Hackney Library Hours During Spring Break 2015

We're Open carouselBeginning Wednesday, March 4, Hackney Library’s hours will shift during Spring Break. Following are the hours that we will be open during that time (changes in the regular schedule are denoted in red):


  • Wednesday, March 4 through Thursday, March 5:  8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, March 6:  8 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 7:  10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 8:  2 pm  to 6 pm
  • Monday, March 9 through Thursday, March 12:  8 am to 5 pm
  • Friday, March 13:  8 am to 8 pm
  • Saturday, March 14:  10 am to 7 pm
  • Sunday, March 15:  6 pm to 11 pm

Regular hours will resume on Monday, March 16.  We wish you a relaxing (and productive?)  break!

Posted in news | Leave a comment

Hackney Library Aims to Pique Intellectual “CuriosiTea” Through A New Casual Conversation Forum


CuriosiTea_logo (3)Are you curious how others are grappling with thorny controversies that face us today?  Are you interested in intellectually stimulating conversations about current issues?  Do you like to drink tea?

If so, then Hackney Library’s new series of casual conversation forums called “CuriosiTea” could literally be just your cup of tea.

Scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month from 4 pm-5 pm in Hackney Library’s Art Gallery area, each CuriosiTea forum will feature a broadly-based theme to get group and individual conversations started, but where they end up depends entirely upon you!

All members of the Barton campus community are invited to drop in, including students, faculty, staff, and any other interested parties on campus.  A variety of teas will be provided for your drinking pleasure.

The first CuriosiTea has been rescheduled due to snow; it will now take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 4:00 pm, when several of Barton’s recent Ethics Bowl student participants will get the conversation rolling as they share the ethical dilemma scenarios that they were required to address during the recent NCICU competition.

A subsequent CuriosiTea is scheduled this semester for Tuesday, April 28, also from 4 pm-5 pm in Hackney Library’s Art Gallery area.  The theme will be announced prior to each upcoming CuriosiTea.

So satisfy your CuriosiTea for meaningful conversation on March 31 at 4 pm!

The CuriosiTea logo was created by Michael E. Farrar, a Barton senior majoring in art with a concentration in painting.

Posted in events | Leave a comment

Friends of Hackney Library Spring 2015 Event to Feature Author Elaine Neil Orr

Author Elaine Neil Orr

Author Elaine Neil Orr

The Friends of Hackney Library organization is pleased to  host award-winning author Elaine Neil Orr as the featured speaker at its Spring 2015 book signing, wine reception and dinner/lecture.  The event will take place in Barton College’s Hardy Alumni Hall on Tuesday, April 7, 2015.  A book signing and wine reception will take place from 6:00-6:45 pm, followed by the dinner and program at 7:00 pm.  Copies of the author’s books will be available for purchase at the book signing and following the program.

Different Sun Cover ImageElaine Neil Orr is a trans-Atlantic writer of fiction, memoir, and poetry.  Themes of home, country, and spiritual longing run through her writing.  A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa, her latest book (Berkley/Penguin, 2013), has been called by Lee Smith “as lyrical and passionate a novel as has ever been written.  [It] shines in the mind like a rare gem.”  Philip Deaver describes it as“[a] beautiful novel, exquisitely written, perfectly complex, true to the past, relevant today, unforgettable.”

gods-of-noonday-lrgthumbHer memoir, Gods of Noonday (U. of Virginia Press, 2003), was a Top-writing-out-of-limbo-lrgthumb-200x30020 Book Sense selection and a nominee for the Old North State Award as well as a SIBA Book Award.  She is associate editor of a collection of essays on international childhoods, Writing Out of Limbo, and the author of two scholarly books, Subject to Negotiation (U. of Virginia Press, 1997) and Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision (U. of Mississippi Press, 1987).

Orr has published extensively in literary magazines including The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Shenandoah, and Image Journal.   Her short stories and short memoirs have won several Pushcart Prize nominations and competition prizes.  She has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the North Carolina Arts Council, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

She was born in Nigeria to medical missionary parents and spent her growing-up years in the savannahs and rain forests of that country.  Her family remained in Nigeria during its civil war.

Orr left West Africa at age sixteen and attended college in Kentucky.  She studied creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville before taking her Ph.D. in Literature and Theology at Emory University.

She is an award-winning Professor of English at North Carolina State University and serves on the faculty of the brief-residency MFA in Writing Program at Spalding University.  She reads and lectures widely at universities and conferences from Atlanta to Austin to San Francisco to Vancouver to New York to Washington D.C., and in Nigeria.

Orr lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband, Anderson Orr.

Tickets for the event are $30 for Friends members and Barton faculty/staff, students, and spouses; and $35 for all others.

