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About the Library: 2008-2012

This guide contains the nuts and bolts information about our library. Here is where you find out about our policies, assessment, history, and view the appropriate links for even more information.


  • July 2008  Library adds laptops to serve members with disabilities.

The Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus has two new laptop computers installed with educational software and voice recognition software to serve students and community members with physical and learning disabilities.The college purchased the equipment with $8,300 provided to Lyon through the AT&T Excelerator competitive technology grant program.

  • October 2008  Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Photo Poster Exhibition

These photos will be displayed at the Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus until Oct. 31. The posters, which show the dramatic sights of the aftermath, were donated by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.


  • February 2009  Professor Gary Harris: A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears

Gary Harris, Lyon College professor of theatre, will read from his first soon- to- be- published children’s book "A Roly-Poly Jumble-Tumble Bounce of Bumbling Bears" at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, at the Mabee-Simpson Library of Lyon College. His original artwork for the book will also be on exhibit. To get everyone in the mood for a festive time, music will be performed before the talk by Kenton Adler, on the small pipes.  Harris’ interest in storytelling and Teddy Bears began with his own child and throughout the years he has become intensely interested in the therapeutic effects of storytelling on children. Harris will read a story from the book titled "Bears Make Do." The story is about what happens when two teddy bears are forgotten by a family when they leave for vacation. The book is for children ages four to eight. There will be a question and answer session afterward and a reception. 

  • March 2009  Literacy @ the Library

The Mabee-Simpson Library is sponsoring literacy tutoring by Lyon College students for the months of March and April. Amber Grimsley and Summer Taylor will be at the library to help any student from Kindergarten to the 6th grade with their reading assignments every Tuesday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the afternoons. They will be in the lobby on the left as you enter the front doors. Tutoring is free and open to the public.

  • Trio From the National Symphony Orchestra To Perform @ Library 

A trio from the National Symphony Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. March 24 at the Mabee-Simpson Library on the Lyon College campus as part of the orchestraÍs residency program. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The performers include Glenn Donnellan, violin, Richard Barber, bass and David Teie, cello.  Shown are Director Dean Covington and performers.

  • April 2009  Library Hosts Annual Book Sale at Scottish Festival

The Mabee-Simpson Library will host a book sale from 8-5 p.m. April 17-18 during the Arkansas Scottish Festival. A preview sale for members of the Friends of the Library will be from 5-8 p.m. April 16 with a silent auction for a four-volume set of books about The Lord of the Rings movies. The sale features books of all subjects, but an especially large number of novels, history books, educational materials for young children and videocassettes are available. Hardbacks are $3 and paperbacks, videocassettes and children's books are $2. There will be volume discounts. If anyone has questions, please contact the Mabee-Simpson Library at (870) 307-7205


  • Dr. George Lankford: Historical Novels and History

Lyon College Professor Emeritus Dr. George Lankford will be presenting "Historical Novels and History" at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at the Mabee-Simpson Library.  Dr. Lankford has recently published "Surprised by Death," a historical novel about the murder of a local 17-year-old in 1841. Lankford said it is a well-known case in local history, but he believes it came to a wrong conclusion. The book tries to treat it as a "cold case," offering a new resolution to the story.

  • Amnesty @ the Library 

The Mabee-Simpson Library will have Amnesty at the Library starting Honors Day, April 21, and ending on the last day of finals, May 7. Everyone can bring in their overdue books along with food for Batesville Help and Hope, Inc. and their fines and fees will be forgiven.


  • August 2009  Preparation for the Freshmen Class

Over 300 trifolds with information about the library were printed for the freshmen and transfer classes and were distributed to the orientation classes conducted at the library.  Dean Covington, director of the library and Susan Dempsey, a Friend of the Library also set up a table at Club Carnival by Bryan Lake on the 24th of August, and welcomed the  Freshmen with candy and information about the library.

  • September 2009  Friends of the library

The Friends of the Library had their Membership Meeting on September 8, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.  Dr. Donald Weatherman, President of Lyon College, was the keynote speaker.  He spoke about the past, present, and future of the Mabee-Simpson Library.  His speech was followed by a brief business meeting, then refreshments.  A special thank you goes to Marilyn Chlebak, Friend of the Library for the refreshments.   

  • Faulkner Display

The library is displaying a collection of Faulkner memorabilia from the collection of Dr. Terrell Tebbetts.  Featured in the display are several first editions, one signed by Faulkner, and the map Faulkner drew of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi.  There are also magazines dating from 1931 to 1964 with articles by Faulkner in them, and a collection of books that Tebbetts has contributed to about Faulkner.  The collection will be in the library for the rest of September.  

