Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Moor Zion Family Library Special Collection on Library Sciences: Book 4

For centuries the world has been misled about the original source of the Arts and Sciences; for centuries Socrates, Plato and Aristotle have been falsely idolized as models of intellectual greatness; and for centuries the African continent has been called the Dark Continent, because Europe coveted the honor of transmitting to the world, the Arts and Sciences. It is indeed surprising how, for centuries, the Greeks have been praised by the Western World for intellectual accomplishments which belong without a doubt to the Egyptians or the peoples of North Africa.

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Moor Zion Family Library Special Collection on Library Sciences: Book 3

 The Instant New York Times Bestseller! A Good Morning America* Book Club Pick!

The Personal Librarian

by Marie Benedict (Author), Victoria Christopher Murray

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR! Named a Notable Book of the Year by the
 Washington Post!

“Historical fiction at its best!”
A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation, from New York Times bestselling authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray.

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

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Moor Zion Family Library Special Collection on Library Sciences: Book 2

Throughout the history of the world, libraries have been constructed, burned, discovered, raided, and cherished—and the treasures they've housed have evolved from early stone tablets to the mass-produced, bound paper books of our present day. The Library invites you to enter the libraries of ancient Greece, early China, Renaissance England, and modern-day America, and speaks to the book lover in all of us. Incorporating beautiful illustrations, insightful quotations, and many marvelous mysteries of libraries—their books, patrons, and keepers—this book is certain to provide you with a wealth of knowledge and enjoyment.

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Moor Zion Family Library Special Collection on Library Sciences: Book 1

Educators at the Zion Wesley Institute realized early the importance of reading and research in developing thinking people. For this reason they stressed a well-balanced book collection from the very beginning of the establishing of the institution. As years have passed and educators have come and gone, the institution has ripened and reached maturity and so has the library of the college.

It is the purpose of this report to picture the growth of the library proper of the college. Excluded from this study is the library of the Hood Theological Seminary located on the second floor of the Carnegie Library building and is now under the direction of Mrs. Mable Graves. 

The materials included here have come from rare documents located in the college library, personal interviews, North Carolina Library Commission, W.F. Fonvielle’s, Reminiscences of College Days, James S. Brawley’s, The Rowan Story, 1753-1953, Office of Education, Washington, D.C., Official Statistical Reports of Librarian, C.P. Harris, Zion’s Historical Catechism, W.H. Davenport’s, Membership in Zion Methodism, New Standard Encyclopedias, ad clippings from the following publications: Salisbury Evening Post, Salisbury, North Carolina and Star of Zion, Charlotte, North Carolina. However, materials collected from Star of Zion are limited due to the absence of back numbers of the publication

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