Wilson County Public Library Programs for February 2020

Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC.
Source: Wilson County Public Library, Wilson NC.

 

Wilson County Public Library offers programs for at the Main Library in Wilson, North Carolina, its five branch libraries, plus Bookmobile access.

Check out the library’s incredible line-up of Black History Month programs for all ages in February.

Digital Literacy classes continue at all locations and, starting this month, one-on-one technology appointments.

Learn the fundamental aspects of developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset in the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program.

All ages are invited to get creative in the library’s newly opened Makerspace.

Wilson County Public Library engages the community and enhances the minds of all ages with programs, lectures, classes, and entertainment. Main Library hours are 9am-9pm Monday through Wednesday, and 9am-6pm Thursday through Saturday. Branch hours vary.  All locations are closed on Sundays.

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

 

Main Library

The main library is located at 249 Nash Street N, Wilson, NC.

Youth Programs

Programs take place in Youth Services unless otherwise specified. The addition of a new Teen Room brings more exciting activities for teens. For Youth Programs information, contact Scott Houston, Youth Services Manager, at 252.237.5355 x.5025 or via email.

Rosa Parks and Friends

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 1pm and 3pm

Join the Bright Star Touring Theatre as they take a historical journey through time with Rosa Parks.  This project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Lapsit Storytime

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2020 @ 9:30am

and Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020 @ 9:30am

Ages 0-2.  No registration required.

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2020 @ 10am

and Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 2020 @ 10am

Ages 3 and up.  No registration required.

Saturday Family Storytime

Saturdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2020 @ 3pm

No registration required.

Monday Family Storytime and Craft

Mondays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, 2020 @ 6:30pm

No registration required.

Bilingual Family Storytime

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 4pm

Join us for Spanish/English Family Storytime at the Main Library.  The Library will continue this bilingual program the last Tuesday of each month.  No registration required.

La hora de cuentos bilingües en el español y el ingles

El martes 25 de febrero 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 último martes de cada mes.

STEAM Programs

Tuesdays, February 4, 11, and 18, 2020 @ 7pm

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Monday FunDay!

February 17, 2020

Youth and teens, take advantage of a no-school day and drop in for games, crafts, LEGOs, and more throughout the day at the Main Library.  Activities will take place in Youth Services, the Makerspace, and the Teen Room.  No registration required.

LEGO Club

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7pm

Recurring monthly program.  All LEGOs are provided. Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Young Adult Programs

For more information, contact Kate Brittain, Young Adult Librarian, at 252.237.5355 x.5073 or via email.

Teen Board Game Tournament

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 3:30-5:30pm

Teens are invited to check out the new Teen Room in the Main Library, and kick off the weekend with a variety of board games.

Teen Advisory Board

Friday, February 21, 2020 @ 3:30-4:30pm

The Wilson County Public Library Teen Advisory Board (TAB) gives teens the opportunity to share ideas and plan programs and services offered to their peers by the library. Members of TAB attend monthly meetings and assist in at least one teen program each school year. Participation may count toward school and National Honor Society service hours!  Held in the Main Library Teen Room, and refreshments will be served.  Ages 13-18 welcome.  No registration required.

 

Adult Programs

Local Author Night

Monday, February 17, 2020 @ 6pm

Come to the Assembly Room in the Main Library for this monthly celebration of the work of local authors. Guests this month will be S. Best, author of Fried Chicken and Waffles for the Soul, Lorraine Jenkins-Wilkes, author of Forever Home, and Troy Suggs, author of The Power of Agreement.  Copies of these works will be available for purchase and signing at the event. All ages welcome.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie, Extension Services Manager, at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or via email.

Ice House Entrepreneurship Program

Tuesdays, February 18-April 7, 2020 @ 6:30-8:30pm

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is designed to inspire and engage participants in the fundamental aspects of an entrepreneurial mindset as an essential life skill. The program draws upon eight fundamental concepts of entrepreneurial thought and process derived from the companion text, Who Owns the Ice House? Eight Life Lessons from an Unlikely Entrepreneur. Each lesson contains video case studies featuring a variety of real-world “unlikely” entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges by embracing the core concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset. This Main Library program also provides for experiential learning through the process of identifying problems, finding solutions, and making connections beyond the classroom.

