Wilson County Late March and April Library Programs Announced

Wilson County Public Library logo
Wilson County Public Library logo

Wilson County Public Library will offer a variety of programs for all ages at the Main Library and Branches in April 2019, as well as the addition of an English/Spanish bilingual storytime on March 26, 2019.

Founded in 1939, the Wilson County Public Library engages the community and enhances the minds of all ages with programs, lectures, classes, and entertainment.

Main Library hours are below; branch hours vary.

All locations are closed on Sundays.

For questions about the library, call 252.237.5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

Main Library

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

Main Library hours are:

  • Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:  9am-9pm
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9am-6pm

Adult Programs

Money Smart Week Programs at Wilson County Public Library

Money Smart Week is a financial literacy initiative from the Federal Reserve to help consumers better understand their personal finances.  Money Smart Week takes place March 30-April 6, 2019.

Find additional Money Smart programs and resources at www.moneysmartweek.org.  For more information, contact Amanda Gardner at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.

Couponing Workshop with Chelsey Edens

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 6:30pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Learn all the best couponing tips and tricks from the Coupon Queen herself, Wilson Times columnist Chelsey Edens.  Open to ages 18+.  Registration required, 252.237.5355.

Monopoly Madness

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 6-9pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Celebrate Money Smart Week with an extra-long Monopoly gaming session.

Open to all teens.  No registration required.

Buying a Home in Today’s World

Saturday, April 6, 2019 @ 1-3pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Mike Jablonski from Prime Lending and Dominik Brodhage from The Chesson Agency will provide a guided tour through the home-buying maze and explain what buyers can expect at every turn, including home-buying myths and navigating the loan process. Registration requested, 252.237.5355.

Children’s Programs

For more information, contact Youth Services at 252.237.5355, press option 4.

Bilingual Family Storytime

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 @ 4pm

Join us for the first Spanish/English Family Storytime at the Main Library!  The Library hopes to continue this bilingual program the last Tuesday of each month.

La hora de cuentos bilingües en el español y el ingles

El martes 26 de marzo a las cuatro de la tarde la sucursal principal de la biblioteca pública del Condado de Wilson va a presentar su primerio hora de cuentos bilingües. La biblioteca quiere presentar este programa el último martes de cada mes.

Storytimes

Storytimes take place in Youth Services.  No registration required.

Lapsit (Ages 0-2)

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, 24, 2019 @ 9:30am

Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 @ 9:30am

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, April 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2019 @ 10am

Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2019 @ 10am

Family Storytime

Saturdays, April 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2019 @ 3pm

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.

Graphing a Pi Skyline*

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 7pm

Explore and learn about bar graphs, then make a skyline silhouette by graphing Pi.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

K’NEX and Tinkertoys*

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 7pm

Build using K’NEX and Tinkertoys.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

How do plants grow?*

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 7pm

Explore the plant life cycle and complete a craft.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

LEGO Club*

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 7pm

Get ready to explore with Legos during this recurring monthly program.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Explore Ozobots*

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 7pm

Dig further into Ozobots and programming.   This program will include free time to explore Ozobots on your own.

Ages 7 and up. No registration required.

Teen Programs

For more information, contact Scott Houston, Teen Librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5073 or shouston@wilson-co.com.

Monopoly Madness

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 6-9pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Celebrate Money Smart Week with an extra-long Monopoly gaming session.

Open to all teens.  No registration required.

WCPL TEEN ADVISORY BOARD

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 5-6pm

Held in the CrAFT Studio. Help create the WCPL Teen Program!

Open to all Wilson County Teens. No registration required.

Earth Day Planter Jars*

Monday, April 22, 2019 @ 5:30-7:30pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Celebrate Earth Day by decorating your own mason jar planter.

Open to all teens.  No registration required.

Teen Poetry Slam

Monday, April 29, 2019 @ 5:30-8pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Celebrate National Poetry Month and share your poems with other teens. Door prizes will be awarded.

Open to all teens.  No registration required.

Adult Programs

For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

Dyeing Yarn with Easter Egg Dyes

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 2pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Learn how to dye wool yarn brilliant, permanent shades using these fun and friendly nontoxic dyes: Easter egg dyes, food coloring, and even Kool-aid!

Open to ages 16+.  Registration required; call 252.237.5355 to register.

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 Amanda Gardner at 252-237-5355 ext. 5072 or agardner@wilson-co.com.

Basics Series:

Each topic builds on the previous class, so please plan to attend all three sessions.

Keyboard & Mouse Basics

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room. Learn how to left-click, right-click, double click, use basic command keys, and navigate various areas of the keyboard in this beginner class.

Computer Basics

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room.  Learn the basics of computing, including how to start your computer, save and re-open a file, and create a folder.

Prerequisite: Attendance at Keyboard & Mouse Basics or equivalent experience.

Internet Basics

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room. Learn basic internet terminology, how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains, and stay safe while searching the internet.