  • Service Day

The cook-out for Service Day was in front of the library this year at Couch Gardens.  The library wheeled out some books for a mini book sale, gave out free "Service Day" buttons, and had a table telling students about the new "green" font: Ecofont.   The tug-of-war fund-raiser for the Red Cross was also in front of the library and was a great success with lots of participation.


  • October 2009 Bead Display of Tom and Sage Holland's glass bead creations.


  • Family Movie Night 

On October 2, Friday night, the library is going to host a Family Movie Night for students and  “Friends of the Library” families. The library will serve crackers and cheese and everyone is encouraged to bring their favorite snack. Eating starts at 5:30 with movie time around 6 p.m.  This should be over around 8 p.m., so those who wish can go to  Bingo night over at Edward's Commons.  Children are welcome!

  • Artists in Bead Making

Sage and Tom Holland are studio artists working in Fox, AR. They have pioneered the art of bead making and the recovery of ancient methods. They have taught courses in major programs across the United States and in Europe and Asia. They are master craft-persons in their field and are trend setters in the craft of bead making. Sage and her husband Tom Holland have published articles in Ornament Magazine including “Folded Glass Beads – An Islamic Innovation (Vol. 29 no. 4) and “Master Class: Warring States Beads” (vol. 27 no.1)  They will be at the library on October 8, Thursday night, at 7 p.m. to demonstrate the art of bead making.

  • October 23    Charles R. (Bob) Smith:  Antarctica:  Land of Ice

Following that presentation, Mr. Bob Smith, an alumna of Lyon will have a book signing and talk.  His book: “Antarctica: Land of Ice” covers a series of 3 expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula aboard the National Geographic Endeavour in December 2008 - January 2009 and explores the Peninsula in a series of 96 images of the landscape, wildlife, and of course the icebergs, include information on climate change in the Antarctic and the effects of decreasing ice in the region. 

As part of “National Friends of the Library Week (Oct 18-24)” and Homecoming Week at Lyon, the Mabee-Simpson Library  presented Dr. John and Diana Dahlquist an Honorary Lifetime Membership from the “Friends of the Lyon College Mabee-Simpson Library.”   Dr. Dahlquist is being recognized for his support of the library during his years of service as Vice-President for Academic Affairs and his donations of more than 1,000 books to the library.  Shown are director Dean Covington and Dr. John Dahlquist.


  • November 2009 Dr. Brooks Blevins:  Arkansas/Arkansaw: How Bear Hunters, Hillbillies, and Good Ol’ Boys Defined a State

On November 2 at noon, during a brown bag lunch, Dr. Brooks Blevins will present a book talk about his latest book: Arkansas: Arkansaw.  Dr. Blevins is a former professor of Lyon and is the Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies at the Department of History, Missouri State University. 

  • November 6, at 8 p.m. Student Life presents movie. 
  • December 2009  Chili Tasting/Silent Auction

Friends of the Library sponsored a Chili Tasting and Silent Auction on December 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Hope Spragins won the prize for the spiciest chili and Brandi Holloway won the prize for the best non-spicy.  They both were awarded chili cookbooks.    There were 18 chefs who brought their chili and all had a good time. Not only was there a silent auction but also a live auction for several popular items including a big screen television. Gary Harris, Associate Professor of Theater, was the auctioneer  and made quite a show with his booming voice, cowboy hat, and rubber chicken necktie. The Friends of the Library raised over 1,500 dollars for the acquisition of books for the library.  The Mabee-Simpson Library is indebted to the Friends of the Mabee-Simpson Library and all who participated.  Thanks to all of you.

  • Amnesty @ the Library

The library will host its annual Amnesty program at the library.  Anyone who has overdue fees or fines can get them forgiven if they bring food for "Help and Hope" of Batesville.  Anybody can drop off food until the last day of finals which is December 17.  Flyers will be around campus for reminders.

  • February 2010 The Black Student's Association/Student Life Movie Night, February 19, at 9 p.m.  
  • March 7, 7 PM   Ms. Jo Blatti:  If A Stranger Sojourns Among Thee.  
  • April  Annual book sale at the Scottish Festival this year on April 23, 24, and 25.

The library will also be hosting seminars this year during Scottish Fest.   
Dr. Brooks Blevins, a former professor at Lyon, and now the Noel Boyd Associate Professor of Ozarks Studies at Missouri State University, will be presenting: 
"Who Were the Scots-Irish and Why Should I Care?  Room 327, Saturday, at 2 p.m.
Mary Ann Lucas will also be presenting the following in room 327.
Stories Old and New, on Saturday at 12:30 
Ghoulies, Ghosties, and Long-Legged Beasties, on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Lords, Lovers, Soldiers, and Sailors, on Sunday at 11 a.m.


  • August Freshman orientation for computing and the library.

