Thursday, March 20, 2014

The Welcome Mat Is Always Out at the Denton Campus Library

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU was pleased to welcome the Mature Members
of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony for a tour of our beautiful building.  Standing L-R:  Bruce
Robert Branch, Virginia Delph, Deborah Gardner, LaMargo Branch, Jeanette Yarbro, Mary Adams, 

Trudy Driver, Ruth Skillens, Margaret Dyer, Betty Calhoun.  Seated/kneeling L-R: Joyce Watkins, Marie 
Gibson, Edwina Nicholson.  February 22, 2014.  Technical assistance with photograph provided by Kristin 
Every once in a while, if we’re lucky, we are reminded of the treasures in our midst.  This sentiment was illustrated in a most convivial way by a group's recent visit to the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU.

The Mature Members Ministry of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony, including Blagg-Huey Library staff member LaMargo Branch and her husband Robert, took a leisurely tour of the library on a recent Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A view of the library through their eyes reminds us that although the library's mission centers on education at TWU, we also heartily welcome--and have much to offer--guests to our beautiful building.

The church members carefully perused the library, appreciating holdings and exhibits on three of its four floors (the Garden Level, home to the TWU Libraries' Children's Collection, was not part of their visit.)  A highlight for many was an exhibit featuring numerous pieces from LaMargo’s extensive African artifact collection, a passion she has been pursuing for over 25 years.  Featured in the Denton Record Chronicle and on the TWU website, LaMargo's impressive private collection is one she regularly and generously shares with library patrons and guests.  LaMargo, whose family's roots are in The Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa, works in the library's Interlibrary Loan Department.  She has been a member of the TWU Libraries family since 2003.

As their tour continued, ministry members were also impressed with the Woman's Collection on the library's second floor, particularly the WASP and their history.  Some group members hadn't realized before their visit that a Woman's Airforce Service Pilots program had existed, and were fascinated to learn that
at the height of World War II more than a thousand women left homes and jobs to become the first in history to fly for the U.S. military.  The group was able to view artwork commemorating these brave women, and particularly admired the life-size bronze by artist Jewel Pfeifer Estes honoring their service.

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU invites you and your group to visit during library hours.  You may find our Visiting the Libraries page helpful.  Visitors are encouraged to tour the building (find a library tour guide here or near the Information Desk on the first floor) and enjoy the rotating library exhibits.  Comfortable seating, a balcony and vending machines await you on the first floor; the Woman's Collection, a preeminent research center on women's history, is housed on the second floor; current periodicals and a quiet area can be found on the third floor; a rich variety of artwork in various mediums is displayed throughout the building--and this is but a portion of the library's offerings.  For assistance before or during your visit, please do not hesitate to contact the library's Information Desk in person (to your right as you enter the building) or by phone (940-898-3701).  A library staff member will be happy to help you.

We hope you will join us and enjoy, as the members of Friendship Baptist Church of The Colony did, the many treasures to be found at the Blagg-Huey Library.

The welcome mat is always out.

~Sandy Cochran

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