Hackney Library Encourages the Freedom to Read during 2015’s “Banned Books Week,” Sept. 27-Oct. 1

2015 Banned Books Poster smallWhen we think of censorship, we often think of dystopian societies such as those depicted in Ray Bradbury’s novel Fahrenheit 451 and other futuristic novels, or perhaps historically in real geographic locales, such as Germany during the Nazi era.  But did you know that attempts to censor books are alive and well in North Carolina in 2015?

On May 5, 2015, the Los Angeles Times‘s Michael Schaub reported that as the result of a complaint by former Buncombe County School Board member Lisa Baldwin, Reynolds High School in Asheville, NC earlier in the year temporarily suspended the reading of Khaled Hosseini’s novel The Kite Runner in an honors English class.  But according to Asheville’s Daily Planet, on July 2, the “Buncombe County school board — unanimously — voted to retain the novel on the school system’s approved reading list for all county high schools.”  Another recent challenge in the U.S. includes Coeur d’Alene, Idaho’s efforts to ban John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.  Even our 2012(?) FYS Summer Reader, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, was challenged last month by a parent of a student in the Knox County (Knoxville), TN schools.

Even children’s books (maybe I should say especially children’s books) are not exempt from censorship attempts (Dr. Seuss’s Hop on Pop, or Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Endsanyone?).

Some of the most frequently-cited reasons for books to be challenged or banned are the following:  Sexually explicit content, offensive language, content unsuited to the targeted age group, violence, homosexuality, expression of religious viewpoint, and depiction of drug use.

These recent attempts to censor or ban books are just the latest in a long history of such assaults on the freedom to read what one chooses.  To counter such censorship attempts, the American Library Association sponsors “Banned Book Week” each year.  This year’s observance takes place this week, from September 27 through October 1.  In honor of this event to encourage the reading of books that have been challenged, Hackney Library has put together a display of books we own in our collections that have appeared in the past—and often continue to appear—on the challenged books list somewhere in the United States, including in North Carolina (you may be surprised by some of the titles that are on someone else’s hit list!).

This year’s Banned Books Week focuses on attempts to ban Young Adult novels (some of which are in our display), but many of the “usual suspects” that have headed up previous years’ lists have made it once again onto the 2014-15 banned/challenged book lists, including John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

The Banned Books display is located on the table outside the library’s Technology Classroom (you’ll spot it easily by the yellow “caution” tape surrounding the display).  Help us preserve the freedom to read by checking out a banned book from this table today!  (To see lists of previously and currently challenged books, see the ALA’s web site.)

We encourage you to support the freedom to read by checking out one of these “banned books” and make up your own mind about its worth, content, and value.  These books will remain on display through October 3, after which they’ll return to their regular homes on our shelves.



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“CuriosiTea” Conversational Forum Resumes on Tuesday, September 29, 4-5 pm!

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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 tea and cookies?

If so, then Hackney Library’s return of “CuriosiTea,” its series of casual conversation forums, could literally be just your cup of tea–and they’re resuming again on Tuesday, September 29!

Scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month from 4 pm-5 pm in Hackney Library’s Art Gallery area, each CuriosiTea forum may sometimes feature a broadly-based theme to get group and individual conversations started, or conversation may just be generated by the interests of those in attendance–but however they start, wherever conversations end up depends entirely upon you!  To spice up those discussions, a variety of teas and a sweet confection will be provided for your gustatory pleasure.

No preparation is required, and all members of the Barton campus community are invited to drop in, including students, faculty, staff, and any other interested parties on campus.

So satisfy your CuriosiTea and join us for meaningful conversations and delectable delicacies on Tuesday, September 29 at 4 pm!


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Just in Time: APA/MLA Workshops Scheduled for Before Fall Break!

APA Manual CoverMLA Manual CoverAs  fall break approaches, so does the need for proper citation of sources in both APA and MLA styles for assignments due just before or after the break.

So just in the nick of time, Hackney Library is once again offering two workshops to help you format proper citations in both APA and MLA style:

  • The first workshop will address APA Style on Tuesday, September 29, 11 am-12:00 noon in the library’s Technology Classroom.
  • The second workshop will address MLA Style on Thursday, October 1, 11 am-12:00 noon, also in the library’s Technology Classroom.

These hands-on workshops will give you a chance to bring to the respective workshops the papers and other assignments you’re working on (as well as the sources you’re trying to cite) for personalized assistance to help you create your citations and make sure your formatting is up to snuff.

The Technology Classroom can accommodate 24 students in each workshop, so guarantee your spot by coming early with your papers/assignments-in-progress on the appropriate day for the style you need help with (or on both days, if you need help with both APA and MLA styles!).

If you can’t make the workshop, or it fills up before you can claim a seat, don’t worry—there is additional help available:

Librarians on duty at the reference/research assistance desk will continue to help students individually learn how to cite their sources appropriately in both APA and MLA styles.

  • Assistance is also available online through a Citation Help LibGuide as well as through the library web page’s Citation Tools and Guides.
  • In addition, instructors, if you would like to arrange sessions for your individual classes for an overview of the various citation styles (when and how to cite, and why), we’ll be happy to work with you on scheduling those as well—just contact Ann Dolman at 252-399-6502 or adolman@barton.edu to set up a time.

So there’s no excuse for not getting your citations right—take advantage of any or all of the above, and sharpen your APA and MLA Style skills!

