Library’s Summer Reading Program offers a variety of fun, educational events

Lisa Bowden

I am thrilled to start my second year as the Youth Services librarian at Robeson County Public Library this week.

I have had a wonderful year of growth and it wouldn’t have been possible without the supporting people of the library. I can honestly say that the people here try every day to make life better for the people around them. So, I wanted to slip in a little thank you to my fellow employees and the patrons of the library for making me a better librarian and making my life better for it.

That being said let me tell you about our summer reading program, Build a Better World. It is about doing what the library staff tries to do every day, making life better for the people around us. Not only are we offering a fun reading program for the residents of Robeson County, but we’re also providing wonderful story times and performances at no cost — all in the search for improvement.

Summer Reading has started in the public library and we’re beyond excited. Not only are we having story times almost every day of the week — see schedule at — we have tons of special programs all lined up. In the first week alone we had a play and our special kickoff for our summer reading. If you missed those, don’t fret. We’ll schedule another play for the fall, but we have three more special guests coming in July.

On Saturday we have a karate demonstration. How exciting is that? All ages are welcome to come and see what Thunderzone Martial Arts from Lumberton has to offer. There is sure to be plenty of action. For more, come back on July 15 for the Stranger Danger, ages 4 to 12, also presented by Thunderzone Martial Arts. Summertime is an excellent time to review safety skills with your child and show them a fantastic way to stay in shape.

July 13 has been set aside for our very popular visit by the North Carolina Science Museum. The Meet the Museum program offers plenty of science facts and an opportunity to see some of the small critters you may encounter in North Carolina during the hotter days of summer. Yes, there will be something hissing.

Perhaps martial arts and science are not your things. That’s OK, we have a cultural experience that many demand every summer. April Turner and her Dancing Stories program are always energetic. Focused on stories and instruments from the African American heritage, you’re bound to learn something and have fun doing it.

All of these programs are geared to help your child find joy in the library and enrich their lives. Space is limited at some of these performances so please contact me to discuss attendance. If you have a special request for your child please don’t hesitate to ask. The Youth Services of Robeson County Public Library understands it is summer and you need to take advantage of this extra time with your children.

To contact Youth Services please call the library or email us and ask for me.

Lisa Bowden

Lisa Bowden is Youth Services Librarian for Robeson County Public Library. You may reach her by email at or by phone at 910-738-4859 — Extension 310.

Lisa Bowden is Youth Services Librarian for Robeson County Public Library. You may reach her by email at or by phone at 910-738-4859 — Extension 310.

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