RCPL getting set to celebrate 50 years

By: Katie Fountain - Contributing columnist

The Robeson County Public Library is gearing up to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The library system has continuously evolved since the building dedication on Jan. 26, 1969. We are proud to offer seven library locations throughout the county and outreach services. Our system was expanded through forward-thinking administration over many years. Our libraries, with the year they joined the system, are located in Lumberton (1969), Maxton (1977), Fairmont (1983), Rowland (1986), St. Pauls (1989), Pembroke (1991), and Red Springs (2011). On average, our libraries are visited 10,824 times a month.

The Rowland Public Library is temporarily closed for necessary building repairs. The town of Rowland and The public library is currently working toward a time frame for the repairs to be completed. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause our library patrons. We will reopen as soon as possible.

While repairs are being made, the Rowland storytime will take place at Town Hall. Library books may be returned at the drop box in Rowland or to any library location. We will waive late fees for books checked out from Rowland during this time. We will provide updates on progress as soon as possible.

It is a great year for children at the library. The public library is running a pilot program called “Fines Away!” in which overdue fines walk the plank for kids all year long. The library is not charging overdue fines on children’s materials and we are clearing older fines to encourage families to come back to the library. To take advantage of this program, contact staff at any library.

Read anytime, anywhere with eBooks. The library offers free access to thousands of eBooks through the eINC and NC Kids Digital Library Overdrive consortiums. To enjoy these free eBooks, all you need is a library card. More than 25,000 items on eINC and more than 16,000 items on NC Kids Digital Library are available. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, make sure to check out our eBook platforms. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” it will be available for simultaneous use (unlimited access) from Aug. 27 to Sept. 10. You may use them on any device in your browser, Overdrive app, or the popular Libby app.

The Summer Reading Program is ending soon. Turn in those reading logs for a prize and join us for our Summer Reading Finale. On Aug. 10 there will be a party in the library garden with live music provided by Morris Cardenas. The Kona Ice truck will be here with snow cones and everyone can get crafty by making their own tie-dye tote bag. Prize drawings for readers who have finished their logs will also take place. Thank you to Jumbo Arts International and the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library for supporting this event.

If you missed summer reading, don’t worry. We offer year-round programming for children of all ages. Our youngest readers are encouraged to sign up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. This program is designed to help preschool-aged children learn to love books before they go to kindergarten. Parents track their children’s reading progress and the library celebrates each 100 books read to or by the child, until they reach 1,000 books.

The library also hosts winter and summer reading programs, storytimes, STEM Club and Lego Club. For a complete calendar of children’s events, please visit www.robesoncountylibrary.org or contact our Youth Services Department at 910-738-4859, Ext. 310.

There is something for everyone at the library. This is only true because of the local support of the library, whether it is from community members, local government, staff members, civic groups, or the Friends of the Library. We couldn’t provide library services without everyone coming together to celebrate and support libraries. If you would like to become more involved with the library, please consider joining the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library. Membership forms are available on our website. I hope that as we get closer to celebrating our milestone anniversary that we will have many opportunities to enjoy time with our communities.

Thank you for supporting your local libraries.


Katie Fountain

Contributing columnist

Katie Fountain is the director of the Robeson County Public Library.

Katie Fountain is the director of the Robeson County Public Library.