Hackney Library’s Art Gallery Features New Exhibit by Josiah King, Barton Adjunct Art Instructor

The Art Gallery space adjacent to Hackney Library’s first-floor Technology Classroom features a new exhibit of paintings by North Carolina artist and teacher Josiah King.  He is a new addition to Barton College’s School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts, serving as an adjunct art professor who is currently teaching oil painting.

King’s work has been shown in many public venues, including the North Carolina Museum of Art; the North Carolina Contemporary Art Museum; the United States Capitol Building in Washington, DC; and the Erie Art Museum.  King’s work received special honors in “Self, Observed,” a juried exhibition held in conjunction with the Rembrandt in America exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art.  He is the recipient of the Congressional Art Award, which reserved an exhibition spot in the Congressional Building in Washington, DC for one year.  King’s paintings have been included in the Chimera 13 art and literature journal and featured on the cover of Voices Journal.

King describes his art in the following way:

My work is about noticing the unnoticed.  I look for the otherwise unperceived qualities of beauty and peculiarity in my everyday surroundings.  This pursuit finds its origin in the desire to express a spiritual way of seeing life.

For the past two years I have been painting the surfaces of floors and walls.  These mundane subjects first captured my attention after noticing a reflection on the hallway floor outside of my studio.  Though well worn, and likely disregarded, the floor found its brilliance when an evening light met its surface.  My work explores this relationship of surface to reflection and the space in between.

I have found that often the lowest and most overlooked elements of the worlds in which we live can be the most significant.  My hope is that others would also begin to slow down to experience these resonant moments.

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Barton College, King is also an adjunct professor of art at the University of Mount Olive and Wilson Community College.  He currently occupies a studio space at the Arts Council of Wayne County in Goldsboro, North Carolina.

Please come by and take a moment to enjoy the exhibit.

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Hackney Library Welcomes the Honorable Albert S. Thomas, Jr. as its Constitution Day 2017 Speaker

The Honorable Albert S. Thomas, Jr.

Hackney Library is pleased to host the Honorable Albert S. Thomas, Jr., attorney and retired judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, as featured speaker at our annual Constitution Day reception and program.  The event will be held this year on Monday, September 18, 2017 at Hackney Library from 5:00-7:00 pm.  

This free event is sponsored by Hackney Library and is open to the Barton community as well as to the general public.

(Constitution Day is traditionally celebrated each September 17 to mark the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution on that date in 1787, but since it falls on a Sunday this year, the commemoration of the 230th anniversary is on the following Monday instead.) 

The reception, which begins at 5:00 pm in the Learning Commons on the first floorwill feature refreshments, followed by the program at 5:30 pm,during which  Judge Thomas will address “The United States Constitution:  Why the Debate Will Never End.” After the presentation, a question-and-answer period will conclude the program.

A native of Wilson, The Honorable Albert S. Thomas, Jr. is a Fike High School graduate. He received an A.B. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his law degree.  He has been practicing law with Thomas Law, P.A., since January 2003.  He served for more than sixteen years as District Court Judge from 1980 to 1996, for five years as Chief District Court Judge of the Seventh Judicial District from 1996 to 2001, and for two years as judge with the North Carolina Court of Appeals from 2001 through 2002.  Prior to his service on the bench, he served as an attorney with the Farris, Thomas and Farris law firm from 1975 to 1980.

Thomas has been involved in a wide range of legal activities across the state, including two terms of service on the executive board of the Governor’s Crime Commission, as well as service on the Sate Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice, the North Carolina Supreme Court Custody Mediation Subcommittee, the North Carolina Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission, the Governor’s Juvenile Code Revision Committee, the Guardian ad Litem Advisory Committee, the State Blue Book Committee that wrote the book Juvenile Justice Procedures, and the Advisory Committee for Governor’s Commission on Juvenile Crime and Justice.  He has also served as Instructor for Certification of Judges for Juvenile Court, as chairman of the Conference of District Court Judges’ Juvenile Justice Committee, and as a council member of the Friends of the Institute of Government.  In addition, Thomas directed and wrote the film “Alternatives,” which has been used in the training of judges, court counselors, and other professionals for juvenile court.

Thomas has also served as an adjunct instructor at both North Carolina Wesleyan College as well as Barton College, where he has been an adjunct professor at various times, and continuously since 2010 to the present.

