navigating to the link to it by hovering over “Search”, then clicking on the “A-Z List” link, and then clicking on the “H” and browsing through the alphabetical listing of database names, and clicking on it.
  • You may also access it from this link.

Try it out and let us know what you think!



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Former AC/Barton Tennis Coach and Alum Tom Parham Donates Bob Dylan Collection to Hackney Library

Tom Parham

If you’re a Bob Dylan fan, there’s great news “Blowin’ in the Wind” for you:  Former Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) tennis coach and alumnus Tom Parham has donated his collection of over 30 books and 4 DVDs about Dylan to Hackney Library’s collections.  They have just been cataloged and are waiting for you to come check them out!  To find them, you can search the catalog by typing in “Tom Parham Dylan.”

In addition to being a hardcore Bob Dylan devotee, Tom Parham is a 1963 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (ACC), now Barton College.  He was awarded the Barton College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

Not only is Parham an ACC alumnus, but he also became an employee of Atlantic Christian College the year after his graduation. From 1964 to 1983 he coached tennis at the College and from 1983 to 1985 he served as Athletic Director.  He led the Bulldogs to NAIA National Tennis Championships in 1979 and 1984, and earned another NAIA National Championship for Elon University in 1990, where he served as tennis coach from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.  Parham was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1985, and 1990.  For his service to collegiate tennis and his achievements in the sport, Parham was named in 1979 to North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor awarded in the state of North Carolina.  He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including induction into several athletic halls of fame and receiving the Elon Medallion, the University’s highest honor, upon his retirement in 2004.

Parham holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Barton College/ACC.  He serves on the N.C. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors.  He is also the author of several books, including The Little Green Book of Tennis, Play is Where Life Is,  and ALOT (A Level of Thinking), all of which Hackney Library has in its collections.

Parham, professor emeritus at Elon University, now resides in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with his wife Margaret.


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World War I Comes to Hackney Library

In case you hadn’t noticed, Hackney Library has gone back in time about 100 years:  we are playing temporary host to an exhibit called “North Carolina in the Great War.”  The exhibit consists of two  mannequins–the first dressed in the World War I uniform of a U.S. soldier (known as a “doughboy”), complete with gas mask; and the second in the uniform of a World War I nurse–as well as posters detailing the participation of North Carolina citizens in “The Great War.”

This year commemorates the centennial of the United States’ involvement in World War I, and the mannequins and poster exhibits are on temporary loan to us from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) through October 24, 2017.  In only five months of action in 1918, the United States suffered over 275,000 casualties and over 50,000 deaths during the war.

According to the DNCR World War I web site,

With the declaration of war by President Wilson [in 1917], North Carolinians rallied to the cause. Women joined the American Red Cross, YWCA, and Salvation Army to serve as nurses in military hospitals at home and in France. Farmers grew victory acres and children grew thrift gardens to earn money to buy war bonds. Individuals and industry united to support the war effort.

The posters on display throughout the first floor of Hackney Library explore some of the details of North Carolinians’ involvement in the war and on the homefront during the conflagration that came to be known ironically as “the war to end all wars.”

Come by and take a step back in time to see what North Carolinians were doing to support the World War I effort!

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“Words Have Power,” so Hackney Library Encourages You to Read a Challenged Book During “Banned Books Week,” September 24-30!

Did you know that not only have most of the the top 10 most frequently challenged or banned books in the United States in 2016 been challenged because of sexual content of one type or another, but also that an entire series on the list has been challenged because of the alleged sexual improprieties of its author?

It’s true–author Bill Cosby’s “Little Bill” series of children’s books (illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood) has been challenged for removal from a library or libraries in the United States in 2016, the most recent year for which such data has been collected.  This raises interesting questions about whether a work should be restricted or censored not because of the books content, but because of the allegedly unsavory (and potentially criminal) actions of its author.

What is a “challenged” or “banned book,” you may ask?  Here’s how the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines both in paragraph 4 of its Banned and Challenged Books page:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

To counteract these threats amounting to censorship, The American Library Association (ALA) sponsors Banned Books Week every year to encourage readers to check out challenged or banned books and make their own decisions about the books they read.  This year Banned Books Week is being celebrated from September 24-30, 2017, and is focused on First Amendment rights guaranteed in the Constitution. 

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Hackney Library has put on display copies of print books in our collection (just look for the bright yellow “Caution!” tape around the display near the library’s Technology Classroom on the first floor) that have made Banned Books lists in the past; although this year’s top 10, listed below include titles that Hackney Library does not own, except for #6, John Greene’s Looking for Alaska, which we have in e-book format only.

All the books in the display are meant to be read, so please feel free to grab a title–or several!– off the display to check out and read for yourself!

