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There’s plenty to do at the Wilson County Public Library this month.

YOUTH PROGRAMS

Wilson County Public Library invites all ages to experience the annual Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, in June and July.

Programs for children will be offered at all six locations and for teens at the main library, Lucama and Elm City libraries. The Adult Summer Reading Program will take place at the main library.

A Universe of Stories is made possible by 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 more information.

These programs create a bridge to combat the summer slide. Children who continue to read during the summer return to school without decreased reading ability. Pleasure reading encourages lifelong learning and helps keep reading skills sharp. All programs take place in youth services. For more information, contact youth services at 252-237-5355, press option 4.

• A Universe of Stories kickoff, “Train Like a Jedi,” will take place Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. Join the library staff to complete an obstacle course. Wear your best “Star Wars” costume or one of your choice for photo opportunities during the event. Arrive early to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and receive a weekly prize. Ages 5 and up. No registration required.

• On Monday, June 24, at 7 p.m., enjoy “Raptors” with Steve Stone. Stone is from the American Wildlife Refuge and will showcase several raptors. Arrive early to sign up for the Summer Reading Program and receive a weekly prize. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

• Spanish/English Bilingual Family Storytime at the Main Library is Tuesday, June 25, 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 25 de junio 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.

• Lapsit storytime takes place Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, and Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, at 9:30 a.m. For ages 0-2.

• Preschool storytime is on Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26, and Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27, at 10 a.m. For ages 3 and up.

• Family storytime is on Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 3 p.m.

YOUTH STEAM PROGRAMS

Programs take place in youth services. For ages 5 and up. No registration required.

Experience Flight with Paper Airplanes on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 p.m. Learn about measurement, make paper airplanes and measure flight distance.

Explore building with Keva planks on Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m.

Create your own rocket with straw on Tuesday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Lego Club is Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. Lego Club takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All Legos are provided.

Young Adult Programs

All teens are invited to explore A Universe of Stories during the Young Adult Summer Reading Program. These programs will take place in the main library assembly room.

• Teens age 12 and up are invited to interstellar grafting programs Thursdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Programs include Sci Fi Cubecraft on June 13, Galaxy Slime on June 20, Galaxy Paint on June 27, Galaxy Bottles on July 11 and Galaxy Rocks on July 18.

• Travel to the ’90s to discover the origin of a galactic hero at the teen summer movie on Tuesday, July 2, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This movie is rated PG-13.

• Join Dreamdaze for an afternoon of science fiction and classic gaming on Wednesday, July 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. Door prizes will be awarded.

• Attend DIY crafts in the CrAFT Studio every Wednesday during Summer Reading Program.

Adult Programs

• The Adult Summer Reading Program theme is A Universe of Stories. There will be great books to grab for summer reads, from science fiction epics to true stories of the space pioneers. There will be a variety of space-themed activities, including lectures, movies, crafts, trivia, a space-themed walking challenge for the entire family and the chance to win prizes.

• Show off your knowledge from Astronomy to Star Trek at Space Trivia Night on Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m. Compete to win gift card prizes! For ages 12 and up. No registration required.   

• Enjoy an original trilogy of sci-fi epics about a war in the stars at Space Movie Marathon on Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome. No registration required for small groups. Large groups please email gbaillie@wilson-co.com or call 252-237-5355 to arrange visit.

• Guest lecturer Tim Blanchard will provide a tour of our nearest space neighbors in An Introduction to the Solar System. All ages are welcome for this free program on Tuesday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the assembly room. No registration required.

• Galaxy Jars Family Craft Class on Friday, June 21, at 3 p.m. will feature a fun take-home craft for the whole family. For ages 5 and up. All materials will be provided for this free program. Registration is required.

• Galaxy Printing Craft Class is Monday, June 24, at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Learn how to print galaxy patterns on fabric and paper. For ages 16 and up. This program is free, and registration is required.

• Get in shape with the Space Race Walking Challenge from June 1 to July 19. Walk the solar system in this space-themed walking challenge. All finishers will be entered in a gift card drawing. For all ages. Registration is required. Visit the circulation desk to register.

• Friday Morning Family Movies will take place on June 7, 14, 21, 28 and July 5, 12, 19, 26 at 10:00 a.m. Enjoy a free movie and complimentary refreshments! All ages invited. No registration required for small groups. Large groups please email gbaillie@wilson-co.com or call 252-237-5355 to arrange visit.

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.

• Take part in Google tools series on Wednesdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is a three-part series. Register for each class. Learn about Google tools on June 5, Gmail basics on June 12, and Google Docs and Sheets on June 19.

• Excel series will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This is a four-part series. Register for each class. Excel Basics takes place June 10, Charts and Graphs on June 17, Formulas and Functions on July 8, and Working with Tables on July 15.

• Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone or e-reader? Drop in for one-on-one help in Device Advice in the assembly room on Wednesday, June 26 from 2 to 4 p.m. Registration is requested.

LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

Research your ancestors at the Fold 3 Military Records Workshop in the conference room on Tuesday, June 11, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Fold 3 is an online research database that provides access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos and personal documents of the men and women who have served. Basic computer skills will be necessary for this workshop. No registration required.

BRANCHES

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

Lapsit storytime is on Wednesday, June 26, at 10:30 a.m. For ages 0-3. No registration required.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program will take place on Mondays at 3 p.m., June 10-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 Children’s Summer Reading Program will take place on Wednesdays at 3 p.m., June 12-July 24 (no program July 3). For ages 5 and up.

• The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N. Railroad St. in Elm City. For more information, call 252-237-4269.

Movie Day is on Friday, June 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. All ages invited. No registration required.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program will take place on Tuesdays at 3 p.m., June 11 to July 23 (no program July 2). For ages 5 and up.

The Teen Summer Reading Program will feature exciting programs on Thursdays at 3 p.m., June 12 to July 25 (no program July 4). For ages 12-18.

• The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E. Spring St. in Lucama.

ºFor more information, call 252-239-0046.

Summer Reading Lapsit Storytime will be on Wednesdays, June 12, 19 and 26 at 11 a.m.

Explore space and read some interactive books, enjoy games and activities too. Ages 0-5.

Enjoy a family-friendly movie for all ages at Family Movie Afternoons on Fridays, June 14, 21 and 28 at 3 p.m. No registration required.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program will take place on Tuesdays at 4 p.m., June 11 to July 23 (no program July 2). For ages 5 and up.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is on Thursdays at 3 p.m., June 13 to July 25 (no program July 4). For ages 12-18.

• Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S Main Street in Stantonsburg. For information, call 252-238-3758. The Children’s Summer Reading Program will take place on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m., June 13 to July 25 (no program July 4). Ages 5 and up.

Bookmobile

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

Tuesday, June 4: Saratoga 3:30-5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m., Sims 4:15-5 p.m.

Tuesday, June 25: Saratoga 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26: Rock Ridge 3 to 4 p.m., Sims 4:15 to 5 p.m.

The Bookmobile will visit the Downtown Farmer’s and Artisan Market at Whirligig Park on Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. Storytime will take place at 11 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.

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