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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 00:00

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Celebrate National Library Week

Show support for your library by participating in the statewide #MyNCLibrary Five-Day Challenge during National Library Week, held April 14-18. 

Every day during National Library Week, a new challenge will be posted to the Haywood County Public Library’s Facebook page. Those who complete all five challenges will be entered into a drawing for four grand prizes, which are gift cards to Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Instructions on how to participate will be posted to the library’s Facebook page and will also be available at Haywood County library branches. While challenges will need to be answered online via the library’s Facebook page, participants are asked to stop by their library branch to fill out a consent form. Participants who complete all five challenges will also need to fill out a drawing-ticket at their library in order to be eligible for the grand prizes.

#MyNCLibrary is a library advocacy project sponsored by the Legislative & Advocacy Committee of the North Carolina Library Association. 



Author explores N.C. athletes gone pro

Sports writer Tim Jackson will present his new book Gone Pro: North Carolina at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Gone Pro: North Carolina provides a comprehensive look at the University of North Carolina athletes who made it to the top of their professions. The book explores those athletes’ place in Carolina history but then goes on to look at how they fared at the highest levels of their respective sports.

At age 17 Jackson began writing sports for his hometown newspaper, The Franklin County Times in Alabama. He went on to the University of Alabama where he began writing for student publications, becoming Assistant Sports Editor for the school paper. While maintaining a love of sports, Tim’s career took a different direction. He began writing about the arts, antiques, culture, entertainment and the outdoors. He has worked as a full-time employee for Southern Living, Cooking Light, Canoe and Kayak magazines, as well as at Radford University. Now based in Asheville, he has done extensive freelance writing and editing, most recently acting as editor of the online publication The Asheville Post. 

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Elizabethan intrigue subject of historical novel

Author Anne Clinard Barnhill will read from her newest historical novel, Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The novel is the gripping tale of Mary Shelton, Elizabeth I’s young cousin and ward. When Mary falls in love with a man not of Elizabeth’s choosing, her place of privilege is suddenly very much in question. The young couple could be risking death by defying the wishes of a wrathful queen.

Over the past 20 years, Barnhill has published articles, book and theater reviews, poetry and short stories.  


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