Library Kickoff for 2018 “Wilson Reads” is Jan. 20

Wilson Reads 2018 is a Wilson County (NC) Public Library program.
Wilson Reads 2018 is a Wilson County (NC) Public Library program.

By Genevieve Baillie, Wilson County

Wilson Reads 2018: Hidden Figures is scheduled to begin on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Wilson County Public Library with an author visit and activities.  Additional events are planned through the coming months focused on Hidden Figures and space-related activities.

Hidden Figures tells the story of the “human computers” — pioneering black female mathematicians — who worked at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia starting in the 1930s.

At the January 20, 2018 kickoff, starting at 3pm, meet picture book author Nina White in the Children’s Department on the second floor (main library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC) as she reads from her book A Town Called Crayonville.  On the first floor Assembly Room, join in games and activities for children and adults where you can guess the number of stars, color a poster, or create your own Crayonville character.

On Monday, January 22, 2018, at 6:30pm, come and watch the award-winning Hidden Figures movie at the main library.

There will be a space-themed teen event on Monday, January 29, 2018, starting at 5:30pm. Join us for a night of puzzles and games at the main library.

Watch the movie The Right Stuff at this main library showing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:30pm.

Field trip! Meet at the Wilson Botanical Gardens (1806 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC) for a “Blue Moon Viewing and Astronomy Night” on January 31, 2018, 6-9pm. Enjoy an evening of stargazing with local astronomers.

In February and March there will be lively discussion programs for children and adults, films, readings, and more to engage the entire community in the themes of the book at the main library and branches.

Each time you attend one of these special Hidden Figures events, you can enter your name for a March 26, 2018 drawing where a lucky winner will receive an iPad.

Wilson Reads is a community-wide initiative that encourages everyone in the county to read the same book at the same time and is sponsored by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library, with additional funding from the Wilson Arts Council.

Come to the library and check out the book in regular or large print, or buy it at a local bookstore.  There’s a children’s edition available and even a picture book coming soon.  Or check out the DVD and watch the movie at home. A teacher’s guide is available online at as a free e-book.

And don’t forget: Join the Wilson County Public Library for these events, and you could win an iPad!

Check out Wilson County Public Library at or see updates on the library’s Facebook page.

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