Outreach Services

Adult Outreach Services

Adult Outreach Services of the Rowan Public Library provides on site library services to seniors, assisted living homes, adult independent living apartments, and nursing homes. Several programs are offered throughout the year to bring the joy of the library to seniors. Questions about RPL's adult outreach services and programs? Contact Adult Outreach Librarian Paulette Stiles by email or phone at 704-216-8259.

Children's Outreach Services

Stories To Go (STG)

Stories To Go provides library services to licensed child care facilities, Head Start programs, NC Pre-K classrooms, private schools, and preschools throughout Rowan County.

STG staff present highly interactive language development storytimes which focuses on movement and creative learning activities for children and child care providers. Literature is brought to life with the use of props to stir children’s imagination while modeling proven storytelling techniques.

Children attending child care facilities board the child-friendly bookmobile and select books to take home and share with their families. For more information about STG, contact Children's Outreach Program Supervisor Kimber Huffman by email or phone at 704-216-8269.

Books To Grow (BTG)

Books To Grow is a literacy program for preschool students within Rowan-Salisbury School System's NC Pre-K program. Students are provided with a take-home book bag to enjoy "read-aloud" sessions with their family members. The BTG coordinator visits each classroom twice a month to lead fun and interactive music and book sharing times with the children. For more information, contact Children's Outreach Program Supervisor Kimber Huffman by email or phone at 704-216-8269. 

Rowan Reads to Newborns

Thanks to an anonymous $5,000 donation made to Rowan Public Library in July of 2015 and additional donation of $2,500 from Novant, Rowan Reads to Newborns obtained enough funding to support the program for 2 years. As a result, every child born at Novant Rowan Medical Center and their parents receive a quality library tote-bag containing a(n):

  • High-contrast board book. This type of book is specifically designed for birth to 3 months. The simple black and white illustrations and patterns are easiest for newborns to see first. Parents with low literacy or limited English language skills may be uncomfortable reading to infants. This type of book makes it easier to read aloud or for them to create their own storyline
  • American Library Association’s Every Child Ready to Read brochure highlighting the importance of reading to your newborn and effective ways to do it
  • Smart Start Rowan brochure highlighting the services and resources they provide to a child’s first and most important teacher - their families
  • Milestone Moments brochure that allows parents to follow their newborn’s development by watching how they play, learn, speak, and act. This small booklet can be taken to pediatrician’s visits and used to discuss milestones a baby has reached and what to expect next
  • Novant Health Growth Chart
  • Library card application for newborns. Most parents do not realize that newborns are eligible to have their very own Rowan Public Library card. Parents can bring this application to any RPL location to receive their baby’s first library card. The card is free; the benefits are priceless
  • Videos for Rowan Reads to Newborns are available in Spanish or English

Rowan Public Library and the Library Foundation currently oversee and administer the Rowan Reads to Newborns project, funding, and programming.  

Staff member Vicki performing a storytime!
Storytime with Music - Image features children watching woman play guitar.
Stories to Go Van