For more information about invitations for the dinner, please contact Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends at fohl@barton.edu. Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued, reservations for the dinner must be received by March 31, 2015.

This event is sponsored in part by BB&T.

Posted in events | Leave a comment

New Student Oil Paintings on Display in Hackney Library

AART220 Oil Limited Palette Still Lifes small new collection of art by students in instructor Maureen O’Neill’s “Art 220: Introduction to Painting in Oils” class is now on display in the student gallery in Hackney Library near the elevator.

The still-life paintings in the exhibit use a limited palette featuring Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue, and Burnt Sienna and Cobalt Blue.

Come by when you have a chance and view them for yourself!

Posted in news | Leave a comment

Look What Santa Delivered to Hackney Library Over Christmas Break!

New Table with students small

Students enjoy the new tables delivered and assembled over Christmas break in Hackney Library.

Thanks to a Christmas Break delivery by Santa, Hackney Library is the happy recipient of some new furniture.   With the help of his elves (a.k.a. librarians George Loveland and Josh Newport), ten new tables-on-wheels arrived and were assembled over the break for your studying pleasure.

The new tables can be configured in a variety of ways (right now they are doubled up as 5 new study tables).  In addition, a new, larger brainstorming table, complete with a whiteboard turntable embedded in the middle, has joined the mix.

The new furniture necessitated some rearranging, so you’ll now find a loveseat and chair arrangement in the art gallery area, and tables moved to the upholstered furniture’s former  locations.  The old index tables have given way to more table seating, and some additional chairs are on the way as well.

Come try out the new arrangement and let us know what you think!


Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Children’s Author and Illustrator Bonnie Christensen Will Be Missed

Bonnie Christensen photo

Children’s Book Author/Illustrator Bonnie Christensen–1951-2015

With a heavy heart, we share the sad news that children’s book author/illustrator Bonnie Christensen, a former Friends of Hackney Library speaker and supporter of numerous Library events, lost her battle with ovarian cancer on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in the Vermont Respite House in Williston, Vermont.

Although a Saranac Lake, New York native and long-time Vermont resident, Bonnie moved to Wilson, North Carolina a number of years ago and became an active member of the artistic community here as well as on the Barton campus.

In 2009, she participated with other author/illustrators as a panelist in the Friends of Hackney Library’s Panel of Children’s Book Illustrators spring event.  She was also the guest author featured at not one but two Friends of Hackney Library book signings, in 2009 and 2012, respectively.

Not only did she participate in events featuring her own books, Bonnie also attended events celebrating other authors’ work as well.  She even provided gentle crowd-control among very excited preschoolers at the Friends children’s book signing featuring fellow children’s author Rosemary Wells, held in 2013.

Her most recent children’s books include Django: World’s Greatest Jazz Guitarist (2011, which received a starred review from Booklist); Fabulous!: A Portrait of Andy Warhol (2011, which received starred reviews from Booklist and School Library Journal); The Princess of Borscht (2011; written by Leda Schubert and illustrated by Christensen, it received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews); Plant a Little Seed (2012; Booklist called the book “a quiet yet engaging presentation that is sure to inspire gardening attempts by young readers”); I, Galileo (2012; critics called its illustrations “exquisite,” “vivid,” and “vibrant,” with first person narrative that “flows beautifully” and “renders the text both engaging and accessible”); A Single Pebble: A Story of the Silk Road (2013); and her last book, Elvis:  The Story of the Rock and Roll King (forthcoming in April 2015, it has already received a starred review in Booklist).  For more about her work, see her web page.

Bonnie Christensen was a talented and prolific author and illustrator, able to connect with children without talking down to them—and she was simply a delight to be around.  Rest in peace, Bonnie; you will be greatly missed.



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Manage Your Hackney Library Account Online!

Did you know that you can log into your online Hackney Library account, check on the status of the materials you have checked out, view fines, place holds, renew books online, save searches in our catalog, and more—all from the comfort of your own home, dorm room, favorite coffee shop, etc.?

It’s true!  All you need to do is choose the “Catalog” link above the search box on the library’s home page, and then  click on the “Log In” button in the top right of the aqua blue catalog screen.

You’ll be asked for your “LiTLC Login Barcodebrary ID” and “PIN”; these come directly from your barcode number on your Barton ID (the entire 14-digit barcode number is your “Library ID” and your “PIN” consists of the last four digits of that number.

Once you log into the catalog with that information, we suggest you create an EZ Username and EZ Password on the catalog site using your Barton username and password to keep things simple (or you may choose something else if you prefer).

For step-by-step illustrations, see our LibGuide.  You can also get to the instructions by clicking on the “My Account” link in the top right above the black banner on the library’s home page.

Let us know if you have questions!

Posted in news | Leave a comment