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Library Calendar of Events

 Final Summer Reading Program Event 

July 30th  “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape!” Featuring Rockstar Magic of Chris & Neal   Grades K-6 (this performance will be held at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 North Steele St.


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Home Grown ebooks

Lee County Library and other libraries in the state have joined together with NC LIVE in a project called Homegrown eBooks. At least ten NC publishers are part of this launch project. Many eBooks written by NC authors are available. The books will have MARC records and be part of our catalog. For best results, users will need the latest version of Google Chrome or Safari. Chrome and Safari are available as free downloads. Users of other browsers are able to access the collection but may experience technical issues.

Access via the BiblioBoard Library App
The BiblioBoard Library app is available for iPad®, Kindle Fire HD®, Nexus tablets® and Galaxy Tab® (4.0+) mobile devices.
Step 1: Visit the BiblioBoard website using the NC LIVE link above. 
Step 2: Click on the yellow "tablet" link in the upper-right corner.
Step 3: Create your own user account.
Step 4:  Download the appropriate app and login using the account information created in step 3.


Thank you!

Thank you to the Friends of the Library volunteers and Nathan McGehee who moved 275 boxes of book sale books.

Sincere kudos to the people who volunteered from the Master Gardners to help do the landscaping outside the library. The gorunds now look wonderful.

Much appreciation to the Lee County Library staff who pulled out vertical files to lighten the weight of the lateral filing cabinets. It was a team effort to make all of the moved necessary to accomplish the move. Many thanks to the Lee County General Services staff who helped move the genealogy microfilm cabinets and shelving units.These guys  provided much needed handtrucks and strength to move the heavy cabinets.This two department crews demonstrate what is best about county employees - Teamwork!

On June 24, 2015, we received a letter from Raye Oldham announcing Lee County Library had won a $5000 EZ Online Edge Technology grant to purchase technology items. With this funding, Lee County Library will install 100 mbps bandwidth internet connectivity., four additional wi-fi access points in the main library, two new desktop towers, and two e-reader/tablets. These funds come Institute of Museum and Library Services and are administered by the NC Department of Cultural Resources and the State Library of N.C.

Lee County Library is thankful to the for the award of $23,343 to purchase 20 laptops, a smartboard, 10 tables, 20 computer mice and licenses for software. The library partnered with JobLink and the Enrichment Center to provide beginner computer classes on how to use a computer, set up an email, do a resume, fill out an online job application and attach the resume. The equipment will be purchased in July. There is a 10% local match which the Friends of the Lee County Library have offered to pay.

Thank you to the Friends of the Lee County Library for providing the $6,000 towards e-books for the upcoming fiscal year 2015-2016. They will also purchase an art gallery hanging system, ear buds, a DVD/CD cleaning machine.

Much appreciation is extended to Kim Fields for her donation of 80 new books on Autism and Asperger's syndrome.

Many thanks to JJ's Greenhouse for the donation of impatiens flowers and center plant  for the large wooden container on the brick walkway to the Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave.

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Summer Reading Program

The staff of the Lee County Library would like to express our appreciation to the Friends of the Library for donating the funds to pay the performers appearing at the 2015 Summer Reading Programs - Sciencetellers, Party People, and Rockstar Magic.  Many thanks also to our superheroes for their appearance at our program and to the children who helped restore their powers.

Come Join Us for the Final Summer Reading Program Event

 July 30th, 2015  “Not Every Hero Wears A Cape!” Featuring Rockstar Magic of Chris & Neal… Grades K-6 (this performance will be held at the Lee County Arts and Community Center, 507 North Steele St. Sanford, NC





N.C. History Quiz Bowl

Many thanks to Leisa and JIm Greathouse for presenting the N.C. Quiz Bowl questions at the fifth annual event. Leisa Greathouse ran the computer program so the audience could see the questions on the screen and her husband was the Master of Ceremonies. The Friends of the Library sponsored the event and provided the prizes. Leisa Greathouse, Associate Curator of Education at the Museum of the Cape Fear, coordinates these events in many locations throughout this part of southern North Carolina. The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical complex in  Fayetteville includes a museum with exhibits about North Carolina's rich history, the 1897 Poe House, a late-Victorian house museum, and historic Arsenal Park, and the remains of an ordinance factory that served both the Federal and Confederate governments.

