New NCLIVE Historic Newspaper Database Now Available through Hackney Library

Thanks to a new database available to Hackney Library patrons via NCLIVE, you can now access some 3.5 million digitized pages of historic newspapers in North Carolina, including selected issues of Wilson’s Daily Times (ranging from 1896-1929),  the Wilson Advance (ranging from 1874-1899), the Wilson Mirror (ranging from 1887-1894), plus many more newspapers from both Wilson and other North Carolina towns and counties.

The new database is called Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection and is distributed by ProQuest through NCLIVE.  Its digitized pages come from the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill.  The database may be searched by topic or keyword, and browsed by both city and newspaper name, among other options.  Available right now, it is part of a new collection of resources from NCLIVE that will gradually be rolled out through January 1, 2018.  It’s a great resource for primary documents dealing with North Carolina history.

There are several ways you can access it from Hackney Library’s home page:

  • Typing Historic North Carolina Digital Newspaper Collection into OneSearch, and scrolling down to the “Databases” section of the search results; it will be the first link in that section
  • Navigating to the link to it by hovering over “Search”, then clicking on the “A-Z List” link, and then clicking on the “H” and browsing through the alphabetical listing of database names, and clicking on it.
  • You may also access it from this link.

Try it out and let us know what you think!



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Former AC/Barton Tennis Coach and Alum Tom Parham Donates Bob Dylan Collection to Hackney Library

Tom Parham

If you’re a Bob Dylan fan, there’s great news “Blowin’ in the Wind” for you:  Former Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College) tennis coach and alumnus Tom Parham has donated his collection of over 30 books and 4 DVDs about Dylan to Hackney Library’s collections.  They have just been cataloged and are waiting for you to come check them out!  To find them, you can search the catalog by typing in “Tom Parham Dylan.”

In addition to being a hardcore Bob Dylan devotee, Tom Parham is a 1963 graduate of Atlantic Christian College (ACC), now Barton College.  He was awarded the Barton College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.

Not only is Parham an ACC alumnus, but he also became an employee of Atlantic Christian College the year after his graduation. From 1964 to 1983 he 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 receiving the Elon Medallion, the University’s highest honor, upon his retirement in 2004.

Parham holds a Master of Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Physical Education from Barton College/ACC.  He serves on the N.C. Tennis Association’s Board of Directors.  He is also the author of several books, including The Little Green Book of Tennis, Play is Where Life Is,  and ALOT (A Level of Thinking), all of which Hackney Library has in its collections.

Parham, professor emeritus at Elon University, now resides in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, with his wife Margaret.


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World War I Comes to Hackney Library

In case you hadn’t noticed, Hackney Library has gone back in time about 100 years:  we are playing temporary host to an exhibit called “North Carolina in the Great War.”  The exhibit consists of two  mannequins–the first dressed in the World War I uniform of a U.S. soldier (known as a “doughboy”), complete with gas mask; and the second in the uniform of a World War I nurse–as well as posters detailing the participation of North Carolina citizens in “The Great War.”

This year commemorates the centennial of the United States’ involvement in World War I, and the mannequins and poster exhibits are on temporary loan to us from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) through October 24, 2017.  In only five months of action in 1918, the United States suffered over 275,000 casualties and over 50,000 deaths during the war.

According to the DNCR World War I web site,

With the declaration of war by President Wilson [in 1917], North Carolinians rallied to the cause. Women joined the American Red Cross, YWCA, and Salvation Army to serve as nurses in military hospitals at home and in France. Farmers grew victory acres and children grew thrift gardens to earn money to buy war bonds. Individuals and industry united to support the war effort.

The posters on display throughout the first floor of Hackney Library explore some of the details of North Carolinians’ involvement in the war and on the homefront during the conflagration that came to be known ironically as “the war to end all wars.”

Come by and take a step back in time to see what North Carolinians were doing to support the World War I effort!

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“Words Have Power,” so Hackney Library Encourages You to Read a Challenged Book During “Banned Books Week,” September 24-30!

Did you know that not only have most of the the top 10 most frequently challenged or banned books in the United States in 2016 been challenged because of sexual content of one type or another, but also that an entire series on the list has been challenged because of the alleged sexual improprieties of its author?

It’s true–author Bill Cosby’s “Little Bill” series of children’s books (illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood) has been challenged for removal from a library or libraries in the United States in 2016, the most recent year for which such data has been collected.  This raises interesting questions about whether a work should be restricted or censored not because of the books content, but because of the allegedly unsavory (and potentially criminal) actions of its author.

What is a “challenged” or “banned book,” you may ask?  Here’s how the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom defines both in paragraph 4 of its Banned and Challenged Books page:

A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

To counteract these threats amounting to censorship, The American Library Association (ALA) sponsors Banned Books Week every year to encourage readers to check out challenged or banned books and make their own decisions about the books they read.  This year Banned Books Week is being celebrated from September 24-30, 2017, and is focused on First Amendment rights guaranteed in the Constitution. 

In celebration of Banned Books Week, Hackney Library has put on display copies of print books in our collection (just look for the bright yellow “Caution!” tape around the display near the library’s Technology Classroom on the first floor) that have made Banned Books lists in the past; although this year’s top 10, listed below include titles that Hackney Library does not own, except for #6, John Greene’s Looking for Alaska, which we have in e-book format only.

