Libraries Offer Learning, Reading and Halloween Events

Source: Scott Houston, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC
Source: Scott Houston, Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount NC

Libraries around the five-county area of Eastern North Carolina offer events alongside their programs and services. Events coming up in late October are listed below. Adult programs are listed first, followed by teen offerings listed with events open to all ages.

Library addresses for events:

  • The Wake County Library system includes East Regional Library, 946 Steeple Square Court, Knightdale NC; the Zebulon Community Library, located at 1000 Dogwood Drive, Zebulon NC; and the Wendell Community Library, 207 S Hollybrook Road, Wendell, NC.
  • Braswell Memorial Library is located at 727 N Grace Street, Rocky Mount NC. This library offers programs for adults, teens, and young children alongside SCORE programs for businesses. Additional library details and events are online at braswell-library.libguides.com.
  • The Wilson County Public Library system includes the Main Branch, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC and several branch libraries. Locations for events listed below include the Stantonsburg branch library, located at 114 S Main Street, Stantonsburg NC, and the The Elm City branch library, located at 114 N Railroad Street, Elm City NC. County library information may be found at www1.youseemore.com/wilsoncountypl.
  • The Harold D. Cooley Library is in Nash County, at 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC. Library news and events may be found on the Town of Nashville website at www.townofnashville.com/library-info.
  • The state of NC Government and Heritage Library is located on the West mezzanine at 109 E Jones Street, Raleigh NC. Library information is online at statelibrary.ncdcr.gov.

Adult Programs

Picturing America: Land of Opportunity (Braswell)

Braswell presents the Let’s Talk About It program, made possible by a North Carolina Humanities Council grant. Upcoming dates are October 12, 26, and November 9, 2017. Held 6-7:30pm in the library’s Computer Lab on each listed date, this series will discuss America as a land where social justice was possible, the poor and oppressed would find opportunity, and the ambitious and adventurous could make their fortunes.

  • On October 12, Scholar Lynn Salsi will be discussing the book Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter in the Computer Lab.
  • On October 26, Scholar Julie Cartner will be discussing the book Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow in the Computer Lab.
  • On November 9, 2017, Scholar Billy Yeargin will be speaking on the book Seabiscuit.

To register for this reading-and-discussion program, contact Kesha Joyner, Braswell’s Adult Programming Librarian, at 252.442.1951 x.253.

Indie Author Day (Braswell)

On October 14, 2017, 2-4pm, Braswell Memorial Library hosts Indie Author Day starting at 2pm in the Computer Lab. This is an hour long digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents, and other industry leaders. After the digital gathering, hear local NC authors book presentations. For more information contact Kesha Joyner, Braswell’s Adult Programming Librarian, at 252.442.1951 x.253.

Crafternoon, Too (Stantonsburg)

For crafters, this “too” event invites current crafters to bring their projects on Thursday, October 19, 2017, 2-4pm.

Good Reads Book Club (Braswell)

The Good Reads Book Club will be discussing Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich in the Wiley Room on October 23, 2017, 10:30am-12pm. If you would like to join Book Club, please contact Kesha Joyner at 252.442.1951 x.253.

Getting Started with Genealogy (G&H Library)

Held each month at the NC Government and Heritage Library in Raleigh NC. This free drop-in class teaches how to get started with family history and genealogy research. Scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9-9:45am, then second-Wednesdays of each month.

Telling Your Story (East Regional)

Come and learn about writing a memoir or family history from Carla Stancil, President of Wake County Genealogical Society. Scheduled for October 29, 2017, 2-3pm, at East Regional Library. With questions, call the library at 919.217.5300.

Family / Teen Events

Teen Read Week: Characters Unleashed (Braswell)

Comic Book creator Brian Wingrove helps bring characters to life. Held October 11, 2017, 6-7:30pm, in Braswell Memorial Library’s Computer Lab. For more information, contact Scott Houston at 252.442.1951 x.257.

