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Willis N. Hackney Library

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Current Information

The library will be open for special summer hours starting on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. We will be open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 1:00pm until 4:00pm. We will be closed Fridays-Mondays. If you have library materials to return after hours, please place them in the drop box to the left of the front entrance. If you need to contact a librarian for reference or research assistance, please email Rob Cagna at or Matthew Flint at Also, Interlibrary Loans are temporarily suspended. We will resume this service in August.

Library Events

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 OtherGood 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.