Wilson County Public Library Programs for February 2019

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According to Amanda Gardner, Assistant Director of Wilson County Public Library,  the library is “going big on programs for the shortest month of the year.”  Programs for all ages are coming in February 2019 at the Main Library and branch libraries around Wilson County, North Carolina.

The library will host Black History programs throughout the month, along with an increased number of computer classes and STEAM programs. Mark your calendars now and attend a plethora of stimulating, spectacular programs for February.

As part of the ongoing effort to create a teen-friendly library, Wilson County Public Library is seeking input from teens and community partners. Use the survey links:

Tell your teen contacts about the library’s Teen Focus Group on Monday, February 11, 2019, 7-9 pm. in the Main Library Assembly Room.  Pizza will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

With questions regarding the library, call 252.237.5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.


Main Library Programs

The Wilson County Public Library systems Main Library is located at 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC.

Main Library hours are:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 9am-9pm
  • Thursday-Saturday: 9am-6pm
  • Closed on Sundays (as are the branch libraries)

Children’s Programs

For more information, contact Youth Services at 252.237.5355, press option 4. Storytime events take place in the library’s Youth Services area.  No registration required.

Lapsit (ages 0-2)

  • Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2019 @ 9:30am
  • Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019 @ 9:30am

Preschool Storytime

  • Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2019 @ 10am
  • Thursdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2019 @ 10am

Family Storytime

  • Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16, and 23, 2019 @ 3pm

Storytelling with Donna Washington

Saturday, February 16, 2019 @ 3pm

Join the library for an afternoon with international storyteller Donna Washington.  This special storytelling event will be held in the Youth Services area at the Main Library.

This program is funded by a grant from the Grassroots Grant through the Wilson Arts Council and the NC Arts Council.  Funding is also provided by the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.


Youth STEAM Programs

Programs take place in Youth Services.  For more information, contact Debra Schmitzer, Youth Services Librarian, at 252.237.5355, press option 4.

Create Your Own Air Racer*

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 7pm

Participants will build an air racer using supplies from the teacher geek cart.  All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, as adult participation is needed to complete this project.  Ages 5 and up.  Supplies are limited; registration required.

Youth Game Night*

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 6:30-8pm

Board games and interactive toys will be provided.  Enjoy free floating game play with your kids. Please come ready to participate.  Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

OZOBOTS Programming*

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 7pm

Participants will learn how to use Blockly programming with OZOBOTS.  Supplies are limited; registration required.  Due to complexity, all registered participants must be ages 7 and up.

Lego Club*

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 7pm

A recurring monthly program.  Come ready to be creative and build with Legos.  Age 5 and up.  No registration required.  All Legos will be provided by the library.


Teen Programs

For more information, contact Scott Houston, Teen Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or via email.

WCPL Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Special Session: Teen Focus Group

Monday, February 11, 2019 @ 7-9pm

Main Library Assembly Room

Wilson County teens are invited to discuss the future of library programs and services.   Participate in a fun focus group with refreshments and door prizes!  No registration required.

WCPL TEENS Present: Anti-Valentine’s Day*

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 4-6pm

Main Library Assembly Room

Crafts and activities for teens who need a break from all the love.

3D Printing for Teens*

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 6-8pm

Main Library Assembly Room

Learn the basics and create a 3D nametag.

Limited to 15 participants.  Registration required.


Adult Programs

Craft program: Paper Rose Wreaths*

Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 2pm and 6pm

Add some seasonal décor to your home when you make a beautiful paper rose wreath. This free craft program is open to adults and older teens ages 16+. Held in the Assembly Room of the Main Library.

Registration required; call 252.237.5355 to register.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or via email.

The 500 Block: Toward a History of Wilson’s Black Business District

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Main Library Assembly Room

Join acclaimed historian and lecturer Lisa Y. Henderson as she shares the rich history of African American business development in one Wilson neighborhood.

All ages.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

Intro to InstaPot

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 2pm

Main Library Assembly Room

InstaPot — everyone is talking about it, but what’s the best way to fit it into your cooking routine?  Join Cassidy Hobbs, NC State Extension Agent, as she takes us through the basics of InstaPot cooking and whips up a sample recipe.

Adults 18+.  Space is limited, registration required.  Call 252-237-5355 to register.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or via email.

How to Start a Group Home

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 6-9pm

Main Library Assembly Room

Starting a Group Home allows you to make a difference in people’s lives and provides a community service.  If you have a high capacity for caring, you can make a living in this small business.  Sam Gore will explain the basics, including which state agencies have oversight, licensing applications and rules, requirements for staff fingerprinting and background checks, and facility requirements.  Presented in partnership with the Small Business Center at Wilson Community College. Registration required. Please visit https://bit.ly/2VCjoFg or call (252) 246-1209 to register.


Computer Classes

Computer 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 Amanda Gardner at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or via email.

File Management Basics

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Prerequisite: Proficiency with keyboard, mouse, and basic computing skills.

Learn to find electronic files quickly and easily by creating folders, organizing files into folders, and managing content.

