Library News

Posted by Scott Goldstein on Monday, July 17, 2017 - 12:41pm
Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking by Robert Netherland

Robert Netherland will share his interpretation of southern cooking in the Appalachian mountains on Wednesday, July 26 at 3:30 p.m. in the Broyhill Family Room (421) in Belk Library and Information Commons during a library sponsored author talk.

Robert Netherland grew up on his family’s farm in Surgoinsville, Tennessee on a bend in the Holston River. Netherland’s book, which is part family memoir, part cookbook, takes the reader through great southern cooking from the farm to the table. Netherland shares his memories of life on a farm which included harvesting, killing hogs, canning, family dinners, and community celebrations. His family recipes and his engaging story-telling encourage his readers to head to the farmers market to recreate and remember a time gone by.

In an online commentary of the book, the reviewer writes, “In sharing his experiences, Netherland reminds us of a time when prepackaged and plastic-wrapped food didn’t line our counters and fill our cabinets, but in its place were baskets of seasonal fruit, canned vegetables, fresh baked breads, and hot-from-the-oven cobblers. Southern Appalachian Farm Cooking is more than just a nostalgic memoir of farming and food, it’s also filled with healthy, simple, everyday eats for the modern cook.”

Special refreshments made from recipes in the book will be served. Come join us to sample some of his mother’s deviled eggs, old fashioned molasses cookies, and warm memories of the delicious southern food he grew up on. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Free parking in the library deck. For more information please call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

Posted by on Monday, July 10, 2017 - 1:39pm

Shadows of Diverse Disciplines: Reflections on Solar Eclipses

July 12, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114

As anticipation builds with the solar eclipse approaching this August, the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University will hold a panel discussion to examine the many interpretations of these events in history, from scientific to religious, and discuss the significance of an eclipse through the variety of disciplines that comprise the college. 
Shadows of Diverse Disciplines: Reflections on Solar Eclipses,” an interdisciplinary panel discussion, will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in Belk Library and Information Commons, Room 114. 

The panel will include Dr. Craig Caldwell, Department of History at Appalachian, Dr. Laura Ammon, Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Dr. Courtney McGahee, Department of Physics and Astronomy. It will be moderated by Dr. Clark Maddux, director of Watauga Residential College.

The goal of this panel, leading up to the actual solar event, will be to discuss how the different disciplines view and interpret eclipses through distinctions and commonalities. This event is free and open to the campus and community. For more about upcoming solar eclipse events on and off campus, visit

Subject search results of solar eclipses in the Library Catalog

Posted by on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 8:12am
Belk Library Special Collections

Congratulations to all the students who are graduating this May and August, 2017. We especially thank all of our student library employees for their hard work and dedication. Your work in the library is greatly appreciated! You will be missed.

Graduating student library employees for 2017

Alana Patterson 
Tevin Potts 
Merafe Gedewon 
Kaleb Langmeyer 
Hunter Nicholson 
Koby Meyer
Grant Murray 
Kendall Rankin
Cassandra Mumford
Emily Hutchinson
Monica Nelson Redondo
Jamie Metreaud
Conner Bridges
Elisabeth Moore
Karen Ward
Khalieb Henry Benton
Taylor James 
Devon Carter
Colin Tate
Brooke Spivey
Abigail Altrath
Anna Grace Bankhead
Riley Tucker
Aaron Dickson
Graham Shelton
Brandi Bounds
Alyssa McLeroy
Megan Burbank
Anthony Puglisi
Aregash Theodros
Kierra Reed 
Ruben Garratt
Hannah Tennyson
Reanne Henry
Stephanie McCormack
David Christiansen
Molly Cogburn
Kaitlin Berry
Jasmine Ogunjimi
Chyna Melton
Lonnie Bryant

Posted by Andrea Leonard on Monday, June 12, 2017 - 9:23pm

Be sure to take a look at Special Collection's new digital exhibit: Katúah: Bioregional Journal of the Southern Appalachians. Katúah is the name for the Cherokees’ homeland in the Western North Carolina mountains and adjacent region. The journal, published by volunteer editors between 1983-1993, promoted activism in the region from an holistic view to tackle social, environmental, mental, emotional, and spiritual issues, many of which are still relevant today.

For more details, see this Special Collections blog post

To browse individual journal issues now, go to the Browse Items page for the Katúah Journal collection.

This exhibit and digital collection is the result of a graduate internship agreement through ASU's Appalachian Studies program and Belk Library and Information Commons.
The project was a collaboration across three library teams and UNCA Special Collections:

  • W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection:  Fred Hay and Dustin Witsman
  • Digital Scholarship and Initiatives:  Pam Mitchem, Dea Rice, and Matt Ransom
  • Technology Services:  Scott Goldstein
  • UNCA Special Collections:  Gene Hyde
  • Graduate student and Project Leader:  Andrea Leonard
Posted by on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 2:17pm

Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.

This year's selection is One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. One Amazing Thing (Hyperion, 2010) is about nine people from different backgrounds who become trapped together by an earthquake for days, using storytelling to help them survive while they hope and pray for rescue. The book offers lessons for bridging cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling; prompts discussions about prejudice, cultural misunderstanding, alienation and interpersonal communication; and offers inspiration for overcoming life’s obstacles.

As with Common Reading authors of past years, Divakaruni will speak on campus at Black and Gold Convocation. The 2017 Convocation, which is open to the public, will be on August 21. She will appear at other events that day as well, including a discussion with faculty, a book reading and book signing.

Divakaruni is an award-winning and bestselling author, poet, activist and teacher of writing. Her stories explore women, immigration, history, myth, magical realism and diversity. Her work has been published in over 50 magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, and included in over 50 anthologies, including “The Best American Short Stories,” the “O. Henry Prize Stories” and the “Pushcart Prize Anthology.”

Library catalog record for One Amazing Thing: Print / ebook / Audiobook
The book is also available for purchase in the University bookstore



Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, June 5, 2017 - 4:01pm
sample chair

Help us choose new furniture for the library.  There are 2 sample pieces of furniture in the Fox Family Reading Room on the first floor (behind the fireplace).   Try it out and let us know what you think.

Survey forms have been placed on a table next to the sample chairs.  


Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:55am
money smart week logo

The following students played the game and won a prize:

  • Natasha Williams
  • Caylin Elkins
  • Anna Duke
  • Tad Fulbright
  • Layne Johnston
  • Kira Laws
  • Tabitha Spencer
  • Ashley Turner
  • Shay Kallam

Many thanks to the following University partners for promoting the event and donating prizes:

  • University Bookstore
  • Belk Library
  • University Housing

To learn more about the event go to:

Posted by Geri Purpur on Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:25am
finals week study schedule

You wanted more quiet study areas and we listened!  Here is the schedule for May 1 - 12, Open 24/7.

Study Zone Survey

We need your feedback (just 2 questions)

Posted by on Monday, April 24, 2017 - 8:33am

You are cordially invited to the dedication of the

James and Louise Broyhill
Family Conference Room

Friday, April 28, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Belk Library and Information Commons
218 College Street, Room 421
Boone, North Carolina

Reception following in the 4th floor Atrium

Posted by Geri Purpur on Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 3:48pm

Danica Lee is the winner of the Libraries Transform National Library Week Contest!  Danica is a biology major in her junior year.  She is also the president of the Asian Student Association.

Congratulations Danica!