Wilson County Library Summer Reading and Programs

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Wilson County Public Library logo

Founded in 1939, the Wilson County Public Library engages the community and enhances the minds of all ages with programs, lectures, classes, and entertainment. Upcoming programs, along with 2019 summer reading information, may be found below.

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, call 252.237.5355 or visit www.wilsoncountypubliclibrary.org.

 

Summer Reading Programs Announced

Wilson County Public Library invites all ages to experience our Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, in June and July.  Programs for children will be offered at all six locations and for teens at the Main Library, Lucama Library, and Elm City Library.  The Adult Summer Reading Program will take place at the Main Library.

A Universe of Stories is made possible by the generous assistance of the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library.  All programs are free and open to the public.  Contact your local branch to register or for more information.

Main Library Programs

Children’s Programs

Wilson County Public Library has been busy preparing for this year’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories.  The goals of Summer Reading are to:

  • Encourage and motivate children and their families to read for pleasure
  • Help school-age children maintain their reading skills while on school holiday
  • Introduce people to the resources of their public library
  • Collect reading data for the North Carolina State Library
  • Attract new customers to the library

These programs create a bridge to combat the summer slide.  Children who continue to read during the summer return to school without decreased reading ability.  Pleasure reading encourages lifelong learning and helps keep reading skills sharp.  Readers adapt more easily and excel in our fast-paced information-rich society, so it’s a win for everyone!

For more information, contact Youth Services at 252-237-5355, press option 4.

 

Bilingual Family Storytime

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m.

Join us for Spanish/English Family Storytime at the Main Library!  The Library will continue this bilingual program the fourth Tuesday of each month.

La hora de cuentos bilingües en el español y el ingles

El martes 25 de junio 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 cuarto martes de cada mes.

 

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; 9:30 a.m.  Ages 0-2.

 

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20, 27; 10:00 a.m.  Ages 3 and up.

 

Family Storytime

Saturdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 3:00 p.m.

 

Storytimes take place in Youth Services.  No registration required.

 

A Universe of Stories Kickoff!
Train Like a Jedi

Monday, June 17, 7:00 p.m.

This is the first night of Youth Services Summer Reading.  Join us to complete an obstacle course.  Wear your best Star Wars costume or one of your choice for photo opportunities during the event.  Please arrive early to sign up for the summer reading program and receive your weekly prize!

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Raptors with Steve Stone

Monday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

Join us in welcoming Steve Stone from The American Wildlife Refuge.  Mr. Stone will be presenting information about birds and will be showcasing several Raptors.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

Please arrive early to sign up for the summer reading program and receive your weekly prize!

 

 

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.

 

Experience Flight with Paper Airplanes*

Tuesday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.

Learn about measurement, make paper airplanes, and measure flight distance.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Keva Planks*

Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand, explore building with Keva Planks.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Create your own Rocket*

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 p.m.

Create your own straw rocket.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Lego Club*

Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 p.m.

Lego Club is presented every fourth Tuesday of the month.   Please join us for a fun time building.  All Legos are provided.

Ages 5 and up.  No registration required.

 

Young Adult Programs

All teens are invited to explore A Universe of Stories during the Young Adult Summer Reading Program!  For more information, contact Scott Houston, Youth Services Manager, at 252-237-5355 ext. 5055 or shouston@wilson-co.com.

 

Interstellar Crafting Programs*

Thursdays, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Main Library Assembly Room

Ages 12 and up.

  • June 13: Sci Fi Cubecraft
  • June 20: Galaxy Slime
  • June 27: Galaxy Paint
  • July 11: Galaxy Bottles
  • July 18: Galaxy Rocks

 

Teen Summer Movie

Tuesday, July 2, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

Main Library Assembly Room

Travel to the 90’s to discover the origin of a galactic hero!  Movie is rated PG-13.

 

Sci Fi Gaming

Wednesday, July 17, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Main Library Assembly Room

Join Dreamdaze for an afternoon of Sci Fi and classic games.  Door prizes will be awarded.

 

Join us for teen DIY crafts in the CrAFT Studio every Wednesday during Summer Reading!

 

 

Adult Programs
Why should kids have all the fun?  Join us for the second annual Adult Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories. We’ve got a lot of great books to grab for summer reads, from science fiction epics to true stories of the space pioneers.  Join us for a variety of space-themed activities, including lectures, movies, crafts, trivia, a space-themed walking challenge for the entire family, and the chance to win cool prizes!  For more information, contact Genevieve Baillie at 252-237-5355 ext. 5050 or gbaillie@wilson-co.com.

 

Space Trivia Night

Tuesday, June 4, 6:00 p.m.

Show off your knowledge from Astronomy to Star Trek and compete to win gift card prizes!

Ages 12 and up.  No registration required.

 

Space Movie Marathon

Saturday, June 15, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Enjoy a free movie and free refreshments.  We’ll be showing the original trilogy of sci-fi epics about a war in the stars.

