WILSON, N.C. - Back by popular demand, the award-winning “Band Book Tour” returns to rock the Willis N. Hackney Library at its fifth annual Open House event on the Barton College campus. The event, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26, will be held from 4-7 p.m.  The event focuses on introducing new students to the campus library as well as welcoming returning students back for fall semester.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library.

The “Band Book Tour” Open House will feature four bands with an evening line-up that includes “Straight-Up!” kicking off the event at 4 p.m. with some R&B, soul, funk, and Motown.  “TripleWide” and “Elemental P,” at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively, will pick up the beat with blues, funk, and rock.  And, “The Oatmeal Conspiracy” will round out the jam session with a little indie, pop, rock, and acid jazz. Sound will be provided by Miller Music Center.

ARAMARK Higher Education will serve dinner alfresco to Barton students on the meal plan along Riley Plaza in front of Hackney Library while the bands perform inside. Members of the Wilson community are invited to join the Barton campus community inside for the musical performances.

“Like last year, the theme of this year’s Open House riffs on the American Library Association’s annual ‘Banned Books Week’ campaign, sponsored each September to celebrate intellectual freedom and to decry various attempts through the years to ban certain books because of their content,” said Rodney Lippard, director of Hackney Library.  “In addition to the music, the Open House will include a contest with prizes awarded to Barton students, faculty, and staff who correctly guess the characters/locations of various attempted banned books. The campus community can also look forward to new ‘Band Book Tour’ t-shirts when they fill out a brief survey, and also will vie for door prizes donated by several local businesses, including Luna Bean Coffee Shop, Professor O’Cool’s, Quince: A Southern Bistro, The Rib Hut, Subs Plus, Agave Grill, Target, and The Dog House Sports Grill.”

As always, Hackney Library staff will be available to share news of recent updates to the library and, as an added bonus, there is a special giveaway for those who wear their “Band Book Tour” t-shirt from last year.

For additional information, contact Cynthia Collins, Hackney Library, at 252-399-6503 or email: cecollins@barton.edu.

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Questions?  Contact Kathy Daughety, director of public relations, at 252-399-6529 or email: kdaughety@barton.edu