Study the Nights Away: “Study ‘Round the Clock” returns May 7 to Hackney Library!

pocketwatchNeed a place to study after-hours this exam period?  Check out Hackney Library’s incredibly popular “Study ‘Round the Clock,” which will provide just that opportunity, returning during Reading Day and final exams beginning May  7, 2015.  As always, for much of this exam period, the library will remain open 24/7.

The library will be open the following hours during Spring 2015 Reading Day and Exams:

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

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 37 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester. In addition, during exams, free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During these 24/7 periods, library services will be available from 8 am until midnight only. From midnight until 8 am the following morning, no library services will be available, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time. (Access will be limited to Barton students only during the midnight to 8 am time slots. Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am).

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, the Barton College Office of Student Affairs, and the Barton Student Government Association.

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1688 King James Bible on Loan to K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room

Title page of the Webber family's King James Bible published in 1688.

Title page of the Webber family’s King James Bible published in 1688.

The K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room has recently received on loan a fragile, early edition of the King James Bible published in England in 1688.  The first translation of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible was commissioned in 1604 by British King James I and was completed in 1611.

This loaned copy of the Bible has been passed down through the family of Mrs. Webber Paxton, a member of the Friends of Hackney Library Board, making its way to the New World with family members in the early 1700s.   Webber Paxton has graciously consented to lend the book to the Rare Book Room.

While students will be permitted to view the 1688 Bible, because of its fragility, they will actually be working with and handling a facsimile of the 1611 version of the King James Bible that benefactor K. D. Kennedy, Jr., had previously donated to the Rare Book Room holdings. Students will also have access to an actual page from the 1611 first edition.

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A peek inside the Webber family’s 1688 Bible.

The times during which the Webber family’s Bible was published were tumultuous in terms of religious tolerance in England and Scotland.  In 1687, one year prior to the Bible’s publication, King James II issued his “Declaration of Indulgence” and “Declaration for Liberty of Conscience,” which were first steps toward promoting freedom of religion in the British Isles (specifically, freedom from conformity to the Church of England in terms of worship and in taking an oath to the Anglican church to procure employment) by essentially negating the effects of laws that punished Catholics and non-Anglican Protestants.

Primary documents such as the Webber Bible are invaluable to the research efforts of Barton College students, faculty, and other users of the Rare Book Room collections.  We are most grateful to Mrs. Webber Paxton for the loan of her family’s 1688 Bible.




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The Friends of Hackney Library Honor President and Mrs. Kneten With New Donation to Rare Book Room

In recognition of the dedicated service of Dr. and Mrs. Norval Kneten to Barton College and their support of Hackney Library, the Friends of Hackney Library recently donated a rare book to the holdings of the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room in their honor upon their upcoming retirement.

Kneten Bk_Title PageAt the behest of the Friends of Hackney Library board to find a suitable addition for the Rare Book Room to honor the Knetens’ service, Library Director George Loveland located a 1790 second edition of A Dissertation on Miracles: Containing an Examination of the Principles Advanced by David Hume, Esq; In an Essay on Miracles; with a Correspondence on the Subject by Mr. Hume, Dr. Campbell, and Dr. Blair by George Campbell.

Rare book consultant Dr. Patrick Scott, who has helped establish and develop policies for the Rare Book Room collection, concurred with the selection.

Kneten Bk_CoverThe book relates a response by Campbell to an essay  on miracles by Scottish philosopher David Hume.  George Campbell is reportedly one of Disciples of Christ founder Thomas Campbell’s (no relation) favorite scholars.

Loveland explained that because the book ties in the British Isles/Scotland focus with Robert Burns’s work and the books Burns would have been reading, as well as the College’s Disciples of Christ heritage, it dovetails well with the collection policy for the Rare Book Room’s holdings.

A certificate indicating the purchase of the book was presented by Friends board chair Hal Tarleton to Norval and Susan Kneten at the Friends of Hackney Library’s spring dinner, held on April 7, 2015 in Hardy Alumni Hall.

The book will be displayed in the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room.  Call or email George Loveland (252-399-6501; for an appointment to come see it for yourself!

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Hackney Library Has Added Two New Tablet Chairs to Help You Study in Comfort!

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Student Ashley Sheares studies in one of the new “tablet chairs” in Hackney Library.

As we head down the homestretch and toward the end of the semester and final exams, Hackney Library’s latest furniture addition may help make your intensive study just a little bit more comfortable.

We now have two new softly-upholstered “tablet chairs,” each complete with a tablet arm that can either be swung over from the right side for a versatile work surface or swung away when not needed.

The new pair of chairs is located in front of the “Kimono Museum” painting by Barton’s artist-in-residence, J. Chris Wilson.

Come try them out and let us know what you think of them—and where they’re placed.  If you like them, we may explore adding more to the Learning Commons area of the library, so don’t be shy about letting us know your opinion!

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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!

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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.

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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 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.

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