One of my greatest joys has been watching my daughter’s excitement for the library grow as she gets older. Without fail, when someone mentions she’s going to visit the library, she enthusiastically claps and screams, ‘Yay library!’
I should mention that she is 2-and-a-half. Whenever she visits the library she goes straight to the books, and becomes a librarian’s worst nightmare, pulling books off the shelves en masse in her search for the perfect book. Every week, I switch out books that she’s checked out with new ones. When she comes across a library book that she enjoys over and over, and has renewed the maximum number of times, I eventually break down and buy her her own copy. For anyone who has purchased children’s books, you know that those thin books can be pricey. But, as a lover of books my whole life, I have a hard time refusing my toddler a book because of the price tag.
For those bargain book shoppers, this week is the perfect opportunity to stock up on books for all ages. The Friends of the Library is again hosting the annual Fall Book Sale. The sale is Thursday from noon until 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., located at 102 N. Chestnut St. in Lumberton in the Osterneck Auditorium. This Thursday I will be heading straight to the children’s section to stock up on “new” books selling two for $1 and I hope to see you there.
Celebrate Banned Book Week today through Oct. 1 at you library. While books have been and continue to be banned and challenged, Banned Book Week celebrates the fact that, in the majority of cases, the books have remained available. Explore the controversies and issues around book challenges and book banning at Books & Brew book club on Monday at 10 a.m. in the McLean Room. Defend your First Amendment right and read a banned book.
The library has partnered with the Robeson County Arts Council and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in hosting River Voices: Reading and Discussing Joseph Mitchell. This event will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at Rowland Public Library, located at 113 E. Main St. The discussion will focus on “McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon” and “The Old House at Home.” For reservations and details, call the library at 910-738-4859.
Don’t miss out on Robeson County Public Library’s ongoing technology intensive workforce development programs. Join the Robeson County Public Library on Oct. 17 at 2:30 p.m. for a program focused on tips for creating an eye-catching, professional resume. Receive one-on-one help creating a resume at this program. October’s outreach program is training in Microsoft Office Word at library locations in Fairmont and Rowland. This project is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Library of North Carolina, a division of the state Department of Cultural Resources.
To stay informed about library programs and events, like Robeson County Public Library’s Facebook page or visit www.RobesonCountyLibrary.org.
Leah Tietje-Davis is the Adult Services Librarian for the Robeson County Public Library.