FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE---Art, stories and speakers will highlight Elizabeth City State University’s celebration of National Library Week.
Since 1958, the annual observance each April throughout the country recognizes and celebrates the contributions of libraries and librarians.
ECSU’s celebration, “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library,” will take place April 11-15 with events that have been organized by the G.R. Little Library on campus. All events are free and open to the public.
“Every day, libraries across the country are helping people create their own unique stories,” said Dr. Juanita Midgette Spence, ECSU’s director of library services. “Whether it is by opening a book and exploring distant lands, or by learning how to use new technologies to find a job, people at our library are creating new stories for themselves.”
The celebration kicks off with a solo art show and reception featuring the mixed-media paintings of ECSU student Rashad Mozell, a senior and art education major. Attendees can meet the artist at the event, which will be held at 3:30 pm on Monday, April 11 in the lobby of the G.R. Little Library. Refreshments will be served.
On Tuesday, April 12, the ECSU Library Club will present a Children’s Story Hour at 10:00 am in the G.R. Little Library Board Room. Camille McGowan, a junior and president of the Library Club, will tell stories, followed by a short “Charlie Brown” film.
On Wednesday, April 13, Jamillah Scott-Branch, technology and media services librarian at ECSU, will present a workshop on plagiarism at 6:00 pm in the library’s Media Classroom. The workshop is designed to provide students with a clear understanding of what plagiarism is, consequences for committing it and, most importantly, how to avoid it.
The celebration continues with a featured speaker on Thursday, April 14. Writer and historian Alice Eley Jones will talk on “African-American Architecture and Decorative Arts of Northeast North Carolina: Exploring the Links Between West Africa and African-American Culture in the American South.” Her talk will be held at 3:30 pm in Johnson Hall, Room 138. A reception will follow.
Jones, of Murfreesboro, N.C., specializes in North Carolina and African-American history. She taught at North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C., prior to starting a consulting company, Historically Speaking, in 1992. A decade later, she launched a publishing company, Minnie Troy Publishers. She has written extensively on historic Hope Plantation, the restored 18th-century home of Gov. David Stone, located outside Windsor, N.C.
Jones will bring to the lecture several artifacts she collected for her books.
The National Library Week celebration ends with a Friends of the Library Social at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 15, in the G.R. Little Library Board Room. Dr. Spence, ECSU’s library director, and Jackie King, director of the Pasquotank-Camden Library, will attend, along with officers and members of the Friends of the Library groups at both libraries. Refreshments will be served at the event, which is open to the public.
The Friends of G.R. Little Library welcomes new members and is hosting a membership campaign during the month of April. Donations assist the library in purchasing additional materials. Benefits of membership include remote access to online databases, a library card and an invitation to the annual Friends of the Library reception.
For more information about ECSU’s National Library Week celebration or membership in the Friends of the Library, contact Dr. Spence at (252) 335-3586.