Five Amazing Resources Available at Braswell Library

braswell library in rocky mount ncA library is much more than a building; it's an important building block of the community. It provides much more than a haven for local bookworms—it offers extensive resources to help local residents learn, grow and refine new skills.

There are some amazing resources available locally at our Braswell Memorial Library. Were you aware that these were available?


1. Educational kits for teachers and parents

Officials at Braswell Memorial Library realize how important it is for children to have access to educational materials. Teacher kits on various topics and include activity guides, worksheets, puzzles, books and other hands on materials.

Some of the topics include:

  • Community and Career (Pre-K to K)
  • Five Senses (Pre-K to K)
  • Landforms and Mapping (1st to 3rd grade)
  • Solar System (4th to 6th grade)

The Youth Services staff also assists teachers for upcoming lessons by displaying related books, placing materials on hold for students and making these items easily available for teachers to use in the classroom.

2. Local genealogy resources

Trying to trace your family history? Make your way to the Kornegay Room at the library. This is where a treasure trove of resources are available that will help you.

These resources include:

  • Local maps
  • Complete directories for the city of Rocky Mount
  • Historical publications
  • Abstracts of Nash and Edgecombe County records
  • Local newspapers on microfilm dating back to 1887, including:
    o The Rocky Mount Telegram
    o The Nashville Graphic
    o The Enfield Progress
    o Tarboro Southerner

    In addition, the library offers the services of a local history/genealogy librarian.


3. The Charles S. Killebrew Collection

Killebrew was the Ansel Adams of Nash and Edgecombe counties. His captivating, extensive photography collection beautifully chronicles both the history and beauty of Nash County and the region. Throughout his extensive career, this award-winning photographer produced more than 500,000 images. 

Braswell Library acquired this collection and transferred it to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where it was digitally preserved. These images are available through Digital NC.


4. Digital records, scanning and copying of hard-to-find resources

If you're looking for historic information, you've already realized one thing:

A lot of it isn't available on the internet.

In many cases, early editions of newspapers are only available on microfilm. Often, the records you're looking for may only be available at the North Carolina State Archives.

The Braswell Memorial Library offers the expertise to help you maneuver through these systems. There are fees involved to copy and scan files, to conduct research and to burn files to a CD.

The library's website provides more detailed information about their schedule of fees.


5. Extensive programs for teens

Of course, the library has a wealth of programs for children, such as story times and Mother Goose Preschool time. Teens can also find a lot to do at the local library.

Some programs include:

  • A Teen Advisory Board 
  • Teen Game Night
  • Teen Minecraft Design Club

    There’s even a chance for teens to submit their own book review video.


When was the last time you visited the library?

We’ve only scratched the surface of the amazing resources and programs available. For example, did you know the library assists the Twin Counties Literacy Council? Did you realize there are computer classes and free seminars available?

Visit the library’s website for more extensive and complete information.

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