Library in search of digital readers

By: By Leah Tietje-Davis - Contributing columnist

Residents may be surprised to learn their library card gives them access to over 27,000 free digital titles through our partnership with OverDrive. Throughout the rest of this year, the library is participating in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. Help us reach our digital checkouts goal by the end of the year and win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for our collection.

The library’s digital books are free for anyone with a valid library card. Current popular titles include “Camino Island” by John Grisham, “Origin” by Dan Brown, and “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Users can borrow bestsellers and classic eBooks and digital audiobooks to enjoy on smart phones, tablets, Kindles and other eReaders, MP3 players, and computers. There are never late fees with digital titles, as they return automatically at the end of the lending period.

Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store. Are you new to OverDrive and want to learn more about how to borrow and enjoy digital titles? Visit Robeson County Public Library on Nov. 27 between 2 and 4 p.m. for one-on-one help from our friendly librarians. Bring your questions and tablet or mobile device.

Starting this month, the library will begin mailing out notices to patrons with overdue materials on their library accounts. We would love to welcome back all our patrons who have been away, as well as see our materials returned for other members of our community to use and enjoy. If you owe more than $5 in fines and fees, you will not be able to check out library materials. Fines can be paid by cash or check at all library locations. Materials may be returned to any library branch regardless of where they were originally checked out. Outside book drops are available at all locations for materials returned after hours. If the item(s) have been recently returned, please contact the library at 910-738-4859, Ext. 301, for an update on your account status. As a good steward of public funds, the library has a responsibility to protect its materials. Returning materials to the shelves meets the needs of the community, while at the same time helping the library reduce its expense for collection replacement.

The library is not only a place to find relevant information or books, but also a welcoming space to learn and explore. This Friday at 9:30 a.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will present a special program on Fossils and Prehistoric Life for middle school kids. Please contact Lisa Bowden in the Youth Services Department at 910-738-4859, Ext. 310, to reserve a seat.

By Leah Tietje-Davis

Contributing columnist

Leah Tietje-Davis is the Robeson County Public Library’s Adult Services librarian.

Leah Tietje-Davis is the Robeson County Public Library’s Adult Services librarian.