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NC County of the Week: Wake County

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Wake County, NC

The NC County of the Week for April 27-May 3, 2-14  is Wake!

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 Wake County.


Celebrate National Bookmobile Day 2014

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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:

Tar Heel Junior Historian

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If you have a young North Carolina history buff in your family, you’re likely familiar with the Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine. Published twice yearly since 1961 by the North Carolina Museum of History, this fun, fact-filled publication is a delight to anyone interested in learning about North Carolina’s past. 

The Tar Heel Junior Historian magazine is a companion publication for the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association clubs found in schools around the state. With a different theme every issue, topics as wide ranging as Native Americans in North Carolina , the NC State Fair , and the development of public works in our state, are featured. Contests, an annual convention, and awards for history projects keep kids engaged and learning about all things North Carolina.

The issues published between 1961 and 1991 are now available in the North Carolina Digital Collection at

To learn more about the Tar Heel Junior Historian Association, visit

Tips for creating book displays, circa 1947

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Book Displays January to December, 1947I don’t remember what I was originally searching when I came across a book from 1947 titled Book Displays: January to December in the North Carolina Digital Collections. My curiosity prompted me to take a closer look, however. I am always interested in catching a glimpse of what professional texts were like decades ago. This book was written by Mary Peacock Douglas, who was a former State School Library Adviser, and Betty Gosnold Jeffrey, who was a former librarian from Broughton High School in Raleigh. It was  issued by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The intended audience was librarians and educators.

Yes, the book is outdated by today’s standards, and uses antiquated terminology in places. It lists holidays and birthdays of famous historical figures for each month, and has information on creating bulletin board displays, table displays, glass case displays, shelf displays, and small space displays. Some of the suggestions also provide an interesting slice of life at at time. For instance, here is a tip in this book for a display about “Army Day”:

Feature Army insignias and opportunities in the Army. Get material and posters from recruiting station at post office.

I am trying to remember if I have ever seen Army recruiting materials at a post office. Take a look and see what else has changed, and what has not, in the past 67 years!


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