Public library has exciting events planned

By: By Kelly Mecifi - Contributing columnist

The annual Friends of Library Fall Book Sale will run noon to 8 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The book sale will be in the Osterneck Auditorium, located at 102 N. Chestnut St., across from the Lumberton Library. The sale will include books for all ages, across a wide variety of topics. Prices will be as follows: Hardbacks and larger paperbacks are $1; mass market paperbacks, 50 cents; children’s books, two for $1; audiovisual, 50 cents; no-peek boxes (usually five to10 books) $2. The proceeds support your Robeson County Public Library System.

Have you tried Libby yet? OverDrive’s new Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books and audio books from our library. Libby is available, free, for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. You can also download books to your Kindle or the OverDrive app on any device. We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to read the newest books, or revisit favorite authors on your electronic devices. Follow the e-iNC link on our Robeson County Public Library website to learn more. With your Robeson County Public Library card you can choose from more than 23,000 e-book and audio book titles.

Come build things with the Lego Club every Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Lumberton Library. It is geared for children 4 years old and up.

The SCI-FRI S.T.E.M. group meets every second Friday of the month, starting at 4 p.m. in the Children’s Room. Learn more about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with hands-on projects and experiments. The next SCI-FRI S.T.E.M. program is Friday. Come join us to find out what fun Lauren has engineered for our youth ages 8 to 12. Don’t forget to bring an adult with you.

Our children’s department also offers several story-time opportunities. Lumberton’s story-times are 10 a.m. Mondays, Tuesday Toddlers at 2 p.m., and 10 a.m. Fridays. Pembroke Library’s are 10 a.m. Mondays and 4 p.m. Thursdays. St. Paul’s Library’s are 11 a.m. Tuesdays and 2 p.m. Wednesdays. Maxton Library’s are 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 11 a.m. Wednesdays.

We are commemorating the reopening of the Honorable Judge Dexter Brooks Memorial Room in our Pembroke Library. This open house will be Oct. 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Pembroke Library, located at 413 S. Blaine St. The public is welcome to attend.

Much of Judge Brooks’ personal library, with over 600 books, is located in this room. His collection reflects a wide range of his interests, concentrating on biographies, history, and the Vietnam Conflict. The room also is home to several of his framed documents, diplomas, plaques, and Native American artifacts. It will be open to the public for quiet reading and research. The books are for in-library use only. Sign in at the front desk of the Pembroke Library for access to his room.

At the time of his death, Sandy Dexter Brooks (1943-2002) was a senior resident Superior Court judge for Robeson County. He was born and raised in Pembroke. After high school he obtained an engineering degree from North Carolina State University School of Engineering, the first Native American to do so. He volunteered for military service during the Vietnam Conflict and was a Specialist 5 in the U.S. Army, First Air Cavalry Division, serving as a field artillery soldier. He taught several years at Southeastern Community College, Robeson Technical Institute, and North Carolina State University.

He entered the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Law and was the first Native American to graduate from this school in 1976. He practiced law for 12 years in Pembroke with the law firm of Locklear, Brooks, Jacobs, and Sutton. During this time he was active in the Pembroke community, working to improve conditions for the Lumbee Tribe and other minorities in Robeson County. He helped to bring an end to double-voting and was instrumental in the merging of the Robeson County School District in 1988. In 1989 he was appointed the first Native American Superior County judge in North Carolina.

He had a love for reading and learning, thus his diverse collection that was donated to the Pembroke Library by his family after he passed away. We are honored to house it in the Honorable Judge Dexter Brooks Brooks Memorial Room.

By Kelly Mecifi

Contributing columnist

Kelly Mecifi is the Technical Services Librarian at Robeson County Public Library.

Kelly Mecifi is the Technical Services Librarian at Robeson County Public Library.