Library launches ‘Hidden Figures’ events

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Wilson Reads 2018 “Hidden Figures” is scheduled to begin Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Wilson County Public Library.

Meet picture book author Nina White in the children’s department on the second floor as she reads from her book “A Town Called Crayonville.”

In the first floor assembly room there will be games and activities for children and adults where you can guess the number of stars, color a poster, or create your own Crayonville character.

The kickoff will be the first in a series of events, and each time you attend, you can enter your name for the March 26 drawing for an iPad.

The award-winning movie “Hidden Figures” will be shown on Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the library.

Other January library activities include a teen event on Jan. 29 at 5:30 p.m. and a viewing of “The Right Stuff” on Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

Activities move to the Wilson Botanical Gardens for a blue moon viewing and astronomy night on Jan. 31.

In February and March there will be lively discussion programs at the main library and branches for children and adults, as well as films, readings and more to engage the entire community in the themes of the book.

A teacher’s guide is available online at HarperAcademic.com.  

Wilson Reads is a community-wide initiative that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book at the same time and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library, with additional funding from the Arts Council of Wilson.

“Hidden Figures” tells the story of the “human computers” — pioneering black female mathematicians — who worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia starting in the 1930s. 

Visit the library and check out the book in regular or large print or buy it at a bookstore. There’s a children’s edition available and a picture book coming soon. Patrons can also check out the DVD and watch the movie at home.