Hackney Library Temporarily CLOSED due to Coronavirus; Services Still Available to Barton Community

In light of the precautions being taken to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Hackney Library’s building will now be CLOSED to all patrons through at least April 29.  However, we will be providing the following services to Barton students, faculty and staff only:

  • 24/7 access to electronic resources will continue as always (use your Barton login to access these from off campus) from the library’s home page (barton.libguides.com)
  • All physical items checked out since January 1 (books, DVDs, laptops) will be automatically renewed until August 30, 2020.  If you receive an overdue notice via email for these items, please ignore it.
  • If you need to request Interlibrary Loan items, please fill out the online form here.  If you are requesting physical rather than virtual materials, they will be mailed to you when we receive them (please include your mailing address in the “Notes:” field on the form).  E-articles will be sent to your email address.
  • If you need to request items from Hackney Library’s collections within the building, send an email to circ@barton.edu with title(s), author(s) and call number(s) if available to request the item(s).  Include your mailing address, and we will mail these to you.
  • If you would like to return any items to us before we reopen, you may mail them by whatever service you choose to Hackney Library, Barton College, PO Box 5000, Wilson, NC  27893-7000.

Remember, you may always contact us with questions at reference@barton.edu.  (Please do not leave us voicemails, as we may be working remotely at times.)  We look forward to an easing of these restrictions, but until then, we will continue to serve you in the best way that we can.  Take care, and stay healthy out there!

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CANCELLED: John Kessel, Science Fiction and Fantasy Author, to Speak at Friends of Hackney Library Spring 2020 Event

Author John Kessel

Due to concerns about large public gatherings in this uncertain health environment, this event has been cancelled for this semester.  We hope to reschedule at a later date, perhaps Spring 2021.

The Friends of Hackney Library are pleased to host speculative fiction author John Kessel at the Spring 2020 Dinner/Lecture program on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.  (Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, slipstream and other works that embrace supernatural or futuristic themes; this will be our first time hosting an author working in this genre.)

The event will feature a book signing and wine reception at 6:00 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm, with the program following immediately afterwards at 7:15.  (Students, the program portion beginning at 7:15 pm counts as a Barton Blueprint Cultural Event; a QR code for attendance will be available for scanning immediately after the event.)

Born in Buffalo, New York, John Kessel is the award-winning author of the novels Pride and Prometheus, The Moon and the OtherGood News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach. His short story collections are Meeting in Infinity (a New York Times Notable Book), The Pure Product, and The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories.

Kessel’s work is highly regarded.  Publisher’s Weekly characterizes him as “our American Brian Aldiss, capable of the most artful and rigorous literary composition, but with a mischievious genius that inclines him toward speculative fiction . . . he writes with subtlety and great wit . . . and his craftmanship is frequently absolutely brilliant. Plus, his sense of comedy is remarkable.” And Locus magazine’s Nick Gevers calls him “one of American SF’s finest writers.”

Moreover, Kessel’s stories have twice received the Nebula Award given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (for the best science fiction or fantasy published in the United States), in addition to the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (the University of Kansas  Center for the Study of Science Fiction’s award for best science fiction short story), the Locus Poll (chosen by readers of Locus magazine), the Shirley Jackson Award (for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic) and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award (a literary award encouraging the exploration and expansion of gender).  His play “Faustfeathers” won the Paul Green Playwright’s Prize, and his story “A Clean Escape” was adapted as an episode of the ABC TV series Masters of Science Fiction.

With Jim Kelly, he has edited five anthologies of stories re-visioning contemporary short sci fi, most recently Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology.

Read on for a sample of his work and the praise it has garnered:

Pride and Prometheus (2018) is a “literary mashup” of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, in which Austen’s character Mary Bennett crosses paths with Shelley’s character Victor Frankenstein, following him through Europe on “a disturbing mission to animate another corpse and risk losing his own humanity,  according to Booklist Online‘s review.   In Booklist‘s estimation, fans of the two original works “won’t be able to help but fall headfirst into this exceedingly creative fusion of the two classic novels’ worlds.”  In 2009, Kessel’s novella “Pride and Prometheus” (later expanded into the novel-length version) received both the Nebula Award and the Shirley Jackson Award (for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror and the dark fantastic).

The Moon and the Other (2017) takes place in the 22nd century, featuring over two dozen diverse, Earth-colonized lunar city-states.  One of these, the Society of Cousins, goes against the grain organized as a matriarchal utopia in which men are given great freedoms of expression but are forbidden to vote.  Society of Cousins men who have escaped to  patriarchal colonies on the Moon attempt to shine a light on their plight, as well as on the secretive protection of technological advances in their home colony, all of which sparks a Lunar War.  According to reviewer Jennifer Beach in Library Journal, Kessel’s “wonderfully weighty novel is speculative fiction at its finest….Political, theological, sensual, this is impossible to put down.”  According to Booklist Online‘s review, “Kessel has crafted a compelling and complex tale, full of social commentary and thought-provoking dire warnings of a perilous future.”

Kessel holds a B.A. in Physics and English and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He helped found and served as the first director of the MFA program in creative writing at North Carolina State University, where he has taught since 1982. He lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, the author Therese Anne Fowler.

Invitations will be mailed in February 2020; they will also be available for pickup at both Hackney Library and the Wilson County Public Library.  The cost is $35 per person; the deadline for reservations is 5:00 pm on Monday, March 23, 2020For more information, contact Ann Dolman at 252-399-6507, or adolman@barton.edu.

We hope you will join us on March 31 for an out-of-this-world evening with John Kessel.



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“Study Round the Clock” Kicks off Thursday, Dec. 5 (Reading Day) in Hackney Library!

If you’re concerned about where you’ll find a quiet, safe place to study during exams this semester, your worries are over.  Hackney Library’s got your back with its ever-popular “Study Round the Clock,” held during Reading Day/Exam Period every semester.

This semester, the event will kick off on Reading Day, Thursday, December 5, at 8 am, and will continue through 6 pm on Wednesday, December 11.  Each “Study Round the Clock,” we provide 4 nights of 24-hour accessibility to the library building for students with a current Barton ID (and security provided by police officers during the midnight-to-8-am shifts).  Here are the hours we will be open during Study Round the Clock:

Study Round the Clock (SRTC) Hours:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 6: SRTC begins:  Library opens 8 am Thursday; and remains open until closing at 8 pm Friday, when SRTC pauses.
  • Saturday, Dec. 7:  SRTC pauses: 10 am – 7 pm (regular hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 8 through Wednesday, Dec. 11: SRTC resumes:  Library opens 2 pm Sunday and remains open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12 through Friday, Dec. 13: SRTC is over:  Library is open from 8 am to 5 pm.

“Study Round the Clock” provides an additional 32 hours that the library will be open during exam period compared to the regular semester.  In addition, during exams,  free coffee, tea, apple cider, 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 Engagement and Success, and the Barton Student Government Association.

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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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