It is a time of Thanksgiving, and I would like to share a few things I am thankful for this holiday season. I am thankful for my freedom to read any book that I please. I am thankful for libraries of all kinds, but especially public libraries where everyone is welcome.
I am incredibly thankful for all of the parents, family members, caregivers and teachers who bring children to library programs Instilling the love of books and reading in our youth is an important milestone of life, one that is too often overlooked by our fast-paced world.
I am thankful for the tireless community leaders who support the library by serving on the board of trustees, the Friends of the Library group, or by volunteering, giving donations or seeking additional funding. The library is for everyone in the community and it takes a caring community like ours to keep the library growing.
Although I could list many more thoughts, I will end my Thanksgiving list with this: I am thankful that I have the privilege of going to the library every morning, where I share stories and the magic of reading with children of all ages and backgrounds. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life, several wise people told me that if I found a job that I loved, I would never really work a day in my life. I’m glad I took their advice.
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. If you have a group of 15 or more children who would like to attend story time, please call me t at 910-738-4859 to make a reservation.
Children and teens have two more weeks until the deadline for the Book ‘Em North Carolina Short Story Contest.
All short stories must be turned in at your local library by Dec. 7. The contest is open to all youths in Robeson County. The theme is “The Power of Inspiration.”
Contestants should write a short story that includes an element of inspiration or describes what inspires them. Any genre is acceptable — prose only, no poetry — as long as inspiration is involved in the storyline.
There are six categories based on age. The word counts for each category are as follows: kindergarten through second-grade is 25 to 50 words; third through fourth grade is 50 to 100 words; fifth through sixth grade is 100 to 200 words; seventh through eighth grade is 200 to 350 words; ninth through 10th -grade is 350 to 450 words; and 11th through 12th grade is 400 to 500 words.
The winner of each category will be announced at a reception at the Robeson County Public Library on Jan. 7 at 4 p.m. Winners will be recognized at Book ‘Em North Carolina on Feb. 23 and awarded a gift certificate, generously donated by Biggs Park Mall.
The Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library in Maxton will show “The Lorax” movie on Dec. 14 at 3:30 p.m. The movie is free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Santa Claus is coming to the library! Santa heard about all the wonderful children who visit the library and decided to make a special appearance at the library’s Christmas party. The Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 17 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Osterneck Auditorium. Children will enjoy crafts, games and refreshments while they wait for Santa to appear. The party is free and for children of all ages.
Great teen books have arrived recently. New titles include “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor; “Bitter Blood” by Rachel Caine; “The Lost Prince” by Julie Kagawa; “The Diviners” by Libba Bray; “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi; “34 Pieces of You” by Carmen Rodrigues; “Article 5” by Kristen Simmons; “The Raven Boys” by Maggie Stiefvater; and “Hidden” by P.C. and Kristen Cast. Stop by the library and check out these great books!
Please visit the library’s Facebook page and website to stay up to date on library news and programs. The Facebook page is listed as Robeson County Public Library. The website address is www.robesoncountylibrary.org. Please visit your library this week.
Katie Huneycutt is the youth services librarian of Robeson County Public Library. You may reach her at 910-738-4859 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is currently reading “Bitter Blood” by Rachel Caine.