Community service represents a large portion of Thomas’s portfolio.   Thomas has served on the founding boards of both Y.O.U.T.H. of Wilson and Wilson Families in Action,  the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Wilson County Chamber of Commerce,  the Wilson County 4-H and Youth Advisory Board, the Wilson 2000 Board, the Wilson Criminal Justice Partnership Board, the Nash Community College Criminal Justice Curriculum Review Committee, and the Wilson County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.  He currently serves on the Wilson Arts Council Endowment Committee and the Wilson Area Habitat for Humanity Board.  He has served on the Wilson YMCA Board since 2003 and on its Executive Board since 2006, for which he serves as president-elect for the 2017-18 year.  Thomas is a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, where he has served on its Parish Advisory Council.

Thomas and his wife, Georgia live in Wilson, and have two children, Sara Caroline and Albert Cooper.

We hope you will join us for this timely Constitutional program on Monday, September 18!

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Hackney Library Welcomes New Library Dean, Robert Cagna, On July 24, 2017

Robert (Rob) Cagna

On July 24, 2017, Barton College’s Hackney Library welcomed new leadership to its ranks.  Robert (Rob) Cagna has taken over the helm as the new Dean and Associate Professor of Library Science at the library.

Rob comes to us from West Virginia University where he was the library director at the Charleston campus.  Before that, he was the Department Head of Access and Document Delivery Services at the University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Library.

Rob has an MSLS degree from the Catholic University of America, an MA degree from Washington Theological Union, and BA and JD degrees from the University of Florida.  He is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.  Rob’s interests include the history of the book, the history of medicine, and the history of postal communications.

He is married to Mary Elisabeth (Mary Beth) Cagna; they live in Wilson and have two adult children, Brooke and Bryan, and two small dogs, Bertie and Zelda.

We are delighted to have Rob on board.  Drop by and say hello when you have a chance!

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Hackney Library’s 12th Annual Open House to Feature Ice Cream, Prizes, and More–Thursday, August 17, 4-6 pm!

On Thursday, August 17, Hackney Library we will be hosting our 12th Annual Open House from 4-6 pm on the first floor of Hackney Library! 

During the event, we will both be welcoming new students, faculty, and staff to the Library, to the Office of Student Success, and to Information Technology (IT) and welcoming back returning students and employees.

The Open House, 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 Wes Moore’s The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, which has been chosen as this year’s FYS Summer Reader.

As in years past, we will have plenty of swag for attendees to enjoy:

  • All who complete a brief online survey at the event will once again receive one of our wildly popular Library Open House t-shirts ( designed again this year by Barton art professor Susan Fecho, it incorporates themes inspired by Moore’s book).
  • In addition, other giveaways from the Library and the Office of Student Success (OSS) will be available to attendees visiting seven “stations” around the library.  Each is designed to introduce new Barton community members to the library’s, OSS’s, and IT’s faculty/staff and services, as well as to refresh the memory of returnees.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth by partaking of our “build-your-own” scrumptious ice cream sundae again this year in the library’s foyer (with the help of Tony Tilley and his stupendous Aramark crew).

And last but not least, a door prize drawing for fantastic prizes will be held at 5:30 pm, so plan to hang around until then, as you must be present to win! 

Here’s a list of door prizes you could score during the drawing at 5:30:

  • Amazon’s Echo Dot
  • Skullcandy’s GRIND Wireless Headphones
  • Roku Streaming Stick that works with all top movie and TV streaming services
  • Tile Mate Key/Object finder phone app to locate misplaced phones, keys, and other items
  • OontZ Angle Plus Portable Wireless Speaker
  • $25 Gift Card from Buffalo Wild Wings
  • $25 Gift Card from Starbucks

An opportunity to join the Friends of Hackney Library will be also 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 17th from 4-6 pm and see what Hackney Library and the Office of Student Success have to offer at this 12th Annual Hackney Library Open House!

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Friends of Hackney Library Honor Departing Library Director with First Edition Donation to Rare Book Collection

During his last week on campus, departing library director George Loveland was honored at a reception for his 5+ years of service on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Hackney Library’s Learning Commons.  Loveland is leaving librarianship for the full time ministry at Winstead United Methodist Church here in Wilson, North Carolina, beginning July 1.

Bobby Boykin and K. D. Kennedy, Jr. present Atmore’s “The Methodist Memorial” to George Loveland, right. [Photo courtesy of Diana James]

In honor of Loveland’s service to the College during his tenure at Barton, the Friends of Hackney Library purchased an 1801 first edition of Charles Atmore’s The Methodist Memorial, a collection of short biographies of early Methodist itinerant ministers.  Atmore was an important figure in 18th and 19th century Methodism.

In addition to the first edition of Atmore’s book, the Friends board also donated a modern reprint of the work.  Both books, which were purchased by the board from K. D. Kennedy, Jr., will be added to the K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room collection.

