McDowell County Public Library

Library Updates

NC Cardinal Updates!

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Our catalog is getting an update starting February 19th.

Here are the services that will be affected and for how long:


February 19th- March 5th (2 weeks)

Requesting items from other library systems will be suspended.

In the meantime we’re happy to take your request!  On Monday, March 5th, we’ll submit all requests we’ve received.


February 26th- March 5th (1 week)
We will be unable to accept fines or check your account.

Not to worry- you can still check out items

and download books!

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Celebrate Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, explore some of the history, arts, and achievements made by notable African-Americans.

Exploring North Carolina:  African American History (NCpedia)

Discover the history and heritage of African Americans in North Carolina from the colonial era to the present day.  The database covers a selection of resources on important topics and events, including: biographies; the art and cultural heritage of African Americans in the state; slavery and the ante-bellum era; the struggle for citizenship and civil rights; business and educational leadership; politics; and historic sites and monuments.

North Carolina native, Nina Simone

The Rich Heritage of African Americans in North Carolina

(State of NC publication)
A .pdf guide created by the State of North Carolina to explore the history of the African American community in our state. Includes a reference map as well as a listing of historic and cultural sites.

Exlpore these other resources from NC Live

Twentieth-Century African American Poetry
62 of the most important African-American poets of the last century: Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Imamu Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde and Rita Dove.

African American Poetry
Poems from 1750-1900 including Lucy Terry Prince, Phillis Wheatley, Jupiter Hammon, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and more.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
Life histories of former slaves compiled from 4,000 interviews with ex-slaves.

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