Music Makers at RPL
Matthew Weaver and Paul Hill enjoy performing together and will bring their musical talents to RPL’s Stanback Auditorium on Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. Matthew plays 19 instruments, having begun with the piano at age three. In addition to performing, recording, and serving as music director at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he teaches and studies at Appalachian State University. Matthew will be playing on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville this Matthew Weaver spring.
Paul Hill has been making music for decades in bands, at music festivals, and to community groups. He was recently awarded medals at the National Veterans Creative Arts festival in Wisconsin. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and CD signing will follow the concert.
Through a Soldier’s Eyes
Through a Soldier's Eyes is a collaborative project between Rowan Public Library and Waterworks Visual Arts Center. Photos and oral histories will be collected at Rowan Public Library, with the culmination being a photograph exhibit at Waterworks. We invite your participation in sharing photos and oral histories taken by native Rowan servicemen and women illustrating their experiences in Vietnam. An exhibit featuring this collection will debut at Waterworks this fall. Oral histories will be archived and kept at the Edith M. Clark History Room of Rowan Public Library. Photos will be scanned and archived as well. There are plans to share this information with the national Veterans Memorial Project. On March 4 and 5, the library will host an event from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. collecting photos, oral histories and other information from Rowan County Vietnam veterans willing to share their stories. Other participation opportunities will be April 2, May 7, May 27, and May 28 at various locations. For more information contact Paul Birkhead at 704-216-7841.
Sponsored by the Friends of Rowan Public Library
Traveling Through History During RPL’s Centennial
The Negro Branch library, the first branch of the Rowan Public Library, opened in 1937. The branch occupied two rooms in a five-room frame house at 233 East Fisher Street. Mrs. Annie J. Johnson, a Rowan County Home Demonstration agent, and the Negro Civic League, an organization dedicated to community welfare and progress, led the efforts that resulted in the establishment of this branch. The Negro Civic League gave money for books, furniture, and equipment, and the library furnished some books and supplies. The U.S. Works Projects Administration (WPA) paid the salary of the librarian. When the WPA support ended in 1942, Rowan County and the City of Salisbury assumed the responsibility for the salaries of the Branch's workers. In 1948 the building and lot were purchased by Rowan County, helping to insure its continued use. The branch library opened with 408 books: 108 from the main library and 300 given by the North Carolina Library Commission. Fifty-three books circulated the first month the branch was open. All ordering and cataloging of books was done by the main library. In 1953 a new modern building was built on the same site as the small frame house, which had been torn down to make room for the new building. The library occupied the first floor of the building, and contained approximately 5,000 volumes. The second floor contained offices for the Negro Farm and Home Demonstration offices. An auditorium of Quonset hut-type construction could seat 250 and featured a state-of-the-art kitchen for home demonstration use and food preparation for social affairs. Mrs. Pearl Younge was the branch librarian when the new building opened. In addition to its collection, the library was proud of the special services it continued to offer in its new quarters:
A Summer Reading Club and story hours for children
Mrs. Pearl Younge (center) assists several library patrons in the late 1940s. “Pearl Younge Night” was held on June 30, 1961, sponsored by the branch library board, Livingstone College, and numerous civic groups. In June 1967, to “eliminate duplication of effort and expense,” the branch library was closed permanently. Books, furniture, and equipment were moved to the main library headquarters on West Fisher Street.
A group of children attend Story Telling Hour in the late 1940s.
Through the cooperation of the Home Demonstration Department, books were made available that would be of special interest and benefit to members of Home Demonstration Clubs. In 1947 when the Rowan Public Library acquired a bookmobile, schedules were worked out to share this service so that books from the Negro branch could be carried to all areas of the county. When Mrs. Younge retired after fifteen years she was recognized for her years of outstanding service. A
A store serves as a bookmobile stop in the late 1940s/early 1950s. Tables, chairs, and bookshelves were placed in a section of the store “for readers who wish to spend leisure time with books and magazines.”
