After having a couple of weeks to settle into my new role as interim library director, I must pause and thank everyone in the community who has offered support and encouragement. The kind words have made this transition pleasant and I am thrilled to serve my community in this new capacity. I am looking forward to meeting more of my neighbors in Robeson County.
It is time to celebrate in Red Springs, as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the McMillan Memorial Library. The library joined our system in 2011 and I am proud that it has reached this exciting milestone. Beverly Hinds and Danielle Hickman greet patrons with cheerful smiles and helpful attitudes. Books, audio-books, and DVDs are available for checkout, and public access computers are available. The library is located at 205 E. Second Ave. and may be reached by calling 910-843-4205. The hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 2:30 until 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with us on at 4 p.m. on March 3 at the Osterneck Auditorium. We will sing “Happy Birthday,” enjoy a sweet treat, listen to Dr. Seuss stories, and make crafts. Children ages 3 to 12 years old are invited to attend. Registration is not required for this event. We hope to see you there.
Thank you to everyone who attended or volunteered at Book ‘Em North Carolina on Saturday. Book ‘Em raises money for literacy campaigns in Robeson County and is a fantastic event. If you attended, you surely met authors of every genre, listened to authors talk about their careers as writers, and maybe had your face painted. We are so lucky to have more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents, and musical legends come to Lumberton. This event is possible because of Trish Terrell’s vision. For Trish, Book ‘Em is a year-round event. She spends countless hours planning and promoting this event. She receives and responds to an enormous amount of daily emails and does it with a smile. She has rallied reliable support through volunteer groups to help throughout the year and on the day of the event. So my hat goes off to Trish; thanks for another great Book ‘Em event.
I hope everyone remained safe through our latest winter storm. I apologize for the library being closed for three days and appreciate everyone’s patience. The safety of the staff and patrons was at the heart of the decision to remain closed until the ice melted. I hope that spring weather is on its way.