Bag LunchOur monthly Bag Lunch Arts Series spotlights authors, artists, performers, and speakers sharing their talent and knowledge.  Held on the third Tuesday of most months at 12 noon in the Rogow Family Community Room.  Patrons are encouraged to bring along a bag lunch to enjoy before the program. Cookies and coffee or cider are courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Programs last approximately one hour.

Tuesday, May 15 – The Hidden History of Mayberry presented by Dr. Gary Freeze. Catawba College professor Gary Freeze will discuss his theories on the conceptual premise of “The Andy Griffith Show,” which debuted in 1960.  Borrowing from his North Carolina history class at Catawba College, he will use key episodes to explain how Andy Griffith himself helps the state’s residents understand their heritage and history.  The noted history professor will give new depth and clarity to one of the state’s cultural treasures.  A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Freeze has taught history at Catawba College for 20 years and has won numerous teaching awards for his depth of knowledge and engaging presentations.  He is also active in state history circles.

Tuesday, June 19 — Faces of Appalachia by photographer Tim Barnwell.

Tuesday, July 17 —“The History of the Working Women of Ecusta” presented by Local History Librarian Marcy Thompson.  Her presentation will cover the early years of Ecusta’s operation and focus on the roles of women both as employees and in a broader context as part of the Ecusta family. Photographs and The Echo, Ecusta’s monthly publication, from 1940-1954 will be featured.

Tuesday, August 21 — Tracing Hazel Creek:  The Life and Death of an Iconic Mountain Community presented by Dr. Dan Pierce

Tuesday, September 18 — The Sky and the Stars presented by Dr. Mike Castelez.

Tuesday, October 16 – Marci Spencer will present Nantahala National Forest: A History

Tuesday, November 20 — Storyteller and performer Gary Greene will present a character portrayal of Mark Twain