All ages.  No registration required for small groups.  Large groups please email gbaillie@wilson-co.com or call 252-237-5355 to arrange visit.

 

Science Lecture: An Introduction to the Solar System

Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.

Guest lecturer Tim Blanchard will provide a tour of our nearest space neighbors.

All ages.  Free, no registration required.

 

Galaxy Jars Family Craft Class*

Friday, June 21, 3:00 p.m.

A fun take-home craft for the whole family!

Ages 5 and up.  Free, registration required.

 

Galaxy Printing Craft Class*

Monday, June 24, 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Learn how to print galaxy patterns on fabric and paper.

Ages 16 and up.  Free, registration required.

 

Space Race Walking Challenge

June 1 – July 19

Walk the solar system in this space-themed walking challenge!  All finishers will be entered in a gift card drawing.

All ages.  Registration required.  Please visit the Circulation Desk to register.

 

Friday Morning Family Movies

Fridays, June 7, 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; 10:00 a.m.

Free movie, free refreshments!

All ages.  No registration required for small groups.  Large groups please email gbaillie@wilson-co.com or call 252-237-5355 to arrange visit.

 

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 Karey Blanchard at 252-237-5355 ext. 5074 or kblanchard@wilson-co.com.

 

Google Tools Series

Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

This is a three-part series.  Please register for each class.

June 5: Intro to Google Tools

June 12: Gmail Basics

June 19: Intro to Google Docs and Sheets

 

Excel Series

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

This is a four-part series.  Please register for each class.

June 10: Basics

June 17: Charts and Graphs

July 8: Formulas and Functions

July 15: Working with Tables

 

Device Advice

Wednesday, June 26, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Main Library Assembly Room

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

 

 

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.

Fold 3 Military Records Workshop

Main Library Conference Room

Tuesday, June 11, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Fold 3 is an online research database that provides access to U.S. military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who have served.  Learn how to use Fold 3 to search for your military ancestors.  Basic computer skills will be necessary for this workshop.  No registration required.

 

Programs Held at Branch Libraries

Children’s Summer Reading Programs

Monday, June 10 – Thursday, July 25 (no programs July 1-5)

Black Creek Library: Mondays, 3:00 p.m.

East Library: Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.

Elm City Library: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.

Lucama Library: Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m.

Stantonsburg Library: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.

Ages 5 and up.

 

Branch Teen Summer Reading Programs

Monday, June 10 – Thursday, July 25 (no programs July 1-5)

Elm City Library: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.

Lucama Library: Thursdays, 3:00 p.m.

Ages 12-18.

 

Black Creek

The Black Creek Branch is located at 103 Central Avenue in Black Creek.  For more information, call 252-237-3715.

 

Lapsit Storytime

Wednesday, June 26, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 0-3.  No registration required.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Mondays, 3:00 p.m., June 10-July 22 (no program July 1)

Ages 5 and up.

 


East

The East Branch is located at 6000-C Ward Blvd in Wilson.  For more information, call 252-237-2627.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., June 12-July 24 (no program July 3)

Ages 5 and up.

 

 

Elm City

The Elm City Branch is located at located at 114 N Railroad Street in Elm City.  For more information, call 252-237-4269.

 

Movie Day

Friday, June 21, 3:00-5:00pm

All ages.  No registration required.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m., June 11-July 23 (no program July 2)

Ages 5 and up.

Teen Summer Reading Program

Thursdays, 3:00 p.m., June 12-July 25 (no program July 4)

Ages 12-18.

 

 

Lucama

The Lucama Branch is located at 103 E Spring Street in Lucama.  For more information, call 252-239-0046.

 

Summer Reading Lapsit Storytime

Wednesdays, June 12, 19, 26; 11:00 a.m.

Come out as we explore space and read some interactive books, games and activities too! Let’s have a Blast!  Ages 0-5.  Registration required.

 

Family Movie Afternoons

Fridays, June 14, 21, 28; 3:00 p.m.

Enjoy a family-friendly movie for all ages!

No registration required.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Tuesdays, 4:00 p.m., June 11-July 23 (no program July 2)

Ages 5 and up.

 

Teen Summer Reading Program

Thursdays, 3:00 p.m., June 13-July 25 (no program July 4)

Ages 12-18.

 

 

Stantonsburg

The Stantonsburg Branch is located at 114 S Main Street in Stantonsburg.  For more information, call 252-238-3758.

 

Children’s Summer Reading Program

Thursdays, 3:00 p.m., June 13-July 25 (no program July 4)

Ages 5 and up.

 

 

Bookmobile

For more information, call 252-237-5355.

 

Tuesday, June 4:  Saratoga 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 5:  Rock Ridge 3:00-4:00 p.m., Sims 4:15-5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, June 25:  Saratoga 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 26:  Rock Ridge 3:00-4:00 p.m., Sims 4:15-5:00 p.m.

 

Bookmobile at the Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays, June 5, 12, 19, 26; 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Storytime 11:00 a.m.

Farmer’s Market at the Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro St S

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.

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 Gardner, Wilson County Public Library

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