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Month of learning and fun at the library

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Wilson County Public Library will offer a variety of programs for all ages at the main library and branches in May.

Below is the schedule for the main library on Nash Street in Wilson.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Storytimes take place in youth services. No registration required. For more information, call 252-237-5355, press option 4.

• Spanish/English bilingual family storytime is at the main library on Tuesday, May 28, at 4 p.m. The library will continue this bilingual program the last Tuesday of each month.

La hora de cuentos bilingües en el español y el ingles. El martes 28 de mayo a las cuatro de la tarde la sucursal principal de la biblioteca pública del Condado de Wilson va a presentar su hora de cuentos bilingües. La biblioteca quiere presentar este programa el último martes de cada mes.

• Lapsit is Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, at 9:30 a.m. For ages 0-2.

• Preschool storytime is Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 at 10:00 a.m.

• Family storytime is Saturdays, May 4, 11, 18, 25 at 3 p.m.

YOUTH STEAM PROGRAMS

Youth STEAM programs take place in youth services. For more information, contact Debra Schmitzer, youth services librarian, at 252-237-5355, press option 4.

• Button Art: Create Your Own Card* is Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m. Use buttons to craft a greeting card for any occasion, including Mother’s Day. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

• Balancing Butterflies is Tuesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. Learn about the butterfly life cycle and create a balancing butterfly while discussing the center of gravity and balance point. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

• Get Painting with guest presenter Kim Valentine from Colorful Spirits* is Tuesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. Ages 5 and up. Registration is required and limited to 25.

• Lego Club* is Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. All Legos are provided. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

TEEN PROGRAMS

For more information, contact Scott Houston, teen librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or shouston@wilson-co.com.

• Pre-Comic Book Day* is Thursday, May 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the assembly room. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day early with local artists and plenty of comic book fun. Free comic books will be available while supplies last.

• The WCPL Teen Advisory Board meets Tuesday, May 14, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the CrAFT Studio. Help create the WCPL teen program. Open to all Wilson County teens.

• Teen Career Pathways is Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Assembly Room. Experts from NC Works, Turning Point Workforce Development Board and Wilson Community College will be on hand to provide teens with resources to navigate their career pathway. No registration required. For more info, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or email agardner@wilson-co.com.

ADULT PROGRAMS

• Health Talks: CPR and Nutrition takes place Wednesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the assembly room. Danielle Vick, training specialist, will teach the lifesaving technique of hands-only CPR, and Paula Furiness, wellness coordinator and certified clinical exercise physiologist, will talk about wellness and nutrition. This talk is presented in partnership with Wilson Medical Center. Free and for all ages; no registration required. For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

• Cooking Under Pressure: Healthy Eating the Instapot Way is Friday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in the assembly room. Cassidy Hall, N.C. Cooperative Extension area agent, teaches how to make the latest kitchen gadget part of your healthy lifestyle in this free cooking workshop. Participants will get hands-on practice and cook up some tasty samples. Open to adults ages 18 and older. Free, but registration required; call 252-237-5355 to register. For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

• How to Start a Business is Tuesday, May 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the assembly room. May is Small Business Month. Learn the basics of starting a business in this seminar, including key strategies for start-up, financing and marketing as well as important information about legal issues, licensing, zoning, operations and more. Presented in partnership with the Small Business Center at Wilson Community College. Registration required. Visit https://bit.ly/2Gh11yZ or call (252) 246-1209 to register.

TECHNOLOGY CLASSES

Technology classes take place in the main library conference room. Registration required, as space is limited. To register, call 252-237-5355. For more information, contact Karey Blanchard at 252-237-5355 ext. 5074 or kblanchard@wilson-co.com.

• File Management Basics is Wednesday, May 8, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Proficiency with the keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills is required. Learn to find electronic files quickly and easily by creating folders, organizing files into folders and managing content.

• Learn How to Canva on Monday, May 13, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Learn how to make free digital promotional designs with Canva, an online graphic design editing program.

• Computer Maintenance Basics is on Wednesday, May 15, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills required. Learn tips and tricks for improving your computer’s performance, stability and speed through common maintenance tasks.

