Staff Picks July 2017

I am re-reading Jane Eyre and am enjoying this classic novel.


The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

When two little girls go missing in a small town, it causes everyone involved to examine the roles they may have played in the events.  There is more than one suspect and some finger pointing, particularly at Antonia, a semi-single mom to one of the girls.  This book is my first by this author and I enjoyed it.  I intend to read more.


I am reading The Boy Who Fell from the Sky by Jule Owen. It is from a British writer of futuristic fiction for young readers that I am really beginning to enjoy although it is not usually the genre that I read. An author that I do like in whatever series he is writing is a British author, Tim Vicary.


I am reading Aunt Dimity and the Widow’s Curse, by Nancy Atherton.  The story gets your attention right from the start, and leads the reader down a path of exploring a “curse”.  Although nicely written and Atherton tries to consider all avenues of possible outcomes, she overcompensates and the mystery could be solved simply with better communication .  The story slows and leaves the reader saying ,” just dig up the rose garden already!”





Staff Picks for June 2017


Nineteen Minutes – by Jodi Picoult

I just read this book for the second time, and it still is a strong read. It’s about the long reaching and terrible effects of bullying, starting with a school shooting and working it’s way backwards to the beginning of the lives of the characters. After I finished it the first time, I immediately emailed our school superintendent and told him to read it. By the following school year it was on our high school required reading list. It will make you sad, angry, and frustrated. And then you’ll look for someone to share it with.


The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince by Mayte Garcia.

She tells the story matter of fact, showing the intense sadness brought to their dream life.  I really liked the book.

-Jennifer L.


Mockingbird by Katherine Erskine

A beautiful and emotional read.

-Megan M.


Fast and Loose by Stuart Woods

Stuart Wood’s latest book in the Stone Barrington series has the playboy attorney sailing around Maine’s Penobscot Bay in his yacht and literally running into his next adventure.  His boat collides with another larger yacht and sinks, but not before he is recued by a beautiful Swedish doctor and her wealthy father, owners of an exclusive hospital in New York.  Through a series of business dealings with the doctors, Stone lands himself in hot water and is the target of several assassination attempts.  Set in the world of the rich and famous with their private jets and mansions, Wood’s books always take us on a wild ride.


The Devil’s Triangle by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

The latest addition to “A Brit in the FBI” series once again has Special Agents Nicholas and Michaela tangling with the Fox, a famous thief for hire.  This time the agents get a call asking for help when the Fox’s husband is kidnapped in Venice after a job goes wrong and they want her dead.  At the same time someone is controlling the weather and threatens to flatten Washington with a massive hurricane.  A lengthy thriller with a bit of science fiction thrown in, this series extends into the international realm creating fertile ground for new plots involving the FBI.  The plot could have been tighter but all in all a fun read.



Local History Corner June 2017

The Telephone Exchange Site


compiled by Andy Poore, Local History Librarian and Special Collections Curator

In 1890, the first attempts at establishing a telephone company in the town were met with little success. In 1900, the first company was established and was housed upstairs in the Templeton building built as part of the Templeton/ Williams Roller Mill and Ginnery. The first operators were called the “hello girls” for the way they answered the phone. In addition to being operators for incoming calls, they also served as the first “emergency operators” for fire as the operators would call the fireman as needed in response to an incoming call. The exchange was equipped with a switch board that rang bells that were installed in the home of the town’s fireman. When there was a fire, or the fireman were needed, someone would call the exchange and tell them where they were and what was on fire. The operators would then look on a map to determine which fire fighters were in the closest proximity to the fire and ring a bell, located in the houses of fire fighters to alert those fire fighters to go fight the fire. This procedure stayed in place until the first town hall was built. The exchange stayed in the building until the 1950’s when it built its’ new home around the corner on Center Avenue where it is today. At one time, the lower portion of the building served as a furniture store. The building to the right was the W.N. Johnston building. Mr. Johnston and his sons ran a grocery store which was located on the first floor, a dry goods store which was located on the second floor, and a an undertaker store which was located on the third floor. Later, the family expanded into the ice and oil business, expanding the current building. The vacant lot beside the building is where the ice plant once stood. Inside the building, the second and third floors surrounded an open space that allowed light from a skylight to come in. It has been said that when someone went to purchase a coffin from Mr. Johnston’s youngest son, who was the undertaker, that the coffin was built on demand as you waited and then was lowered by pulleys through the opening to the bottom floor and then taken out through the doors. Currently, a collection of antique shops occupy the building where the telephone company used to be housed.

