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Robeson County Library

The Robeson County Library is more than just a collection of books.  It is a great place to bring your children for story hour, read the local newspaper and for students to perform research.  Whether you’re looking to find old episodes of I Love Lucy or DVDs of My Little Pony for your little girls, check out the great selection of movies and television shows that can be checked out free of charge.  Just make sure to return them on time so you don’t rack up any fees!  During the summer, make sure to check out the children’s progrmas including the schedule for summer reading program, the craft program for children in grades 1-5 as well as movie nights throughout the summer.  Don’t let your children fall behind over the summer and encourage the love of reading with the Robeson County summer reading program.  At the end of the summer, parents and summer reading participants are invited to an award ceremony to receive prizes and certificates for completing the program.

Robeson County Library serves the people of the county through its main branch located in Lumberton, NC as well as through six satellite branches located throughout the county.   These satellite branches are located in the following towns:  Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library in Maxon NC, the Hector MacLean Public Library in Fairmount, Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library in St. Pauls, Pembroke Public Library in Pembroke, Rowland Public Library in Rowland and McMillan Memorial Library in Red Springs.

Robeson County is the largest county in the state of North Carolina.  As of the 2010 census, Robeson county population was 134,168, and increase of 6.1% since 2004, when the population was 126,469.  Robeson County is one of the 10% of counties in the United States where minorities make up the majority of people in the county.  Native Americans from the Lumbee Indian Tribe comprise of 38% of the population, and African Americans total 25% of the Robeson County population.  The Lumbee Indian Tribe is named after the Lumber River that flows through the county.   The Native Americans from the Lumbee Tribe claim to be descendants of the Cheraw and related Siouan-speaking tribes.  In 1956, Congress passed an act that recognized the Lumbee Tribe as Native American people.  This Congressional act was limited in that it does not provide services customarily provided to federally recognized tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Robeson County is in the southern part of North Carolina and boarders the state of South Carolina on one side and the North Carolina counties of Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Hoke and Scotland on the others.  Robeson County has a total mass of 951 square miles.

The county is named for Col. Thomas Robeson of the revolutionary war.  In 1781, Col. Robeson along with 70 Patriots defeated 400 Loyalists at the Battle of Elizabethtown.

Robeson County Library serves the people of the county through its main branch located in Lumberton, NC as well as through six satellite branches located throughout the county.   These satellite branches are located in the following towns:  Gilbert Patterson Memorial Library in Maxon NC, the Hector MacLean Public Library in Fairmount, Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library in St. Pauls, Pembroke Public Library in Pembroke, Rowland Public Library in Rowland and McMillan Memorial Library in Red Springs.

The “Robesonian” is Robeson County’s local news source.  Tracing its roots back to 1870, this 140 year old news source established by W.S. McDiamid, a Baptist preacher. The first home of The Robesonian was a one-story brick building on Water Street, between Third and Fourth streets, in Lumberton.   Today, community members can receive their news in print six times a week, through e-mail daily, or online at robesonian.com.

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