Autumn has finally arrived in Roanoke Rapids.  Autumn is my favorite time of the year because I like to see the leaves change color.  While seasons change, the characteristics of each season remain constant.  There is a predictability with each season although often the time when the changes come fluctuates such as having a high temperature of 100 degrees in Raleigh on Thursday, October 3, thereby setting a record not only for the day but also for the month.

In like manner, Roanoke Rapids Public Library desires to have a consistency in resources and service while embracing technological changes and acquiring current materials.  Patrons use our services for a variety of reasons from reading for information or pleasure, using computers to do school work, applying for a job or checking email or attending one of our programs.  I have several upcoming programs to discuss.

First, the Library will sponsor its second Job Fair on Thursday, October 24 at the Kirkwood Adams Community Center, located on Hamilton Street, from 11 am to 2 pm.  At present, we have at least 20 companies or government agencies we expect to attend and have jobs available.  Be sure to bring your resume and be prepared to interview.  We recommend professional attire so dress to impress.  The Library hopes to see many hired because of this Job Fair.  Last year, the first Job Fair led to the hiring of 13.  Feel free to contact the Library at 252-533-2890 and select prompt 4 if you desire more information.

Second, the Library has a special event for children up to age 12.  “Treats at the Library” will be on Thursday, October 31 from 4:30 pm to 6 pm corresponding with our new hours.  Come anytime during that time frame for some spooktackular fun.  Join our scavenger hunt or fill out an activity sheet for candy and prizes.  Don’t forget to check out some books while you are here.  I look forward to your visit this evening.

Third, the Library offers at no charge to our patrons Math Tutoring on the first Saturday of the month.  Ms. Johnson, who has taught at KIPP, has volunteered to assist students, grades 4-12, and those who may need help in preparing to take their GED.  No registration is required.  The time for this program is from Noon to 1:30 pm.  The next session will be on November 2.

As previously announced, the Library changed its operating hours on Monday, October 7.  Any change involving a reduction of hours is not easy.  I did not make this decision lightly.  The Library Staff is committed as always to offer exceptional service to our patrons.  Similarly, as Director, I am responsible for operating the Library within financial and human resources available to me.  Consequently, after reviewing patterns of patron use, our current hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm.  The Library greatly appreciates the support and patronage of our citizens within Roanoke Rapids and patrons from surrounding areas.  We count it a privilege to serve you.

In closing, our Library, with other North Carolina public libraries, has access to a variety of resources through a collaborative called NC LIVE. One resource I want to emphasize is Auto Repair Source.  This tool is helpful for those interested in auto repair and contains service information on over 38,000 vehicles.  All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.  It is freely available at the Library or at home with a Roanoke Rapids Public Library card.  Speak with the Library Staff if you want to use this resource.  Regardless of the seasons, Roanoke Rapids Public Library offers collections, connections, and community all for you.