Let library programs be part of autumn routine

By: By Lisa Bowden - Contributing columnist

Fall is the season of doing. We have to get things for the holidays. We have to make plans for our family. Homework is a normal thing again and the kids like to throw last-minute necessities our way.

What we need is a comfortable routine this time of year and the Youth Services Department of Robeson County Public Library has that. Every month we offer storytimes and other programs at the same time every day of the week. Whether you want something for your toddler, or something for your teenager, we have it.

This fall we have added an additional morning story time for Pre-K age children due to popularity. We now have it Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. each day. For our toddlers we have a special time slot of 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. We meet with as many local Head Start programs as we can and three of our wonderful branches now offer their own storytimes, Maxton, St Pauls, and Pembroke. Please check out our website and you will find a calendar with all these times and dates listed.

Especially for Nov. 17 when we have the N.C. Museum of Science coming and presenting a special program, “Fossils and Pre-Historic Life,” geared for middle-schoolers. This program is free to our local middle schools and we have already reserved 150 seats. This program satisfies N.C. Standard Course of Study goals and was a huge hit last year. If you work with a middle school in Robeson County and you haven’t heard of this outstanding program please contact me right away to get some of the few remaining seats.

Let’s not forget what the library is really known for, books. We have so many new and lovely children’s books coming that we are running out of room to display them; they are books of all kinds for children of all ages. Skinny books, fat books, chapter books, hobby books, if you don’t fine one you love then I will be shocked. However, if books aren’t your thing we have movies to rent. With your library card you can rent two DVDs for a week, or check out our audio books. Personally I can’t drive anywhere now without listening to the next chapter in a book.

Outreach is a big part of the library, and it’s often not thought of until you need it. We’re trying to visit local schools and get to know the media specialists and teachers. If you would like a visit please contact me or Paula Walton, our outreach librarian. We can’t make library cards on location yet, but we can talk to your students about upcoming events and the details about library policies.

One such upcoming event is our Ugly Art program for teens and adults. Each program will have age recommendations because of materials being used.

The Ugly Art is geared toward teens and adults because of the paints, which can be hazardous if swallowed. Please contact Youth Services about programs for younger patrons. Ugly Art will start Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m., last about an hour and we hope will continue to be a once-a-month program.

This month we will use paint for a new and popular activity, Dirty Pour. You should check it out on YouTube and see if you want to try it with us. It’s going to be fun. Next month we will try something else in the world of art. This is a free activity and meant to get people interested in the library and to open you up to the concept of art. No artistic skills or talent is required, just an interest in having fun.

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By Lisa Bowden

Contributing columnist

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