Author Drew Perry to be Featured Speaker at Friends of Hackney Library’s Spring 2018 Dinner/Lecture

Author Drew Perry

The Friends of Hackney Library association is pleased to welcome writer Drew Perry as featured speaker at its Spring 2018 Dinner/Lecture program on Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm with the program commencing immediately afterward.   Perry will be on hand to sign copies of his books at the event, which will be available for purchase both at the book signing and following the program.

Perry is the author of two humorous novels as well as several short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction works, and he is a regular contributor to Our State magazine.  An Associate Professor of English at Elon University, he is described on its web site  as “a family man . . . [who] writes about relatable challenges and fears involving fatherhood, parenting, marriage, love, and life in general.”

Perry’s first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a SIBA Okra pick.  It has proven to be a favorite of critics and fellow novelists alike.  Author Jill McCorkle summarizes it this way:


Drew Perry’s wonderful debut will hold readers spellbound from beginning to end—think A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in a small college town, plus a dog named Yul Brynner.  The estranged grownups switch partners and dance back and forth with some of the liveliest dialogue I’ve read in years, all while struggling to come face to face with reality.  And at the center of this often comical, sometimes tragic chaos is that reality—a child, Hendrick, brilliant and autistic—with the power to ultimately pull this cast of memorable characters back into the light of day, and give them new perspective on what is most important.  Perry is a gifted writer, and this novel, with its wit and warmth and wisdom, is an absolute winner.

Kids These Days, Perry’s second novel, is also highly acclaimed:  It was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ “Winter’s Best Bets” and “Books So Funny You’re Guaranteed to Laugh” lists.  Author Dave Barry has this to say about it:  “A terrific writer, Perry has written a wonderful book about a man dealing with—among other things—the angst of impending fatherhood.  It’s sweet, soulful, smart, and funny as hell.  A great read.”  A Library Journal review calls the book “[a] timely look at contemporary America, with its unexpected economic setbacks and the bargains made to surmount them.  Readers of Nick Hornby, Dave Eggers, and Jonathan Tropper should enjoy this compelling novel, the story of a man in transition that might lure a few Florida fiction fans as well.”  Matt Simmons of Southern Literary Review says Perry’s Kids “can be read as the strongest statement yet about the new middle-American ‘normal’ . . . . An entertaining and very emotionally satisfying story . . . . Drew Perry might have written the perfect novel for our times.”

While his first two novels each feature a contemporary setting, a single narrator, and cover a relatively short span of time, Perry’s third effort is a bit more complex.  According to Elon University, his current work-in-progress is “more ambitious in size and scope.”  Titled Dear Firecracker, this third novel, “situated around two Space Shuttle disasters of 1986 and 2003, is historical, with multiple narrators.  It aims to be a Big American Novel, a book that asks big questions and seeks to comment on the American Experiment in more direct ways than his other two.”

Perry is a native of Jacksonville, Florida but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.  He attended the University of Georgia, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Journalism (because “he discovered creative writing too late to major in it,” according to a February 23, 2014 interview with Isaac Groves of Times-News).  He then earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  He has been teaching at Elon University since 1999.

He is married to Tita Ramirez, fellow writer and Associate Professor of English at Elon University; they have two young sons and live in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Admission to the event is $30 each for Friends of Hackney Library members, and for Barton faculty/staff, students, and spouses.  For all other guests, admission is $35 each.

For more information about invitations for the event, please contact Ann Dolman at (252) 399-6507, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued in late February/early March, the deadline for reservations is Monday, March 26, 2018.

 Please join us for a humorous evening with this entertaining author and speaker.

Coming Fall 2018–Vivian Howard, renowned chef, author, restaurateur, and TV personality–stay tuned for more details!


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“Mango” Your Way to Learning a Foreign Language via a New NCLIVE Software Program

If you have a yen to learn a new language (or to become better at English if it’s your second language), the new language-learning software now available from NCLIVE–Mango Languages–may be just the ticket.  And it’s available now from Hackney Library’s site at

Mango prepares learners for realistic conversations and strengthens everyday communication skills in over 70 world languages, including English.  It offers over 17 ESL/ELL courses and features an engaging user interface, voice comparison, fresh design, foreign language films, cultural anecdotes, and a user-friendly mobile app.

