How many times have you used the phrase “I wish I had more time to (fill in the blank)”? In my case, I frequently say, “I wish I had more time to read.”
I know I’ve made excuse after excuse for reasons why I don’t have enough time to read — work, family, and a toddler come to mind. Growing up, however, I was never without a book in my hand. I never wasted any minute in my day where I could otherwise be absorbed in a book. I never understood then why adults had less time to read. Now, as an adult, I understand why I use less of my time to read. Since I’ve committed to reading more books in 2017, I thought I would share a few easy ways I’m learning to make time for reading books in my day-to-day life.
— I make use of my daily commute. Driving to work always seemed like a wasted part of my day — now I invest that time in listening to great audiobooks. This is where the bulk of my reading gets done.
— Turning off all notifications. With unlimited access to social media and numerous news sources, the smartphone has been the death of my book time. The seemingly miniscule amounts of time I spend checking my phone is time that I could be using my brain for more productive entertainment.
— Reading before bed. Health studies show that the best bedtime activity you can do to wind down before going to sleep is reading. With any luck, this means that my to-be-read pile on my night stand will actually be read and I’ll wake feeling refreshed.
Join with me in making reading a more active part of your life. Sign up for Robeson County Public Library’s Winter Reading program, which runs through the end of January. All ages are welcome to sign up. Read books to win great prizes. Reclaim reading as something relaxing and fun and join our book club. The Bookish Book Club provides a space for members of the Robeson County community to connect over books. Join with fellow book enthusiasts every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. to discuss the selected genre of the month. Realizing how reading interests vary, we will focus on reading a variety of genres throughout the year. Our next book club with be on Jan. 19 in the McLean Room at Robeson County Public Library. We will be discussing historical fiction books. View our book club page at robesoncountylibrary.libguides.com/bookclub for a list of recommended historical fiction novels.
The library has partnered with the Robeson County Arts Council and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in hosting “River Voices: Reading and Discussing Joseph Mitchell.” This event will take place Thursday at 6 p.m. at R.E. Hooks Community Building located at 176 N. Third St. in St. Pauls. The discussion will focus on the story “Hit on the Head with a Cow.” For reservations and more details, please call the library at 910-738-4859. Mitchell’s book “Up in the Old Hotel” is available for check out at all Robeson County Public Library locations.
Do you need to write a resume, or update or improve an existing one? Please join us for a free resume writing class on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Hector MacLean Public Library located at 106 S. Main St. in Fairmont. Rowland Public Library, located at 113 E. Main St. in Rowland will also offer the same class on Jan. 18. at 2:30 p.m. This class will cover the basic parts of a resume, with tips and advice for each section, followed by Q & A. An email instruction class will be offered at Robeson County Public Library on Jan. 23 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This grant is made possible through funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Library of North Carolina, a division of the state Department of Cultural Resources.
Leah Tietje-Davis is the Adult Services Librarian for the Robeson County Public Library.