Thank you to everyone who came to the Friends of the Library book sale over the weekend. I especially want to thank all the members of the Friends of the Library who volunteered their time to make the sale a success.
The Friends of the Library is a non-profit that raises money to fund library projects that are not in the regular budget. Over the years, The Friends have helped the library purchase computers, operate the bookmobile, renovate the auditorium building and supplement our book budget. Without the Friends, we would be in a bad spot. Your purchases at the book sale are a strong contribution to the organization. You can become a member of the Friends for a $25 annual contribution. Family memberships are available for $100 a year and anyone who contributes $100 or more can join at the Patron level.
I would like to thank Commissioner Noah Woods for the $500 contribution he made to the McMillan Memorial Library in Red Springs. Thank you also to Eula McNeil, who serves on the Robeson County Library board of trustees, for sharing news about the benefits of the library in that community. If you have never visited, take a trip to Red Springs to see for yourself how busy that library stays. Jackie Rentz, Virginia Batton and Danielle Hickman have done a terrific job creating displays, organizing the collections and helping patrons. Every time I visit the computers are all being used, moms and children stock up on books and everyone engages in friendly conversation. McMillan Memorial is a terrific example of a community library.
The library has some new staff members to introduce. Beverly Hinds of Red Springs will be carrying on the example set by Jackie at McMillan Memorial. Beverly taught in the local schools and served as church secretary for several years. The library is lucky to have her on board.
Alexcia Gavin from Fairmont has joined the library staff. She is working in the afternoons at the Fairmont Library, where I think she has already made many friends. When I called Anne who works at the Rowland Public Library to check Alexcia’s reference, Anne said “oh, I have known her all of her life.” With Anne’s endorsement, I am confident she will provide excellent service to the community.
Taylor Smith joins us at the Lumberton Library. Taylor’s degree in Computer Technology has already proved its value a number of times. He does a lot of troubleshooting for the library computers and he provides assistance for customers in the computer lab and at the front desk.
Halloween is coming up. The Exploration Station across the street from the library is having its annual Halloween Party on Oct. 24 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be lots of games and prizes. Admission is $7 for each child. Wear your Halloween costume and come for tons of fun. The library will be hosting a spooky zombie shamble at 4 p.m. on Oct. 25 Zombies will enjoy braintastic refreshments, zombie tag and a zombie stomp.
Catie Roche is the director of the Robeson County Public Library. You can reach her at email@example.com. Catie is reading “The Whole Enchilada” by Diane Mott Davidson.