Library offers book deliveries in various locations

By: By Paula Walton - Contributing columnist

Have you seen Robeson County Public Library’s bookmobile on the road in your community?

We are out and about visiting registered facilities on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays all throughout Robeson County, in Lumberton, St. Pauls, Fairmont, Maxton, Red Springs, Pembroke and Rowland. Organizations must be registered through our outreach services. The registered organizations are visited every two weeks with our bookmobile. The visit allows our bookmobile driver, Marvin, to deliver a crate of 18 books to the facility. We have also begun distributing additional seasonal books during each visit. Our calendar of availability is almost full, but contact us if you have an organization that is interested in having our bookmobile visit.

Another avenue to access our library resources outside the walls of the library is through the use of digital books. Robeson County Public Library is continuing to use Overdrive and Libby to allow patrons access to eBooks and audiobooks anywhere. Accessing the books can be done anywhere as long as you have a library card and internet access. We are currently participating in Overdrive’s “Digital Dash” contest. If we can reach our digital checkout goal by the end of the year, the prize will allow us to add even more eBooks and audiobooks to our collection. Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store.

The library is excited to announce a new pilot program for 2018. “Fines Away!” will end overdue fines on children’s library materials. The program is scheduled to launch at the beginning of 2018 and continue for the entire year. At Robeson County Public Library, we believe that children need libraries to help them grow and learn. We believe that removing overdue fines will remove a barrier for children who want to use the library. Please help us get the word out about this new program.

The month of December will be busy here at the library. We have many programs on the calendar in preparation for the holidays. In addition to our regularly scheduled story times and programs, we will have a few special visitors. Southeastern Hospice will host its Festival of Trees and Santa’s Shop event in the Osterneck building beginning today from 1 to 5 p.m. The event will continue Monday and Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.. Then on Dec. 11 Santa Claus himself will be at our Lumberton Public Library to visit with the children from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Stop by and see him. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera and take a picture of your child with Santa.

During this same week, Pembroke Public Library will have a movie night at 5:30 p.m. with a showing of “The Grinch.” Remember this is a free showing and open to the public.

We will wrap up our holiday celebrations on Dec.18 in Lumberton at 10 a.m. with a Kwanzaa program featuring April Turner as storyteller.

Our routinely scheduled story times and programs will run the first two weeks of December. Stop by our website or come visit us in person at the library to pick up a copy of our calendar listing all our events.

All Robeson County Public Library locations will be closed from Dec. 25 through Dec. 27 to allow our staff to enjoy the holidays with their families.

By Paula Walton

Contributing columnist

Paula Walton is the Outreach Librarian at the Robeson County Public Library.

Paula Walton is the Outreach Librarian at the Robeson County Public Library.