RCPL receives $14K through learning grant


Library to use funds to serve unemployed, underemployed citizens

By Leah Tietje-Davis - Contributing columnist



By Leah Tietje-Davis Contributing columnist


Robeson County Public Library is pleased to have received a $14,700 Literacy and Lifelong Learning grant through the Library Services and Technology Act. The grant will be used to expand the library’s services and resources to the unemployed and underemployed people of Robeson County.

The Robeson County Public Library will offer 36 technology-intensive workforce development programs throughout our seven facilities over the course of this project. Twelve distinct career development programs will be offered at Robeson County Public Library on a monthly basis. Additionally, there will be quarterly technology outreach programs implemented at all affiliate locations in Robeson County. Programs will provide computer skill training for unemployed and underemployed adults. Attendees will learn effective job search techniques; tips for creating an eye-catching, professional resume; and relevant interviewing techniques. Approximately 100 current career resources will be added to the library’s collection to support the project. Additional project expenses include the purchase of 15 new Dell laptops for use by attendeess. The conclusion of the grant project (June 2017) will feature a community-wide career fair in the Osterneck Auditorium. These career development programs will launch in August with instruction in Microsoft Office Word at library locations in Lumberton, Pembroke and St. Pauls. For detail, call the Robeson County Public Library at 910-738-4859.

Join the Robeson County Public Library on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium for an enlightening book discussion about the sustainability and environmental impact of our foodways, an important message Barbara Kingsolver takes on in “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” Kingsolver takes readers through the seasons, chronicling the joys and challenges of eating only foods she, her husband and two daughters grew in their backyard or purchased from neighboring farms. Part food memoir, part cookbook and part exposé of the American food industry, “Animal, Vegetable Miracle” is one family’s inspiring story of discovering the truth behind the adage “you are what you eat.” The book is available for check out in Lumberton.

This week is the last week for the Robeson County Public Library system’s summer reading program. This summer, nearly 300 children and teens participated, as well as 80 adults. Be sure to turn in your summer reading bingo sheets by Friday for your last chance to win some cool prizes. Prize drawings will take place on Aug. 8, and winners will be notified by telephone.

The Robeson County Public Library will be showing “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Monday at 3 p.m., so bring the whole family for a magical time.

Join the Youth Services Librarian for a silly and imaginative time. The youth services calendar can be found on the Robeson County Public Library’s website, RobesonCountyLibrary.org, by going to the drop down menu on the Children’s tab. Stay tuned for the Robeson County Public Library’s fall schedule.

By Leah Tietje-Davis

Contributing columnist

http://robesonian.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/web1_Leah-1.jpgBy Leah Tietje-Davis

Contributing columnist

Library to use funds to serve unemployed, underemployed citizens

By Leah Tietje-Davis

Contributing columnist

Leah Tietje-Davis is the Adult Services Librarian for the Robeson County Public Library.

Leah Tietje-Davis is the Adult Services Librarian for the Robeson County Public Library.

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