Staff Picks for November

I just finished reading, Yankee Town, Southern City by Steven Tripp. It was about the changing social structure and race relations in Lynchburg, Virginia throughout the Civil War period.

-Rachel V

I just finished The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah; it was amazing.

-Serena S.

Ready Player One by Ernest Kline

-Kerrie C.

PawPaw: In Search of America’s Forgotten Fruit by Andrew Moore. Andrew Moore did a wonderful job of research for this book, but he never fails to stray from the wonder and lust that captures him in the first place upon discovery of the Native American fruit.

-Jenneffer S.


Library Challenges Readers to try Digital


Library Challenges Readers to Try Digital

Mooresville, NC— November 1st, 2017 —Mooresville Public Library is on a mission: Get more people to try digital reading! While they have offered eBooks, digital audiobooks, and streaming video to the community through their partnership with OverDrive for 10 years, they know that many people are still surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 42,680 free digital titles.

Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If they hit 1,797,393 digital checkouts by the end of the year, they will be eligible to win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for their OverDrive collection.

Circulation Supervisor Robin Howard says, “Audiobooks are rising in popularity. With the increase in usage of services like Audible, we want to let people know that we have digital audiobooks available to borrow at no cost.”

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include The Fix by David Baldacci, Camino Island by John Grisham, and Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. Mooresville Public Library also offers a dedicated space for younger readers, with a variety of juvenile and young adult titles on There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

About OverDrive
OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools.  We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and other digital media to a growing network of 36,000 libraries and schools in 63 countries worldwide.  Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.


Local History Corner: Merchants and Farmer’s Bank

Merchants and Farmer’s Bank

by Andy Poore, Curator, Special Collections, Mooresville Public Library
assisted by Travis Sherrill


Built on the corner of Moore and Main Street, the Merchants and Farmer’s Bank opened in December of 1907 as the newest bank in what was becoming a long line of financial institutions for the Town of Mooresville. The starting capital of $20,000 was quickly increased to $30,000 by 1910. In 1929, the bank suffered massive losses due to the crash of the stock market. By 1933, the bank had closed its doors for good. In 1946, the bank saw new life when Piedmont Bank and Trust opened in the old building. After Piedmont Bank moved out, the building had numerous businesses move in and out for several years. The staircase to the second floor of the bank is located in the middle of the building on the Moore Street side, and was only accessible from the outside of the building. Various offices occupied the back and upstairs of the building. The building is still one of the Town of Mooresville’s most architecturally impressive buildings and its most impressive feature, the elaborate vault can still be seen inside today.