The Edgecombe-Nash Retired School Personnel met 10:30 a. m., November 13, 2012 at Braswell Memorial Library. President Mary Williams greeted everyone, member Shirley Felton gave the devotion on “Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving”, and her son, Cleon Felton, gave important dates of the NC Legislature.
Hattie Cooper, Memorial Chairperson, read a thank you note received from the Campbell family. She also reported on the tribute that was given in memory of Mrs. Dorothy Gilliam.
Laurette Lewis, Membership Chairperson, reported we have 188 members. December 1st is the deadline for cash-paying members to renew membership. The 2013 NCRSP/NEA Convention meets the last of June in Atlanta, GA. The 2013 NCAE and NCRSP State Conventions will be in March at the Research Triangle Park Sheraton Imperial Hotel. November and December birthdays were recognized and celebrated. New member, Rachel Mills, was introduced and welcomed.
President Williams asked for volunteers to work on project committees. Each member is being asked to contribute $5.00 at the February 2013 meeting for The School Supply Project. The supplies will be given to a school in the Nash Rocky Mount Schools.
The Christmas Luncheon will be on December 11th, 11:00am, at Hunter Hill Café in Rocky Mount. The cost is $20.00 per person.
President Williams met with Edgecombe County Public School Superintendent, Mr. Farley. He wants names of volunteers and the schools’ names where they want to volunteer. If you want to keep your teaching certificate up-to-date, you can volunteer to earn CEU’s. Attend Board meetings to let them know you are still interested in what is going on in schools. He offered the Strategic Education Partnership (STEP) video that can be shown at one of our meetings.
Next, Derrick Flood and other library workers spoke on “Some Braswell Memorial Library Services.” Jane Blackburn is the Director of Library Services.
SERVICES LIBRARIAN: Lakesha Joyner is the Youth Services Associate Librarian. She assists students with integrated testing and the computer, tutors in the kid’s college and helps kids with E- books.
The library pays for the Brainfuse and NC Live Internet sites. On Brain fuse one can hook up with a live person who will help with homework. Latisha helps in tutoring with young college resources on NC Live. Many different ages use the site to get tutorials that help them through math, reading and science. It is like having a shelf of tutorial books but is on a computer. It is on their home page. For these little kids— middle school, high school and even GED---there are programs that go to that site. At home, one can go there on his laptop computer.
When asked who you are hooked up to on the NCLive site, say it is under Nash County Braswell Memorial Library. Put “Nash” when they ask where you are coming from.
In the summer Lakesha helps with the reading program and use of research resources. Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools use a lot of the library’s available resources to help kids get ready for testing. She helps second graders with integrating testing to prepare them for third grade. Many resources are in each area.
CIRCULATION DESK: Now everything is checked in and out at the Circulation Desk downstairs. After getting a grant a year or two ago they converted their system to the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) system. It is wonderful! Basically, it means each book has a tag in it. After you put a stack of books on the checkout pad, it reads your bar code on your card and book titles. Then you hit a button saying “I am done.” It spits out a piece of paper. That means you have finished checking out. Then out the door you go! A lot goes on at the Circulation Desk. Self-Checkout is available in Youth Services and Adult Fiction areas (Circulation Department).
LIBRARY FUND ADVISOR: Jim Curtis is Library Fund Advisor. He works with the Friends and also with fundraising. He spends a lot of time working at the Information Services Desk on the second floor. He works with the Director and Manager when speaking to groups. They encourage them to come to the Library, use their facilities, and give money to the library when they desire to donate.
LOCAL HISTORY/GENEALOGY LIBRARIAN: Traci Thompson is the first and only Certified Genealogist in North Carolina and will talk to you about your family history. She can provide advice and do free look-ups in indexed sources. In-depth research, photocopies, and scans are available for a fee. She uses Ancestry.com. Call her at 442-1951, Ext. 247.
PASSPORT OFFICE: provides 1. Passport Application Acceptance Hours: Monday – Wednesday, 10am – 2 pm (excluding days the Library is closed). 2. The US Department of State enforces strict guidelines for Passport applications. Call the library or go to their website for guidelines.
COMPUTER SERVICE: Laptop and desktop computers for in-house use, free Internet access, free Wi-Fi access, and computer classroom for public use.
FOR ADULTS: “Books & More.” It includes bestsellers, popular fiction and nonfiction, E- books, large type, magazines and newspapers, audio books, and DVDs.
PROGRAMS: “Let’s Talk About It” - book discussion series every fall; Summer Reading Program with special programs on literary educational and cultural topics, computer assistance classes and volunteer opportunities.
Rocky Mount, Nash County, and Edgecombe County are so blessed to have such a valuable resource. Many nonprofit organizations hold their meetings and various activities at the library. Their website is www.braswell-library.org and is located on 727 North Grace Street. Just call 252-442-1951 to set up a tour to find out more about this outstanding and resourceful library!