• Cybersecurity Basics is Wednesday, May 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Proficiency with keyboard, mouse and basic computing skills is required. Learn about common viruses, email and internet safety, firewalls and other security features and practices.

Device Advice is Wednesday, May 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the assembly room. Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Drop in for one-on-one assistance from library staff.

EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS

• All teens are invited to Teen Career Pathways on Thursday, May 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the assembly room. Experts from NC Works, Turning Point Workforce Development Board and Wilson Community College will be on hand to provide teens with resources to navigate their career pathway. No registration required. For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or email agardner@wilson-co.com.

LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY PROGRAMS

For more information, contact Natalie Copeland, local history and genealogy librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or ncopeland@wilson-co.com.

• All adults are invited to the High School Yearbook Reunion on Thursday, May 23, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Local History and Genealogy Room. Explore the yearbook collection and reminisce about high school days. The library is collecting yearbooks to fill in the local high school collection. If you have a yearbook you would like to donate, contact Natalie Copeland at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or ncopeland@wilson-co.com.

• A History of the Davis Family in North Carolina and Texas takes place on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. in the assembly room. Karen Edmundson will present her new book, “A History of the Davis Family in North Carolina and Texas.” Edmundson’s first book is a narrative which describes the lives of Nathan Davis and his families, including a family tree going back nine generations. Her research focuses on families of Wayne County including Hooks, Bass, Davis, Barnes, Newsome and more. Edmundson, a retired nurse, has lived in North Carolina for more than 40 years and is passionate about her genealogy research. Hosted by the Wilson County Genealogical Society. Free; all are welcome.

BRANCH PROGRAMS

• The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave in Black Creek. For more information, call 252-237-3715.

Storytime is on Thursdays, May 2 and 16 at 4 p.m. All ages invited. No registration required.

Lapsit is on Wednesday, May 29 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0-3. No registration required.

Teen Program* is on Thursday, May 30, at 4 p.m. for ages 13-18. No registration required.

• The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-2627.

Storytime is on Wednesday, May 8, at 4 p.m. No registration required.

• 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 on Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 10 a.m. No registration required.

Lego Club* takes place on Thursday, May 9, at 4 p.m for ages 4 and up. No registration required.

Monthly Book Chat is on Tuesday, May 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. Adults are welcome. No registration required.

The monthly STEAM Program* is on Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. Ages 5 and up will explore creativity and construction. No registration required.

• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E Spring St. in Lucama. For more information, call 252-239-0046.

Family storytime is on Tuesdays, May 7 and 21, at 4 p.m. For all ages. No registration required.

Lapsit storytime takes place on Wednesdays, May 1 and 15, at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy songs and board books. For ages 0-5. No registration required.

Teen Program* events are on Thursdays, May 2 and 16, at 4 p.m. Explore crafts, games and many other activities. For ages 11 to 18. No registration required.

Book Chat is on Wednesday, May 22, at 4 p.m. Discuss your favorite books, explore similar authors and examine the Wilson County Public Library new book list. Adults are welcome. No registration required.

Visit the library on Friday, May 31, at 3 p.m. for the monthly mystery movie. Vote for your favorite and stay to watch the winner. All ages. No registration required.

Looking for your ancestors? Ancestry.com workshop is Wednesday, May 29, from 10:30 a.m to noon. Learn to use Ancestry Library Edition for your genealogy research. Registration requested, as space is limited.

The One Million Compression Training takes place on Thursday, May 30, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Learn how compression CPR can save a life. All adults welcome. Free; no registration is required.

• The Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S. Main St., Stantonsburg. For more information, call 252-238-3758.

Book Chat is on Thursday, May 2, from 3 to 4 p.m. No registration required.

BOOKMOBILE

The Bookmobile visits the following locations each month. For more information, call 252-237-5355.

•Tuesday, May 14: Saratoga, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

• Wednesday, May 15: Rock Ridge, 3 to 4 p.m.; Sims 4:15-5 p.m.

• The Bookmobile will visit the Farmer’s Market at the Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro St. S. on Wednesdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 9 a.m. to noon. Storytime will take place at 11:00 a.m. All ages welcome. No registration required.

* Some programs are funded by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) 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. For questions about the library, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

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