A first time for everything

First Posted: 3/6/2014

Although I have lived in Robeson County for five years, I have only just recently moved to Lumberton. As a new resident, I decided it was high time I went to the Rumba on the Lumber. I kick started my experience by attending the Pasta Party at Candy Sue’s on Feb. 28. It was a festive family affair with delicious food, fun decorations and live music that had my son bobbing his head and trying out new dance moves.

On the morning of March 1, we bundled up and made our way to the starting line for the race. This year, my son and I watched the participants gather up and take off for the 5K race. In the crowd, I spotted several library patrons of all ages. We explored the children’s area, complete with bouncing houses and a climbing wall, and played a carnival game. Children were having a blast.

Joined by Kelly, the technical services librarian, we made our way to the finish line, and cheered and clapped for the runners as they completed the race. Our next stop was the Chili Cook-off. It was just what that cold day needed. Lumberton is exploding with great chili cookers, so picking a favorite was almost impossible. After sampling chilies, we perused the arts and craft market and picked up a few treats along the way.

Throughout the weekend, I watched the community converge on downtown Lumberton for all of the festivities and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the Rumba on the Lumber. It was masterfully organized. The emphasis placed on community, health, downtown, and the arts is encouraging. The Lumberton Library is directly across from the Plaza, where the bands and children area were set up. Don’t wait for the next festival to make your way back; come to the library and explore your downtown.

I am pleased to share that Renee Martin, of Lumberton, is the new library assistant at the Lumberton Library. Renee started work on Monday and is doing a fantastic job. Her background includes working with the public and children, which will be a great asset to our library staff as we strive to serve our community.

Last week was Read Across America, an annual reading campaign dedicated to Dr. Seuss, whose birthday was March 2. Anne Ellerbee-Thompson, the Rowland Public Library branch manager, took time out of her Wednesday morning to read to the children at Southside-Ashpole Elementary School. I am proud that she took the initiative to support literacy in her community. If you have not met Anne, please visit her at the Rowland Library. The library hours are Mondays through Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:30 until 6 p.m. On Thursdays, the library is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The library is located at 111 E. Main St. in downtown Rowland. The phone number is 910-422-3996.

The Southeastern Community Health Education Center has three wonderful events lined up for March. Take a break from winter-weather stress and go to Laughter Yoga on Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The “Get Your Green On!” event is Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. There will be food to sample, door prizes, and a mall walk. Enjoy the taste of eating right at the Breakfast at Biggs Park. The breakfast is scheduled for March 18 at 8 a.m. March is National Nutrition Month, so join them at the breakfast for healthy eating tips. For information about these events, call Carole Gavaghan at 910-671-9393.

On March 24 at 4 p.m., the library will hold a Craftapalooza event. It is time to clean out all of our extra crafts and mismatched supplies. There will be materials of all kinds laid out to test your imagination. The Craftapalooza will be in the Children’s Library in Lumberton. This event is for the whole family.

Spring is, hopefully, just around the corner. What better way to celebrate warmer weather and blooming flowers than an Easter Egg Hunt? The Lumberton Library’s Easter Egg Hunt is April 21 at 4 p.m. in the garden. Children ages 3 t0 12 are invited to hunt. We need egg hiders. I would like up to five teen volunteers to help with the egg hunt. If you are interested in volunteering, please call me at the library.

A Toddler Easter Egg Hunt will follow on Tuesday, April 22, at 9 a.m. during our Baby Bookworm class. Babies and toddlers up to 3 years old are encouraged to attend. There will be baby-friendly snacks and prizes.