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Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver to Speak at Joint Friends Fall 2015 Dinner/Lecture

Author Jeffery Deaver (Photo credit: Niko Giovanni Coniglio)

Author Jeffery Deaver (Photo credit: Niko Giovanni Coniglio)

International number-one bestselling author Jeffery Deaver will be the featured speaker at a joint Friends of Hackney Library and Friends of Wilson County Library book signing and dinner/lecture, to be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

The event will begin at 6 pm with a book signing and wine reception, followed by the program at 6:30 with dinner to follow immediately after the program concludes.  (Please note that this is a change in the order of  events followed at previous dinners.) 

Jeffery Deaver’s novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages.

A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Deaver was born outside Chicago and holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University.  He is the author of thirty-two novels, three collections of short stories and a nonfiction law book, and he’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the world.

His The Bodies Left Behind was named Novel of the Year by the International Thriller Writers Association, and his Lincoln Rhyme thriller The Broken Window and a stand-alone, Edge, were also nominated for that prize. He has been awarded the Steel Dagger and the Short Story Dagger from the British Crime Writers’ Association and the Nero Wolfe Award, and he is a three-time recipient of the Ellery Queen Readers Award for Best Short Story of the Year as well as a winner of the British Thumping Good Read Award. The Cold Moon was named the Book of the Year by the Mystery Writers Association of Japan, as well as by Kono Mystery Wa Sugoi magazine. In addition, the Japanese Adventure Fiction Association awarded The Cold Moon and Carte Blanche their annual Grand Prix award.

Deaver has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America, an Anthony Award and a Gumshoe Award. He was recently shortlisted for the ITV3 Crime Thriller Award for Best International Author.

A frequent public speaker on the subject of books, literacy and writing, Deaver has delivered lectures and keynote addresses at hundreds of conferences and festivals around the world, including Harrogate, Left Coast Crime, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Crimefest and the Emirates Literary Festival.

His book A Maiden’s Grave was made into an HBO movie starring James Garner and Marlee Matlin, and his novel The Bone Collector was a feature release from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. His novel The Devil’s Teardrop was adapted for the screen and aired on Lifetime; it starred Tom Everett Scott and Natasha Henstridge. Not only have adaptations of Deaver’s works appeared on the big and small screens; he himself played a corrupt reporter on his favorite soap opera, As the World Turns.

SolitudeCreekDEAVERcoverDeaver’s latest novel is Solitude Creek, fourth in the Kathryn Dance series. Copies of this and other Deaver books will be available for purchase at the book signing and following the program.

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

For more information about invitations for the dinner, please contact Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends at fohl@barton.edu. Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued, reservations for the dinner must be received by September 30, 2015.

This event is sponsored in part by BB&T.

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Invitation to September 1st ‘Science & Religion In Conversation’ – Hackney Library, Barton College

issrlogoYou are cordially invited to attend the first gathering of our public forum ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ on Tuesday evening, September 1st at 7 PM in Barton College’s Hackney Library.  This monthly forum will be based upon the Hackney Library 224-title book collection granted from The International Society for Science and Religion (www.issrlibrary.org).

You will not need to read or have read any of these books to regularly attend this monthly forum.  Your insights from your own lived experience, an open mind, and a willingness to listen, reflect and participate with others in a small group setting are what the forum hopes for you.

This month’s presentation will be based on the book One World; The Interaction of Science and Theology by John Polkinghorne.   Professor Polkinghorne taught mathematical physics at Cambridge University and later became an ordained Anglican priest.  He was knighted in 1997 and in 2002 received the Templeton Prize awarded for exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.

We will present from One World the salient points on the nature of science and the physical world, the nature of theology (as a spiritual dimension of religion), and the points of interaction.  You can read a one page introductory essay on this book at www.issrlibrary.org.  Polkinghorne  “….. offers a synthesis of the scientific and theological worldviews, depicting the cosmos as an interconnected, holistic, and progressive emergence of new levels of “meaning and possibility”.  He sees the natural world and the universe as elusive yet intelligible, problematic, surprising, imbued with chance & necessity, big yet tightly knit, and surprisingly incomplete with ongoing world and universal evolution awaiting intelligible discovery.   He then “….considers points of interaction between religion and science, touching on the origin of the universe, divine action, miracle, and future life.”

During our presentation you will receive some handouts and be able to become acquainted with the ISSR volumes and contents.  Our monthly group forum will be mentored, facilitated, and/or led by those familiar with the ISSR collection and with the religious and scientific fields therein.

We encourage you to visit the ISSR Library web-site www.issrlibrary.org for a full listing of book titles, a categorized sub-listing, and an introductory essay on each title.  If you are attracted to a title, you then may wish to visit Google Books to read the Table of Contents, introduction or preface, and at least a chapter or two before borrowing one or more of these books from the Barton library.  These books are also available on computer at NC Live.

Once again, this is an open invitation to the general public to join in our monthly ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ small group forum. Though you do not need to read or to have read the books in order to attend the group and join in the lively discussions, we hope that both the reading of these books and joining in the group will be of interest to you.   Space may be limited so you might want to plan ahead in order to come on time or even a bit early.

 ‘Science and Religion in Conversation’ public forum first open gathering, Tuesday evening, September 1st at 7 PM-8 PM at Barton College’s Hackney Library.



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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).  The Open House will also feature a chance for everyone to meet new staff members in the Office of Student Success.

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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