Computer Maintenance Basics

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Prerequisite: Proficiency with keyboard, mouse, and basic computing skills.

Learn tips and tricks for improving your computer’s performance, stability and speed through common maintenance tasks.

Cybersecurity Basics

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Prerequisite: Proficiency with keyboard, mouse, and basic computing skills.

Learn about common viruses, email and Internet safety, firewalls, and other security features and practices.

Device Advice

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Need help figuring out how to use your tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Drop in for 1:1 assistance from library staff.  Registration requested.

Windows 10 Mini-Series

Please plan to attend both sessions.

  • Windows 10: Basics — Monday, February 11, 6:30-8pm — Learn how to navigate, use the task manager, manage your files, and more within Windows 10. — Prerequisite: Proficiency with keyboard, mouse, and basic computing skills.
  • Windows 10: Intermediate — Monday, February 18, 6:30-8pm — Learn more about interacting with Windows 10 including adding desktop icons, exploring settings, using task manager, understanding Windows defender, uninstalling programs, and using the Windows store. — Prerequisite: Attendance at Windows 10: Basics or equivalent experience.


Employment Programs

Job Search and Resume Help

Thursdays, February 7, 21, 2019 @ 2-4pm

Main Library Conference Room

Learn about job resources available through the NCWorks Career Center and website.  Receive one-on-one assistance in creating a resume and applying for jobs.  Laptops will be provided.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.


Local History and Genealogy programs

For more information, contact Natalie Copeland, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5029 or  via email.

African American Genealogy and Family History

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

This program will provide a basic overview of print and online genealogy resources to help you research your African American ancestors. Learn how to use valuable black history records to glean information about distinguished African American Wilsonian families and your own family members.  No registration required. Held in the Conference Room at the Main Library.

Freedman’s Bureau Records: Valuable to All Southern Research

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 7pm

Diane Richard, professional genealogist, will discuss this little known and used record collection that is full of invaluable information for many ancestors, regardless of race or circumstances. After the Civil War many people needed assistance, from maimed soldiers, to widows with children, to the aged and feeble, to newly freed enslaved people and their former owners. Held in the Main Library Assembly Room.

Hosted in partnership with the Wilson County Genealogical Society.  All invited.  No registration required.


Black Creek Branch Library Programs

The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Avenue, Black Creek, NC.  For more information, call 252.237.3715.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-Pre-K.  No registration required.


Thursdays, February 7, 21, 2019 @ 4pm

No registration required. Open to all ages.


East Branch Library Programs

The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd in Wilson.  For more information, call 252.237.2627.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019 @ 4pm

No registration required.

Tracing Your African American Roots

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 1:30-3pm

Celebrate Black History Month by researching your ancestors. This drop-in workshop will include information about African American genealogical resources available through Ancestry.com and strategies for exploring one’s African American heritage.  A genealogy starter kit and resource list will be handed out to all participants.

No registration required.


Elm City Branch Library Programs

The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N Railroad Street, Elm City, NC.  For more information, call 252.237.4269.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2019 @ 10am

No registration required.

Monthly Book Chat

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 4-5pm

Steam Program*

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 4pm

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Lego Club*

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @ 4pm

Ages 4 and up.  No registration required.


Lucama Branch Library Programs

The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E Spring Street, Lucama, NC.  For more information, call 252.239.0046.

Family Storytime

Tuesdays, February 5, 19, 2019 @ 4pm

All ages.  No registration required.

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, February 6, 20, 2019 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-4.  No registration required.

Teen Programs*

Thursdays, February 7 and 21, 2019 @ 4pm

We have many fun activities options for teens. Share what you would like to do at Lucama Library!  Ages 11-17.  No registration required.

Love Your Library Event

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 3pm

During this all-ages event, we will read stories, make a craft, and socialize about how much we love Lucama Library!  No registration required.

Book Chat

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 4pm

We will discuss books that attendees have recently read.  Adults 18 and up.  No registration required.


Stantonsburg Branch Library Programs

The Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S Main Street, Stantonsburg, NC.  For more information, call 252.238.3758.

Book Chat

Thursday, February 7, 2019 @ 3-4pm

No registration required.


Bookmobile Schedule

The bookmobile dates and locations are listed below. For more information, call the main library at 252.237.5355.

Bookmobile events scheduled:

  • Saratoga: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 3:30-5pm
  • Rock Ridge: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 3-4pm
  • Sims: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 @ 4:15-5pm

Below are the “nearest addresses to where the bookmobile parks.”

  • Saratoga:  Across the street from Premier Auto Body, 6822 Main Street, Saratoga NC. (The bookmobile parks in an empty lot across the street from the body shop.)
  • Rock Ridge:  In the parking lot adjacent to Williamson Peanuts, 6512 Rock Ridge School Road, Wilson NC (Exit 116 off I-95).
  • Sims:  In the parking lot adjacent to the Sheriff’s outpost located at 6402 Hwy 264a, Sims NC.



*Program 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.

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