Library Honors Benefactor with a Return Visit from Dr. Elliot Engel December, 2016

The Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library will be holding a very special program on Sunday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. to honor a posthumous donation from a long-time supporter by hosting world-renowned lecturer Dr. Elliot Engel for the third time this year.

Mrs. Angeline Shell was an incredibly devoted library patron and a constant presence at Library programming. Dr. Engel’s lectures were among her favorite programs to attend, and she relished the opportunity to enjoy his witty speaking style and insights into literary topics. She was a prominent member of the local community, well-regarded as a small business owner, a leader in her church, and a volunteer and benefactor to those in need. Angeline placed a special emphasis on supporting education and literacy, and the Library has benefited immensely from her generosity over the years. The Library will use the funding she bequeathed to the Library to enhance its children’s collection and offer exciting new technologies to local youth.

“Angeline was an incredible benefactor to our Library,” said Agnes W. Ho, Director of Libraries. “I could always count on seeing her at our library programs, particularly Dr. Engel’s. I remember fondly how she would make donations to our Friends of the Library to ensure front row seats to our programs, and then would selflessly offer these seats to her friends and family while taking another seat farther back. She was truly a wonderful person and she will be greatly missed."

Dr. Engel will present his program “A Dickens of a Christmas” focusing on British author Charles Dickens. The program brings together drama, insight, and humor to tell the story of the influence Dickens has had on our most celebrated holiday season. There will be a reception after the event to honor Angeline’s memory.