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Don’t forget the library when you’re planning what to do this month.
SUMMER READING PROGRAMS
A Universe of Stories continues in July. Programs for children are scheduled at all six locations and for teens at the main library, Lucama and Elm City branches. The Adult Summer Reading Program takes place at the main library. A Universe of Stories is made possible by the assistance of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. Contact your local branch to register or for additional information.
Storytimes take place in Youth Services. No registration required.
Lapsit storytime takes place Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Thursdays July 11, 18, 25 at 9:30 a.m., for ages 0-2.
Preschool storytime is Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and Thursdays July 11, 18, 25 at 10 a.m. For ages 3 and up.
Family storytime is on Saturdays, July 6, 13 and 27 at 3 p.m.
Spanish/English family storytime is on Tuesday, July 23, 4 p.m. The library will continue this bilingual program the fourth Tuesday of each month.
La hora de cuentos bilingües en el español y el ingles. El martes 23 de julio 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 cuarto martes de cada mes.
“Sky Full of Stories” is Monday, July 1, at 7 p.m. featuring sun, moon, and star stories for ages 5 and up.
“Experience Sea Moons,” Presented by the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher on Monday, July 8, at 7 p.m. Aquarium staff will present a program featuring live moon jellies. Explore why the celestial moon is so important to sea turtles, discuss why moon jellies were named after the moon, and learn how sea turtles pursue them as food. For ages 5 and up.
“Sun, Moon, and Star Yoga” is Monday, July 15, at 7 p.m. with yoga instructor Stacy Matthews. For ages 5 and up.
Bright Star Touring Theater Presents “Jack’s Adventures in Space” on Saturday, July 20, 3 p.m. Come along with Jack in this out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system. This program is given in memory of Paul McRae Kushner by his parents. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.
Youth STEAM Programs
Programs take place in Youth Services. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.
Go moon-roving with OZOBOTs on Tuesday, July 2, at 7 p.m. Program your OZOBOT to travel the moon.
Craft your own sea turtle puppet from a paper bag on Tuesday, July 9, at 7 p.m.
Create your own Minecraft selfie on Tuesday, July 16, at 7 p.m.
Enjoy building at Lego Club on Tuesday, July 23 at 7:00 p.m. Lego Club is presented every fourth Tuesday of the month. Legos provided.
“Discover Rattlesnakes” on Tuesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. Learn about rattlesnakes and make a rattlesnake tail.
Young Adult Programs
All teens are invited to explore A Universe of Stories during the Young Adult Summer Reading Program.
Teens ages 12 and up are invited to Interstellar Crafting Programs on Thursdays, 3 to 5 p.m. Programs include “Galaxy Bottles” on July 11, “Galaxy Rocks” on July 18 and “CD Spinning Tops” on July 25. Programs take place in the assembly room.
See a teen summer movie on Tuesday, July 2, 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the assembly room. Travel to the ’90s to discover the origin of a galactic hero. This movie is rated PG-13.
Enjoy sci fi gaming and classic games with Dreamdaze on Wednesday, July 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. in the assembly room. Door prizes will be awarded.
Get crafty with DIY Maker Wednesdays, through July 24, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the floor CrAFT Studio on the second floor.
Adult Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, continues in July.
Get into shape by participating in “Space Race Walking Challenge,” through July 19. Walk the solar system in this space-themed walking challenge. Registration required. Visit the Circulation Desk to register.
Friday morning family movies are July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 10 a.m. Enjoy a free movie and refreshments. All ages invited. No registration required for small groups, but space is limited, so come early to be sure of getting a seat. All bookings for large groups have been reserved for July.
John Todd from the Tar River Astronomy Club will present “Astronomy: A Beginner’s Guide” on Tuesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. All ages.
Follow the library’s resident artist in painting a night scene at the “Starry Night Painting Party” and then create your own masterpiece to take home. This is Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. for ages 16 and up. Program is free, and registration is required. Call 252-237-5355 to register.
Party like it’s 1969 at the “Retro Moon Landing Party” on Saturday, July 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Enjoy moon-themed refreshments, then watch a rebroadcast of the moon landing at the original time of 4:17 p.m. 1960s-themed clothing is optional but encouraged. For all ages. No registration required.
Technology classes take place in the library conference room. Registration is required, as space is limited. To register, call 252-237-5355. For more information, contact Karey Blanchard at 252-237-5355 ext. 5074 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Computer Basics series is on Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is a three-part beginner series. Register for each class. Learn keyboard and mouse basics on July 10, computer basics on July 17 and internet basics on July 24.
The Microsoft Excel series continues Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a continuation of a four-part series. Computer proficiency and basic Excel experience is required. Part 3-Formulas and Functions takes place July 8. Part 4-Working with Tables is July 15.
Need help figuring out how to use a tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Drop in for one-on-one help in Device Advice on Wednesday, July 31, 2 to 4 p.m. Registration is requested.
LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
These programs will take place in the library conference room. Registration is requested. Call 252-237-5355 to register.
Natalie Copeland will offer a two-part genealogy series in July. This begins with “Discover Your Family History I: Learn How to Build A Family Tree” on Tuesday, July 9, 2 to 3 p.m. This introductory workshop will enable you to connect to the past by researching and building a family tree. Learn about basic record types that will help you build a strong family tree as well as tips for tracking and organizing your family tree data.
“Discover Your Family History II: Preserving Your Family Tree” will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2 to 3 p.m. Learn how to organize and preserve your family history data in a digital format. Explore online tree-building tools and places where you can share your family history documents and images online.
The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Ave. For information, call 252-237-3715.
Lapsit storytime is on Wednesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0-3. No registration required.
• The Black Creek Children’s Summer Reading Program continues Mondays, 3 p.m. through July 22 (no program July 1) for ages 5 and up.
• The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd. in Wilson. For more information, call 252-237-2627.
The East Children’s Summer Reading Program continues Wednesdays, 3 p.m. through July 24 (no program July 3) for ages 5 and up.
• The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N Railroad St. For information, call 252-237-4269.
The Elm City Children’s Summer Reading Program continues Tuesdays, 3 p.m. through July 23 (no program July 2) for ages 5 and up.
The Elm City Teen Summer Reading Program continues Thursdays, 3 p.m. through July 25 (no program July 4) for ages 12-18.
• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. For information, call 252-239-0046.
Summer reading lapsit storytime is Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 10:30 a.m. for ages 0-5. Registration required.
Enjoy a family-friendly movie for all ages at Family Movie Afternoons, Fridays, July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 3 p.m. No registration required.
The Lucama Children’s Summer Reading Program continues Tuesdays, 4 p.m., through July 23 (no program July 2). For ages 5 and up.
The Lucama Teen Summer Reading Program continues Thursdays, 3 p.m. through July 25 (no program July 4) for ages 12-18.
• The Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S. Main St. For information, call 252-238-3758.
The Stantonsburg Children’s Summer Reading Program continues Thursdays, 3 p.m., through July 25 (no program July 4). For ages 5 and up.
The Bookmobile visits the following locations each month. For more information, call 252-237-5355.
Tuesday, July 16: Saratoga 3:30 to 5 p.m. p.m.
Wednesday, July 17: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m., Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.
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.
For questions about the library, call 252-237-5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.