Kenton Adler taught students how to use their email and other assorted packages, Dr. Paul Bube led the lectures on the use of "Educator" and Camille Beary lectured at the library about research skills and led students through a walk-about of the library. 

  • October  Dr. Larry Jernigan

Arkansas College Alumnus Dr. Larry Jernigan, '65 will speak about his life-long experiences with nature photography at Lyon College for Homecoming 2010.   Dr. Jernigan will exhibit his works in the lobby of the Mabee-Simpson for the month of October and will speak at Nucor Auditorium on October 19th. 

  • West Magnet Elementary and Lyon Students Exhibit and Reception

The art students from West Magnet Elementary School joined with student artists at Lyon for a reception at the library, exhibit, and tour of the Lyon art studios.  The exhibit consists of the work of the West Magnet students, including dinosaurs made in the second grade classes. 

The fun started Thursday at 6 p.m. on November 4, when Ms. Karen Skinner, art teacher at West, and Dustyn Bork, assistant art professor at Lyon met enthusiastic parents and students at the Mabee-Simpson Library.   There they viewed an art exhibit of works by students grades K through 6 and after a few words by Skinner and Bork, cookies and cider were served, goody bags were passed out, and door prizes were awarded. 

Then the Lyon College students gave the West students a tour of the art studios. The exhibit will be on display at the Mabee-Simpson Library for the month of November.  Lyon College art students are also taking their work to West Magnet in a reciprocal swap. 

  • Exhibits in October and November

A mini-gallery in the foyer is the show for Lyon College student Sherry Landers.  For Homecoming the library has assembled photos of Lyon College students from the 60's as well as displaying the Annuals from several different time periods at Lyon.

  • November  Friends of the Library Chili/Soup Supper and Auction

November 18, 2010 was the night of the annual chili/soup supper and auction of the "Friends of the Library." Dr. Hon and Mrs. Laura Ong won the prize for spiciest chili and Polly Livingston won best soup. Many items were donated to the event with the most spectacular auction item being a sailboat outing with President and Mrs. Weatherman.

  •  February 2011  Faculty Survey

The library surveyed the faculty in February of 2011. The participation rate was 71%. Thank you Lyon College staff and faculty for such a high participation rate!  A summary of that survey will be posted shortly. Faculty and staff who took the survey were eligible for a 100 dollar drawing. Professor Dustyn Bork won the prize.

  • February Anniversary at Lyon 

Kathy Whittenton, public services librarian also celebrated a 25 year Lyon anniversary on February 24, of 2011 in the Bevens Music Room.  

  • April Bake Sale

On April 2, 2011, The Non-traditional Student’s Association (NTSA) held their first bake sale at the library to raise money for T-shirts for the newly created organization.

  • Story Time

Every Tuesday morning in April was "Story Hour @ The Library" for Preschoolers. If college students were in the building at that time they would have seen dozens of children listening to stories told by guest speakers, with some dancing and crafts and snacks and short film clips also happening. Lyon College students led the story time activities and all had a great time.

  • Champagne Reception 

A reception for the "Friends of the Library" was held as the first event in the newly landscaped Memorial Garden at the library on April 7, 2011. Many friends attended and also perused the books for the annual Book Fair held in conjunction with Scottish Festival.

  • Annual Book Fair and Scottish Festival 

Scottish Festival on April 9, 2011 coincided with the Annual Book Fair at the library. Besides books, coffee and cinnamon rolls were served, as well as many home-made treats made by Friends of the Library.  It was one of the best sales in years, with the library also hosting Ricky Pittman; author, musician, and storyteller. The library also organized the Scottish Lecture Series which was held in the Alphin Building and it was well attended.

  • The Tornado Cross Garden Dedication 

The Tornado Cross Garden at Lyon College was dedicated Friday, April 15, 2011 in honor of the late Dr. C. Fitzhugh Spragins, a longtime leader in education, church and civic affairs in Batesville. The garden is located in a small courtyard in the Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon. The Tornado Cross was torn off the steeple of Brown Chapel in 1973 during a tornado that completely destroyed two buildings and heavily damaged several others, striking on Maundy Thursday at 10:30 in the morning. As devastating as the tornado was, no one was killed. As people wandered around in shock that day, Dr. Spragins, '57, the Brown Professor of Religion, found the cross and tucked it away in his office where it stayed for 22 years until his retirement in 1995.

  • May  Memorial Day Combat Artists Display

In honor of Memorial Day in May, the Mabee-Simpson Library hosted an exhibit of combat artists' work from the Navy and the Army.

