â€œOne thing about libraries is that they offer potential for creativity,â€ said Edward Trever, the Lincoln County Public Library director, who took on the position as director in May 2006.
â€œAnd being able to offer that to the community is a major service.â€
The Charles R. Jonas Library showcases various exhibitions each month. The exhibit showcase is located to the left on entering the library. People in the community, organizations and groups in the county are encouraged to contact the library to submit their exhibitions.
By putting on an exhibit each month, it captures the eye of the community and brings people into the library. â€œThe library is an accessible resource,â€ Trever said. â€œWe have a wonderful community and this allows the public to see what we have to offer.â€
Past exhibits have featured displays by Lincoln County Social Services during National Adoption month and the Lions Club on its Save Your month. Other organizations that have put on displays are the Lincolnton Recreation department and Habitat for Humanity.
The exhibitions must follow library policy, which include no endorsements on displays, and also must comply with the American Library Association Bill of Rights.
This month, the Red Cross is being showcased to celebrate its 90th anniversary. Items on display include a green metal First-Aid kit issued in the 1950s, worn gray striped dresses of Red Cross members and official documents from 1917.
In August, the woodcarvings of the late Hettie Smith King will go on display. King, a Lincoln County citizen, carved 59 wooden pieces in 1920.
Jason Harpe, executive director of the Lincoln County Museum of History, who has been researching King, will include biographical information and photos along with the carvings in the showcase.
Displaying diversity, history and culture of the community is essential and it reflects the interest of the public, according to Trever, â€œThe library is a place where these elements can be expressed.â€
by Sade Carter