A Gift That Keeps on Giving @ RPL
In 2011 Rowan Public Library Foundation celebrates its first 100 years of service to the citizens of Rowan County! Throughout its first 100 years RPL has grown into a great public library dedicated to encouraging the joy of reading and life long learning. As part of this celebration the RPL Foundation has set a goal to add 100 new endowments in 2011 in support of continued improvement and expansion of library resources and services during its next 100 years of service to the community. Currently, the Foundation’s primary focus is to enhance the library’s collection of books and other resources. There are now 144 named endowments, ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to over $100,000. Please consider celebrating with us by establishing a named endowment through the Foundation, Endowments may be established in the name of the donor or in memory or in honor of someone. An endowment can be established with a minimum gift of $1,000, which can be paid in installments. For information about setting up an endowment, please call Pam at 704-216-8231. The Foundation is a tax-exempt public 501(c)(3) foundation and all contributions are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Foundation gratefully acknowledges the many individuals and organizations that have already established endowments. Following are some of the items recently acquired by Rowan Public Library with funds provided by the Foundation’s endowments. Phillip K. Barton Foundation Executive Director
We gratefully acknowledge these recent gifts: Darryl and Barbara Corriher established the Darryl and Barbara Sims Corriher Endowment Roscoe and Katherine Giles established the Katherine Faye Giles Endowment Bernice Lerner Trust established the Philip Shrage Levenson and Rose Frances Levenson Endowment Robert Trundle established the Amelia Brier Trundle Endowment C.E. Kizziah, Jr. to the Dorothy Yancey Kizziah Endowment Rev. Jack and Donna Trethewey to the Rev. Jack and Donna Trethewey Endowment Charlie and Suzanne Walters to the Suzanne Kress Walters Endowment In Honor of Mary Rouzer and Wade and Peggy Rouzer given by Allan Rouzer, III to the Allan and Mary Rouzer Endowment In Honor of Betty Dan Spencer given by Mrs. Juanita F. Lagg to the Betty Dan Nicholas Spencer Endowment In Honor of Tommie and Susan Waller given by Allan Rouzer, III, to the Susan Rouzer Waller Endowment In Memory of June Evans and David Evans given by Diana Evans Ricketts to the June W. Evans and son, David B. Evans, Endowment
United States Constitution Bicentennial Endowment Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America by Jack Rakove
Pauline P. Tatum Endowment FDR (DVD)
Lerner Shoes Endowment
Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers
Carolyn Scott Pollard Endowment Reynolda:A History of an American Country House by Barbara Mayer
A Gift That Keeps on Giving @ RPL
Elinor Henderson Swaim Endowment Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species by Joel Sartore
William Stephen Brier Endowment Silks by Dick Francis (CD)
Laura Hays Frazier Endowment The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron by Howard Bryant
Jim and Gerry Hurley Endowment Silent Speedways of the Carolinas by Perry Allen Wood
The Travelers Club Endowment Dating Old Photographs, 18401929
Wilborn S. Swaim Endowment How Do I? Auto Care A-Z (DVD)
Henry Pitts Hudson Endowment Holly’s Red Boots by Francesca Chessa
Glenn and Addie G. Ketner Endowment One Hen by Katie Smith Milway
Buck Hurley Endowment The American Civil War: A Military History by John Keegan
February 2011 Computer Classes
RPL Headquarters Salisbury, 704-216-8229
Listen to a Good Book— All About NC Digital Media Tuesday, February 1, 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Microsoft Word 2003 Part 1 Monday, February 7, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Absolute Beginners Tuesday, February 22, 2:00 p.m. — 3:30 p.m. Microsoft Word 2003 Part 2 Monday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
All classes are free and open to the public. Dates and times correct at time of printing.
South Rowan Regional Library China Grove, 704-216-7737
Introduction to Access Monday February 7, 7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. Introduction to Word Thursday, February 24, 11:00 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.
East Rowan Library
Rockwell, 704-216-7841 Online Shopping Thursday, February 17, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m. Registration required for East branch classes only.
Rowan Public Library appreciates your gifts and will purchase materials for the library that can be enjoyed by our community for years to come.
Gifts Charles Peacock Memorials and Honorariums In Honor of Dale Basinger and Family given by Steve and Cindy Martin In Honor of Mark Setzer given by Charlie Peacock In Memory of Elora Danon given by Melody Moxley In Memory of Herbert Hawley given by Karen Young In Memory of Charles Edward Peeler given by Debby and Ed Pietryk In Memory of B.V. “Vic” Shive given by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Thurston III and Jim and Lucinda Epperson
Gifts Bob and Kaye Amos John and Jacqueline Burke Danny and Susan Corriher Diana Drye Jane Gamewell Joyce Grant Shirley Jones Jean McCoy and Rick Travis Melody Moxley Memorials and Honorariums In Honor of John Napier given by Mrs. Shirley Napier
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