Richmond County public libraries are staying busy this spring and with Easter right around the corner, there are many activities planned for the month of April.
Leath Memorial Library will be having its annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. on April 17 and Hamlet Public Library will host its Easter egg hunt from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the same day. Parents are asked to bring an Easter basket or bag so the children will have something to carry their eggs in. Peter Rabbit will also be making a special appearance at the Hamlet Library. All the events are free and open to the public. Anyone needing more information about the Easter egg hunts should contact Deborah Knight at Leath Memorial Library at 910-895-6337 or Belinda Norton at Hamlet Public Library at 910-582-3477.
The Friends of the Hamlet Public Library will be having its annual book sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 12 in the meeting room at Hamlet Library. Childrens, young adults, fiction, nonfiction and books of all kinds will be available for purchase. In addition to the book sale, the public will also be able to view a slide show of historical pictures of Hamlet. The CD’s of the slide show will be available for purchase.
In March, Kids Time at Hamlet learned about time change, made a clock, read about Dr. Seuss’ birthday and watched a video on green eggs and ham. For April, Discovery Place KIDS is coming to Story Time at 10 a.m. on April 23 to talk about the beautiful state of North Carolina. They will be bringing some samples of things that are located here in North Carolina.
From now until April 22, Richmond County Libraries will be conducting an online survey to collect information about how patrons use public technology resources and services. This information will help the library evaluate the current services to enable better outcomes and to communicate the value of public access technology with library stakeholders. The survey collects data across the following domains: general use of library and online resources, education, employment, entrepreneurship, health and wellness, eGovernment, civic engagement, eCommerce and social inclusion. The survey takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous and is available in English and Spanish. For a direct link to the survey, visit SRLS.info/news.html.
In addition to all these activities, the Richmond County Public Libraries system is offering amnesty through April 17. Anyone with overdue borrowed material can bring them in and the fine will be forgiven. The week of April 13 through April 19 is National Library Week and to celebrate, Deborah Knight, library assistant of Leath Memorial Library, encourages everyone to enter in for drawings for book baskets on April 17.
Hamlet Library computers will be down from April 8 to April 11 due to upgrades. The library will be switching from Microsoft Windows XP to Microsoft Windows 7 during that time and Bobbie J. Grooms, director of Richmond County libraries, encourages everyone to use the Ellerbe or Rockingham libraries for computer services during the upgrade.