Winter the perfect season for good books

By: By Leah Tietje-Davis - Contributing columnist

Warm up with a great book this winter during Robeson County Public Library’s 2017/18 Winter Reading program, which ends Jan. 31.

Winter Reading encourages children, families and adults to continue their love of reading during the colder winter months. The winter holiday is the perfect time for kids, teens and adults alike to cozy up with a good book. Sign up today for a chance to earn fun prizes as you complete special reading activities. The grand prize drawing includes four book-to-movie sets for kids ages 3 and under and 4 to 12, teens ages 13 to 17, and adults.

Not sure what books to read? View our Reading Recommendation via the Winter Reading Program tab on our website for a selection of books for all ages and interests. Try out these recommendations: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jesmyn Ward, “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng, and “Artemis” by Andy Weir.

With only one week remaining in OverDrive’s “Digital Dash” contest, our digital library has nearly met our digital checkouts goal of 415,068 checkouts. Readers can access the library’s digital collection 24/7 by visiting or by downloading the Libby app from their device’s app store. You can browse the collection, borrow with your library card, and enjoy on your computer, tablet, smartphone or eReader. No matter how you plan to enjoy, titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period. There are no late fees.

With hundreds of popular titles to choose from, our digital collection is guaranteed to have something for everyone. You can enjoy best-sellers and classic literature, stories for kids and teens, and much more anytime, anywhere. Help the Robeson County Public Library reach our digital checkouts goal by the end of the year and win additional funds to buy more eBooks and audiobooks for our collection. Get started enjoying eBooks and audiobooks today.

The library will be adding more than 200 Blu-Ray discs featuring many family movies. This collection will be housed in Lumberton, but can be available to all public library card holders through our holds process, where by patrons can request an item in the library system that may be delivered to any library location.

Look for this new collection to hit the shelves in January.

The library’s Youth Services and Outreach departments returned from a successful book purchase trip to the Scholastic warehouse in Raleigh this month. Hundreds of new children’s books for all age groups were purchased, including bestselling series such as “Magnus Chase,” “Dork Diaries,” “My Weird School,” “Magic Treehouse,” and more. Look for these titles in January.

All Robeson County Public Libraries will be closed Monday through Wednesday and Jan. 1 for the Christmas holiday and New Year’s. Please note: The Hector MacLean Public Library in Fairmont will be closed Saturday through Jan. 1. Good news: The library’s digital collection is always open! Please visit us online at for up-to-date information on library programs and events coming in 2018.

However you may celebrate, RCPL wishes you a happy holiday!

By Leah Tietje-Davis

Contributing columnist

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

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