September the month for starting library programs

By: By Lisa Bowden - Contributing columnist

September is the month for starting — starting school, starting homework, and starting library programs.

You cannot get started without a library card. What luck! September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Don’t have one? Lost yours? Not sure if you ever had one? Come in and let us get you ready. Children can get one, when accompanied by a parent who has an ID, at any age.

Once you have your library card we want to tempt you with some story times. Pembroke Public Library will have the Monday 10 a.m. slot, Lumberton Public Library will have Tuesday afternoons at 2 p.m. and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. slots, St Pauls will have Tuesday mornings at 11 a.m., and Maxton will have our Wednesday mornings at 11 a.m. New to our programming is the afternoon story times in Maxton, Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m., St Pauls, Wednesdays at 2 p.m., and Pembroke, Thursdays at 4 p.m. Now we know that story times just aren’t enough, so our ever famous Lego Club will be returning to the Wednesday slot at 4 p.m.

Let us also get you started on e-books. Many of you seem reluctant to give it a shot, but we know it’s the future. Come in and let us show you how easy it is. With your library card you check books out while at home. Those books for the Battle of the Books are right at your fingertips. We have two platforms that are easy to use, Overdrive and Libby. Libby is our newest platform and by far the easiest to use. Download the app (can be used on smart phones and tablets, as well as a computer with Windows 8), no creating an account, no decisions about how to view it, just click on your book and start reading. If you have a computer without Windows 8, use Overdrive (can still be used on your smart phone as well). We are here to help. A link to Overdrive (with instructions) can be found on our website To use Libby please go to your App store and download the app.

There is something else you can get started with. Get your little ones started with the national program, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. We have several children that have hit 1,000 or are about to and in about one year. This program is an outstanding way to prepare your young one for kindergarten. Read to your child and watch the world grow in his or her eyes.

Even books can have new beginnings. Come adopt a book at our annual book sale in October. Come check it out. We have books of all types that can be adopted for the smallest of costs. Details will be coming soon, but we always have a great turnout. So, you see? Your library is ready for a great season of new beginnings.

By Lisa Bowden

Contributing columnist

Lisa Bowden is Youth Services Librarian for Robeson County Public Library. You may reach her by email at or by phone at 910-738-4859, Ext. 310.

Lisa Bowden is Youth Services Librarian for Robeson County Public Library. You may reach her by email at or by phone at 910-738-4859, Ext. 310.