  • June Displays and Book Signing

Arkansas Maps, Treasures of Arkansas:  Clinton Library and Crystal Bridges, and “Our Founding Fathers”

  • February Chef Brenda Hyatt book signing

The Mabee-Simpson Library at Lyon College hosted a reception and book signing for baker Brenda Hyatt from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Hyatt recently completed a cookbook, which includes more than 100 of her recipes. The cookbook was for sale at the event. Cookbooks are $20 each, and half of the proceeds will be donated to the new campus center building fund.  They are also at the Scot Bookstore.

  • March   BCM and FCA Host Antislavery Awareness in Library

From March 26 to 30, Baptist Collegiate Ministry and Fellowship of Christian Athletes hosted events to promote antislavery awareness.  One of their projects was housed in the library.  Human shaped cut-outs were placed in the library with items made by slave labor to promote awareness of the issue.

  • Phi Mu organizes Cakewalk in front of Library to support women rescued from sex trafficking and slave labor.
  • Carly Dahl, Kresge Gallery Director, loaned an art piece to the Mabee-Simpson Library at the end of last semester.
  • Apple Project Upward Bound/Lyon College Art Department give print to library. 
  • Assistant Professor of Art Dustyn Bork recently donated a painting to the Mabee Simpson Library. The painting hangs in a stairwell in the library. 
  • April   Dr. Brooks Blevins Book Signing

Dr. Brooks Blevins will speak at the Mabee-Simpson Library at noon April 2 about his latest book, Ghost of the Ozarks: Murder and Memory in the Upland South. Survey Winner

Student Raoul Noumbissi won for the drawing for the junior/senior library survey. The names of those who filled out the survey were put in a drawing for $100, and Raoul's name was drawn.

  • Tutoring @ the Library

The library is sponsoring tutoring for elementary grades 1-6 on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5.  Lyon College student Daniel Trinh is at the front desk ready to help anybody with their reading assignments or any other homework project until the end of the semester.

  • Library Seeks Book Donations

The Mabee-Simpson Library needs your gently used books and other items for its annual fundraiser book sale, held during the Arkansas Scottish Festival on April 13-15. Donations of books, DVDs, and CDs are needed before April 10. For more information or assistance with delivery of books, please contact the library front desk at (870) 307-7205 or Dean Covington at (870) 307-7206.

Friends of the Library Champagne Reception

  • Annual Book Fair a Success

May  Lambda Delta Freshman Honor Society Book Coop @ the library

Library Awards Prizes To Seniors Who Read The Most Books

First Place:  Joshua, 578 books
Second Place:  Kanwal, 322 books
Third Place:  Lighla,  233 books

  • Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society launches Wheelbarrow Publication @ The Library

The Eta Lambda chapter of the National English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, released Lyon's literary magazine,The Wheelbarrow, on April 19, at 8pm in the Tornado Cross Garden at the Maybee-Simpson Library.

  • Kappa Sigma Sweetheart Reception @ the Tornado Cross Garden
  • Art Students Show Work At Library

Dustyn Bork's class of art students displayed their art projects at the library this spring.  


  • Cranes going to Hiroshima and Fukushima 

Friends of the library and many others made 2,000 paper cranes for the student trip to Hiroshima.



  • Massages and Rave dancing @ the Library


  • August Freshman Orientation

Camille Beary lectured at the Holloway Theater about library research skills.  Her students then went on a walking tour of the library led by Dean Covington and Brenda Lindsey.

Display   Non-Traditional Student's Association at Lyon College for the month of August and September. 

Friends of the Library Chili Supper and Auction

Tonya Clapp's "Just Chili" won the mild category, and Friends of the Library President Kenton Adler's "Voodoo Chili" won the spicy category. Judy Blackwell prevailed in the soup category, winning a copy of The New England Soup Factory Cookbook for her "Chicken & Vegetable Soup."

  • 2010 Fire Brings Change to Library

Beginning this past fall, the library has been housing all student mailboxes and the snack bar.

RAVE @ library during finals


  • August

Display of student organizations.

  • October  Dr. Brooks Blevins

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.   Memorabilia donated by the Wann family also will be on display on the main floor.

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


  •  November Chili/soup supper and silent auction will be after the event at the Mabee-Simpson Library.

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


  • January Library displays highlighted the Ozark Foothills Literacy Project. 
  • February 
  • Library Display   In honor of Black History Month: The works of Jacob Lawrence. 
  • Friends of the Library Meeting on February 4 at the library.
  • The library surveyed Freshmen and Sophomores in February. 

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


  • Library Lovers Month

 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.


  • March
  • Display  St. Patrick.  Photos from ARTstor.
  •  "End it Now" movement

The library displayed 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.


April  The Annual Book Fair held in conjunction with the Scottish Festival was a great success. 

  • Display:  Earth Day, celebrated on April 22.  Books from the library highlight both print and electronic versions of books about the good earth.


Sunday 4 p.m. to Midnight
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. to Midnight
Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday Closed


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