Staff Picks for May 2017

Nightingale by Kristin Hannah


Death of a Ghost by M.C. Beaton

Not too scary, but the twists and turns will lead you through a suspenseful and unexpected conclusion.


Audacity by Jonathan Chait

I liked this book because I learned a lot about the Obama administration that I never paid attention to while he was in office. I can’t stand the talking heads/partisan media. His administration encountered some of the same difficulties as his predecessors, but, of course, with some unique challenges. A good read (well, listen- I chose the audiobook).


Mooresville Public Library Goes Social

The overall purpose, goal, and landscape of the public library have evolved immensely over the last three decades. Let’s think back for a moment to 1987. The Internet was not yet created. Most research was done by looking information up in a physical encyclopedia. Definitions of words were looked up in an actual dictionary. If research had to be done for a project, you had to do it with physical books or other printed resources. Computers weren’t nearly as popular as they are today. Sure, libraries had a few computers in 1987, but in 2017, MPL has more than 40 computers for the public to use.  In saying all of this, let’s come back to 2017. How have libraries changed? Libraries have changed a lot and I think most people would say they’ve changed for the better. Today’s library is much more than a place to check out books. In the 21st century, libraries are gathering places, information hubs, and makerspaces. The biggest change in the 21st century library is programming. Public libraries offer programming for patrons of all ages, from the youngest in babies and toddlers to the oldest in the senior citizens. Public Libraries also offer programs for those with learning or physical disabilities. It used to be if you wanted to learn how to do something, you had to go to the library and find a printed resource on how to do it. That’s not the case in today’s 21st century library. Libraries today offer programs so that patrons can physically learn the art of completing a particular task. Libraries also offer programs that allow patrons to exhibit craftiness, love for nature, history, and just about anything you can think of. The thing that has changed the most besides the fact that libraries provide programs is how libraries provide information.

At Mooresville Public Library, we have an entire library of electronic resources that you can check out from home with your library card. In terms of our programs, MPL utilizes its website to promote its programs. If a program requires registration, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. You aren’t required to come to the library to register for a program. Did you register for a program as soon as registration opened so it wouldn’t fill up? Are you worried you will forget about the program? Don’t worry about that. At MPL, we can send you email reminders or text messages prior to the program taking place. The best part of this? You get to choose how far in advance you are reminded of the event.

Just in the last few years, libraries have begun to promote themselves and the services they offer on social media. Would you believe that more people get information from social media than they do from an actual website? Why is this you ask? The simple answer is because people check social media on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. They don’t check let’s say Mooresville Public Library’s website every day. By checking social media, they can see what is going on at the library, they can see photos of what has taken place at the library, they can read interesting facts that the library has compiled, and they can check and see what other friends and family members are doing. At MPL, we utilize Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the Youth and Adult Services Departments utilizing Pinterest to aid in the creation of many of the programs we offer.

At MPL, we have something called a newsflash that sends out emails about all of our programs taking place at the library. We have several different newsflashes that we send out on a weekly basis. We have a newsflash for children of all ages, school age children, pre-school aged children, library events, and library news. You can subscribe for all or any of these newsflashes on our website and they will be delivered directly to your inbox. These newsflashes will also cover library holiday and weather closings or in some circumstances, program cancellations. At MPL, and at most libraries, whether they are public, academic, or special, they use a variety of promotional tactics to get patrons in the door. This is why most libraries, including MPL are starting to hire someone to handle all of the social media as well as the internal and external marketing and promotions.

Do you love technology but you don’t have time to come to the library? Do you want to find out some information either about your library account or just something in general? We’ve got you covered with that as well. On our website, we have a tab entitled Ask a Librarian. This is where you can submit a question to us and we will answer it for you as best we can.

Are you the type of person who likes all of your information in one place? Then I encourage you to subscribe to the new Friends of the Library Constant Contact Newsletter. You can sign up for this directly on our website. This newsletter will contain information on everything going on at MPL as well as articles you might find interesting written by MPL staff and other contributors. This newsletter will be delivered to your inbox on, or close to the first business day of each month.

The library cannot be successful without your help. So, how can you help us? Interact with us on Facebook by liking or commenting on our posts. If we discover that you like a particular kind of post, we will attempt to provide more of those types of postings for you. Send us messages on the types of programs and services you’d like to see at MPL. Tweet to us or direct message us on Twitter.  Also, like or favorite our tweets. We cannot make any promises, but we would rather offer programs that you the patrons want. We can plan and promote programs all day long, but if they are not programs you want, why are we doing it because after all, it is our ultimate goal to serve you, our patrons.

-Travis Sherrill

What the kids enjoy this Spring

Hi, it’s Ms. Crystal from the Outreach department in Youth Services.  Some of my teachers have been asking for a list of the books that we have been reading during our preschool and school visits this month.  Here are a few of my favorites that I have been using and they have been big hits with my Story Time listeners!


Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

By: Susan Shea


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle

dontletthepigeondrivethebus_bookcoverDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

By: Mo Willems


Knuffle Bunny

By: Mo Willems


Polar Bear’s Underwear

By: Tupera Tupera


Tap the Magic Tree

By: Christie Matheson


Mother Bruce

By: Ryan T. Higgins


The Curious Garden

By: Peter Brown

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.