Town of Clayton Water Tower at Sunset
Welcome the Town of Clayton, North Carolina

Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library has a mission to enrich the quality of life for all ages and we have big plans for the future!

Mission & Vision Statement                                  

Long-Range Plan

Meet Our Library Staff

​Library Director Joy Garretson

Cataloger Gabe Johnson

Senior Assistant Debbie Ragland   

Adult Services: Mardia Rhodes  and Pam Taylor     
Youth Services: Mary Creech and Caroline Mak  

Historian Pam Baumgartner

Services Assistants: Loan Such, Linda Brock, Denise Seabrooks and Liza Pagano

How the Clayton Library Began

The Clayton Library had its humble beginnings in a single room of the old "Town Hall" building, today Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library supports a circulation exceeding fifteen thousand books per month with active programming almost every day of the week.  Learn about our wonderful history.


2017 Holiday Schedule




New Year's Day

Jan. 2


Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday

Jan. 16


Good Friday

April 14-15

Friday & Saturday

Memorial Day

May 29


Independence Day

July 4


Labor Day

Sept. 4


Veterans Day

Nov. 10



Nov. 23-25

Thursday through Saturday


 Dec. 23-27 

  Monday through Wednesday  


True Colors Mural at Library featuring faces and landmarks of Clayton

The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is filled with art and artists – every book on the shelves is a work of art! But aside from books, the Clayton Library also displays art of the traditional sort.  Our marque artwork is a 10-foot tall, 27-foot long permanent mural on the hallway wall connecting the library’s main collection to the south wing.  “True Colors,” painted by artist Jim Brown depicts the life and times of Clayton and was the Town’s second public art mural.  Unveiled in 2010, it colorfully displays historic scenes and people of Clayton community.  See if you recognize anyone – many are based on real Claytonites! Also, the library showcases the work of local artists on a rotating monthly basis. In the Main Room, we have a wall for paintings and photographs, and a space for sculptures and other three-dimensional works. We are always accepting applications for future exhibits.

From Spring 2016 to Spring of 2017, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is honored to host "The Old Man's Tale" by local chainsaw artist Corey Lancaster.  Lancaster, of Boon Hill Gallery in Princeton, NC, crafted the intricate, 6-foot tall, 350-lb chair out of a giant poplar tree log. He carved it specifically for our library and it's perfect for reading times in our new outdoor program space by the Children's Room.

And don’t forget about the History Room, where we have a different exhibit every quarter! The hallway walls and display cases highlight a variety of documents, photos, books and maps that capture the rich history of our Clayton community.

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