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Celebrate National Bookmobile Day 2014

Post by Government and Heritage Library Intern, Mariah Davis

National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 16, 2014) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day.

Iredell county bookmobile

This Iredell County Public Library bookmobile was purchased in 1961 and was driven by staff member Virginia Deaton (pictured).

It is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. Have you hugged your bookmobile today?

North Carolina has a long history of bookmobiles serving communities from the coast to the mountains. This image of the Iredell County Library Moroney bookmobile is from the Transforming the Tar Heel State: The Legacy of Public Libraries in North Carolina collection part of the  North Carolina Digital Collections. You can view the image with this link:

You can also check out a selection of bookmobiles on our Pinterest Board:

NC County of the Week: Transylvania County

Transylvania County, North Carolina

Transylvania County, NC Highlited in Green

The NC County of the Week for April 13-19 is Transylvania!

Each week, we highlight information and resources for one county in North Carolina.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter by searching the hash tag #nccotw.  And visit the Government & Heritage Library’s Pinterest page!

Follow us this week for great information about the people, history, geography, and culture of Transylvania County.


State Doc Pick of the Week : How North Carolina compares : a compendium of state statistics

comparesWhen rankings for the top cities to live in the United States are published, a city from North Carolina, be it Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, etc. usually makes the list. There are many aspects of the state that make it a great place to live, but what about when compared to other states? How does North Carolina stand up? This publication ranks all 50 states on 25 indicators (population, health, taxes, expenditures and education) to show where North Carolina ranks in each comparison. For example, when compared to our bordering states, North Carolina is ranked the highest on average annual in-state tuition at public four-year colleges and universities, but the lowest when compared to per capita state taxes. Information is also given on  how North Carolina’s rank has changed since the last published version of the compendium. This publication provides a quick reference tool for making comparisons and it also can be used in evaluating outcomes of state government programs.

This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

Civil War 150: Rowan Rifle Guards

Old Rowan County Courthouse that served from 1855-1914

Old Rowan County Courthouse that served from 1855-1914. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Emerson on Flickr Creative Commons

I’ve talked a lot about Civil War sources in our library. For example I’ve talked about an 18 volume series of rosters of the NC Troops.  I recently came upon a book in our collection that involves the Civil War – more precisely a regiment that served in the NC Troops of the Civil War, but the regiment was actually raised during a time of peace in 1857 – the Rowan Rifle Guards, which became Company K of the 4th Regiment of the NC Troops during the Civil War.The title of the book is: The Rowan Rifle Guards: A History of Company K 4th North Carolina State Troops, 1857-1865 by Philip Hatfield, Ph.D.. (more…)

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