Havelock Literary and Crab Pot Society

Our next book will be “The Stranger” by Albert Camus.  Once Luann gets the book in, everyone will be contacted to stop by to pick up their book.


Hope to see everyone at our May meeting.  Details to follow.



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Lets Talk About It series

This Thursday, April 12th, 2018 at 6:00 pm is the last meeting for our Let’s Talk About It series.  We will be discussing the book  “The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson” by Mark Twain.  Hope you will make it to this interesting discussion.

Also to the readers in the Havelock Literary and Crab Pot Society this message was sent out to all members by Luann Rottmann.  We always welcome new readers!

“Hello to you readers in the Havelock Literary and Crab Pot Society!   The Let’s Talk About it Series is coming to a close on April 12th.  So, our group will be continuing if we have interest.  Our next meeting would be scheduled for May 30. The book title will be The Stranger, if it is available.  If not, I’ll ask for another choice.  Stay tuned.  I will let you know when the books are available for pickup.

    And don’t forget about the blog for book comments and discussion.  You can find it at https://havelocklibrary.blogspot.com/  ”    Luann

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Upcoming for the month of April …

Thank you Luann Rottmann and the Friends of the Library!  Looks like some fun times ahead for the Havelock Library.
 April brings showers and taxes and National Library Week!  The theme of National Library Week ( April 8-14) this year is “Libraries Lead”.  Libraries have a strong history of leading communities toward better things. These include better jobs for patrons, better literacy, better opportunities to gather and share interests and ideas.   Remember to thank any of the helpful staff who work at our library during this special week.
 During the month of April there is an egg-scellent poetry contest for patrons of all ages.  Choose your egg at the library.  Inside each egg are five words that you must include in your poetry.  Paste the words in the poem (similar to old fashion ransom notes!).  Submit your original poetry with the required form at the circulation desk.  Judging will occur on April 27th
 And from April 9-27, the Havelock Craven County Public Library and Craven Community College are partnering together to foster  the love of reading by launching a volunteer mentoring program called Reading Buddies.  The program matches 14-17 year old in the Craven Early College East High School program with children in  preschool to grade 4.  The goal of our early college volunteers is to make a difference, gain volunteer experience and have fun!  The volunteer young people will be available to read to their buddies during the month of April on Mondays from 4-5 pm, Wednesdays from 4-5 pm, and Fridays from 3-4 pm in the Havelock-Craven County Public Library.  Parents who register will receive a scheduled time to meet with their child’s teen reading buddy. The parent must stay in the library, but if they feel comfortable that may use the library’s resources while the new buddies are reading together.  Contact the library to sign up at 252-447-7509.
    Watch for the Friends of the Library’s latest and perhaps, greatest, raffle basket coming in MAY.  It is a super duper picnic basket just in time for Memorial Day picnics.
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There is no Let’s Talk About It meeting this evening. 

We will be meeting on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:00 pm to talk about the book “The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson”by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens).

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Spring break and look forward to seeing you all next week.

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Start learning at WWW.GCFLEARNFREE.ORG today.  GCFLEARNFREE.ORG is a collection of 170+ self paced courses, all online.  Available for library staff and patrons alike. There is no subscription or registration required and is completely free.

There are classes on Computer Basics, Microsoft, Social Media, Work & Money, Life Skills & Math, Email, Mobile Devices and Google Drive and Docs.

Check out this site and start learning!

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Mark your Calendars …

Film – Michaelango – Love and Death

Friday, February 16th, 2018 at 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm Orringer Auditorium CCCC New Bern Campus

The spectacular sculptures and paintings of Michelangelo seem so familiar to us, but what do we really know about this Renaissance genius? Who was this ambitious and passionate man?

Spanning his 89 years, Michelangelo – Love and Death, takes a cinematic journey from the print and drawing rooms of Europe, through the great chapels and museums of Florence, Rome and the Vatican to explore the tempestuous life of Michelangelo. We go in search of a greater understanding of this most charismatic figure, his relationship with his contemporaries and his valuable artistic legacy. Through expert commentary and Michelangelo’s own words, this film takes a fresh look at an enigmatic man whose life is celebrated in every mark and every stroke he made.