MPL employees win service awards

Two of our employees in Library Circulation Services were beneficiaries of annual service awards from the Town of Mooresville this year!

Ms. Joyce LipeExemplary Service

We have all heard the term “Going Above and Beyond.”  What does that really mean?  At the Library, it means this:

  • When an elderly patron does not come into the library as usual, they can expect a call from this employee checking up on them, making sure they are ok.
  • When older patrons decide to check out more than a couple of books, they can rest easy because their books may very well be carried out to the car for them.  At the very least they will be watched out the door and to their cars to make sure they made it without incident.
  • If a regular patron is sent to a nursing home, they can expect a call or visit from their favorite employee.
  • When a regular patron passes away, the Town will be represented at their funeral.
  • If a patron is sick or loses a loved one, a card is sent to them from everyone at the library.
  • Holiday cards are sent to their older patrons to let them know how much they are appreciated.

Ms. April Llewllyn – Creativity

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality.  This employee used her creativity to provide new and exceptional services for our adult citizens with disabilities.

Our employee saw a need to provide activities at the library for adults who are often left out of services and programs.  She spent countless hours researching and speaking with community partners before she started the Create and Learn program.  Create and Learn is targeted at adults with special needs or learning disabilities.  Patrons are invited to have fun and make new friends exploring different creative activities.  A different activity is offered each month with different degrees of difficulty. There are art projects such as decorating a pumpkin and creating holiday cards.  There are science experiments and book to movie discussions.  There are also opportunities to watch holiday movies.

Our employee is building relationships with members of our community and she has shown them that the Mooresville Library cares.  She does this work with such enthusiasm and love in her heart.  You can see this love in her eyes and on her face when she talks about her program.


Local History Corner: 1st Presbyterian Church of Mooresville, NC

compiled from oral histories by Andy Poore, Town Historian, and Travis Sherrill


The First Presbyterian Church.

Built in 1899 and later expanded, the First Presbyterian Church stands on the second site of the church. The first church was built on the corner of McClelland Avenue and Church Street which is the current home of the First Baptist Church. The building was originally a one-room wooden building constructed around 1875 for the newly organized church, the first organized church in the newly incorporated town of Mooresville. Members of Prospect Presbyterian Church formed the core membership of the church, as many of Mooresville’s first residents were members of Prospect Presbyterian Church. One of the early founding members of the First Presbyterian Church was John Franklin Moore, namesake of the town of Mooresville. The church moved to its’ current site in 1899 when it built the first part of the current building. The first building consisted of the two towers, the parlor, which is the semi-circle and the large-square building. Parking of the horses and carriages was in the back of the church where a long hitching post ran. The first house used by the church for the minister is still located on Board Street and down from the intersection of Board Street and McClelland Avenue. In 1925, the church expanded to the current building present today. The large square building to the right of the church is the second educational building which was built in the 1960’s and expanded in 1989. The first educational building was built in 1923. This building housed the Sunday School rooms and the fellowship hall. The second educational building was built to meet the demands of the growing congregation. The building housed the larger fellowship hall as well as additional Sunday School rooms and office space. In 1925, the sanctuary was expanded, making the church the largest building in the town. The church could seat 500 people. The current manse or house for the minister was built in 1924 and is still used as the home for the current minister. The slate (Buckingham slate roof for the church was brought in on five box cars. With more than enough slate for the church, the remainder of the slate was used to cover the roofs of several houses in town of persons who were members of the church and who helped in providing the extra money for the slate. The granite that was used along the windows and stairs was brought in from Granite Quarry, North Carolina. The stain glass windows are original, but as for who created them or when they were made is unknown. The style of the building is American gothic, though it is originally thought that another parlor building was to be built, but due to reasons that are unknown, the building was never built. The architect who built the church also built and designed the second building for Central United Methodist Church, which is located on Academy Street, South of the First Presbyterian Church.

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