The Friends of the Robeson County Public Library hosted its annual meeting at Adelio’s Restaurant on April 25. This is always a beautiful event, a roomful of people who love their library.
This year, we had the honor of hearing from guest speaker, Capt. Woody Woodall, a dedicated firefighter who is building Camp4Heroes in Fairmont. His life story is remarkable and throughout the evening, his love and commitment to help wounded warriors was clear. Camp4Heroes Inc. will give sanctuary for wounded veterans, firefighters, police officers, first responders, and their families and caregivers. It will feature a lake, pier, cabins, RC area, and various activities, including fishing, hunting, painting, blacksmithing, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about Woodall and Camp4Heroes, visit www.camp4heroes.org.
The Friends of the Robeson County Public Library also appointed officers for 2017. The officers are Owen Thomas, president; Vicki Locklear, past president; Morris Bullock, vice president; Mayme Tubbs, secretary; and Greg Price, treasurer. Their service will guide the Friends of the Library’s activities for the coming year to help support our local libraries.
In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library has graciously given funds to support our bookmobile recovery effort and provided matching funds for an LSTA Workforce Development Grant. The LSTA grant allowed us to purchase 15 new laptops, a charging cart, and host workforce development and technology classes throughout the county.
We also have a career fair slated for June 19. The grant programs are 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 State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
The Friends of the Library support projects that we otherwise may not be able to fund. If you love your library and are interested in helping, consider joining the Friends of the Robeson County Public Library. There are three levels of Friends of the Library membership: individual member, $25; family for $50; or patron for $100 or more. If you live outside of Lumberton, you can even designate that 40 percent percent of your contribution go to the affiliate library of your choice.
Friends of the Library attend library events throughout the year and host fundraisers to support our local libraries. Last year, the group hosted a Downton Abbey tea party. With federal funding of the Institute of Museum and Library Services facing possible elimination in the upcoming federal budget, showing support for your public library is so important at this time. If you’re interested in joining, membership applications are available on the Friends of the Library page of our website at www.robesoncountylibrary.org or at the Lumberton Library. Thank you to all members of the Friends of the Library, lifelong and new, for supporting public library services for all citizens in Robeson County.
If you’re looking for fun activities this month, the library has you covered. This Thursday is movie night at the Osterneck Auditorium. We will be screening “Split,” which is rated PG-13, at 6 p.m. Sci-Fri S.T.E.M Time is set for Friday from 4 until 5 p.m. This science-based club is for ages 12 with an adult.
The Bookish Book Club meets May 18 at 7 p.m. This month, the club is exploring the genre of beach reads. If you’re interesting in tracing your family’s roots, the genealogy class will feature a National Genealogical Society Family History Conference review on May 19 at 3 p.m. For a complete calendar of library events, please visit the library’s website. We hope to see you soon.
Katie Fountain is director of the Robeson County Public Library.