Mango is available via Hackney Library’s English/Spanish Subject Guide under “Language Resources” on the “Other Resources” tab, and from the M page on our A-Z List on our home page (hover over Search, then click on A to Z List, then click M and scroll down the alphabetical listing to find Mango).

How does Mango work?  Here’s an explanation from Mango’s FAQ page:

Mango utilizes its proprietary methodology, engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations. 

 Mango is available now from both on and off campus (if you’re accessing it from off campus, you’ll be prompted for your Barton login).  Once in the software, you will need to create a Mango profile in order to track your progress.

Give it a try and let us know what you think (perhaps even using a newly-acquired language to do so!).

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“Chronicle of Higher Education” Now Available Online to the Barton Community

As promised, Hackney Library as of January 1, 2018 has been providing the Barton community access to the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s premium articles and resources.  Access is available from anywhere, whether on campus or off, and from both your computer and your mobile device(s).

A variety of features are included in this subscription:

  • Unlimited access to all premium content at
  • Access to daily updates through newsletters like Academe Today and daily or weekly updates to 11 more e-newsletters
  • Special reports and data such as the The Almanac of Higher Education and The Trends Report
  • Archived issues back to 1989
  • Emailed job alerts

There are a couple of ways to access the Chronicle:

  • From on or from off campus, you may go directly to chronicle. com or
  • On the library’s home page, hover over the “Search” link and then click on the “A-Z List” link, and choose “C”; then scroll down in the alphabetical listing to find the Chronicle link and click on it from there.

The Chronicle subscription through Barton allows you to set up an individual customizable account on the site by using your Barton email address as your username and creating a password specific to the Chronicle site.  (If you use an address other than your Barton email, the site will not be able to authenticate you as a Barton patron and you will not be able to take advantage of the access our subscription provides). 

Creating a Account

Creating your own account allows you to access additional premium content that you cannot see otherwise, as well as to set up various alerts and more.

  • To create a account from your computer:
    • Go to
    • Click on the “Log In” link on the top right of the Chronicle web page.
    • Choose the “Create an account now” option.
    • Enter and confirm your Barton email address.
    • Continue to follow the directions as they appear on the screen to complete the setup for your account.
  • To create a account from mobile device(s):
    • Go to
    • If you’re in mobile view, scroll down to click on the “Log In” link. Enter and confirm your Barton email address and follow the instructions on the setup pages.
    • If you’re in the standard view: Follow the “If you’re off campus: computer” steps.

When you have successfully authenticated on the Chronicle site (automatic when you access it from on campus, or through logging into your Chronicle account from off campus), you will see the following message in the top right of your screen:


Have fun exploring, and let us know if you have any problems accessing the content!


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New Career Resource Now Available from Hackney Library via NCLIVE

It’s a given–everyone wants to find a job when they graduate from college.   A recent Hackney Library acquisition may make the task of preparing for a career and finding a job in a particular field that much easier—and it’s now available as part of a batch of  newly-acquired NCLIVE resources!

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center is a comprehensive electronic resource that enables users to explore industries and careers, plan their education, and research best practices for résumés, cover letters, interviewing, networking, and salaries/benefits. The database includes articles, career advice blogs, and streaming video.

Ferguson’s is available in our A-Z list on the library’s home page, and from the Career Exploration LibGuide on our library page as well.  You can access it from on campus with no password, and it is accessible from off campus to Barton students, faculty, and staff by logging in with your Barton username and password.

Once you have accessed Ferguson’s, it’s recommended that you set up an account within the database to customize your search results and save them to a folder, among other things.  (To do so, click on the “Create an Account” link on the right-hand side of the blue banner at the top of the screen, and follow the instructions.)

Ferguson’s complements several other employment resources—both print and electronic—available through Hackney Library.

