Hackney Library Open House 2015: Celebrating Ann Pancake’s “Strange As This Weather Has Been”

Ann Pancake's novel "Strange as the Weather Has Been" is Barton's 2015 FYS Summer Reader.

Ann Pancake’s novel is Barton’s 2015 FYS Summer Reader.

On Thursday, August 20, Hackney Library will hold its tenth annual Open House from 4-6 pm on the first floor of Hackney Library to welcome new students to the Library and to the Office of Student Success, and to welcome back returning students, staff, and faculty.  The event, which is sponsored by Hackney Library, the Office of Student Success, and the Friends of Hackney Library, is also open to the public.

This year’s Open House celebrates author Ann Pancake’s novel, Strange As This Weather Has Been, which has been chosen as this year’s FYS Summer Reader (as well as the Wilson County Public Library’s 2015 “Wilson Reads” selection).

As in years past, we will be throwing quite a party!   All attendees who complete a brief online survey at the event will score one of our wildly popular Library Open House t-shirts (this year’s t-shirt was once again designed by Pancake Tshirt smallerBarton art professor Susan Fecho and features themes from Pancake’s novel).  In addition, other giveaways from the Library and the Office of Student Success will be available to attendees visiting six “stations” around the library (each is designed to introduce new Barton community members to our faculty/staff and services, as well as to refresh the memory of returnees).

To satisfy your sweet tooth, everyone will have a chance to create a scrumptious “build-your-own” ice cream sundae (thanks to Tony Tilley and his incomparable Aramark crew) in the library’s foyer.

And last but not least, a door prize drawing for fantastic prizes will take place at 5:30 pm (be sure to hang around until 5:30 so that you’re eligible for one of the following!):

  • A Barton College license plate
  • A paperback copy of Ann Pancake’s novel Strange As This Weather Has Been
  • A pair of Zipbuds PRO mic Never Tangle Zipper Earbuds with Noise Canceling Mic/Remote
  • Two portable speakers (one mono and one stereo) for use with movies, games, music on all kinds of devices:
    •  DKnight Magicbox Ultraportable Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Speaker with Enhanced Bass
    • Kinivo ZX 100 Mini Portable Mono Speaker with Rechargeable Battery and Enhanced Bass Resonator
  • A Google Chromecast HDMI streaming media player (to stream shows from Netflix, Hulu Plus, and YouTube)
  • Two portable rechargeable batteries:
    • Jackery Mini Premium 3200mAh rechargeable battery (provides 1 full charge to iPhones, iPads, Android devices)
    • Jackery Bar 6000mAh rechargeable battery for smartphones and tablets (provides 2-3 full charges for iPhones, 1-2 for Samsung Galaxy)
  • An iClever® 6-Port 50W 10A Fast USB Desktop Charger (recharges multiple devices simultaneously with 6 ports that provide maximum charging efficiency and speed for each device)
  • A $100 Amazon gift card
  • A $15 Starbucks gift card

An opportunity to join the Friends of Hackney Library will be available at a table at the event for those who’d like to support the work of the library while reaping the benefits of membership.

So come check us out on Thursday, August 20th from 4-6 pm and see what Hackney Library and the Office of Student Success have to offer at this year’s Hackney Library Open House!




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Hackney Library To Host Monthly Discussions of Books/Ideas on Science and Religion in Its ISSR Collection


Logo of the International Society for Science and Religion

The Barton College Hackney Library has undertaken to further promote to the general public their collection of 250 volumes from The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR). Perspectives relating to the ongoing discoveries and developments within the natural and human sciences and their implications for religion and theology are covered in these books.

Beginning in September and continuing through May, a small group forum will be meeting the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 pm  in Hackney Library’s technology classroom for conversations centering on these salient topics. The general public as well as members of the Barton community are welcome; participants do not need to read or to have read the books in order to attend the group and join in the lively discussions.  This group will be mentored, facilitated, and/or led by those familiar with the collection and with the religious and scientific fields discussed within its volumes.

The ISSR granted to Barton College Hackney Library a foundational collection of books spanning all important areas and disciplines in diverse fields of science and religion.  Such grants were initially made to institutions in 47 countries spanning 6 continents.  Supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the ISSR Library Project is based at St. Edmund’s College, Cambridge University, but its editorial board and contributing editors come from a variety of disciplines and geographic locales worldwide.  Its Executive Editor, Dr. Pranab Das, is a professor of physics at Elon University in Elon, North Carolina.

Selected from over 2000 candidate volumes by a rigorous process of nomination and peer review, The ISSR Library is an essential reference collection for anyone seriously interested in the ongoing conversation, and at times heated debate, concerning the relevance of religion and theology in our scientific age. This collection is drawn from many of the world’s faith traditions as well as authors with vigorously naturalistic and scientific perspectives.

