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Word from the Library … Celebrating all things Elvis

Posted on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 9:03 am

Jill Rael

Jillian Rael


library director

August will see several exciting events happening at FLCPL. First and foremost, our regular story hours are every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. On Aug. 17 at 10 a.m., we are celebrating all things Elvis with a reading of Ten Little Elvi, giveaways and trivia. This is an event for Elvis fans of all ages, and all are welcome.

Later that day, the Friends of the Library are hosting the Dog Days Field Party from 6-9 p.m. at the Cotton Mill Preserve. Tickets are available at Bagley & Bagley, Carter’s and Bank of Lincoln County, and all proceeds come back to support the Library. This year will be exceptionally fun with live music from hot up and coming band, Copper into Steel, bouncy entertainment for the kids and great food (picnics are also welcome!).

After reading last week’s EVT, I was so excited to see the piece submitted on behalf of St. Paul’s AME here in Fayetteville. In an effort to preserve the church’s, and in turn, Fayetteville’s history, they are raising money for a Legacy project. I immediately called Mr. Thomas Kemp and invited their historian to come to the library in an effort to spread the word. I am so excited to announce that on Aug. 20 from 6 until 7 p.m., Rhonda Harris of St. Paul’s will be here to present a talk on the long and rich history of the church.

This event will, of course, be free and open to everyone, and a donation box will be placed outside the Genealogy Room door for any attendees to contribute to their wonderful Legacy Project. As a historian who has specialized in local history, I am absolutely tickled at this opportunity to learn about St. Paul’s. This talk is beneficial to both the church and the Library, as one of my goals is to increase our holdings on local African American history, and this event seemed a perfect way to begin work on that goal.

I have promised Rhonda that if this event proves helpful to their efforts, I would love to have a Part 2 session with even more history as she uncovers it!

August 22 will be yet another exciting day for the Library as we officially open our Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812 exhibit on loan from the State Museum. We are incredibly fortunate that the state has chosen our beautiful building as the location for this exhibit, and I hope the community will come out and enjoy the great history therein.

In conjunction with the exhibit, our final FoL speakers will be here on Aug. 27 to present a panel discussion on Camp Blount and the War of 1812. We will welcome Dr. Farris Beasley, Myers Brown of the State Museum and Fred Prouty of the TN Wars Commission to lead our discussion. This will be our last speaker installment, so we hope you will come out and help us wrap it up with a bang!