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Lyceum Event with Author Ron Rash

March 16th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

The Wingate University Lyceum Committee and the Office of Special Academic Programs is hosting a talk by the 2005 James Still Award recipient and Pen/Faulkner Award Finalist, Ron Rash on Friday, March 30th at 2:00 p.m. .  Mr. Rash is the author of One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, The World Made Straight, Serena, and Burning Bright.  The author will discuss the creative writing process and the publishing industry.  He will take questions from the audience and be available to sign books for students.  This is offered with Lyceum Credit.

An Evening with Ron Rash

March 16th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Fundraising event on March 30th at the Rolling Hills Country Club with Ron Rash, who brings to all his work a masterful command of language and a deep sense of the Appalachian South.  The evening will include an exclusive opportunity to purchase Mr. Rash’s latest book, The Cove.  The official release of the book is April 10th, so you have the opportunity to have your copy signed before anyone else in the country. Ecco states The Cove “captures the wondrous beauty of nature and love and the darkness of superstition and fear in this atmospheric and exquisitely rendered novel set in Appalachia during World War I.”

This special event start at 7:00 p.m. and features a buffet, cash bar, a presentation by Mr. Rash, a raffle and a book signing.  Tickets are $50.00 each.  For reservations and more information, please e-mail or call Christy Inge at 704.233.8091.

Blueprints for Building Better Girls

January 5th, 2012 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Elissa SchappellThe Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and Wingate University Writing Center invite you to join Author Elissa Schappell on January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the Batte Center Recital Hall.

Ms Schappell currently teaches at New York University, Brooklyn College, and the low-residency MFA program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She will discuss her newest book, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, answer questions, and sign books. Ms Schappell is also the author of Use Me and the co-editor of The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is also a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a founding editor of Tin House magazine.

Reservations are not required for this free event and Lyceum credit will be offered.  For more information, please contact Christy Inge at 704.233.8091.



Concert Play Reading of A Christmas Carol

November 28th, 2011 by jimm wetherbee 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 Friday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m. In Judy Simpson Cook’s adaptation for three voices,  you will once again relive Scrooge’s discovery of the true meaning of   Christmas, meet the generous Mr. Fezziwig, beautiful Belle, and the irrepressible Tiny Tim. Voicing all the characters are Melvin Faris, Judy Simpson Cook, and David Michael.

The reading will begin at 7:00 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres to follow at 8:00 p.m. General admission reservations are $10.00, $8.00 for members of the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library.  Reservations required.  To make a reservation or for more information, please contact Christy Inge at 704.233.8091.






A. J. Hartley to Give Key Note Address for The Big Read

November 2nd, 2011 by Christy Inge in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Dr. Andrew James Hartley, Shakespearean scholar, dramaturg, director, and author will give the key note address for The Big Read Union County on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Griffin Room of the Monroe Library.  Union County is reading Ursula Le Guin’s classic fantasy, A Wizard of Earthsea.

Currently the Russell Robinson Professor of Shakespeare at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Hartley edits the “Shakespeare Bulletin”, the world’s premier scholarly journal dedicated to Renaissance drama in performance.  He is the author of The Shakespearean Dramaturg: A Theoretical and Practical Guide.  Published in 2005 by Palgrave, it was the first book written on the topic and is used extensively by theater and doctoral students.

In addition to his scholarly work, Hartley is a noted author of New York Times bestselling thrillers and fantasy fiction.  Called an “intricate and absorbing thriller” by Publishers Weekly, his debut novel, The Mask of Atreus was published in 2006.

His fantasy fiction includes the series begun with Act of Will published in 2009.  The main protagonist, Will Hawthorne, an actor in an Elizabethan style fictional world, joins a band of adventurers.  Cowardly and self-serving, Will reluctantly joins in the heroic struggle against the imperialistic empire that threatens to overpower the land.  Act of Will is in turn exciting and witty with particularly well done battle scenes.  Will Hawthorne is the perfect reluctant hero.  The second novel in the series, Will Power, was named one of the best 15 science fiction and fantasy books of 2010.

October 13, 2011 saw the release of Hartley’s first work for younger audiences.  Kirkus Reviews praised Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact as “an imaginative page turner …by turns spooky, suspenseful, and touching…”Brilliant!” as Darwen would say”.  Visit for more information in an interactive format.  For more information on Hartley visit

The Big Read is an initiative the National Endowment of the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of   American culture.  The NEA presents The Big Read in cooperation with Arts Midwest.  Union County is one of 76 communities nationwide participating the The Big Read form September 2011 through June 2012.  Since October 15, Union County has been reading A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.  The Union County Public Library is partnering with Wingate University, Union County Public Schools, Friends of Union County Public Library, and Friends of Ethel K. Smith Library in celebrating The Big Read.

