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By the time this column is published, we will again be in Daylight Savings Time, giving us an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. Citing LiveScience.Com, the United States adopted Daylight Savings Time (DST) in 1918, 100 years ago. Two Acts of Congress have modified its use since its inception. The Uniform Time Act enacted in 1966 provides a universal protocol throughout any State that observes DST so it would not occur before the first Sunday in April and end prior to the last Sunday in October. Later, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which went into effect in 2007, extends the length of DST to the present period beginning the second Sunday in March and ending the first Sunday in November.

Moving beyond these interesting facts, Roanoke Rapids Public Library has a way to fill one of those extra evening sunlight hours you now have. We will be hosting a program in our conference room about the history of the Underground Railroad on Monday, March 19 at 5 pm. Tyler Mink will present information and facilitate discussion on this topic. The Historic Halifax State Historic Site has secured our speaker for this event. In addition, the Halifax Underground Railroad Gateway to Freedom Steering Committee has prepared an exhibit, which will be on display inside the Library. It will also be available to see during the program. This Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with further projects. If you are interested in local history, I encourage you to consider volunteering and I can place you in contact with someone if you would like. One of the Library’s goals is to make connections and this here is an opportunity.

In addition, Betty Bianconi return to RRPL to give her annual program on “Square Foot Gardening”. She will discuss this topic on Tuesday, April 10 at 1 pm in the Library conference room. If you are interested in gardening whether you are a novice or expert, this program is for you. Bring your green thumb and be a part of this informative, practical program.

The Daily Herald recently published a story on Internet access for citizens in our area. While more and more have personal Smart phones or other electronic devices, many who reside in Halifax County do not have access to service to use those devices or the means to print necessary documents. RRPL as other libraries do, has connectivity to the Internet either through Library-owned computers or with our Wi-Fi network for your own device. These services are for the convenience of our citizens and patrons. To use our computers, one must present either a valid library card or valid photo ID such as a driver’s license. Likewise, we offer Wi-Fi printing for documents sent from a personal device. Library staff are prepared to assist patrons with technology questions and printing documents. Please feel free to ask about library technology. Our public computers are available at 10 am when we open (Monday-Saturday) until 15 minutes before closing.
However, to use a computer, you must arrive at the Library and be signed on a computer at least 30 minutes before closing.

Technology and digital literacy are among the keys to our City, County and Region prospering as a community. We cannot afford to leave anyone behind. Advancing in education, employment and engagement in our world now almost exclusively required digital competency. With this in mind, I hope if you need assistance in using computers that you will see us or other public libraries and agencies in our area that serve our citizens and offer such assistance.

As I close this month, Roanoke Rapids Public Library continues to offer collections, connections, and community all for you.

City of Roanoke Rapids

Roanoke Rapids Public Library
319 Roanoke Ave. Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone Number: 252-533-2890

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