So when you’re looking for a job or preparing for a career, remember to try out this new resource (and don’t forget to visit Barton’s Career Services office as well, located in the Office of Student Success in the library)!

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Tom Parham, Winning Tennis Coach, Author, and Bob Dylan Fan to Speak at Hackney Library

Tom Parham

Calling all tennis (and Bob Dylan) fans!

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library will sponsor a reception and program featuring Former Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) championship-winning tennis coach and AC alumnus Tom Parham.

The event will take place in Hackney Library’s Learning Commons on the campus of Barton College.  A reception (with refreshments) will begin at 5:00 pm, followed by Parham’s talk, “Hartsock, Dylan, and 50 Years,” at 5:30 pm.

From 1964 to 1983, Tom Parham coached tennis at the College, and from 1983 to 1985, he served as Athletic Director.  He led the Bulldogs to NAIA National Tennis Championships in 1979 and 1984, and earned another NAIA National Championship for Elon University in 1990, where he served as tennis coach from 1985 until his retirement in 2004.  Parham was named NAIA National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1979, 1985, and 1990.  For his service to collegiate tennis and his achievements in the sport, Parham was named in 1979 to North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor awarded in the state of North Carolina.  He has received numerous awards throughout his career, including induction into several athletic halls of fame and the awarding of the Elon Medallion, the University’s highest honor, upon his retirement in 2004.  He serves on the N.C. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors.

Not only is he a tennis coach par excellence, Parham is also a lover of books–he has written three himself: The Little Green Book of Tennis, Play is Where Life Is, and ALOT (A Level of Thinking)—and he is a devotee of Bob Dylan and his music.  In October 2017, Parham donated his collection of over 30 books and four DVDs about Dylan to Hackney Library for circulation.

In addition to his Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Atlantic Christian (Barton) College, Parham holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Parham, professor emeritus at Elon University, now resides in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with his wife Margaret.

Please join us on February 6 for Parham’s recollections of his life as both student and coach at Atlantic Christian College and his passion for Bob Dylan and his music.

This event is sponsored by Hackney Library and the Friends of Hackney Library and is free and open to the public.  For additional information, please call (252) 399-6502.

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Calling all Night Owls!  “Study ‘Round the Clock” Returns Dec. 7 to Hackney Library

Looking for a quiet place to study all night long in preparation for exams?  Hackney Library’s ever-popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” may be just the ticket; it  provides Barton student night owls a safe place to roost during Fall 2017 Reading Day and exams.

Beginning this Reading Day on December 7, Study ‘Round the Clock will provide 24-hour availability over a four-night period to Hackney Library’s study spaces (which adds up to an extra 32 hours compared to the regular semester).

Library hours during Study ‘Round the Clock are as follows:

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

In addition to extended hours, throughout Reading Day/exams, free coffee, tea, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be available while supplies last to Barton students, faculty, and staff.

During Study ‘Round the Clock, no library services will be available from midnight until 8 am the following morning, but a police officer will be on hand providing security during that time.

Access will be limited to only Barton students during the midnight to 8 am time slots.  Barton ID will be required for admission from midnight until 8 am, and students entering or leaving after midnight will sign in/out with the police officer on duty.

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 Office of Student Affairs, and the Student Government Association.



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Hackney Library to Provide E-Access to “Chronicle of Higher Education” Beginning Jan. 1, 2018

Coming Soon!  Beginning January 1, 2018, Hackney Library will be providing access for the Barton community to the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education, which will be available from anywhere, whether on campus or off.

A variety of features will be included in this subscription:

  • Unlimited access to all premium content at
  • Access to daily updates through newsletters like Academe Today
  • Special reports and data such as the The Almanac of Higher Education and The Trends Report
  • Archived issues back to 1989

So if you currently subscribe personally to either the paper or e-version (or both) of the Chronicle, you may want to reconsider whether you need to renew for 2018 now that Hackney Library will be subscribing, as of January 1.  Once it’s live, we’ll give you details about how to access and customize it.

Consider it a Happy New Year’s gift from Hackney Library to you!

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