Hackney Library Looks at AC/Barton College Sports Then and Now

Did you know that Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) fielded a baseball team in 1910?  Or a football team in 1920?  Or a women’s basketball team in 1920?  Or a variety of other sports teams and clubs throughout its history?

Hackney Library now has on exhibit photos and news clippings culled from its archive of various sports and events from the institution’s Atlantic Christian College era.  In addition, the display includes equipment and uniforms  from current Barton sports, such as a track relay baton, a basketball, and a new football jersey.  All are housed in the glass display case near the “Kimono Museum” painting on the back wall.

The next time you’re in the library, take a moment to explore the history of sports at Atlantic Christian College and both current and future sports here at Barton College.

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New Exhibit of Barton Art League Book Covers Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock

The Barton Art League, a small group of Barton students who have a genuine passion for art and all the creative fields, is showcasing work from Ms. Susan Fecho’s Graphic Design class for the first exhibition of the fall in Hackney Library’s first-floor student exhibition art area near the elevator.

Students adapted the classic icons, fonts and color scheme of the 1960’s counterculture movement to develop a “Fifty Years Since Woodstock” book cover design.  They researched the 1969 Woodstock logo/poster designed by legendary artist Arnold Skolnick.  Learning extended into locating appropriate photographs that were licensed for reuse, utilizing expressive fonts associated with sound and meaning, collaging imagery, and printing on large format printers.

“Sing with Me the Song of Peace” by Megan Hickey

Student Megan Hickey considered how “Woodstock is known as one of the greatest happenings of all time and perhaps the most pivotal moment in music history” as it centered on the idea of peace, love and music to design her cover “Sing with Me the Song of Peace.”

“In my hometown [of] Kralingen in The Netherlands,” shares Christern Minus, “we still annual[ly] celebrate Woodstock.  Every year thousands of Dutch and European people visit the Kralingen Forest to celebrate our freedom. On the back of my book you can see how it looks like these days.”

“Love, Peace and Woodstock” by Jaksa Gabric

For designing “Love, Peace and Woodstock,” student Jaksa Gabric shares, “[The] idea behind my work was to connect two big events in the history of the United States.  One being the Vietnam war, and another one sharing peace and love across the nation to stop the wars.”

Come by at your leisure to see how Barton graphic design students have interpreted the iconic Woodstock event, 50 years after.


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“Banned Books Week” Display of Challenged/Censored Books on Display in Hackney Library

According to the American Library Association (ALA), Banned Books Week (September 22-28, 2019) “is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

Along with many other libraries and others this week, Hackney Library will be celebrating “Banned Books Week” with a display of titles in our collection that at one time or another have been challenged or censored because of content.  You may be surprised at many of the titles in our collection that have been challenged.

“The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restriction in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship,” according to ALA.  The theme of this year’s “Banned Books Week” commemoration is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark:  Keep the Light On.”

According to the ALA’s Bannedbooksweek.org site, the list of most banned books in 2018 (the year most recently documented) contains not just the usual 10 titles, but this year, an additional 11th title, “some of which were even burned by censors!” (Hackney Library does not happen to own any of 2018’s most frequently banned books, but we do have many others in our collection.)

Here is the 2018 list and a summary of reasons for banning taken from Bannedbooksweek.org:

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
  2. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller
    Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
  3. Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
  4. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
  5. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
  6. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
  7. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
  8. Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner
    Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
  9. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
  10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
    Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
  11. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
    Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content

According to the Bannedbooksweek.org site, the 10 most commonly cited reasons for challenges/censorship of books are LGBTQ content, sexual explicitness, profanity, racism, violence, religious viewpoint, sex education, suicide, drug and alcohol use, and nudity.

Do your part in helping to “Keep the Light On” by perusing our display, and then checking out and reading a banned or challenged book.



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Author and Educator Terry Roberts to be Featured Speaker at Joint Fall 2019 Friends Dinner

Terry Roberts (photo credit: R. L. Roberts)

The Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library are delighted to host author and educator Terry Roberts as the featured speaker at their next joint book signing, dinner, and lecture, scheduled for Tuesday, October 29, 2019, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus.

The book signing will be held from 6:00-6:30 pm outside Hardy Alumni (weather permitting), with dinner inside at 6:30 pm, followed by the program immediately after.  Books by the author will be sold during the book signing as well as after the program, when Roberts will be available to autograph them.

