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Area libraries to hold summer reading programs

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The library received a $3,400 grant from the North Carolina Community Foundation to support the purchase of new books. A couple of our book selectors on staff made a special trip to Barnes and Noble to pick out some of the hottest new titles in adult fiction, teen fiction and children’s chapter and picture books. My favorite children’s selection is the new Mo Willems book, “The Pigeon Needs a Bath.” A portion of the money was also allotted for updated medical reference books. The new selections are being processed and will be available soon.


The North Carolina Community Foundation is a statewide community foundation that has made $74 million in grants since its establishment in 1988. The foundation is particularly supportive of rural philanthropy. As stated on its website, the mission of the North Carolina Community Foundation is, “to inspire North Carolinians to make lasting and meaningful contributions to their communities.” Supporting public libraries is a brilliant way to make sustainable contributions to the citizens of North Carolina. For information about the foundation, please visit www.nccommunityfoundation.org.


Fizz! Boom! Read! The Second Annual Kiddie Camp will take place from June 16 through June 20 with daily programs at 10 a.m. at the Robeson County Public Library in Lumberton. Children 3 years old and younger are invited to participate in this hands-on learning program. This year’s theme is all about science, so we will explore colors, weather, numbers, shapes, music, and of course, water. The daily program will be supplemented with take-home reading logs and activity pages that encourage family literacy and bonding. Due to the young age of participants, we can only offer 25 spots in this free camp. Registration begins at the library on June 1.


This summer, teens are invited to spark a reaction at the library. The teen summer reading program “Spark a Reaction” will be held June 23 through Aug. 1. Teens across the county are challenged to read 10 hours during the program and turn in a reading log for a prize. The reading challenge is available at all libraries. Weekly programs will be hosted on Thursdays at 3 p.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium. The science-based programs include: Duct Tape Art on June 26; Teen-Made Musical Objects on July 3; Gross Out Science on July 10; Meet the Authors on July 17 with special guests E. Marie Sanders, Wendy Fields and K.C. Connor; Movie Day on July 24; and the Mad Scientist Party on July 31. Teens ages 13 to 18 are invited to attend. The programs are free and registration starts June 1.


The “FIZZ! BOOM! READ!” Summer Reading Program for children ages 4 through 12 is also slated for June 23 through Aug. 1. Children should aim to read 10 hours during the six-week program. There are no required reading lists and parents reading to their children counts toward the goal of 10 hours. Enjoy a comic book, a magazine, a joke book, or the latest installment in your favorite series. Reading for enjoyment is the true goal of summer reading programs everywhere. Children and parents should record time spent reading on the provided reading log and turn in the completed log by Aug. 1 for a prize bag.


Free weekly programs will be available in eight libraries during the summer reading program: Mondays in Pembroke at 10 and 11 a.m.; Tuesdays in St. Pauls at 11 a.m. and Red Springs at 3 p.m.; Wednesdays in Maxton at 11 a.m. and Rowland at 3 p.m.; Thursdays in Fairmont at 11 a.m. and Proctorville at 3 p.m.; Fridays in Lumberton at 11 a.m. Bonus programs in Lumberton include Science Mondays at 2 p.m.; Movie Wednesdays at 3 p.m.; and Read-to-Me Thursdays at 10 a.m. Please visit the library or our website for detailed schedules.


Space is limited at most summer reading programs, therefore we are not able to accommodate daycare or camp groups with more than 10 children. If you have a daycare or camp group and are interested in attending a program, please contact me at the library for more information.


The Amnesty Food Drive held during National Library Week was a great success. Patrons across Robeson County donated 393 cans of food. Every can donated could erase up to $5 of late fees, although many people without fines donated food. All collected cans are being donated to the Robeson County Church and Community Food Pantry. Thank you to everyone who participated in the food drive.


Please remember to visit your library this week.


Katie Huneycutt is the interim director and Youth Services librarian for the Robeson County Public Library. She can be reached at 910-738-4858 or khuneycutt@robesoncountylibrary.org.

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