Explorations: A Forum for Adults
An ongoing lecture and discussion series for adults, featuring a variety of informative and entertaining speakers who are experts in their field. Programs are held on Sunday afternoons and are free and open to the public. The series is sponsored by Friends of Southern Pines Public Library.
The library welcomes Jean Walker presenting "Motoring Along the Double Road" (PDF) on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 3-4 pm. Walker's PowerPoint presentation is a visual history of the people and businesses once located along Midland Road. This program is free and open to the public and registration is not required, although attendance will be restricted by library capacity.
The library offered help to "Spruce Up for the Holidays" (PDF) on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 3-4 pm with free crafts and ideas to make your holidays special. Adults and children made and took home crafts and ornaments, enjoyed free hot caramel apple cider, purchased Friends of the Library ornaments for just $5.00, and won door prizes! This program featured holiday gift wrap and wreath decor demonstrations from Hobby Lobby and Michaels Arts and Crafts.
The library welcomed local storyteller and radio announcer Rose Highland-Sharpe (PDF) on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 3-4 pm. Highland-Sharpe shared "Stories from Mama."
On Sunday, Sept. 8, from 3-4pm, the library hosted a Photography Workshop (PDF) with professional photographer Cory Derusseau. Participants brought their camera or other device and walked to the train station to take photos.
Thanks to all the amateur photographers who submitted photo entries for the "My Favorite Place in Southern Pines" Amateur Photography Contest (PDF). Photos will be on display at the library until the middle of November. Congratulations to the winners!
Up to Age 12 Category
First: Tara Owens for "The Best Ice Cream Parlor"
Second: Trinity Thomas for "Self Portrait at the Ice Cream Parlor"
Best in Show: Dana Owens for "The Country Bookshop"
Age 13-17 Category
First: Margaux Winter for "King of the Forest"
Second: Christopher Owens for "Reservoir Park"
Best in Show: Margaux Winter for "King of the Forest"
First: Gisela Danielson for "Christmas Shopping"
Second: Emily Potter for "Joy in the Fountain at Weymouth"
Best in Show: Matt Smith for "In the Garden"
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Oldies and Goodies! Classic Films and Afternoon Tea
The library has started a program which will give you a chance to look again at some "oldies, but goodies!" Movies are shown at 2:30 pm. Please call the library at 692-8235 for movie titles.
Oldies & Goodies film series presents a 1938 story loosely based on the life of Johan Strauss II. Schani, nickname for Strauss in this film, is distracted from his job at a bank by his desire to write and perform waltzes more than anything, although the waltz is not proper society music in 1845 Vienna. This film was awarded Best Cinematography at the 1939 Academy Awards. Enjoy this free classic film and a cup of tea on Sun. Dec. 8 from 2:30-4:30pm.
On Sunday, Nov. 24, the library presents a 1959 starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day, and Tony Randall. A man and a woman share a telephone line and despise each other, but then he has fun by romancing her with his voice disguised. Enjoy hot tea and cookies at this romantic comedy!
The library screened the original 1931 vampire masterpiece starring Bela Lugosi on Sunday, October 27. The ominous portrayal of the Count combined with horror specialist director Tod Browning helped to create the eerie mood.
On Sunday, Sept. 22, enjoy a classic film and afternoon tea when the library presents a 1940's classic starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, James Stewart and Ruth Hussey. Haughty divorced socialite Tracy Lord is preparing for her second marriage. Enter Dexter Haven, her first husband, and Macaulay Connor, a tabloid reporter with a distrust of the wealthy.
On Thursday, July 11, 2013 the Oldies & Goodies film series presented a 1950 film starring Spencer Tracy, Joan Bennett and Elizabeth Taylor. This hilarious comedy depicted a father dealing with the financial and organizational pain of helping his young daughter plan the wedding of her dreams. It was nominated for three Academy Awards.
On Thursday, June 13, 2013 the Oldies & Goodies film series presented a film based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Harper Lee. The 1962 drama won three Academy Awards. Gregory Peck starred as a lawyer defending a young black man against an underserved rape charge in the Depression-era South.
The library has compiles a list of movies (PDF) presented at our "Oldies and Goodies" programs in the past. These DVD's are available for check-out at the library!
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Adult Summer Reading Program 2013: Groundbreaking Reads
Adults participated in the Summer Reading Program, too! As the roots of the community, adults demonstrated the imporatance of reading during the summer as Southern Pines continued in our effort to grow great readers! Program dates were June 1- August 23, 2013.
The Adult Summer Reading theme was Groundbreaking Reads: Dig into the Past (PDF), and focused on memoir. Adult readers earned Book Bucks and redeemed them for prizes during program dates in several ways:
- Log your minutes reading or listening to any books and earn a book buck for every 2.5 hours
- Read three memoirs
- Write a review for a memoir you enjoyed
- Read the featured memoir by Michael Oher, I Beat the Odds
- Attend the "Writing Your Memoir"(PDF) Workshop led by local author Cos Barnes on Sunday, July 14 from 3-4pm
- Attend one of two free screenings of the film based on Michael Oher's story on Aug. 8 and 11 from 2:30-4:30pm. The film stars Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, and Quinton Aaron. Please call the library for the movie title at 692-8235.
A list of memoirs to check out was available at the library.
Book Club Kits
The library now has Book Club Kits available for checkout! Each kit contains 10 copies of the book and a laminated discussion guide ready to go in a sturdy Friends of the Library tote bag. Kits may be checked out for a six week period to current library cardholders. See the front desk for the Current Book Club Kit Title List (PDF).
Looking for a job? Need help with the search? The library can point you in the right direction with the Career Resources Guide (PDF). Included are web sites, library books, Ebooks, employment listings, and job databases.
Check out the Job Search Toolkit developed by the State Library of North Carolina.
Need help writing that perfect resume and cover letter? Use the Job & Career Accelerator database.
Looking for work? Need new skills? Check out JobsNOW at Sandhills Community College.
Need to learn new computer, reading or math skills? Try using the Goodwill Community Foundation's Free Online Learning Center.
Laid-off? Unemployed? Have you thought about starting your own business? For more information on the Growing America Through Entrepreneurship Project (PDF) visit the website for NC GATE.
Small Business Resources
Check out the library's Resources for Small Business Owners & Entrepreneurs (PDF)! You will find a list of resources available in the library or as E-Books through Netlibrary, as well as a list of Small Business websites. The bibliography covers such topics as business plans, legal issues, marketing, adverising, internet sales, leadership skills and more.
Tax Help at the Library
A.A.R.P. trained volunteers will be available at the library to assist middle and low-income seniors in filing their tax returns in February 2014. Tax help will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Clients must register onsite, and there are no prior appointments by phone. Please check back for specific dates and times.
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