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Wilson County Public Library will offer an assortment of fun, free programs for all ages at the Main Library and Branches this January.
The main library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Branch hours vary. All locations are closed on Sundays.
For more information, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.
The following programs are offered at the main library on Nash Street.
• Lapsit is on Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and Thursdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 9:30 a.m. For ages 0-2.
• Preschool storytime is on Wednesdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; and Thursdays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 10 a.m.
• Family storytime is on Saturdays, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 at 3 p.m.
Storytime takes place in Youth Services. No registration required.
YOUTH STEAM PROGRAMS
• On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the group will talk about gravity and air resistance and then will craft a paper Cool ’Copter. For
Ages 5 and up. No registration required.
• Families will take the Basketball Tower Challenge on Tuesday, Jan. 15. For this engineering challenge, participants will design a tower strong enough to support a basketball. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.
• The popular Lego Club is Tuesday, Jan. 22. Go ready to be creative and build. Legos provided by the library. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.
• The group will read the book “The Secret Life of a Snowflake” by Kenneth Libbrecht on Jan. 29 and craft snowflakes. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.
Programs take place upstairs in Youth Services, starting at 7 p.m.
• Make some peculiar popcorn and snack on it while enjoying a peculiar movie on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the main library assembly room. Presented by WCPL Teens. No registration required.
• Explore the resources and ideas in the CrAFT Studio on Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Presented by WCPL Teens. No registration required.
• For Library Shelfie Day on Wednesday, Jan. 23, share your library “shelfie” and check out the library’s Facebook and Instagram for staff and patron “shelfies.” All ages. No registration required.
• Pop over to the library to celebrate Bubble Wrap Day Monday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with bubble wrap crafts and activities in the main conference room.
• A documentary on food insecurity will be shown on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the assembly room. The event starts at 6 p.m.
All across the United States, people go to sleep not knowing where their next day’s meals will come from. Learn more about this serious issue by viewing this documentary on food insecurity, followed by a brief discussion session. Light refreshments will be served. This program is presented in partnership with the city of Wilson. For all ages. RSVP to Brittany Allen, email@example.com, by Jan. 9.
• Artist Oona Lewis will be the featured speaker for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 17, 6:30 p.m., in the assembly room. The Friends of the Wilson County Public Library invite all members and non-members to their annual meeting. Lewis is a local artist and co-owner of the ArtVentures studio and gallery in downtown Wilson. Light refreshments will be served. All ages. No registration required.
• Have you always wanted to learn to knit? Need to brush up rusty knitting skills? This free introductory class is aimed at teaching the basics of knitting. Already know how to knit? You’re welcome to come hang out and knit along with us on Friday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. For ages 16 and up. Registration is required; call 252-237-5355 to register. For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355, ext. 5050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Award-winning author Dawn Reno Langley will discuss the writer’s life for beginning writers on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. Any local writers, or persons interested in writing, are welcome to attend. This program is presented in partnership with the Wilson Writer’s Group. For ages 16 and up. No registration required.
• Get job search and resume help on Thursdays, Jan. 10 and 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the conference room. Learn about job resources available through the NCWorks Career Center and website. Receive one-on-one assistance in creating a resume and applying for jobs. Laptops will be provided. No registration required. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355, ext. 5072 or email@example.com.
• Attend Genealogy 101: Finding Your Ancestors at the Library in the conference room on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Interested in learning about your ancestors? Not sure where to start? Learn to conduct searches on your ancestors and to locate the most useful genealogical resources for your family history research. No registration required.
• Roger Kammerer, a local historian and native of Greenville, will present on “Forgotten Tales of North Carolina,” Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. He authored a book of the same name based on his extensive research in North Carolina newspapers. His talk will highlight some of the most unusual and fascinating stories he has come across. He will also briefly talk about how he found out about some of these extraordinary tales. Hosted in partnership with the Wilson County Genealogical Society. All invited. No registration required.
To register for computer classes, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355 ext. 5072 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
• LinkedIn is the premier social media site for creating and promoting an online business presence and networking with other professionals. On Monday, Jan. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., learn the basics of LinkedIn, create your profile, find and add contacts, locate companies and join groups. Take a digital copy of your headshot to upload to your profile. LinkedIn: Tips & Tricks follows on Monday, Jan. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Prerequisite is attending the Getting started class or equivalent experience. Once you’re up and running with LinkedIn, learn how to fine-tune your profile, upload a resume, add strategic connections and target specific employers to enhance your online presence.
• Computer basics series: Each topic builds on the previous class, so please plan to attend all four sessions. Keyboard and mouse basics class is Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the conference room. Computer basics is Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Internet basics is Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. Outlook email basics is Wednesday, Jan. 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
AT THe BRANCHES
• Black Creek
The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave. in Black Creek. For more information, call 252-237-3715.
Lapsit is held on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to pre-K. No registration required.
Storytime is on Thursdays, Jan. 3 and 17, at 4 p.m. All ages. No registration required.
The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-2627.
Storytime is Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 4 p.m. No registration required.
• Elm City
The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. For more information, call 252-237-4269.
Preschool storytime is Tuesday, Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, at 10 a.m. No registration required.
• Monthly Book Chat is on Tuesday, Jan. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m.
• Elm City young adult programs are on Thursdays, Jan. 10, 24 at 4 p.m. for ages 11 and up. No registration required.
Introduction to Ancestry.com is Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2 to 3:30 p.m. This drop-in beginner’s workshop will offer tips and strategies for exploring one’s family heritage via Ancestry.com. Learn to create an ancestral chart and to perform searches of historical records, including, vital, military and census records. No registration required.
The Lucama branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama. For more information, call 252-239-0046.
Lapsit is Wednesdays, Jan. 2 and 16 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0 to 4. No registration required.
Family storytime is Tuesday, Jan. 15, 4 p.m., for all ages. No registration required.
Teen programs are held on Thursdays, Jan. 3, 17, at 4 p.m. for ages 11 to 17. No registration required.
Book chat is Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. for adults 18 and up. No registration required.
The Stantonsburg branch is located at 114 S. Main St. in Stantonsburg. For more information, call 252-238-3758.
Book chat is Thursday, Jan. 3, 3 to 4 p.m. No registration required.
For more information, call 252-237-5355.
Tuesday, Jan. 8: Saratoga from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 9: Rock Ridge from 3 to 4 p.m. and Sims from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 29: Saratoga from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 30: Rock Ridge from 3 to 4 p.m. and Sims from 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon with internationally-recognized storyteller Donna Washington on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. This program is funded by a grant from the Grassroots Grant through the Wilson Arts Council and the N.C. Arts Council. Funding is also provided by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.
Some programs are funded by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant awarded to Wilson County Public Library for the creation of a CrAFT Studio — Creativity, Art, Fabrication and Technology lab. The CrAFT Studio will combine the MakerSpace movement with STEAM subjects through robotics, coding, crafts, electronics and more.