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Books Are My Children

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C S Brown Regional Cultural

513 South Main Street

Winton, NC 27986

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August 26th, 2017

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UPCOMING PLAY TELLS STORY OF MRS. KATIE HART,

HERTFORD COUNTY LIBRARY PIONEER

Books Are My Children, a play about the life and times of Mrs. Katie Marie Hart of Winton, NC will premiere September 28th at the C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center in the same town.

Mrs. Hart of Winton, North Carolina began the first library service in for Hertford County residents in 1931. Where does one begin in establishing a public library in a county where no other library of any kind exists? Her first “library” consisted of books that she bought, collected, and were donated from faraway places such as Dayton, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts. Mrs. Hart’s cramped office on the grounds of Water’s Training School served as the location for this first, makeshift library. In 1939, as the demand for books had grown, Mrs. Hart spearheaded a program to get books into the hands of more people. In 1940, the North Carolina Library Commission noted in its annual report, "In Hertford County the negroes raised a thousand dollars to purchase their own bookmobile, the first in the South to be owned and operated for the exclusive use of the colored people." After getting the bookmobile on the road, Mrs. Hart immediately began planning and fundraising to construct a brick-and-mortar library building for the people of the area. In 1941, she opened the Hertford County Negro Library on Murfree Street in Winton.

The original play is being produced by Cultivator Bookstore in Murfreesboro and the C. S. Brown Cultural Arts Center in Winton. The cast will consist of students from Hertford County Public Schools and also local actors. School performances will be held on Thursday, September 28th at 10am and 1pm. Public performances will be held on Saturday, September 30th at 2pm and 630pm. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council. For tickets or more information, please call Caroline Stephenson at (252) 395-2327 or email cultivatornc@gmail.com. Thank you for supporting the arts in your community.

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