Do you know about NextReads? It is a service provided by the library that sends a newsletter to your e-mail with book recommendations based on topics. The NC Room has its very own. Here’s a sample from the May newsletter which is edited by our talented reference librarian, Lise.  The newsletter is a great way to see what is new on our bookshelves. To start getting your copy of the newsletter and see copies of the newsletters simply go this link at the library’s website’s online services page.
Haunted Theaters of the Carolinas – Lambeth, Cheralyn
Publisher: Schiffer Pub Ltd
 Pub Date: 07/28/2009
ISBN-13: 9780764333279
ISBN-10: 0764333275
Call Number: 791.43 L223
Journey through haunted theaters in historic North and South Carolina.  The father of John Wilkes Booth moves objects at the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, and the ghost of a heart-broken Civil War widow turns lights on and off at Aycock Auditorium in Greensboro.  Discover the origin of superstitions surrounding the theatrical world: why it’s good luck to wish someone to “break a leg,” and what a “ghost light” is really for.

From some of the oldest haunted spots in North America, such as the Lost Colony on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, to the brand-new ImaginOn in Charlotte, these stories may convince you that not all the spooky characters and effects in theaters appear on the stage.

Lewisville – Brown, Merrikay Everett
Publisher: Arcadia Pub
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/27/2010
ISBN-13: 9780738566290
ISBN-10: 0738566292
Call Number: 975.667 L
In 1859, Lewis Case Laugenour invested his wealth, which he acquired during the California Gold Rush, into establishing a town called Lewisville in Forsyth County. In the late 1700s, the surrounding area was visited by frontiersmen, Colonial soldiers, and pioneers journeying down the Great Philadelphia Wagon Road. Travelers often stopped at Shallow Ford on the Yadkin River to camp until the river was safe to cross with wagons, horses, and livestock on their way to a new home, to war, or to trade in nearby Moravian settlements. Over time, this area of rolling hills, rich bottomland, streams, and abundant wildlife was settled. By the late 1800s, Lewisville became a bustling stopover for travelers who utilized campgrounds, the tavern, and the trading post to rest for the journey on to Winston and Salem. Today, in the emerging Yadkin Valley wine region, Lewisville is a community-oriented village surrounding a town square with plentiful sidewalks, parks, churches, small businesses, schools, and a public library.
(Editor’s note:  If you recognize her name, it might be because Merrikay Brown is the Supervisor of the Lewisville Public Library!)

Bethania – Hamel, Beverly
Publisher: History Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 07/16/2009
ISBN-13: 9781596296374
ISBN-10: 1596296372
Call Number: 975.667 H
Founded in 1759, Bethania was the first planned Moravian settlement in North Carolina, situated favorably on the Great Wagon Road of the colonial era. Bethania’s narrative weaves together 250 years of history and memory, with voices from the town’s white and African American heritage speaking through autobiographical accounts, diaries, letters, oral histories, photographs and archival research. Join local resident Beverly Hamel as she tells the story of proud Pilgrim people who journeyed into an unknown wilderness and built a community that would remain intact through the volatile periods of the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, slavery and the years leading to the Civil War, the Reconstruction era and into the twentieth century. The story of Bethania is a celebration of an enduring spirit that will never die.
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