There was a lively audience of 59 people who enjoyed the competition. Some of the questions were extremely difficult. Susan Laudate, of the Friends of the Library, presented the awards. Kelly Faulk was the 1st prize winner wih Mack Wicker and Woody Seymour taking 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. It was an interesting competition and a good time was had by all.
Special thanks to First Presbyterian Church for allowing the library to use the room and the sound system. Staff members Debbie Mansfield and Nathan McGehee went above and beyond to make the program a success. Much appreciation is extended to the other participants who humored the audience with funny quips when they missed an answer. Many in the audience said they would participate again next year.



New Location for Local History and Genealogy Resources

Dear Library Patrons,

Thank you for bearing with us during the recent move of the genealogy equipment and reference materials.  Lee County library had to move the contents of the genealogy room due to roof rain leaks and to make  room for the growing collection.  Here is a map of the new location for the family histories, journals, microfilm cabinets and microfilm reader/printer. New genealogy books have been cataloged and added to the NC Local History reference collection.  The family histories have been labelled and put in order.  

If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to ask. The cabinets have been labelled to match the map below and a finding aid will be available on the table.



Welcome to the Lee County Library!

The Lee County Library operates two libraries, with the main collection at the Suzanne Reeves Library, located in downtown Sanford at 107 Hawkins Avenue, near its intersection with Carthage Street.  The one-story brick building is just three blocks east of U.S. 421 and sits on U.S. 15-501 Business, which is Hawkins Avenue.  Free parking is available.

A branch library is located at 206 South Main Street in Broadway, N.C.

The library catalog is now online and can be accessed at home.  Patrons can search for books, review their account and place holds at home.

The main library building at 107 Hawkins Avenue  provides wireless access (Wi-Fi hotspot) to the Internet.  Ask at the front desk for login information.  This service is only available during business hours.

Books in spanish, dual language children's books and adult literacy materials are available for checkout at the Main Library.  

The mission of the Lee County Library is to encourage exploration of new ideas, support educational core curriculum initiatives and early childhood literacy; enhance the economic vitality of the region through workforce development, strengthen the community and enrich the quality of life for all by providing cultural, technological, and informational programming and materials.

We provide books, DVDs, a public computer lab, and a wealth of online research resourcess to both help inform and entertain library patrons.

Our Main Branch, the Suzanne Reeves Library on 107 Hawkins Avenue, is open six days a week.  Please click our "Locations & Hours" tab for hours.

There is a branch in Broadway at 206 S. Main Street.  It is regularly open three afternoons a week. Please stop in and see what services we offer.


Free Children's ebooks

I See Colors


Click on the link below. 

Then click on a book to open it.

If your device has sound you can also hear the book by clicking on Narration.

Narration is available in several languages besides English.
Tip:  You must click the play button and the sound symbol for each page.




New Titles At the Library





July 2015 List of New Titles



Blueprints – Barbara Delinsky

Bridge of Faith – Catherine West

Country – Danielle Steel

Ever After – Jude Deveraux

Go Set A Watchman – Harper Lee

Kiss Me – Susan Mallery

The Melody Lingers On – Mary Higgins Clark

The Rumor – Elin Hilderbrand

The Silence that Speaks – Andrea Kane

Stand Your Ground – Victoria Christopher Murray

Truth or Die – James Patterson

Wicked Charms – Janet Evanovich


African Traditional Religion in the Modern World – Douglas E. Thomas

Children of the Streets of Richmond, 1865-1920 – Harry M. Ward

Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance

Ezzard Charles: A Boxing Life – William Dettloff

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom… – Nick Offerman

How to Catch a Russian Spy – Naveed Jamali

Letters from My Father’s Murderer – Laurie A. Coombs

A Lucky Life Interrupted – Tom Bokaw

One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line… - Arthur Browne

A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America – Ted Cruz

Tyler Perry’s America: Inside His Films – Shayne Lee

Whitney & Bobbi Kristina: The Deadly Price of Fame – Ian Halperin

Juvenile Fiction

Good Dream, Bad Dream - Juan Calle and Serena Valentino (Bilingual) 