At the reception, Kennedy gave a history of the work to some 30 faculty, staff, and Friends board members gathered, and along with Bobby Boykin, former past chair of the Friends board, presented the book to George for his perusal before it is cataloged for the Rare Book Room.  Dr. Gary Daynes, Barton Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, recounted the professional accomplishments of Loveland during his time at Barton and thanked him for his service, indicating that he would be missed.

Daynes announced that a new library dean, Robert Cagna, will be coming on board July 24.

We wish George well in his new career and look forward to welcoming Robert Cagna when he arrives in July.

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Ever Popular “Study ‘Round the Clock” Returns May 5 through May 10!


  • A quiet, safe space to study, collaborate, and complete assignments.  Check.
  • 4 days of 24-hour library availability.  Check.
  • Free hot beverages.  Check.

There’s all this and more during the return to Hackney Library of “Study ‘Round the Clock” during exam period!  It all begins on Reading Day, May 5, 2017 and carries through to the end of final exams on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  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 2017 Reading Day and Exams:

  • Friday, May  5 (Reading Day) through Saturday, May 6: Open 8 am Friday, remaining open continuously until closing at 7 pm Saturday
  • Sunday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 10: Open 2 pm Sunday, remaining open continuously until closing at 6 pm Wednesday
  • Thursday-Friday, May 11-12: 8 am – 5 pm

“Study ‘Round the Clock” provides an additional 34 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 Affairs, and the Barton Student Government Association.

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Hackney Library Displays Artifacts from the College’s Archives to Commemorate the Centennial Anniversary of the U.S.’s Entry into World War I

“The Doughboy” (image taken from Vol. 5 of Frank H. Simonds’ History of the World War (New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920)

April 6th, 2017 marks the centennial anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, and the campus of Atlantic Christian College (as Barton was known during that time) was not immune to its effects:

  • Who on the campus of Atlantic Christian College  enlisted to fight in the War?
  • Who of those AC enlistees never made it home?
  • Which of AC’s former history professors (who has a campus building named for him) strongly opposed war as a means of settling disputes between nations?
  • What campus awards were established during this time?

The answers to these and many more questions are contained in a new display of artifacts from the College’s archives put together by Hackney Library’s archivist, Mr. Shannon Wilson, to commemorate the centennial anniversary.  These artifacts illustrate events on the Atlantic Christian College campus during the War and highlight those with a connection to the College who were involved in the War.

The display is located in the Discipliana/K. D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room wooden and glass case along the back wall on the first floor of the library.

Following are captions for some of the items on display:

  • Since 1914, Germany, France and Great Britain had been locked in the brutal stalemate of trench warfare on what was known as the Western Front. This form of combat often resulted in the loss of thousands of lives in order to gain a few hundred yards of ground.  The technology in many cases surpassed the tactics, as long-range artillery, poison gas, machine guns, airplanes and tanks radically changed the nature and experience of combat.  In one year of fighting, 1917-1918, 50,000 Americans were killed in action or died from wounds.  Another 70,000 perished from disease or other causes.  North Carolina counted 2,375 casualties among the lost.
  • In World War I there were 62 enlistments from Atlantic Christian College. The College also enrolled 54 men into the Student Army Training Corps (SATC) unit on campus.  Nine ministers from the campus, including John M. Waters and Perry Case, served in some branch of the service.  Two former students, Robert B. Anderson and B. Farmer, were killed in France.
  • C. H. Hamlin (namesake of the Hamlin Student Center), taught History at A.C.C. from 1925 to 1976. In the wake of the First World War’s great human cost, Hamlin became an outspoken opponent of what he termed “the war method” in resolving international disputes.
  • Robert B. Anderson, a native of Wilson, played shortstop on A.C.C.’s baseball team in 1910. A graduate of Trinity College (now Duke University), Anderson served as a lieutenant in the United States Army, arriving in France on his twenty-fifth birthday.  He was killed leading his infantry company at Cantigny, the United States’ first battle of World War I.  Anderson, Wilson’s first casualty of the war, was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Silver Star for his valor (though the period photograph has incorrectly labeled Wilson as being in South Carolina).
  • During the presidency of Raymond A. Smith (1916-1920), the College successfully navigated the challenges of the First World War, strengthened its financial position, and enlarged its connections to the Christian Church. Among other student honors, President Smith established a tradition of recognizing student achievement including the Faculty Cup (now the Coggins Cup) for the “best all-around college student of the year”.

This display is up now and will remain mounted through the end of the semester.  Come by when you have a chance to learn more about how World War I affected our campus both during the war and after hostilities ceased.

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