Prerequisite: Attendance at Computer Basics or equivalent experience.

 

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Mini-Series:

Please plan to attend both sessions.

MS PowerPoint 2010: Basics

Monday, April 8, 2019 @ 6:30-8pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room. Learn how to use PowerPoint’s basic features to add and delete slides, change slide layouts, format text, select themes, and add graphics to a presentation.

MS PowerPoint 2010: Special Effects

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 6:30-8pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room. Learn how to insert objects such as text boxes, shapes, charts, and more, then discover how to apply animations and slide transitions to spruce up even the most basic presentations in this class.

Prerequisite: Attendance at PowerPoint Basics or equivalent experience.

Device Advice

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 2-4pm

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

Employment Programs

Wilson County Resource Fair

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 10am-2pm

The NEW (Nash-Edgecombe-Wilson) Reentry Council and the North Carolina Community Action Association will hold a Resource Fair at the Wilson County Public Library.  Meet with local employers and explore resources to find a job!

All invited.  No registration required.  For more information and additional events during Reentry Week, visit www.ncreentry.org.

Local History and Genealogy programs

For more information, contact Natalie Copeland, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5029 or ncopeland@wilson-co.com.

Census Sense: Clues and Conundrums for Beginning Genealogy Researchers

Monday, April 15, 2019 @ 2-3pm

Held in the Main Library Conference Room. Explore census records and learn how to use them to reconstruct your family history.  Learn tips and tricks that will help you get the most out of census records for your genealogical research.  No registration required.

Telling Their Story: Jamestown’s First Women and Children

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 @ 7pm

Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. Author and researcher Connie Lapallo first began researching her family tree at age eleven. When she learned that her grandmother had come to Jamestown, Virginia, as a young girl, she was hooked. Desiring to know more about these early women, she discovered that little had been written about them. Nineteen years later, she had published three historically accurate novels about these women and children, who first endured a hurricane at sea and then were thrust into the Starving Time. She will discuss these courageous first colonists as well as giving pointers for writing about one’s own ancestors.

Lapallo’s novels, Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky, When the Moon Has No More Silver, and The Sun is But A Morning Star, will be available for purchase after the program. Hosted in partnership with the Wilson County Genealogical Society.  All invited.  No registration required.

Branch Libraries

Black Creek Branch

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

Storytime

Thursdays, April 11 and 25, 2019 @ 4pm

All ages.  No registration required.

Lapsit

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-3.  No registration required.

Introduction to Ancestry.com

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 2-3:30pm

This drop-in workshop will offer tips and strategies for exploring one’s family heritage via Ancestry.com.  Learn to create an ancestral chart and to perform searches of historical records, including vital records, military records, and census records.  No registration required.

East Branch

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

Storytime

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 @ 4pm

No registration required.

Elm City Branch

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

Adult Painting Class*

Monday, April 1, 2019 @ 10:30am

Open to all adults.  Registration required, 252.237.4269.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2019 @ 10am

No registration required.

Monthly Book Chat

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 @ 4-5pm

Adults welcome.  No registration required.

LEGO Club*

Thursday, April 11, 2019 @ 4pm

Explore LEGO construction. Ages 4 and up.  No registration required.

STEAM Program*

Thursday, April 25, 2019 @ 4pm

Explore creativity and construction.  Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Lucama Branch

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

Family Storytime

Tuesdays, April 2 and 16, 2019 @ 4pm

All ages.  No registration required.

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, April 3 and 17, 2019 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-5.  No registration required.

Teen Programs*

Thursdays, April 4 and 18, 2019 @ 4pm

Ages 13-17.  No registration required.

Egg Drop STEM program*

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 @ 4pm

Come have a blast as we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to see whose egg will survive the drop!  Come to the Lucama Library first and then the group will walk to a nearby park for the program.  All ages welcome.  No registration required.

Book Chat

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 4pm

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

Stantonsburg Branch

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

Book Chat

Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 3-4pm

No registration required.

Bookmobile

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

Bookmobile Regular Locations

  • Saratoga: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 @ 3:30-5pm
  • Rock Ridge: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 3-4pm
  • Sims: Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 4:15-5pm
  • Saratoga: Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 3:30-5pm
  • Rock Ridge: Wednesday, April 24, 2019 @ 3-4pm
  • Sims: Wednesday, April 24, 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.

 

Bookmobile at the Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays, April 17 and 24, 2019 @ 9am-noon

Farmer’s Market at the Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson, NC

What could be better than fresh food from the farmer’s market?  Picking up some brain food at the same time!  Stop by to visit the Bookmobile, pick up some books, and bring the kids to enjoy crafts, activities, and stories.

Plus, a Storytime will be held at 11:30am.

All ages welcome.  No registration required.

 

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* 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. 

 

Source: Amanda M. Gardner, Wilson County Public Library

Ed. Note: Originally published March 15, 2019. Updated March 18 to correct date for Egg Drop in Lucama.

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