NC Live and Rowan Public Library celebrate 15 years together

  • Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2013 12:01 a.m.

SALISBURY — This past April marked NC LIVE’s 15th anniversary as a statewide collaborative library organization. First launched during National Library Week in 1998, NC LIVE has consistently provided online library resources and tools to patrons of North Carolina’s public and academic libraries, including Rowan Public Library.

Today’s world of always-online smartphones and ubiquitous wi-fi differs greatly from the online landscape faced by North Carolina libraries in 1998 when NC LIVE was first founded. A Pew Research Center report from that year showed only 41 percent of American adults used the Internet, 35 percent used email, and only 13 percent had ever made an online purchase. But in 1998, librarians from North Carolina’s public and academic libraries recognized the change that the Internet represented, and worked to ensure that their communities would benefit from it. Together, these libraries created NC LIVE, enabling access to premium digital information for all of North Carolina citizens through their libraries.

North Carolina’s public and academic libraries have worked together through NC LIVE to provide the entire state with equitable access to electronic resources for all ages on topics ranging from business, careers and investing to auto repair, health, history and genealogy. This cooperation means that library patrons across the state have access to the same collection of high-quality content from any computer with Internet access.

To celebrate this accomplishment, NC LIVE created an online exhibit to celebrate 15 years of libraries working together for their communities. The exhibit, available from, shares stories and memories of how different libraries from all across the state planned and created a shared digital library service for all of North Carolina. The exhibit includes video interviews with founding members, an interactive timeline, snapshots of the NC LIVE website through the years, and memories from library staff and patrons across the state who have benefited from access to NC LIVE content.

NC LIVE is a consortium of the state’s 201 public and academic libraries dedicated to helping North Carolina libraries in their efforts to support education, enhance statewide economic development and improve the quality of life of their communities. NC LIVE eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, videos and other materials are available online from any Internet connection from the Rowan Public Library website, and through

Computer classes: For beginners — Monday, 7 p.m., South; Tuesday, 1 p.m., East (registration required, call 704-216-7731); Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Headquarters. Classes are free. Sessions are about 90 minutes. Class size is limited and on a first come, first serve basis. Dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Dig into Reading this summer: Rowan Public Library and the Friends of RPL invite children of all ages to Dig Into Reading this summer. Sign your child up for a summer of programs and reading. Registration continues at all library locations for children ages 12 months to rising fifth-graders. Children will be able to earn prizes by reading throughout the summer. For more information please call your nearest RPL location.

Beneath the Surface teen summer reading: Teens will be exploring the underground through events, activities and reading. Registration continues at all library locations for rising sixth- through 12th-graders. Each week teens will focus on exploring our underground world, including mummies, gems and cities below the surface. Teens can earn library dollars to enter various raffles. For more information call 704-216-8234.

Wayne Henderson in concert: Headquarters, Thursday, 7 p.m. Wayne Henderson and Friends will play. Henderson’s guitar playing has been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, the White House and in seven nations in Asia. The concert is free and all are welcome.

Book Bites Club: South (only), May 28, 6:30 p.m., “The Cookbook Collector” by Allegra Goodman. Book discussion groups for adults and children meet the last Tuesday of each month. The group is open to the public and anyone is free to join at any time. There is a discussion of the book, as well as light refreshments at each meeting. For more information, please call 704-216-8229.

Library closings: May 25-27, all locations closed for Memorial Day.

Displays for May: headquarters, Older Americans month by Jo Kearns; South, student art by South Rowan High School art class; East, Winnie the Pooh by Kim Davis.

Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.

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