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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  will meet at  6:00 pm at the Lee County Library at 107 Hawkins Ave. in Sanford on this occassion, so members can attend the "Go Set a Watchman" discussion in the auditorium. 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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Home Grown ebooks


This Fiscal Year Lee County Library will contribute $300 to the consortium  which has raised $42,500 to date to buy new NC e-books for 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. Lee County Library  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 from the 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 LSTA 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. Classes will be beginning soon.

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.


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!


Book Discussion September 29, 2015 7:00 pm in Auditorium

You're Invited!

Please join us on Tuesday September 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm  in the auditorium for a discussion of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman." Mr. Theo Wilborn will be the moderator.

The publication of Harper Lee's "Go Set A Watchman" created literary buzz in the world of readers. It has been documented through the records  of her previous literary agent at Columbia University that this book was written prior to "To Kill A Mockingbird" in 1957.  

The time period of this novel is actually two decades after the time depicted in the classic "To Kill a Mockingbird." A grown up 26 year old Jean Louise Finch comes home from New York City to see her father Atticus.  Many of the familar characters depicted in the classic are in this book. Even thought this book was written in the mid 1950's and was taken to a publisher in 1957 prior to "To KIll a Mockingbird," it is unclear why the publisher chose not publish it.

"To KIll a Mockingbird" was published in 1960. The debate continues which book to call a prequel or a sequel.


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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 - one in the fall and one in early 2016. Both vegetable and flowers seeds are being saved. Be part of the group saving heirloom seeds.   Heirloom seed has been collected for over 50 years. Not sure how to save seeds? Please call us at 919 718-4665 to inquire or check out a book on saving seeds.



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 located on 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

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


September New Book List



Baby, You’re the Best – Mary B. Morrison

Brown-Eyed Girl – Lisa Kleypas

Grand Opening – Carl Weber

Keeper’s Reach – Carla Neggers

Last Time I Saw Her – Karen Robards

The Scam – Janet Evanovich

The Solomon Curse – Clive Cussler

Starlight on Willow LakeSusan Wiggs

The Sword of the South – David Weber

The Taming of the Queen – Philippa Gregory

Undercover – Danielle Steel

We Never Asked for Wings – Vanessa Diffenbaugh

X – Sue Grafton


Bead & Wire Fashion Jewelry – Jessica Rose

The Billion Dollar Spy – David E. Hoffman

The Complete Guide to Growing Vegetables, Flowers, Fruits, and Herbs… - Lizz Shepherd

The Complete Guide to Small-Scale Farming – Melissa Nelson

Europe Through the Back Door – Rick Steves

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety – Jimmy Carter

The Magical World of Moss Gardening – Annie Martin

The Me, Me, Me Epidemic – Amy McCready

Stylish Remakes: Upcycle Your Old T’s… - Violette Room

Voices from the Outer Banks – Stephen Kirk

You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) – Felicia Day

Tommy: The Gun that Changed America – Karen Blumenthal

Juvenile Fiction

Butterfly Park – Elly MacKay

Waiting – Kevin Henkes

The Terrible Two – Mac Barnett and Jory John

Rain Reign – Ann M. Martin


Juvenile Non-fiction

Star Stuff: Carl Sagan and the Mysteries of the Cosmos – Stephaine Roth Sisson

Viva Frida (Bilingual) – Yuyi Morales

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-The-Pooh – Sally M. Walker


Young Adult

Every Last Word – Tamara Ireland Stone

Firefight (The Reckoners Book Two) – Brandon Sanderson

Bright Lights, Dark Nights – Stephen Emond



5 Flights Up

Brother’s Keeper

Every Secret Thing

Hot Pursuit

Jackie & Ryan

Little Boy

A Little Chaos

Madame Bovary

True Story

Water Diviner










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

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.  Crown Publishers, 2015. $25.00, 400 pages.

Monsieur Perdu, a self-pronounced literary apothecary prescribes novels for the hardships of life from his collection on his floating bookstore barge on the Seine river. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The love of Monsieur Perdu’s life disappeared long ago and he lives with the heartbreak. Upon her departure, his love left him with only a letter. He never opened it as he knew it would be the last communication from her.

After Perdu is finally tempted to read the letter, he departs on a mission to the south of France, hoping to make peace with his loss and to find closure and the end to the story. Joined by a bestselling but blocked author and a lovelorn Italian chef, Perdu travels along the country’s rivers, dispensing his wisdom and his books, showing that the literary world can take the human soul on a journey to heal itself.

This book is a bestseller in many countries. It is an uplifting read perfect for a brief escape from the ordinary. You will happily get lost in the geography and foods of Southern France. The imagery and prose are divine. I can already see it as a movie with Kevin Kline and Meryl Strep if the book gets optioned for the movie.

Nina George resides with her husband author, Jens J. Kramer and splits her time between Hamburg, Germany and Brittany France. She has written over 26 books.





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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