All the books in the display are meant to be read, so please feel free to grab a title–or several!– off the display to check out and read for yourself!

The ALA, which tracks challenges to various books in libraries and school curricula each year, recorded 323 challenges to books in 2016, 48 more than those challenged or banned in 2015.  Following is ALA’s list of the top ten “banned” or challenged books for 2016 (numbers 4, 5, and 6 in this year’s list were also challenged the previous year), and the reasons cited for their challenges:

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki     This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green (available in e-book format through Hackney Library)
    This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

Although the 2016 top-ten list represents books challenged for their sexual content,  sexual orientation, or profanity, challenges to books can run the gamut, sometimes coming from both the liberal and the conservative ends of the cultural spectrum; ironically, sometimes the same reason is cited by both extremes but in relation to completely different books.   It’s not unusual for books we now consider classics to have been challenged or banned.

The most frequently-cited reasons for book challenges include the following:

  • Sexually explicit content
  • Offensive language
  • Content unsuited to the targeted age group
  • Violence
  • Homosexuality
  • Expression of religious viewpoint
  • Drug use

Words do, indeed, have power, so feel free to come by to check out and read for yourself as many “banned books” from our Banned Books display as you’d like, and defend your, and everyone else’s, inherent First Amendment right to read!

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Friends Groups Jointly Present Author, Columnist, TV and Radio Host D. G. Martin for Dinner/Lecture on October 3, 2017


D. G. Martin (Photo Credit: Alicia Stemper)

The Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library are pleased to announce that author, columnist, and TV and radio talk show host D. G. Martin will be the guest speaker for the Friends’ jointly-sponsored 2017 Fall Dinner and Program on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

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 to 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 6:30 pm and the program immediately afterward. Martin will be available to sign copies of his latest book at the event, which will be available for purchase both at the book signing and following the program.

David Grier (D. G.) Martin, Jr., was born in Atlanta but raised in Davidson, North Carolina, where his father served as president of Davidson College.  Martin attended Davidson and played basketball under coach “Lefty” Driesell.  After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, eventually becoming a Green Beret.  Martin attended Yale Law School after leaving active duty, and upon graduation, returned to North Carolina to practice law in Charlotte for 20 years.  Subsequently, he joined the University of North Carolina, serving as Vice President for Public Affairs and chief legislative liaison.

Martin is a Renaissance man of sorts, to which his career and civic activities attest.  He has been involved with public service and politics throughout his life, including stints after retirement as interim Vice Chancellor for Development and University Affairs at both UNC-Pembroke and North Carolina Central University; work as the Carolinas Director of the Trust for Public Land; in leadership positions with the Triangle Land Conservancy, North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and as President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund.  In the political arena, he conducted two races for Congress in 1984 and 1986, and a hard-fought 1998 campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate against John Edwards.  He has also served in leadership roles at Davidson College, the YMCA, the United Way, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Since 1999, he has hosted UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, the state’s premier literary television series featuring interviews with more than 380 North Carolina authors.  In addition, he has participated in other UNC-TV productions, including segments of the popular Our State series, and the intriguing documentary, The Search for Princess Charlotte.  He currently writes a weekly newspaper column, One on One, that covers books, politics, and related topics and is carried by some 40 North Carolina newspapers;  he is also a frequent contributor to Our State magazine.  In addition to his work in television and print, Martin has interviewed over 1,000 individuals as the host of Who’s Talking, a daily interview program on WCHL-1360, a Chapel Hill, NC, radio station.  In May 2008, Wingate University awarded him an honorary degree.

dg-martin-book-cover-imageMartin’s latest publishing endeavor is a book about the state’s local food joints:  North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries:  A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints (UNC Press, October 2016).  In it, Martin, who spent years traveling the highways and byways of North Carolina, recounts more than 100 notable North Carolina eating establishments not far off the interstates that range from local barbecue joints to Mexican restaurants to Greek diners, as well as introducing readers to the restaurants’ owners and the locals who frequent their establishments.  According to novelist Charles Frazier (of Cold Mountain fame), “I’ve had the good fortune to have D. G. as my personal guide to some of the fine eateries in this book.  I’m grateful to him for introducing me not only to so many memorable meals but also to the many fine local people and places that I’ve come to treasure.”  Says Bridgette Lacy of the News & Observer, “Martin wants . . . us to take his guide and have our own adventures. . . . He encourages readers to go a little out of their way to be greeted like an old friend at one of these places even if it’s your first visit.”  Organized by interstate highways and the eating establishments located near each, the book provides a wealth of information not only about great places to eat throughout North Carolina but also about the local color and culture they reflect.  And in the “After Eating” section following each restaurant write-up, Martin recommends other nearby “don’t-miss” sites to explore.

Martin and his wife, Harriet, live in Chapel Hill and have two grown children and four grandchildren.  Their son, Grier Martin, serves in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Admission to the event is $30 each for Friends of Hackney Library members; for Friends of the Wilson County Public 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 Luann Clark at (252) 399-6329, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at  Space is limited, and after invitations have been issued in late August/early September, the deadline for reservations is Monday, September 25, 2017.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.

We hope you will join us for a delightful evening with this engaging raconteur!


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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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