According to ISSR’s web site, its “central aim is the facilitation of dialogue between the two academic disciplines of science and religion, one of the most important current areas of debate in terms of understanding the nature of humanity. This includes both the enhancement of the profile of the science-religion interface in the public eye, as well as the safeguarding of the quality and rigour of the debate …. ”.   An introductory essay on each title along with full listings of all selections and categorized sub-listings is available on the website www.issrlibrary.org.

Some titles in the ISSR Library include Evolution vs. Creationism; Global Perspectives on Science and Spirituality; Exploring Reality: The Intersection of Science and Religion; Science and Providence; Is Nature Ever Evil?, Mind and Emergence; to name just a few.

Come check us out; that is, both the books and/or the discussion group.  We hope that both the reading of these books and joining in the group discussions will be of interest to you.

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Hackney Library’s Constitution Day Program to Explore the Making of a Documentary about the Creation of the U.S. Constitution

David Garrigus, Producer, Writer, Director (Photo courtesy of David Garrigus Productions)

David Garrigus, Producer, Writer, Director (Photo courtesy of David Garrigus Productions)

On Thursday, September 17, 2015, Hackney Library will host a Constitution Day reception and program celebrating the 228th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on that date in 1787.

The reception, which begins at 5:00 pm outside the library classroom, will feature refreshments, followed by the program at 5:30 pm.  The free event is sponsored by Hackney Library and is open to the Barton community as well as the general public.

Offering a different focus from past Constitution Day celebrations, this year’s program will feature speaker David Garrigus, a Wilmington-based producer, writer, and director of award-winning documentary and educational programs for over 25 years.  Garrigus will discuss the making of his documentary, The American Constitution, which is now in production and slated to premiere in 2020.  According to the program’s web site, the mission of the project is to “[p]rovide a pathway to the US Constitution for students and adults alike—to help citizens become better informed about their heritage, responsibilities, and powers in a constitutional democracy.”

The American Constitution is a five-night historical documentary series that tells the story of the United States Constitution’s creation, the battle for ratification, and the struggle for a bill of rights.  This gripping tale is revealed through the words of the founding men and women performed by accomplished TV and film actors.  Many of the world’s leading scholars and historians provide meaning and insight, including our own Dr. Jeff Broadwater, Barton professor of history.

The project is now gathering a coalition of scholars, teachers, organizations, sponsors, and media partners to create an entertaining TV series for viewers—integrated with an immersive learning experience for high school and college students.  The American Constitution promises to bring to the forefront this essential American story, and Garrigus will share details about this project during the event.

Garrigus is no novice to the documentary-making process.  The American Constitution will be his second major TV documentary after producing his award-winning Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brother’s Journey of Invention, which features Neil Armstrong and John Glenn as the voices of Orville and Wilbur.  A definitive two-hour documentary that premiered on PBS and internationally during the 100th anniversary of flight,  Kitty Hawk has reached nearly 10 million viewers with partners including Microsoft, Delta Airlines, Parker Hannifin, NASA, and the US Congress Centennial of Flight Commission.  It also won Best Documentary at the International Family Film Festival.  In addition to these awards for Kitty Hawk, Garrigus productions have earned Telly Awards, Cindy Awards, and a New York Festival’s Gold Medal.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us on Constitution Day this year for a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of a documentary about this founding document whose enduring relevance is exhibited in today’s news headlines.

See you on September 17th!

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Hackney Library to Extend Hours to Midnight Sunday through Wednesday Nights Beginning August 17

clock at midnight carouselIn response to recent requests from students, Hackney Library has decided to extend its evening hours until midnight each Sunday through Wednesday night during the regular fall and spring semesters during the 2015-16 academic year.

The extension will provide an extra four hours each week for students, faculty, and staff to make use of the library’s collaborative spaces, Quiet Zone (second floor quiet study), networked computers and wireless laptops, and print materials.  As always, electronic books, articles, and other e-resources are available 24/7 from both on and off campus.

Hackney Library’s library faculty and staff will remain on duty until 11 pm as they have in the past on those evenings, with the additional hour Sunday through Wednesday nights to be staffed by former Hackney Library student worker and Barton alumna Crystal Weideman.

The idea of closing the library at midnight rather than 11 pm was first tested out on Sunday and Tuesday nights last spring, when several students approached library director George Loveland about needing a quiet place to study after 11 pm.  The experiment went so well that Loveland decided to extend it to four of the nights Hackney Library is open late.

We will continue to evaluate library usage during the 2015-16 year to see how the experiment goes this year.  So vote with your presence at midnight if you’re interested in the library continuing these extended hours!





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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.

Paxton 1688 KJV Bible Inside

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; gwloveland@barton.edu) for an appointment to come see it for yourself!

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