Being a part of the Robeson County Public Library has been nothing but rewarding for me.
I learn something new every day, I am able to be creative, meet new people and I work alongside a great staff. When I applied for a position the Robeson County Public Library back in 2015, I didn’t know where it would lead me. I was new to North Carolina and I was eager to get my foot in the door since graduating with my bachelor’s degree in 2013. I was first hired as the branch assistant at the McMillan Memorial Library in Red Springs and in April 2016, I was promoted to a full-time position as the Youth Services specialist in Lumberton.
It was during that year of working in Youth Services and gaining experience that I felt I could do more. So with the encouragement of fellow co-workers and librarians I applied to graduate school for my master’s in Library Science, and I am about to complete my second semester in the program.
Something I didn’t know at the time was that this decision would open the door to a greater opportunity for me sooner than I anticipated.
At the end of last year, I accepted the position of interim outreach librarian, which I began in February. This was a bittersweet feeling. While I was excited about the opportunity, it meant our beloved Paula was leaving the Robeson County Public Library.
Paula Walton built the outreach department up, and I am thrilled to be able to continue in her path of providing excellent library services throughout Robeson County. One outreach service in particular is our Bookmobile. The MarvMobile, named for our outreach specialist Marvin Paul, is in motion delivering books to local organizations through our Robeson Reads program. So if you see Marvin out and about, be sure to wave. If your organization is interested in learning more about this program, please give us a call at 910-738-4859 or visit our website at www.robesoncountylibrary.org.
Part of the job of outreach librarian is being a face for the library, both in and outside of the building. I look forward to meeting and working with community members throughout the county. Librarians work hard to see that the needs of their patrons, young and old, are met. Whether it’s through print materials, programming, classes, digital resources, reference services or reader’s advisory, the library is a place for everybody to learn and explore. I am happy to promote the library and all that we offer at community events to encourage our residents and their families to utilize our resources.
I am grateful for this opportunity and I am excited about this new experience. As I grow comfortable in my new position, I hope to be able to reach out to the residents of Robeson County and provide them the quality library services they deserve to continue the pursuit of lifelong learning.
Lauren Piszzor is an outreach services librarian for the Robeson County Public Library