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Wingate University Welcomes Author Maragret Trost

October 15th, 2014 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and the WiRE Reading Program will host an Author’s Luncheon in the LaVerne Banquet Hall on Thursday, October 30th. The schedule of events are as follows

  • 12:30 p.m. — Luncheon
  • 1:00 p.m. — Author Talk
  • 1:20 p.m. — Book Signing

Margaret TrostThe campus community welcomes author Margaret Trost as the 2014 WiRE common reading author. Trost is founder and director of the What If? Foundation, which provides funding for up to 7,500 meals a week to Haiti’s children, offers educational scholarships, and supports a summer camp in Port-au-Prince. A home-based business entrepreneur and former public television producer, she lives in Northern California.

Join us as Trost speaks about providing hope and opportunity for a brighter future for the children in Port-au-Prince. For more information, visit her website.

Reservations are required and must be made by October 24th.  Please contact Christy Inge at 704.233.8091 or General admission is $30.00, students $15.00. The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs will cover the expense of one nontransferable ticket for each faculty member who makes a reservation to attend. Faculty should mention their faculty status to Christy Inge when making a reservation.

Lyceum Event with Wiley Cash

February 13th, 2013 by Amee Odom in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Wiley CashThe Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library present a Lyceum lecture by Author Wiley Cash on Friday, February 15th  at 2:00 p.m. in the McGee Theater of the Batte Center.

Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that figures prominently in his fiction. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly. A Land More Kind than Home (William Morrow/HarperCollins, April 2012) is his first novel.

Wiley holds a B.A. in Literature from the University of North Carolina-Asheville, an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. He has received grants and fellowships from the Asheville Area Arts Council, the Thomas Wolfe Society, the MacDowell Colony, and Yaddo. The author will discuss his work, the writing process, take questions, and sign books.

Annual Spring Fundraiser with Wiley Cash

February 8th, 2013 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library
Evening Events

  • Buffet & Cash Bar
  • Author Talk
  • Silent Auction
  • Book Sales & Signing





  • $50


FOL Logo Friday, February 15, 2013—7:00 PM

Rolling Hills County Club
2722 Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe, NC

Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library


A Concert Play Reading of A Christmas Carol

December 1st, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Melvin Faris as Ebenezer Scrooge

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library host Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, as presented by the readers of Waxhaw’s Storefront Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 8th at 7:30 p.m. in the Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall of the Batte Fine Art Center. Read the rest of this entry »

Invasive Pythons in the United States

October 29th, 2012 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library for something completely different as we host Dr. Michael Dorcas and his fifteen foot python, Carmelita, in this fascinating Lyceum event on Monday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of the Batte Fine Arts Center.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Tea

October 12th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Join the Friendsof the Ethel K. Smith Library as we host Christian fiction author Marybeth Whalen on Friday, October 19th. The evening will include cupcakes, tea, and fun!

Marybeth is a contributing writer to Proverbs 31 Ministries, directs the book club blog She Reads, contributes to the southern fiction blog Southern Belle View, and is a published novelist. Her novels include The Mailbox and She Makes It Look Easy. Marybeth’s newest novel,The Guest Book, released in July of 2012.

The evening will begin with tea and cupcakes at 6:30 p.m. followed by a talk by the author at 7:00 p.m. and conclude with a book signing at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $20.00 per person.  Space is limited, so please make reservations with Christy Inge at (704) 233-8091.


Author Talk with Eugene Cross

September 25th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library, Wingate the University Lyceum Committee, and the Wingate University Writing Center present a Lyceum on Tuesday, October 2nd 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in the Batte Center Recital Hall featuring Eugene Cross, author of Fires of Our Own Choosing. Eugene Cross captures much of his generation’s fears and excitements with a collection of realistic stories that borders on darkness at times. His is a voice combining humor and pathos with an edginess creating fresh new stories that are being published in great literary journals regularly.  A book signing will follow the presentation.

This Lyceum event is free with no reservation required.  For more information, please contact Christy Inge at (704) 233-8091.


WiRE Event

September 4th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Features, Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and the Wingate University Board of Visitors proudly present Conor Grennan, Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome Back

August 21st, 2012 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Databases, Friends of the Library, Reference

The Fall Semester is almost here.  Classes start up again on August 28th.  Just to start out, here are the library hours.

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 3:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Hours vary according to various breaks, holiday’s and exam periods.  These are always listed on the library homepage.

Director's Office and Access Services Those of you who are returning might find yourselves just a bit lost. Over the summer some of us have moved around a bit.  Now, librarians enjoy helping students, not confusing them, so the moves are actually the first steps in some bigger doings that are designed to make the library more accessible to students and provide more services.  The first thing you will notice is that the Director’s Office–which use to be up in Haskins Room–and Access Services area (InterLibrary Loan and Friends of the Library, which were tucked in back behind Reference) are now in one suite.  You can find both across from the Circulation Desk by the Elevator in Room 117.  So, if you are looking for Mrs. Odom, the Library Director, or need help with an InterLibrary Loan from Mrs. Inge, the are both conveniently located.

As you may know, Room 117 had been the office for the Network and Library Systems Administrator (Mr. Wetherbee)  What you may not have known is that for the past year Mr. David Thompson, the University’s Network Engineer had no office at all.  Until recently, Mr. Thompson occupied on corner of a desk in Stegall.  Now Mr. Wetherbee and Mr. Thompson are both in Room 221 next to the Children’s Room off of the Haskings Room.

Tip of the WeekMs Shealy, the Library’s Reference and Bibliographic Instruction Librarian, has revamped the Reference Office.  There is a new computer that Ms Shealy can use with students during reference consolations to assist in walking through various databases and search strategies. Also new is a cork/whiteboard.  Take special note of the board.  Each week Ms Shealy will post a new research tip, designed to make academic life more productive and rewarding (if not just a little bit easier), and each month a new database will be featured.

So again, welcome back, and stay tuned, add EKS Libris to your RSS feeds, find us on Facebook or Google+, or come to the library just to see what is going on; there is more to come.

Luckys Plott: A Plott Hound Tale

April 9th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library
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Join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library in the Batte Center Recital Hall on April 16th at 6:30 p.m. as we learn about the North Carolina State Dog – The Plott Hound!  Libby Bagby and Lucky will share their story of how an injured puppy came to spend life traveling through NC.

Ms. Bagby will share her knowledge of the Plott Hound, requirements for an object to become a state symbol, answer questions, and sign books.

Seating is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating. This is a Lyceum event.

Contact Christy Inge at or 704-233-8091.

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