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Lee Reader Book Club

Come join the Lee Reader Book Club on September 29th for a lively discussion of “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, 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. The October book to be discussed will be  “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert which won the Pulitzer Prize this year.



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 Coming  in September                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Theo Wilborn will be the discussion leader for the Tuesday, September 29th program.

 Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee will be the novel discussed at 7:00 pm.

The program will be in the Auditorium of the main library. 



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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 Static Control Inc. for the tour of their facility and demonstration of a 3 D  printer and the printing process . Later this year, the company will donate a 3 D printer to the library.

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 grounds look beautiful.

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 60 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 grant  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 for e-books for the fiscal years 2013, 2014 and 2015. They donated funds for the purchase an art gallery hanging system, ear buds, and 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 Place 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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A R T I S T  O F  T H E  M O N T H

Please join us on September 1, 2015

for a reception

in honor of artist


in the Auditorium at 6:00 - 7:30 pm


Sponsored by the Lee County Arts Council


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

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.



Free Children's ebooks

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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




August 2015 Titles of New Materials



The Ambassador’s Wife – Jennifer Steil

Brush Back – Sara Paretsky

Circling the Sun – Paula McLain

Deadly Assets – W.E.B. Griffin

Don’t Make Me Wait – Shana Burton

The Little Paris Bookshop – Nina George

Long Upon the Land – Margaret Maron

Love Lies Beneath – Ellen Hopkins

The Marriage of Opposites – Alice Hoffman

The Other Daughter – Lauren Willig

Perfect Touch – Elizabeth Lowell

Silent Creed – Alex Kava


Down the Rabbit Hole – Holly Madison

I Know How She Does It – Laura Vanderkam

Life is Short (No Pun Intended) – Jennifer Arnold

Modern Romance – Azia Ansari

Seed Libraries- Cindy Conner

Seeds – Thor Hanson

Sick in the Head – Judd Apatow

Juvenile Fiction

The Land of Stories, Books 3 & 4 - Chris Colfer

Princess Posey and the First Grade Boys - Stephanie Greene

Same, Same But Different  - Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw

The Sky is Falling - Mark Teague

What Pet Should I Get? - Dr. Seuss

Juvenile Non-fiction:

Girls Research! Amazing Tales of Female Scientists – Jennifer Phillips

Young Adult

Alive - Scott Sigler 


Dangerous Evidence: The Lori Jackson Story

Fantasia Barrino Story

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel


The Squeeze

The Trip to Bountiful

Woman in Gold








What's new at the library?

Children can enjoy the new Drawing Station using chalk on a chalkboard drawing table.

The library now has three meeting spaces. The Auditorium can seat 50. Conference Room 1 has capacity for 15 people. Conference Room 2 can accomodate 8-10 people. The new space allows more groups to be able to meet at the library for collaborations.

A Seed Exchange has been formed at the library for those interested in gardening.  Pick up five envelopes and save some seeds.Fill out the envelopes with seed info and return to the library.  There will be two programs - on in the fall and one in early 2016. Both vegetable and flowers seeds are being saved. Be part of the group saving heirloom seeds.Not sure how to save seeds? Please call us at 919 718-4665 to inquire or check out a book on saving seeds.


Your Library Account

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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!


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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.



Books Clubs in Lee County

Lee County Library would like to create a list of all the book clubs in Sanford and surrounding Lee County. Please call Debbie at  919 718 4665 and provide contact information about your club. If you have an email address that would be helpful. Author Michael Parker will be doing a program in the fall of 2015. We want to be able to keep the book clubs informed of all programs. On September 29th,at 7:00 pm in the auditorium there will be a book discussion lead by Mr. Theo Wilburn on Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.


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



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