Piggy Island Heroes, It's Raining Pigs! - Les Spink

Project Superhero -  E. Paul Zehr

The Super Duper Princess Heroes by Sanjay Nambiar

Veterans - Heroes In Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein 

Juvenile Non-fiction:

Ready, Set, Draw! Superheroes - Ailin Chambers

Scarlete the Cat to the Rescue - Nancy Loewen

Young Adult

Apple and Rain - Sarah Crossan

The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy - Sam Maggs

Summer on the Short Bus -Bethany Crandell

Graphic Novels

Marvel Graphic Novels (various titles)


Camp X-Ray


Killing Jesus

McFarland, USA

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Your Library Account

Click here to access your library account!

Here you can view, renew your checked out items, or request a hold on materials!


eBooks from Overdrive

e-iNC Overdrive eBook Collection:

The Lee County Public Library is now participating in  Overdrive's Ebook and Audiobook collections. Download ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, cell phone, iPod, or ebook reader (including Kindle). The collection includes current popular titles and will continue to grow each year.  You just need your library card number, PIN, and internet access to get started!


Live Chat

Live Chat Available Mon. - Fri. 9:30 am - 4:30 pm. Response times may vary depending on staff availability and library patron traffic.


211- Get Connected. Get Answers.;

Lee County now participates in the 211 Get Connected, Get Answers assistance system. This is currently the most comprehensive listing of services available to county residents. If Lee County residents need services for food, housing, employment, health care, child care, volunteer opportunities, crisis intervention, and/or legal assistance, the main source for assistance is via a 211 call to the 211 website, or United Way of Lee County. All information is free, confidential, and available 24 hours a day. Lee County 211 is staffed with agents who speak several languages.


Book Review

It is rare for a significant literary event to unfold, but that is the case with the upcoming release of Harper Lee’s novel written prior to the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird.

Originally written in the 1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the first novel Harper Lee submitted to publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird was accepted for publication.  The manuscript was found in late 2014 by Lee’s lawyer. It has been published without any revisions to the original manuscript.

Go Set a Watchman features many of the same characters from To Kill a Mockingbird. The time period of this novel is twenty years later. Returning home to Maycomb to visit her father, Jean Scout struggles with issues personal and political issues, involving her father Atticus, society, and her small Alabama town.

Exploring how the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird are adjusting to the unsettled events changing mid-1950s America, Go Set a Watchman casts a fascinating new light on Harper Lee’s enduring classic. Poignant, witty and captivating, it stands out as a splendid novel in its own right.

Harper Lee is from Monroeville, Alabama. She attended Huntingdon College and studied law at the University of Alabama. She is the author of only two novels, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman. Harper Lee has been awarded numerous literary awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Harper, now 89, lives in an assisted living facility and it is not expected that she will be doing publicity for this novel's release. Truman Capote, a childhoold friend of Harper's, often told people that he was the model for the character Dill.



Children's Book Review



Summer on the Short Bus

By Bethany Crandell

Cricket Montgomery is a spoiled, wealthy, insensitive teenager whose father forces her to spend two weeks of her summer vacation at a camp for teens with special needs.  Cricket does not think she is going to survive even twenty-four hours, having never been around people with such severe disabilities.  With the help of her co-counselors, one in particular that looks like Zac Efron, Cricket begins to change her opinion of her camp experience and of the campers themselves.  During this process, she also discovers some very surprising details about her own life.

Summer on the Short Bus is Bethany Crandell’s debut novel as a writer for young adults. The book is both hilarious and heartwarming.  Although Crandell has a daughter with special needs, she was not necessarily the inspiration for this story.  As the author states, “There is nothing politically correct about Summer on the Short Bus, nor is there an intentional message of inclusion in these pages.  This story is merely a stage for an honest character to evolve realistically (no matter how ugly), something we don’t see enough of these days.”

Review by Katherine Crumpton




Learn another language for free!

This tool is a great way to learn new languages for FREE!  This resource is provided by NC LIVE.  A Lee County Library card is required to access this resource.

English, Chinese, Spanish - Start learning today!


Lee Reader Book Club

Come join the Lee Reader Book Club for a lively discussion of the chosen monthly book title. The club meets every month on the third Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave. in Sanford. This book club reads both fiction and nonfiction books.


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