Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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20 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine ABOVE: WAKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES / OPPOSITE PAGE: KATHRYN RENDE An aerial rendering of the Northeast Regional Library in Wakefield. On the opposite page, Laurie Taylor, being a dutiful mom, returns a large stack of books to the Northeast Library for her 14-year-old daughter, Mia. "I do take some out," she said of her own selections, "but I don't have as much time for reading." into the "RETURN' slot at the sleek Northeast Regional Library in Raleigh's Wakefield, abutting Wake Forest. "This is half of what my daughter checks out at any given time," she said of her 14-year- old, Mia. The modernistic library, completed in 2016, is the latest incarnation of temples of literature made famous more than a century ago by Andrew Carnegie, the philanthropist who funded thousands and had a penchant for inscribing the motto "Let There Be Light" above their entryways. "It is a never failing spring in the desert," he said of literary bastions open to those regard- less of their financial means. Chaucer. Thoreau. Hemingway. Faulkner. And, of course, a certain Harper Lee, whose "To Kill A Mockingbird" most often rolls off readers' lips as an all-time favorite, a coming- of-age story for its main character "Scout" amid the colliding conflicts of race and justice in the Depression-era South of the 1930s. "I love that book. It never gets old," said Michael J. Wasilick, director of North Carolina's Wake County library system. It is Wasilick who is in tune with the expan- sion of the library amid the region's surging population. Ask him if there is a building boom afoot, and there is no hesitation. "Oh, yes!" he said. Rapidly growing Wake Forest's library, built in 1996, is on the verge of reopening, concluding a $2.6 million expansion nearly doubling its size. "Morrisville just went to the board (for approval) yesterday," Wasilick said of the boom. "We're expanding Cary." And in Durham, a new $44 million downtown library is scheduled to be completed this year, just a few years after Duke University's 2015 "top to bottom" make- over of its classic Rubinstein Library. So, within these walls, what titles are the "best sellers," or top books borrowed or requested? Twice a year, those are tracked by the Library Journal (in May and October), with "The Presi- dent is Missing," a "spellbinding thriller" penned by former President Bill Clinton and bestselling novelist James Patterson topping the fiction list in the latest tracking. In Wake, that honor goes to "A Spark of Light" by Jodi Picoult, who in the words of The Washington Post sticks to her ethical-dilemma recipe by tackling the hot-button issue of abortion. "Libraries keep stats on everything," said Aaron Welborn of the Duke University Libraries, a collection of 10 with some 250 employees and 250 student workers to boot. That attention to detail extends to the American Library Association, whose office of intellectual freedom tracks hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to get books removed from library shelves. The seemingly endless list of titles targeted by would-be censors includes such American classics as F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" (for sexual references), J.D. Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" (for profanity), John Steinbeck's Continued on Page 22 ❱❱ KATHRYN RENDE Somehow, some set-aside card catalogs of old have managed to survive the digital age at NC State's D. H. Hill Library.

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