Participants will complete online self-paced lessons and meet weekly for group discussion.  Registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact Amanda Gardner, Assistant Library Director, at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or via email.

Snowman Craft Program

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 2pm

Gather in the Assembly Room at the Main Library and make a friendly snowman craft.  Ages 16 and up. Registration required, call 252.237.5355 to register.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie, Extension Services Manager, at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or via email.

 

Local History and Genealogy Programs

Wilson’s Free Families of Color

Saturday, February 8, 2020 @ 3pm

Acclaimed lecturer Lisa Y. Henderson will share the rich history and heritage of the early free black residents of Wilson County.  Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. All ages welcome.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie, Extension Services Manager, at 252.237.5355 x.5050 or via email.

Fulfilling a Need: Wilson County Negro Library, 1943-1964

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 3-4:30pm

The Wilson County Negro Library was founded in 1943 and played a vital role in the African American Community for over twenty years. In 1964, the Negro Library became a branch of the Wilson County Library System as the East Branch Library, now located on Ward Blvd.

Tammy Medlin, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, will share the rich history of this local institution. Held in the Main Library Assembly Room. All are welcome.  No registration required.  For more information, contact Tammy Medlin at 252.237.5355 x.5029 or via email.

Wilson County Genealogical Society meeting

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 @ 7pm

Did you know that approximately 200,000 black soldiers served in the Civil War Union Army between 1862 and 1865? Among them, fourteen of these soldiers received the Congressional Medal of Honor.  Local historian Jerilyn Lee will share facts and stories about the United States Colored Troops.  This presentation, Main Library Assembly Room, will include over 100 pictures and artifacts of Black soldiers, sailors and officers who served during the Civil War.  All are welcome.  No registration required.

 

Digital Literacy Programs*

For more information, contact Amanda Gardner, Assistant Library Director, at 252.237.5355 x.5072 or via email.

Microsoft Excel Series*

Wednesdays @ 2-3:30pm

This is a four-part series, held in the Conference Room at the Main Library.  Registration is required for each class. Call 252.237.5355 to register.

  • February 5, 2020: Excel Basics — Prerequisite: Basic computer skills are required. Learn how Microsoft Excel’s cells, worksheets, and workbooks easily allow users to manipulate, calculate, and format numbers and other types of data.
  • February 12, 2020: Charts and Graphs — Prerequisite: Attendance at Excel Basics or equivalent experience. Learn how to add visual interest and tell stories by displaying numbers and data sets in chart or graph format.
  • February 19, 2020: Formulas and Functions — Prerequisite: Attendance at Charts and Graphs or equivalent experience. Learn how to use formulas to automatically calculate and manipulate totals, percentages, averages and ranges.
  • February 26, 2020: Working with Tables — Prerequisite: Attendance at Formulas and Functions or equivalent experience. Learn how to create tables and pivot tables, sort and filter data, work with large spreadsheets, and more.

1:1 Technology Assistance*

Need help figuring out your laptop, tablet, smartphone, or eReader? Call 252.237.5355 to make an appointment for one-on-one assistance from library staff at the Main Library.  Sessions may be limited to 30 minutes depending upon staff availability.

Note: Digital literacy classes also take place at five branch locations.  Please see branch programs below for additional technology instruction.

Programs at Branches


Black Creek Branch Library

This branch library is located at 103 Central Avenue, Black Creek, NC. Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday closed. Call 252.237.3715.

Storytime

Thursdays, February 6 and 20, 2020 @ 4pm

Listen and engage in stories about Valentine’s Day and make a special craft. Ages 5-12.  No registration required.

Introduction to Canva*

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 @ 3-4:30pm

Learn to use the free graphic design website Canva to make marketing materials such as flyers or brochures, specially formatted graphics for posting to social media, and even menus and invitations.  Registration required, call 252.237.3715 to register.

