The library is only open to Barton faculty, staff, and students due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you are a member of the public and have library materials to turn in, please place them in the drop boxes at the front or rear of the building.
All patrons are REQUIRED to wear masks while in the library building. To maintain social distancing in the library, there is limited seating in the building as well as a decrease in the number of available computers to use. Group study is not available.
The Friends of Hackney Library hosted speculative fiction author John Kessel as the featured speaker for the Spring 2021 Lecture on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Hackney Library on the Barton College campus. (Speculative fiction includes science fiction, fantasy, slipstream and other works that embrace supernatural or futuristic themes; this is our first time hosting an author working in this genre.)
Kessel is the award-winning author of the novels Pride and Prometheus, The Moon and the Other, Good 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. He is also a Professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
To learn more about John Kessel and to view his lecture, please follow this link.
The Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library co-sponsored author Carole Boston Weatherford as the featured speaker for the Fall 2020 Lecture on Monday, October 26, 2020 at Hackney Library on the Barton College campus.
Ms. Weatherford is a prolific New York Times bestselling author and poet, both of children’s and young adult works; she is also Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Her 50-plus books include many award winners, such as: Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America (NAACP image Award); Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement (Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Award, Flora Steiglitz Straus Award from Bank Street College of Education); Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood (Arnold Adoff Earl Poetry Honor); Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King Award, Caldecott Honor Medal), among others.
To learn more about Carole Boston Weatherford and to view her lecture, please follow this link.