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Nature-Themed Backpacks

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield now circulates nature-themed backpacks to patrons with a library card or StudentAccess account. It is the hope of the library that these backpacks promote both mental and physical well-being by encouraging families to get outside and explore the county together!

Each backpack contains materials related to a particular theme:

  • Birds

  • Bugs and Insects 

  • Johnston County Trails

  • Trees and Flowers​

Patrons in good standing may check out a backpack from the Children’s Department with their library card. Backpacks can remain checked out for a period of up to three weeks but are non-renewable. Returns must be made in person to either the Patron Services or Children’s Department. Call the Children's Department at 984-230-4838 with questions. Nature-themed backpacks are first-come-first-served and cannot be placed on hold. To check backpack availability, click here.

Replacement costs for lost or damaged backpacks (and/or their contents) can range from $4 to $143.

These backpacks were made possible by funding from the Johnston County Community Foundation. Generous contributions of items including event calendars, carabiners, sunglasses, bike route guides, and more have been made by Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, and the Smithfield Parks & Recreation Department.

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Puzzle Lending

The Public Library of Johnston County and Smithfield now lends puzzles to patrons. This collection was made possible by the generous donations of our patrons. We graciously accept puzzles with all pieces that are in good condition. If you have puzzles to donate, please drop them off at the Patron Services Desk.

Puzzle lending basics:

  • Borrow a puzzle

  • Return at your convenience 

  • No check out required

  • Complete puzzle lending sheet included with the puzzle to report missing pieces or issues with the puzzle.

Our "Puzzle Corner," located with our movie collection, also includes a community puzzle that patrons can sit and work on while visiting the library. 

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