Local History: Town Hall

by Andy Poore, Special Collections Curator, Mooresville Public Library, NColdmooresvilletownhallTown of Mooresville, Town Hall, 1935

The first Mooresville Town Hall building was built in the very early part of the 20th century.  The building was located on Broad Street near the corner of Broad and Center Avenue, today the large parking adjacent to the 1st Presbyterian Church.  This building severed as the Town Hall until the current Town Hall was built in 1954.  The building housed all of the Town offices including the Police, Fire, Water, and even the Library.  The building also included the court and jail for the Town.  Located on the first floor of the building was the Fire, Water, and Town offices.  On the second was the court, the jail, police, and the library.  On the second floor was the jail which was a large square cage that stood in the middle of the room.  In the back corner of the building on the second floor was the library, which has been a Town department since 1899 when the Town paid the first librarian.  The building also served as the first meeting place of the Town Commissioners as prior to the building of a Town Hall the commissioners met in various board rooms, businesses, and spaces around the Town.  The site for the Town Hall was chosen as it was located in the center of Town – the Depot marked the exact center of the Town with the Town limits being set in a one mile radius from the building – making it easy for people to come to Town Hall to conduct business.  It was not until the 1950s that the Town offices and services had grown to where more space was needed and the new Town Hall was built; however, before that in 1939 the Library moved out of the building to its present location as more space was needed by both the Library and the Town.  The building was razed shortly after the new Town Hall was constructed to make way for the growing needs of the area.

Staff Picks for April 2017

Edible Stories: a Novel in Sixteen Parts by Mark Kurlansky

I was reminded of Michael Paterniti’s collection, Love and Other Ways of Dying, as I was reading this. Both write like journalists, but artistic ones. A brilliant aspect of this collection is that the author weaves together all sixteen stories, but so subtly. I didn’t realize how they were relating until at least after reading story number eight; much like the heat of a chili slowly creeps up and suddenly you realize, ‘oh, it’s hot!’


Faithful by Alice Hoffman

An emotional journey that begins with a tragic accident and shows its effect on all the lives it touched. Hoffman’ characters are relatable and heartfelt.


The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker

This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I will look for more. Truly Plaice is our main character. She is a very large person in a very small town. Everyone knows how small towns work, and this one is no different. But Truly tries hard to be the person she wants to be on the inside. Her life is intertwined with many interesting residents, including her beautiful, perfect sister and a long line of Dr. Robert Morgans. This book will get you invested in Truly’s life and decisions, and you may find it hard to put down until you finish.


Find Her by Lisa Gardner

Flora Dane is a victim.

Seven years ago, carefree college student Flora was kidnapped while on spring break. For 472 days, Flora learned just how much one person can endure.

Flora Dane is a survivor.

Miraculously alive after her ordeal, Flora has spent the past five years reacquainting herself with the rhythms of normal life, working with her FBI victim advocate, Samuel Keynes. She has a mother who’s never stopped loving her, a brother who is scared of the person she’s become, and a bedroom wall covered with photos of other girls who’ve never made it home.

Flora Dane is reckless.

. . . or is she? When Boston detective D. D. Warren is called to the scene of a crime—a dead man and the bound, naked woman who killed him—she learns that Flora has tangled with three other suspects since her return to society. Is Flora a victim or a vigilante? And with her firsthand knowledge of criminal behavior, could she hold the key to rescuing a missing college student whose abduction has rocked Boston? When Flora herself disappears, D.D. realizes a far more sinister predator is out there. One who’s determined that this time, Flora Dane will never escape. And now it is all up to D. D. Warren to find her.-Publisher


When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi -digital audio version from Overdrive

What I love about this memoir is how the author addresses his own mortality, but not just the struggles. He talks about how he and his wife, who were struggling in their relationship, began facing some really big value choices, and did it together. Paul’s cancer diagnosis could have easily driven them apart, but it did not. He still completes his medical residency, not just as a token gesture, but truly doing his best to pull his weight: he’s living his passion.  A compassionate, inspiring read.




Library expands Sensory Story Time offerings

by Lynae Vissering


Our youth services department is excited to be adding more sessions of our Learn and Play Sensory Story Time for the summer months!  This is a fun and interactive story time for all children, but especially geared towards children who may struggle with sensory integration challenges.  Some children struggle with processing common things in the environment, such as sound, light, smell or touch.  Too much or too little of these can be overwhelming to them and can make it difficult  to enjoy regular story times and other public events.  Sensory challenges are commonly seen in autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder and other developmental differences.  The program is currently scheduled on April 22nd and May 20th and we plan to add weekday sessions for the summer.

Our Sensory Story Time welcomes all abilities, but is sensitive to those kids who need to move around, stim, vocalize, or fidget.  We have sensory bags and objects, fidgets, and allow the children a bit more freedom to be themselves.  Interactive stories, felt boards and music make it a fun and welcoming environment for all children and we will accommodate any need your child might have to the best of our ability, such as lighting or volume levels.  There is also a short time at the end for free play and socialization, for the kids as well as parents/caregivers.  And of course, siblings are welcome!

If you feel your child would enjoy being a part of this program due to challenges or you’d just like to enjoy a Saturday morning story time with your child, come in and give it a try!  Feel free to contact Lynae in youth services if you have any questions.

*Sensory Integration Tip:

Making time each day for activities to help fulfill your child’s sensory needs can make a big difference. When our days are filled with playing at the park, swimming, jumping and spinning, your child can feel more balanced.

Coloring Club Art Exhibit

coloringclubartshow_posterOur reception was a success!  I put my artist and curatorial skills to work and organized a show with 9 artists represented. Our coloring club has met every week to color for an hour and a half, so we collected our favorites and put them on display. The pieces will be available through March 31, 2017. Questions? e-mail Jenneffer @ jsixkiller@ci.mooresville.nc.us