Despite his varied resume, Terry Roberts is perhaps best known as the author of three works of fiction.  His debut novel, A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and his second novel, That Bright Land, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award as well as the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South. Both novels won the annual Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, given to the author of the best novel written by a North Carolinian.

Roberts’ third and latest novel, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, has also received a host of favorable reviews from fellow North Carolina writers and others alike:

  • Author Ron Rash asserts that the book “contemplates complex questions of faith and morality in a world ripe with hypocrisy. Terry Roberts is an immensely gifted writer and he gets better with each book. Bravo!”
  • Poet and novelist Robert Morgan (himself a past Friends of Hackney Library guest speaker) characterizes “[t]his ballad of a novel” as an “affectionate account of a charismatic evangelist and his devoted team. Part Elmer Gantry, part confidence man with a heart of gold, Jedidiah Robbins delights and surprises us in this Prohibition era romp of romance and moonshine, as impossible to resist as a Doc Watson solo. Rev. Robbins is haunted by the past, confronts the KKK, and though all too human at times, displays a bedrock of spirituality, and even makes friends with the Grim Reaper, in this picaresque narrative of loyalty and love in the mountains of North Carolina.”
  • Reviewer Glenn Dallas of The Manhattan Book Review describes Holy Ghost as “[j]oyous and melancholy all at once, haunting in its depth and confidence…. [it] feels like a leisurely train ride, even in the tense moments where lives, and souls, hang in the balance. I was absolutely blown away by it.”

Terry Roberts’ fiction is grounded in his own family’s longstanding North Carolina roots.  Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, his direct ancestors have lived in the mountains of Western North Carolina since the time of the Revolutionary War. His family farmed in the Big Pine section of Madison County for generations and is also prominent in the Madison County town of Hot Springs, a consistent setting in his novels. Among his forebears are prominent bootleggers and preachers but no one who, like protagonist Jedidiah Robbins of Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, combines both occupations.

In addition to his work in fiction, Roberts, a former high school English teacher, has served since 1992 as Director of the National Paideia Center in Asheville, North Carolina (which describes itself as “helping teachers lead students in critical thinking and civil dialogue”).  Fascinated by the social and intellectual power of dialogue to teach and to inspire, he is the lead author of several Paideia publications, including The Power of Paideia Schools, The Paideia Classroom, and Teaching Thinking through Dialogue.

Roberts holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Asheville (where he also later taught in the English Department), an MAT from Duke University, and a PhD in American and Southern Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife, Lynn; they have three children: Jesse, Margaret, and Henry.

Admission to the event is $35 for all guests.  Invitations will be mailed in September 2019; they will also be available for pickup at both Hackney Library and the Wilson County Public Library.  The deadline for reservations is 5:00 pm on Monday, October 21, 2019. 

We hope you will join us on October 29 for an entertaining evening with Terry Roberts.


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Hackney Library to Host Historian, Author Jeff Broadwater as Constitution Day Speaker on Tuesday, Sept. 17

Dr. Jeff Broadwater

The U.S. Constitution is as relevant today as it was on September 17, 1787, when it was signed by delegates of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia—perhaps even more so now than ever, as what the Constitution calls for and what it stands for is under vigorous debate in today’s political landscape.

To commemorate the 232nd year since the signing of this enduring document, the Willis N. Hackney Library on the campus of Barton College will host a Constitution Day celebration on Tuesday, September 17, in the Hackney Library Learning Commons from 5 -7 p.m. 

This event will feature Dr. Jeff Broadwater, professor emeritus of history at Barton College and an historian of American history, who has also authored and edited a number of books and articles about both the American founding fathers and the Constitution itself.  His presentation during the event will address the topic “Faithful Friends and Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Madison, and the Constitution.”

Two of his most recent books, Jefferson, Madison, and the Making of the Constitution, and North Carolina’s Revolutionary Founders (co-edited with Troy Kickler), will be available for purchase at the event.  A reception with refreshments and the book signing will begin at 5 p.m., and the featured program will begin at 5:30 p.m.  There will be additional opportunities to purchase books to be signed following Dr. Broadwater’s presentation.

