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Mabee-Simpson Library News and Events 2012-2013


Fall 2012

Ultimate Frisbee on the green in front of the library.



Library creates student organizations display

The Mabee-Simpson Library has created a student organizations display. Students are encouraged to make it an interactive display by adding photos, member names, and other materials to their organization's display.



 Library to host speaker

Former Lyon College professor Dr. Brooks Blevins will speak about the history of Lyon College and the new permanent photo exhibit of historic Lyon/Arkansas College photos at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Mabee-Simpson Library. The presentation is sponsored by The Friends of the Library. Memorabilia donated by the Wann family also will be on display on the main floor. The event is free and open to the public.


Permanent Photo exhibit in stairwell. 



Library hosts Halloween Costume Contest- Must be Character or Thing from Literature.

The library hosted this event on Halloween.  The best over-all winner received a 50 dollar Wal-Mart card with runners-up getting snack sacks.  Tonya Clapp won best over-all.  She is second from the left.  Others won for best costume, scariest, and most creative.  There was also an honorable mention.  Many thanks go to our judges who took the responsibility very seriously as you can see in the photos and acted with great panache!

Winners of the 2012 Halloween Costume Contest! 



 Waiting for the judge's decision!


Esteemed Judges of this event.:  Nicole Stroud, Nancy Love, Cathy Bordeau, Debra Holmes,  Kenton Adler



 Christmas tree lighting set for Nov. 29

The annual lighting of the Lyon College Christmas tree will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 on the steps of Brown Chapel. The program includes scripture reading and a history of the Christmas tree. Lyon College President Dr. Donald Weatherman will flip the switch to light the tree. A chili/soup supper and silent auction will be after the event at the Mabee-Simpson Library.

Library schedules chili/soup supper

Mabee-Simpson Library will host its annual Chili/Soup Supper, Auction, and Bake Sale Nov. 29. Library officials are asking students, faculty, and staff to donate a pot of chili or soup, desserts for the bake sale, or silent auction items. There will be prizes for the best spicy chili, mild chili, and soup. The supper is $3 for Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library and students, $5 for adults, and free for children under 12. For more information, contact Camille Beary at (870) 307-7444 or
Dr. Dorothy Landis Gray, professor emeritus and author, has donated a limited number of her books to the event. Dr. Gray taught as professor of music at Lyon from 1946 until 1986, and she led many USO tours featuring Arkansas College students. Gray's book, Pieces of Living, will be available at the sale for $2.


Winners of the Hottest Chili:  Bryan and Debra Holmes




 Winner of the Mildest Chili:  Dr. George Lankford




Winner of the Best Soup:  Kathy Clement




Chapel Bell

Chapel Bell during winter ice storm, 2013


Library displays for January highlighted the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project.  The following  is from their webpage.  One in five adults in Arkansas lacks basic literacy skills. For these individuals, simple everyday tasks present real problems. Reading product labels, following street signs or filling out job applications can be difficult and frustrating.  Families suffer, too. Parents with low literacy skills have trouble reading to their children and many don't even try. The literacy levels of children are strongly linked to the educational levels of their parents, so it is imperative to teach all ages.
The Ozark Foothills Literacy Project is here to help! Through the support of our volunteers and donors, we share the power of reading with adults and families in our community. 



Library Display

In honor of Black History Month the library is displaying some of the works of Jacob Lawrence.  Here
’s the summary from ARTSTOR: Executed in 1940-1941, this 60-panel cycle documents the migration of African-Americans from the impoverished rural South to the industrial cities of the North and Midwest starting in World WarI. In 1942, the series was split between two institutions, with The Phillips Collection acquiring the odd-numbered panels and The Museum of Modern Art purchasing the even-numbered works. The entire series is reunited in ARTstor and may be viewed alongside photographic documentation of the installation of the full cycle for the exhibition, “Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series,” which took place at The Museum of Modern Art from January-April 1995.  See more about Jacob Lawrence.

Friends of the Library Meeting

Friends will meet
on February 4 at the library for a business meeting.

Library Survey Completed.

The library surveyed Freshmen and Sophomores in February.  The library issues a survey every year and targets various groups on campus.  Faculty, Juniors, and Seniors have helped improve the library in past years with their input.

Alexis Pinkston won the 100 dollars cash prize for completing the survey.  Her name was drawn out of all the survey participants.

Alexis Pinkston Wins 100 dollars!

Library Lovers Month

February is Library Lovers Month, thus red and white lollipops and Dr. Seus Bookmarks will be handed out on Valentine's Day.


Library hosts The Lyon College Art Student League Bake Sale

The Lyon College Art Student League will also being selling Valentine treats on the 14th.  Hint.  They are famous for their sweet concoctions which are very reasonably priced.


The library's display for March is about St. Patrick.  Photos are from ARTstor.

The library also participated in the "End it Now" movement with facts about modern day slavery painted on the windows.  Baptist Collegiate Ministries hosted the event, where students stood for 27 hours in front of the library protesting slavery.


Text written on the library's windows to heighten awareness of modern day slavery. 


These are a few of the "Protesters for Freedom" who stood for 27 hours in front of the library.  Many students, staff, and faculty took turns during the night.


Spring on the green facing the library at Lyon College.

The Annual Book Fair held in conjunction with the Scottish Festival was a great success.  At the last minute, hundreds of books were donated to the cause and the Friends of the Library raised more than 3,000 dollars for library furnishings, materials, and supplies.  The Friends recently purchased furniture for the lobby.  See pictures below:

This furniture suite is entirely new for South lobby.

New Coffee table for North side of lobby.


The display for April is of Earth Day, celebrated on April 22.  Books from the library highlight both print and electronic versions of books about the good earth.

Read about past cultural events at the library below:

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