A giant artistic force and universally loved, discover why Michelangelo is without a doubt one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance – and perhaps of all time.

Friday, March 2, 2018  two showings: 2:30 pm and 7:30 pm

Orringer Auditorium CCCC New Bern Campus

Trailer for LionLion
India / Australia (2016) 

Drama – 118 mins – PG-13
Languages: English / Hindi / Bengali

In 1986, five-year-old Saroo becomes trapped on a decommissioned passenger train that takes him thousands of miles across India, away from a poor home and loving family. He must learn to survive alone in Calcutta; unable to identify himself or his family. Ultimately, he is adopted by a privileged and loving Australian couple and raised in Tasmania. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home. Based on a true story, Saroo struggles between two families and two worlds as he searches for where he truly belongs

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Let’s Talk About It book group …

The Let’s Talk About It book group is off to a good start.  We had a tremendous turn out for out first discussion about  “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest Gaines.  Our presenter, Margaret Bauer, is a professor at ECU.  Check below for some information about Prof. Bauer:

“Margaret D. Bauer is the Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English, a Distinguished Professor of Harriot College of Arts and Science, and the editor of the North Carolina Literary Review. Dr. Bauer was named one of the ten ECU Women of Distinction in 2007, and that same year received the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Her other ECU honors include the Scholar-Teacher Award in 2004, the Five-Year Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity Activity in 2008, the Centennial Award for Excellence in Leadership in 2012, and the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity in 2014. She is also a past President of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. In 2017, she received the North Carolina Award for Literature from Governor Roy Cooper.”

We had a very lively discussion and learned about the author Ernest Gaines.  Ernest Gaines was born in 1933 in Southern Louisiana.  He was raised by an aunt who was crippled and moved around her kitchen on a cart.  Mr. Gaines was only eligible to be educated to the eighth grade in Louisiana so he then traveled to California to live with his mother and step-father to continue his education.  Most of the author’s stories end tragically.

We also enjoyed some delicious refreshments. Everyone commented on the Lemon Cookies which were a huge success.  Thank you everyone for the great turnout and wonderful participation.

Our next book is “Billy Budd, Sailor” by Herman Melville.  If you have not received your copy of this book, please stop at the Havelock Library Circulation Desk to sign one out.  Our discussion for this book will be Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 6:00 pm with our presenter, Willie Nelms.

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Thank You to the Havelock Friends of the Library

This thank you note was sent to the Havelock Friends of the Library by Margie Garrison, Librarian at the Havelock Library.

“Every year it seems that our Havelock friends group cannot possible be any more generous, yet we continue to be amazed by the unselfish  acts of kindness you show us!  We are very thankful for all that you do.  However, the Christmas luncheon was beyond belief!  We enjoyed it the  whole month.

Beyond grateful,

Margie and Havelock Staff”

Sincere Thank You to all the members of the Havelock Friends of the Library for every way you contribute to our wonderful library.

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This Thursday, February 8th, at 6:00 pm we will be having our first discussion of our Let’s Talk About It group.  We will be discussing the book “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines.  You should check your email to make sure you received the discussion questions for this book and bring them with you that evening.  Hope to see you at the Havelock Library for a lively discussion. 

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Just a reminder for the Havelock Literary and Crabpot Society:

We will be meeting this Wednesday, January 24th at 10:00 to discuss “The History of Love”.  We look forward to seeing everyone and having a lively discussion.  The group welcomes new members!

Also on Wednesday, January 24th at 11:00 am, Kat Clowers, the new librarian working at our library,  has offered to lead a class on using the blog she created which allows readers to give comments on the books we read.  Bring your own device so you can link into the library’s wifi.  If you would like to try out the blog ahead of time the address is https://havelocklibrary.blogspot.com.   Everyone is invited!!!

The Let’s Talk About It Series is starting in February, 2018.  The first book is “A Lesson Before Dying” and is available for checkout at the Havelock Library circulation desk.  The first discussion is on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00 pm.  We are looking forward to  seeing everyone there.  The theme of the series this year is “Law and Literature”.

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