A lawyer, historian, and scholar, Dr. Broadwater is the author of four previous books about leaders in American history and politics: Eisenhower and the Anti-Communist Crusade (1992); Adlai Stevenson and American Politics (1994); George Mason, Forgotten Founder (2006), which received the Richard Slattern Award for biography from the Virginia Historical Society and was listed among the Washington Post’s Best Non-Fiction Books of 2006; and James Madison: A Son of Virginia and a Founder of the Nation (2012), which won the Ragan Old North State Award from the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.  He has also written a chapter titled “James Madison and the Dilemma of American Slavery” for A Companion to James Madison and James Monroe (2012), and numerous journal articles.  Dr. Broadwater taught history at Barton College from 1992-1995; and from 2003-2018.

We hope you will join us on September 17 for an enlightening discussion of the founding fathers who created the Constitution and a chance to purchase and have autographed one or both of Dr. Broadwater’s most recent books.

For additional information about this event, please contact Ann Dolman, Outreach and Public Services Librarian in Hackney Library, at 252-399-6507 or adolman@barton.edu.

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14th Annual Open House to be Held in Hackney Library on August 22, 2019, 4-6 pm

Hackney Library’s having a party this week, and you’re invited! On Thursday, August 22, 4-6 pm in the library’s Learning Commons, we will be celebrating the new 2019-20 academic year by welcoming new students and employees to campus and welcoming back returning students, faculty, and staff during our 14th annual Open House.

Here’s what’s in store for you at this year’s event:

  • Delicious build-your-own ice cream sundaes in the library foyer
  • Fabulous door prizes* (must be present at 5:30 to be eligible to win!), including:
    • Google Home Mini
    • Noise-Canceling Headphones
    • Bluetooth Portable Wireless Speaker
    • Fire TV Stick
    • Slim Travel Backpack with USB Charging Port
    • Jackery Bolt dual iPhone External Charger
    • Adjustable Laptop Stand
    • Visa and Amazon Gift Cards
  • Free giveaways at 7 stations throughout the library
  • Free T-Shirt giveaways (designed by Barton student Heather Dupree)
  • NEW this year: Barton FIT Active Work Stations (try out the treadmills and bikes!)
  • The opportunity to find out more about the services offered by Hackney Library, the Office of Academic and Career Planning, the Oral Communications Center, and the Ragan Writing Center–and meet the people who provide them.

Plan to drop in, collect some swag, and start the academic year off right.  We look forward to seeing you this Thursday!

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Robert Burns Symposium to be held Monday, April 1 at Barton College

Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library is pleased to present the Robert Burns Symposium as part of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections annual programming on Monday, April 1, at 5:30 p.m. Our featured keynote speaker will be Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., a Barton Trustee Emeritus and CEO of Electric Supply Company.  The symposium will be held in the Willis N. Hackney Library and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend.

Dr. K. D. Kennedy, Jr.

The symposium program will include a brief welcome by Dr. Douglas Searcy, president of Barton College, followed by the Burns presentation.  Dr. Kennedy will discuss his interest in Robert Burns, his collection of Burns’ books, and the importance of Burns in Scottish literature. An hors d’oeuvre reception will immediately follow the presentation.

This distinguished annual Rare Book Room Symposium Series continues to raise awareness of the importance of rare books in academic and personal collections, as well as showcasing how they are used in teaching to support the development of undergraduates’ critical thinking skills and to inspire innovative student research.

“Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library are most appreciative of Dr. Kennedy’s ongoing generous support for the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room and its special collections,” shared Robert Cagna, dean of the Willis N. Hackney Library. “His genuine interest for research and special collections has ignited a similar passion for original inquiry and historical research within our current students. It’s truly inspiring to witness their enthusiasm as students are introduced to rare documents and books that they may otherwise have never had the opportunity to hold and read.”

About the Keynote Speaker:

Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., is a Barton Trustee Emeritus and CEO of Electric Supply Company. He was born in Wadesboro, NC and grew up in Wilson. Dr. Kennedy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and a MS in electrical engineering from N.C. State University. He is an avid writer and poet, and well versed in Robert Burns’ life and writings.

For additional information about this event, please contact Robert Cagna, dean of the Willis N. Hackney Library, at 252-399-6501 or rcagna@barton.edu.


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