For more information on Hartley’s visit, contact Shelley Fearn, Reader’s Services Librarian, at 704-283-8184 ext. 241.  You can also view a full listing of events for The Big Read in Union County by visiting the library’s website at

Copies of Hartley’s books, including Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact will be available for sale at the event by Parkroad Books of Charlotte.

The Alexander Technique (Academic Lyceum Credit)

November 1st, 2011 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Dr. Jessie Wright Martin Associate Professor of Voice Wingate University

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library invite you to join Dr. Jessie Wright Martin on Thursday, November 10th  at 7:30 .m. in the Recital Hall of the Batte Fine Arts Center for her presentation of the Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique offers a unique psycho-physical approach to learning about ourselves through movement.  When we access the underlying principles governing our thoughts and actions, we gain a measure of control over our customary habits and our immediate reactions.  Benefits include ease of movement, relief from pain, stress, and tension; increased energy, improved coordination and poise.

Event is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating.  E-mail Christy Inge or call 704.233.8091 for more details

Martin trained with Martha Hansen Fertman at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia.   She is a certified member of Alexander Technique. She has taught workshops at universities including Augusta State University, Brevard College, Gardner-Webb University and her own Wingate University.  She has also taught classes for the Ohio Light Opera.  Dr. Martin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University.  Her final project is entitled A Survey of the Operettas of Emmerich Kálmán.  She also holds a Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s in Music in Vocal Performance from The Florida State University.   She is a frequent performer of song literature, oratorio and opera/operetta.  She has performed with the Ohio Light Opera for 11 seasons, performing in over 25 productions.  At Wingate University, she teaches applied voice, vocal literature and is the director of Opera Workshop.


A Schedule of Horrors with Carrie Ryan

October 5th, 2011 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Friends of the Library

Carrie Ryan. Photo: Darren Cassese

Join us at the Ethel K. Smith Library at Wingate University for a bone chilling talk by Carrie Ryan on Friday, October 28 at 6:00 p.m.

Schedule of Horrors

  • 6:30 p.m.: Hors D’oeuvres
  • 7:00 p.m.: Author Talk
  • 7:45 p.m.: Book Signing

Reservations Required

  • General Admission: $10.00
  • Students with ID:$5.00
  • E-mail Christy Inge or call 704.233.8091

Hosted by Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and Union County Public Library Big Read Grant.  The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

For more information see:

Laila Lalami:

September 19th, 2011 by jimm wetherbee in Announcements, Features, Friends of the Library

Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and Wingate University Board of Visitors are proud to announce that Laila Lalami will be at Wingate University on September 19-20, 2011 for a campus visit, class discussions, author lecture, book signing, and more.

The Schedule of events at the LaVerne Banquet Hall on the Wingate Campus are as follows:

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

General admission is $30.00, high school student $15.00.  Business attire expected.  For reservations please contact Christy Inge at (704) 233-8091 or  For more information on this event, see

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Friends of the Library Faculty Award 2011

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at the Wingate University Employee Service Awards Banquet, the Friends of the Library (FOL) Faculty Award for the 2010-2011 academic year was presented to Dr. Abigail Dondanville, Assistant Professor of Sport Sciences.

The Friends of the Library Faculty Award is presented to a full-time Wingate University faculty member who is selected by the Ethel K. Smith Library staff. The criteria for nomination includes that the faculty member is an avid user of the Wingate University Library, encourages his/her students to make strong use of the Library’s resources through his/her syllabus, assignments, and bibliographic instruction requests, and makes allocation requests that develop the curricular strength of circulating collections.

Winners of the award receive a total of $500 from the FOL. $400 of the total is used for the winner to purchase resources in his/her academic area for the EKS Library collections. The recipient is allowed to take $100 of the winnings in order purchase materials for his/her own personal library.

For a list of previous FOL Faculty Award recipients, click here.

An Evening Fundraiser with Silas House

March 14th, 2011 by Isaac Meadows in Announcements, Friends of the Library
Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library at Wingate University present an evening fundraiser with Silas House, author of Clay’s Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, and Eli the Good. 

The event will be held at Rolling Hills Country Club at 2722 Roosevelt Boulevard in Monroe, NC and evening events will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, author talk, books sales and signing, and raffle.

Ticket prices are as follows: $75 individual, $125 couple, $225 half-table (4), $400 table (8). Business or cocktail attire required.

For reservations, contact Christy Inge at or 704-233-8091.

Please visit for the menu, raffle item descriptions, and additional information.

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