Teens How To: Creative Writer’s Workshop (Wilson Main Branch)

Held in the Wilson County Main Library October 12, 2017, 4:30pm, in the conference room. To register or with questions, contact Leslie Schultz, Teen Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or lschultz@wilson-co.com.

October Crafts (Elm City)

The Elm City branch library, part of the Wilson County Public Library system, is offering two teen craft programs this month.

  • On October 12, 2017, 4pm, check out the “pumpkin books” project.
  • On October 26, 2017, 4pm, see how to create Ghost String Lights.

To register, contact Beverly Lamm, Teen Librarian, at 252.236.4269, or email.

Teen Minecraft Design Club (Braswell)

Held each month, this club gives teens an opportunity to build, design, and explore using Minecraft. Held in the Braswell Memorial Library Computer Lab, this program is offered October 19, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm.

Teens at The Library: I’ve Created  Monster (East Regional)

Monday trivia night is all about monsters on October 23, 2017, 6-7pm. Held at East Regional Library in Knightdale NC. This Teen Program is designed for teens in grades 6-10.

Teen Movie Night (Wilson Main Branch)

Come and watch a movie and enjoy free snacks in the Wilson main branch library’s Conference Room on October 24, 2017, 6pm. To register or with questions, contact Leslie Schultz, Teen Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or email.

Astronomy Night (East Regional)

Registration is requested for this event, scheduled for Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 7-8pm, at East Regional Library. Learn from local experts, and members of the Raleigh Astronomy Club will teach the basics of stargazing and amateur astronomy. To sign up, contact Melissa Kendrick at 919.217.5300.

 

Teens Tech (Wilson Main Branch)

Topic will be “Google Cardboard” on October 26, 2017, 4:30pm, in the conference room at the Wilson County main branch. To register or with questions, contact Leslie Schultz, Teen Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or email.

Teen Game Night (Braswell)

Join the fun and “get your game on” in the Teen Area and Computer Lab at Braswell. Upcoming dates are October 26 and December 28, 2017, 5:30-7:30pm on each date.

Halloween Hoopla (Zebulon)

Bring the family and join the fun on Friday, October 27, 2017, 4-5pm, at the Zebulon Community Library in Zebulon NC. Designed for grades K-5th and their families. Listen to spooky stories, create crafts, and enjoy treats at this Halloween-themed party. To register, contact Margaret at 919.404.3610 or stop by the library.

Note that in addition to this event for school-age kids, the library is holding “Halloween Hoot” reading events on several dates.

Star Party (Braswell)

On Friday, October 27, 2017, 7-9pm, meet on the Braswell Memorial Library’s lawn and learn about the stars with Imperial Centre personnel. For more information, contact Scott Houston at 252.442.1951 x.257.

Fall Festival (Cooley)

A Fall Festival and Halloween celebration is planned on Friday, October 27, 2017, 4-5:30pm, at the Harold D. Cooley Library, 114 W. Church Street, Nashville NC.  Inside the library, there will be face painting, trick-or-treating, balloon animals, a cake walk, games, crafts, and Pet-A-Pony. Trick or Treating around downtown will begin around 5pm or shortly thereafter. Following the trick-or-treat around town, a Halloween-appropriate movie will be shown in the library’s parking lot.

Halloween Costume-Fest (Braswell)

Cosplay Tips and Hints from Genevieve Ballie will be offered Saturday, October 28, 2017, 1-3pm, in the Braswell Memorial Library Warner Room. For more information, contact Scott Houston at 252.442.1951 x.257.

Teens at The Library: Are You Afraid of The Dark? (East Regional)

Think you can tell a scary story? Get ready for Halloween by learning to terrify your friends! Held Monday, October 30, 2017, 6-7pm, at East Regional Library. Teen Program for those in grades 6-10.

Halloweeen Hoot: Family Storytime (Wendell)

This free story time is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 6-6:25pm, at the Wendell Community Library. This Halloween-themed story time is designed for young children and their families, and welcomes costumes. There will be treats, along with an interactive program of books, music, movement, etc.

Note that the library also has Halloween Hoot: Toddler Storytime events for younger children, on several dates.

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