Book fair a success, career fair ahead

Leah Tietje-Davis - Contributing columnist


Robeson County Public Library’s first spring book sale last week was a great success. The sale raised $550, which will be used to purchase new children’s books for our outreach program. This newly revamped program will primarily serve preschool-aged children and senior adults in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

The library’s new outreach vehicle, fondly named “The Marv-Mobile” for Bookmobile specialist Marvin Paul, has already been out in the community this month. Be sure to stop and say hello to Paula Walton, Outreach librarian, at the Rowland Spring Fest on Saturday.

Our technology intensive workforce development program project will be drawing to a close in the next two months. Over the course of the 2016-2017 budget year we have offered 12 distinct career development programs at the library with quarterly technology outreach programs implemented at all affiliate locations in Robeson County. These programs have provided computer and job skills training for unemployed and underemployed adults.

The final program will be instruction in Microsoft Office Publisher at all affiliate locations in Robeson County. Don’t miss the library’s career fair in the Osterneck Auditorium on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We welcome area employers and businesses that are looking to promote their summer jobs, internships and career opportunities in Robeson County to participate in the career fair. Please register using the Google form on our website at We’re hoping to have employers registered by the end of the week. For more details on these events, please call 738-4859 ext. 305.

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.

Who doesn’t love Legos? Kids ages 4-12 are welcome every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. for Lego Club in the Children’s Library. There are several project books to follow, though kids are encouraged to use their imagination. Don’t miss a fun and creative afternoon at the library.

Be sure to visit your library during “Love Your Library” month and pick up your Frequent Patron Card. Earn stamps all month by registering for a library card, checking out materials, attending library programs, or bringing a friend to a library program. A completed card can be used to pay for prints, copies, faxes, or waiving fines up to $5.

We continue to support the love of reading by encouraging families to read for fun. Explore our eReading room for kids online at for user-friendly digital kids material that is certain to engage young readers.

NC Kids Digital Library has premiered their second book of the month available for simultaneous use during April. In March we met Judy Moody in her first adventure and this month we meet her little brother, Stink, in his first solo adventure. His style comes through loud and strong — enhanced by a series of comic strips, drawn by Stink himself, which are sprinkled throughout the book. These very funny, homespun sagas that reflect the familiar voice of a kid who pictures himself with super powers to deal with the travails of everyday life — including the occasional teasing of a bossy big sister. Check this eBook out today with your library card.


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.

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