Celebrate Black History Month with lively stories and rhythmical dancing. Children of all ages are invited to attend the “Dancing Stories” program presented by April C. Turner on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium. The program is free and informational fliers are available at the library or may be downloaded from the library’s website. The “Dancing Stories” program will replace the regular Lumberton story time programs for Friday.
Buy a book and stop a crook! Book ‘Em North Carolina is just around the corner and there are fun activities planned for the Children’s Corner. There will be readings done by authors, face painting, crafts, fingerprinting, and more. Due to the popularity of the Children’s Corner at last year’s event, we have tripled the space to make room for Book ‘Em North Carolina’s youngest readers.
The event brings together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and even a Hollywood producer, actor and director to raise awareness between high illiteracy and crime rates. Participating authors are pledging a portion of their book sales to benefit local literacy campaigns.
The event will take place on Feb. 23 at Robeson Community College from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Book ‘Em North Carolina is free to attend and open to the public.
New children and teen books are hitting the shelves and checking out almost as quickly. Many of these titles are available for you to browse through on the library’s website under the Children’s and Teen tabs. Several bilingual and Spanish books have been purchased as well as updated nonfiction titles to help with your child’s latest school project.
A few of my favorite recent easy book titles are “Mossy” by Jan Brett; “There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish” by Jennifer Ward; “Colores!” by Jorge Lujan; “Tu Eres Mi Te Quiero” by Maryann Cusimano; and “Blue Chicken” by Deborah Freedman.
These chapter books are sure to please your older reader: “Fetching” by Kiera Stewart; “Miss Kraft is Daft!” by Dan Gutman; “Goosebumps Most Wanted #2: Son of Slappy” by R.L. Stine; “Magicalamity” by Kate Saunders; and “Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy, Secret Admirer” by Jane O’Connor.
Chill out with these nonfiction books: “Eli Manning and the New York Giants” by Michael Sandler; “5,000 Cool Facts about Everything!” by National Geographic Kids; “I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King, Jr.; “So, You Want to Be a Comic Book Artist?” by Philip Amara; and “Dogs on Duty” by Dorothy Hinshaw.
Teens will enjoy these recent additions to the young adult collection: “Ali’s Pretty Little Lies” by Sara Shepard; “Empty” by K. M. Walton; “Full Moon Kisses” by Ellen Schreiber; “Falling Kingdoms” by Morgan Rhodes; “Echo” by Alyson Noel; and “Elemental” by Antony John. Readers of all ages will explore all things underground this summer as the library presents “Dig Into Reading” and “Beneath the Surface” summer reading programs for children and teens.
The 2013 Summer Reading Program is open to young people, preschool through young adult, with programs, prizes, reading, crafts and more. The “Dig Into Reading” program is scheduled from June 24 until Aug. 2. The “Beneath the Surface” teen program is scheduled from June 27 to Aug. 1.
Registration for both programs begins on June 10. All programs are free of charge. More detailed information will be released in the spring.
Children are invited to the weekly story time programs on the following days and times: 10 a.m. Mondays in Pembroke; 11 a.m. Tuesdays in St. Pauls and 4 p.m. Tuesdays in Red Springs; 11 a.m. Wednesdays in Maxton; 10 a.m. Thursdays in Fairmont and 11 a.m. Thursdays in Rowland; and 9:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Fridays in Lumberton.
I am beginning my maternity leave this week. While I am away, Vivian Marquez will present the story time programs. If you have a question about story times, you may reach her at 910-738-4859. I look forward to returning to the library in the spring and working with you and your children and teens again.
Katie Huneycutt is the youth services librarian of Robeson County Public Library. For information, visit the library’s website at www.robesoncountylibrary.org.