When I joined the Robeson County Public Library staff as the Youth Services librarian, my first storytime was with the smiling and giggling preschoolers at the Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library in St. Pauls. It was a wonderful first impression of the community library and it is always a treat to visit.
The St. Pauls Public Library is one of seven libraries in our county system. According to “Remembering the Robeson County Public Library” by former director Bob Fisher, the St. Pauls Library was established as a nonprofit in 1974 and opened to the public in 1975. In 1987, the St. Pauls Public Library became an affiliate of the Robeson County Public Library after meetings between the St. Pauls Library board and the Library board of trustees. Since then, the library has continued to grow and meet the ever-changing needs of the St. Pauls community.
The St. Pauls Public Library currently boasts more than 10,000 items to check out. More than 1,300 of those items are children’s easy and beginning books. There are more than 400 DVDs in the collection. New items arrive monthly and there is truly something for everyone at the library. Since July, more than 8,000 items have checked out.
A library card is all you need to check out materials. If you do not have a library card, it is easy and free to sign up. Simply bring a valid ID with proof of local address to the library, fill out a form and you will have your new card in just a couple of minutes. Children under the age of 18 will need to be registered by a parent or legal guardian. If you’ve lost your card, a replacement card is only $1. St. Pauls Public Library currently has 5,156 registered patrons with more than 300 of those registered since July. Don’t miss out on all the great materials the library has to offer. Sign up for your library card.
The library also has public access computers and children’s computers. Many patrons use the computers for job searches, schoolwork, email, research and social media. Children are able to enhance their education with the variety of programs on the AWE stations.
Mary Jane Butler has managed the St. Pauls Public Library since 2004. Anyone who has visited the library knows that she loves her community and is always willing to help patrons find what they need. Ellen Baxley recently joined Mary Jane as the library assistant. Please stop by and make her feel welcome.
The summer reading storytime for children will be hosted in St. Pauls every Tuesday in July and the first Tuesday in August at 11 a.m. each day. Please visit our website at RobesonCountyLibrary.org for a complete list of summer programs and how to participate.
The local library board recently refreshed the façade of the building, adding a new awning, bright flowerpots and whimsical benches. So when you’re on your way to visit the Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library, just look for the purple awning.
Katie Fountain is the director of the Robeson County Public Library.