The ALA, which tracks challenges to various books in libraries and school curricula each year, recorded 323 challenges to books in 2016, 48 more than those challenged or banned in 2015.  Following is ALA’s list of the top ten “banned” or challenged books for 2016 (numbers 4, 5, and 6 in this year’s list were also challenged the previous year), and the reasons cited for their challenges:

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki     This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green (available in e-book format through Hackney Library)
    This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

Although the 2016 top-ten list represents books challenged for their sexual content,  sexual orientation, or profanity, challenges to books can run the gamut, sometimes coming from both the liberal and the conservative ends of the cultural spectrum; ironically, sometimes the same reason is cited by both extremes but in relation to completely different books.   It’s not unusual for books we now consider classics to have been challenged or banned.

The most frequently-cited reasons for book challenges include the following:

  • Sexually explicit content
  • Offensive language
  • Content unsuited to the targeted age group
  • Violence
  • Homosexuality
  • Expression of religious viewpoint
  • Drug use

Words do, indeed, have power, so feel free to come by to check out and read for yourself as many “banned books” from our Banned Books display as you’d like, and defend your, and everyone else’s, inherent First Amendment right to read!

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Friends Groups Jointly Present Author, Columnist, TV and Radio Host D. G. Martin for Dinner/Lecture on October 3, 2017


D. G. Martin (Photo Credit: Alicia Stemper)

The Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library are pleased to announce that author, columnist, and TV and radio talk show host D. G. Martin will be the guest speaker for the Friends’ jointly-sponsored 2017 Fall Dinner and Program on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.  A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6:00 to 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm and the program immediately afterward. Martin will be available to sign copies of his latest book at the event, which will be available for purchase both at the book signing and following the program.

David Grier (D. G.) Martin, Jr., was born in Atlanta but raised in Davidson, North Carolina, where his father served as president of Davidson College.  Martin attended Davidson and played basketball under coach “Lefty” Driesell.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, eventually becoming a Green Beret.  Martin attended Yale Law School after leaving active duty, and upon graduation, returned to North Carolina to practice law in Charlotte for 20 years.  Subsequently, he joined the University of North Carolina, serving as Vice President for Public Affairs and chief legislative liaison.

Martin is a Renaissance man of sorts, to which his career and civic activities attest.  He has been involved with public service and politics throughout his life, including stints after retirement as interim Vice Chancellor for Development and University Affairs at both UNC-Pembroke and North Carolina Central University; work as the Carolinas Director of the Trust for Public Land; in leadership positions with the Triangle Land Conservancy, North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and as President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund.  In the political arena, he conducted two races for Congress in 1984 and 1986, and a hard-fought 1998 campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate against John Edwards.  He has also served in leadership roles at Davidson College, the YMCA, the United Way, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Since 1999, he has hosted UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, the state’s premier literary television series featuring interviews with more than 380 North Carolina authors.  In addition, he has participated in other UNC-TV productions, including segments of the popular Our State series, and the intriguing documentary, The Search for Princess Charlotte.  He currently writes a weekly newspaper column, One on One, that covers books, politics, and related topics and is carried by some 40 North Carolina newspapers;  he is also a frequent contributor to Our State magazine.  In addition to his work in television and print, Martin has interviewed over 1,000 individuals as the host of Who’s Talking, a daily interview program on WCHL-1360, a Chapel Hill, NC, radio station.  In May 2008, Wingate University awarded him an honorary degree.

dg-martin-book-cover-imageMartin’s latest publishing endeavor is a book about the state’s local food joints:  North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries:  A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints (UNC Press, October 2016).  In it, Martin, who spent years traveling the highways and byways of North Carolina, recounts more than 100 notable North Carolina eating establishments not far off the interstates that range from local barbecue joints to Mexican restaurants to Greek diners, as well as introducing readers to the restaurants’ owners and the locals who frequent their establishments.  According to novelist Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame), “I’ve had the good fortune to have D. G. as my personal guide to some of the fine eateries in this book.  I’m grateful to him for introducing me not only to so many memorable meals but also to the many fine local people and places that I’ve come to treasure.”  Says Bridgette Lacy of the News & Observer, “Martin wants . . . us to take his guide and have our own adventures. . . . He encourages readers to go a little out of their way to be greeted like an old friend at one of these places even if it’s your first visit.”  Organized by interstate highways and the eating establishments located near each, the book provides a wealth of information not only about great places to eat throughout North Carolina but also about the local color and culture they reflect.  And in the “After Eating” section following each restaurant write-up, Martin recommends other nearby “don’t-miss” sites to explore.

Martin and his wife, Harriet, live in Chapel Hill and have two grown children and four grandchildren.  Their son, Grier Martin, serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Admission to the event is $30 each for Friends of Hackney Library members; for Friends of the Wilson County Public Library members; and for Barton faculty/staff, students, and spouses.  For all other guests, admission is $35 each.

For more information about invitations for the event, please contact Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued in late August/early September, the deadline for reservations is Monday, September 25, 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.

We hope you will join us for a delightful evening with this engaging raconteur!


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