Teen Program

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 4pm

Make a Sharpie mug. Ages 12-18. Registration required, call (252) 237-3715 to register.

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 10:30am

Join library staff for interactive stories. Ages 0-4.  No registration required.

 

East Branch Library

Located at 6000-C Ward Blvd, Wilson, NC. Hours are Monday-Thursday 2-5:30pm, Friday-Sunday closed. With questions, call 252.237.2627

Storytime

Wednesday, February 12 and 26, 2020 @ 4pm

No registration required.

Pinterest Series*

Tuesdays @ 3pm-4:30pm

Interested in Pinterest and don’t know where to start? This class will have you organizing your home and recipe ideas in no time!  Registration required, call 252.237.2627 to register.

  • February 11, 2020: Pinterest Basics — Prerequisite: An email address and basic Internet skills are required. Please create a free account at www.pinterest.com prior to class. Learn how you can use Pinterest to create a virtual bulletin board to share recipes, craft ideas, images, and other things you love in this introductory class.
  • February 18, 2020: Pinterest-Getting Started — Prerequisite: Attendance at Pinterest Basics or equivalent experience. Learn how to build your collection of useful pins and boards, follow fellow Pinners, and adjust basic security settings in this hands-on class.

 

Elm City Branch Library

Located at 114 N Railroad Street, Elm City, NC. Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday closed. Phone number is 252.236.4269

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays, February 4 and 18, 2020 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-4.  No registration required.

LEGO Club

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 4pm

Ages 4 and up.  No registration required.

STEAM Program

Thursday, February 20, 2020 @ 4pm

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Facebook Series*

Tuesdays @ 10:30am-noon

Registration required, call 252.237.4269 to register.

  • February 11, 2020: Facebook Basics — Prerequisite: An email address and basic Internet skills are required. Learn to create a profile, send messages, comment on posts, and add content to Facebook in this beginner class.
  • February 25, 2020: Facebook Getting Started — Prerequisite: Attendance at Facebook Basics or equivalent experience. Learn to create a profile, add friends, send messages, comment on posts, and adjust basic privacy settings in your Facebook account.

 

Lucama Branch Library

This branch is located at 103 E Spring Street, Lucama, NC. Hours are Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday closed. Call 252.239.0046.

Family Storytime

Tuesdays, February 4 and 18, 2020 @ 4pm

Fun for families with elementary aged children. No registration required.

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, February 5 and 19, 2020 @ 10:30am

Ages 0-5.  No registration required.

Teen Time

Thursdays, February 6 and 20, 2020 @ 4pm

No registration required.

Funny Valentine Friday

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 4pm

Join us for Valentine crafting and stories. No registration required.

File Management Basics*

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 11am-12:30pm

Learn how to find electronic files quickly and easily by creating folders, organizing files into folders, and managing content.  Registration required, call 252.239.0046 to register.

Food for Thought Friday

February 21, 2020 @ 4pm

We will discuss Black History, President’s Day and other celebrations recognized during the month of February.
No registration required.

 

Crocker Branch Library (Stantonsburg, NC)

This branch library is located at 114 S Main Street, Stantonsburg, NC. With questions, call 252.238.3758.

Library Hours are Monday-Friday 1:30-5pm, Saturday-Sunday closed.

Friday Family Fun

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 2-4pm

Enjoy a family friendly craft with a Valentine’s Day theme. No registration required.

Device Advice*

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 2-4pm

Need one on one help with a smartphone, tablet or laptop?  Receive one-on-one assistance from library staff.  Registration requested, call 252.238.3758 to register.

Book Chat

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 3-4pm

No registration required.

Bookmobile

The Bookmobile visits the following locations:

  • Saratoga: Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 3:30-5pm
  • Rock Ridge: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 3-4pm
  • Sims: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 @ 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.

For more information, call 252.237.5355.

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*This project/program/service is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-19-0034-19).

 

Source: Amanda Gardner, Wilson County Public Library

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