Summer reading is moving forward with guests, activities and an out-of-this world phenomenon to usher in the fall season. Remember, the deadline to sign up is July 29th. Get to the library and sign up for our reading program and participate in our remaining events.

On July 27th we have our last guest performer, April Turner. Ms. Turner will present her Dancing Stories. This program focuses on African music and stories and is brought to life by Ms. Turner’s dramatic performance. This is an extremely popular program and will definitely fill our auditorium. It’s free of charge and loaded with energy. Come check it out on July 27th at 11AM, here at the Osterneck Auditorium.

On August 14th from 3:00 to 6:00 we will be hosting a Read-A-Thon to remember a young devoted patron, Carson Davis. Bring your blankets, pillows and reading glasses, we’re going to do some reading. He reached 600 books and now it’s up to us to read 400 books to complete Carson’s 1000 Books before Kindergarten goal. This is a current reading program geared toward encouraging our young people to read before starting kindergarten and we want to make sure our patron, Carson Davis, completes his goal of 1000 books. Come help us support Carson.

It’s as if Mother Nature herself wanted to make sure our summer goes out with a once in a lifetime experience. A solar eclipse is coming and we don’t want you to miss it. Come get your special safety glasses, sunglasses just won’t do, and watch it with us! Lumberton is expected to get a 95% eclipse. That means our sun will almost completely disappear around 2:30 in the afternoon. Bugs and birds will think it’s night time and go to bed or start chirping. It’s supposed to be an almost eerie occurrence and not one you want to miss. We will start distributing the eclipse glasses on August 7th but only to those people that come in person to the library (even children) because we have a limited supply.

Safety first with this eclipse. You will need the special glasses or an eclipse viewer. If you don’t have the glasses you can come and build an eclipse viewer with Lauren in her STEM Time program on August 11th at 4PM. This will be the only other safe way to view this amazing spectacle.

If you have any questions about the eclipse or one of our Youth Service programs feel free to call the Robeson County Public Library at 910-738-4859 and ask for me, the Youth Services Librarian, Lisa Bowden. You can also visit our website at