G.R. Little Library celebrates National Library Week
Kesha Williams April 15, 2014
Join the staff at the G. R. Little Library at Elizabeth City State University in
celebration of National Library Week, April 14 - 18. The theme for the week is "Lives
Change @ Your Library." On April 16 at 3 p.m. meet guest inspirational speaker, author,
and radio host, S. Denice Newton from Wilson, North Carolina in room #227 of the G.
R. Little Library. Newton will discuss her book, "Two Continents One Hope: Searching
the Atlantic for the Souls of Black People.
She is the second author who recently visited the campus. Friends of the Library brought
guest speaker and author Lori Beard-Daily for their April 5 fundraiser luncheon.
She discussed her novel "Destination D", a story of three southern friends from Spelman
College who make a promise they can't keep. Dr. Juanita Midgette-Spence, director
of the G. R. Little Library, admits it is a pleasure to bring authors with their recent
publications to the campus.
"It's our pleasure to bring guest authors to campus. Their appearance not only lures
readers to the library but allows patrons to come face to face with the person behind
the text on the book pages," Midgette-Spence, said. "Patrons in the audience may have
an interest in writing and publishing, so it's good for them to see and hear first-hand
the challenges related to that process."
"Lori Beard-Daily shared some of the challenges she encountered while working with
publishers. You form a greater appreciation for the books on the shelves when you
periodically meet the authors who write them. No matter what's on your calendar each
month, take the time to discover something new at the library."
In addition to "Destination D," Beard-Daily is the author of two plays. An alumna
of Spelman College, Beard-Daily ran her own public relations and advertising agency
for 13 years. The G.R Little Library placed Beard-Daily's book and several other new
publications on display on the ground floor of the library. Another event scheduled
for National Library Week includes poetry presentations by ECSU students, FreeMINDZ
Poetry Club, at 3:30 p.m. on April 17 in the G. R. Little Theatre.